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  Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020  
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Vanderbilt to continue offering in-person classes and remote learning for the spring semester
Vanderbilt University will continue to offer in-person, on-campus classes—governed by current safety protocols—during the 2021 spring semester. Remote study through virtual/alternative platforms also will continue to be offered for those students who have personal circumstances that necessitate remote study.
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Listening sessions for Graduate School faculty, students launch as search for new leadership position continues
Graduate School faculty and students are invited to share their thoughts at a series of targeted listening sessions this month as the search committee appointed by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente works to find the next dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education.
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Vanderbilt Strong Faculty Grant Program workshop tomorrow
The Faculty Senate, in partnership with Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Tracey George and Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan, will host a series of workshops for faculty outlining the ways the new Vanderbilt Strong Faculty Grant Program can be used.
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Lin wins prestigious Paul L. Busch Award for innovative water research
Shihong Lin, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has won the most prestigious mid-career award in his field, underscoring his leadership in water separation research and innovation.
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Celebrated Harvard economist to speak on COVID-19 impact Oct. 21
Vanderbilt University’s Data Science Institute, Department of Economics and Public Policy Studies program, in partnership with the nonpartisan public policy research center The Sycamore Institute, are co-hosting a virtual discussion with celebrated economist and Harvard professor Raj Chetty on the economic impact of COVID-19. Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will deliver opening remarks.
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Vanderbilt to host 2020 Second Language Research Forum
Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development will host the 2020 Second Language Research Forum—one of the premier conferences on second language acquisition in North America—virtually Oct. 23–25.
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Watch: Faculty discuss appointment of Barrett to Supreme Court
Law professors Brian Fitzpatrick, Suzanna Sherry and Ganesh Sitaraman and political science professor Sharece Thrower discuss the U.S. Supreme Court nomination process and the impact of Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the court.
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Learn about 2021 benefit changes at Open Enrollment Benefits Forum
Learn more about benefit changes and Vanderbilt University’s new price transparency tool at the 2021 Open Enrollment Benefits Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. CST.
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Project Safe observes Domestic and Dating Violence Awareness Month with programming
October is Domestic and Dating Violence Awareness Month. Vanderbilt’s Project Safe Center is offering a month of educational programs and workshops designed to raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic and dating violence, the warning signs and the support resources available.
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Undergraduate Research Fair to be held virtually tomorrow; register in advance
The seventh annual Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. The virtual event will feature poster presentations of student research projects representative of a variety of fields and disciplines.
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Noted children’s author, alumna to discuss ‘Difficult Conversations with Kids’ at next Parenting Group meeting
Vanderbilt alumna and children’s book author Anastasia Higginbotham will lead a discussion titled “Difficult Conversations with Kids” at the next meeting of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center’s Parenting Group on Thursday, Oct. 8.
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VU paleontologists host National Fossil Day event for kids Saturday
Kids and lifelong learners can hear directly from paleontologists about bizarre creatures of the past during a free virtual National Fossil Day event on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. CT. Registration is required.
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Children and technology: Is your child safe online?
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Vanderbilt University Information Technology will share tips for staying safe and secure online.
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New faculty Kelly Slay: Access and equity for the underserved
New Peabody College assistant professor Kelly Slay’s experiences as a college readiness coach for Chicago public high school students serve as the foundation for her scholarship focused on issues of race, access, diversity and equity in higher education.
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Watch: Vanderbilt, Let’s Vote
Administrators, faculty, coaches and students are encouraging the Vanderbilt community to engage in the democratic process and exercise their right to vote in upcoming elections.


Take Note

MPH program sponsors Stata Boot Camp Oct. 9, 16, 23

Master’s in data science information session set for Oct. 13

‘Resources and Support for Family Caregivers’ Oct. 14

Vanderbilt authors, works highlighted at 2020 Southern Festival of Books

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Kofi Christie–Desalination of water used globally to provide people in need with fresh water

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Mallinckrodt Scholars Program

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core announces new round of mini-grants for fall 2020

Open Enrollment website and detailed guide now available

Health insurance premiums for 2021 benefits announced

Get your VUnetID and password ready for Open Enrollment

New discount program helps staff and faculty maximize their savings

Vanderbilt to offer flu shots for faculty, staff and postdocs through Flula-2-Uza 

New feature expands Heard Libraries’ Scan and Deliver service

WeGo Public Transit announces service changes for fall


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  4th annual Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Boot Camp set for Oct. 23
· NOV ·
  Save the date: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day set for Nov. 13


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Vanderbilt in the News
NBC News: Trump not the first president to be infected in a pandemic, Woodrow Wilson was in the same spot a century ago
Thomas Schwartz, distinguished professor of history, is quoted.
USA Today: Gay men take over Proud Boys hashtag on Twitter ‘to reclaim our pride’
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Trump doctor sows confusion with reversals on president’s vitals
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Newsweek: With one month until election, Biden’s swing state leads point to victory over Trump in popular vote, Electoral College
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science, is quoted.
CNN: COVID-19 could kill 2,900 Americans a day in December, researchers say. Here’s why, and how you can make fall and winter better
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Vanderbilt University attracts a major black scholar to its faculty
The new faculty appointment of Michael Eric Dyson, Centennial Chair and University Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society, is highlighted.
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