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  Monday, Oct. 12, 2020  
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Return to Campus Update for Oct. 12
As announced last Wednesday, Vanderbilt will continue to offer in-person, on-campus classes—governed by current safety protocols—during the 2021 spring semester. This week’s Return to Campus Update provides additional clarity to questions regarding winter break housing as well as the academic schedule for spring.
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Vanderbilt-Missouri game postponed
Due to a lack of available scholarship student-athletes, the Oct. 17 football game at Missouri will be postponed to a later date. The shortage of available scholarship student-athletes is due to the quarantining of individuals with positive COVID-19 tests and those designated as close contacts, along with injuries and opt-outs.
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Listening sessions for Graduate School faculty, students set 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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First Fall Staff Assembly to be held virtually Oct. 22
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will deliver his first address to Vanderbilt staff during the inaugural Fall Staff Assembly on Thursday, Oct. 22. The event will be held virtually and open to all university staff.
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Bowden named 2021 fellow of The Optical Society
Audrey Bowden, Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow and associate professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected as a 2021 fellow member of The Optical Society for outstanding achievements in the development of optical devices, image processing algorithms and systems for biomedicine.
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Brooks, Vanderbilt Career Center leader, to step down in spring 2021
Katharine S. Brooks will step down from her leadership of the Vanderbilt University Career Center at the conclusion of the spring 2021 semester to further pursue her writing and consulting career.
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Parden awarded Bass Military Scholars Program’s John S. Beasley II Scholarship
Hunter Parden, an MBA student at the Owen Graduate School of Management, has been awarded the John S. Beasley II Scholarship as part of Vanderbilt’s Bass Military Scholars Program. Parden is one of nine U.S. military veterans in the newest cohort of Bass Military Scholars this academic year.
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First-year student’s new sci-fi novel, written pre-COVID-19, imagines life in an epidemic
First-year student Morgan Butts used the idea of an “it” factor—in this case, “independent thought”—as a launching point for her newly published science fiction novel, “Raeth Thower and the Four Princes.”
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Students encouraged to check in through drop-in consultations, workshops this fall
All students are encouraged to connect with the many resources available through the Student Care Network when in need. Some of those resources include the University Counseling Center’s drop-in consultations and workshops and the Center for Student Wellbeing’s workshops.
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VandyRide Point to Point service provides off-campus students with free ride home
Undergraduate students living within a half-mile from campus this semester can get a free ride home with VandyRide’s new Point to Point service.
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Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day and Día de la Raza today
Join Vanderbilt’s celebration recognizing the ongoing existence, contributions and narratives of Latinx and Indigenous peoples in our society on Monday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m.
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Participate in this week’s Peabody Fall Preview
Thinking about graduate school at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development? Take a deep dive into the Peabody student experience Oct. 13–17 during five days of virtual events.
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Interested in federal STEM policy and advocacy? Two virtual seminars offered in October
Several Vanderbilt offices are partnering to host two virtual events focused on federal science, technology, engineering and mathematics policy Oct. 19 and 29.
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‘Are We Underinvesting in Education?’ topic of Steine Lecture in Economics Oct. 28
David Card, the Class of 1950 Professor of Economics at the University of California–Berkeley and director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, will give the Vanderbilt Department of Economics’ Steine Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 4 p.m.
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Two-week Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp is Nov. 2–5, 9–12
The Vanderbilt Software Carpentries two-week boot camp is scheduled for Nov. 2–5 and Nov. 9–12 from 3 to 5 p.m. each day.
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Employees requested to update demographic information, veteran status in Oracle
Vanderbilt University is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive campus community. In order to measure the university’s progress on diversity and inclusion goals, all employees are encouraged to ensure their demographic information in Oracle accurately reflects their race/ethnicity and veteran status.
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Support Vanderbilt University in style this fall
To thank you for your gift of $35 or more to Vanderbilt by Oct. 31, the university will send you your choice of a pair of limited-edition socks or a Vanderbilt face mask as a reminder that when we unite for a common purpose, we all conquer and prevail.
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New faculty Julie Barroso: Removing the stigma of HIV
Julie Barroso, a new professor at the School of Nursing, has made the care of people living with HIV the focus of her research career.


Take Note

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Nicole Moehring–Crystal structure, how we characterize it, and its impact on the physical properties of a material

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

‘Resources and Support for Family Caregivers’ Oct. 14

Present your idea at Wond’ry’s Innovation Open Mic Oct. 14

Microsoft changes to some Polycom phones coming Oct. 15

MPH program sponsors Stata Boot Camp Oct. 16, 23

‘The Promotion and Marketing of Oxycontin’ topic of Flexner Deans’ Lecture Oct. 19

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Mallinckrodt Scholars Program

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

Open Enrollment website and detailed guide now available

Health insurance premiums for 2021 benefits announced

There’s still time to Go for the Gold; earn up to $240 wellness credit

New feature expands Heard Libraries’ Scan and Deliver service

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

New discount program helps staff and faculty maximize their savings


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Learn about 2021 benefit changes at Open Enrollment Benefits Forum
· OCT ·
  Celebrated Harvard economist Raj Chetty to speak on COVID-19 impact
· OCT ·
  Vanderbilt to host 2020 Second Language Research Forum
· OCT ·
  4th annual Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Boot Camp
· NOV ·
  Save the date: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day


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CNBC: In-person learning is a luxury months into the coronavirus crisis
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
NBC News: Trump has COVID-19 antibodies. What does that mean?
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Huffington Post: Companies are making major climate pledges. Here’s what they really mean.
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, and Zdravka Tzankova, associate professor of sociology, are quoted.
Associated Press: Trump still contagious? Experts say it’s impossible to know
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Politico: Health officials scrambling to produce Trump’s ‘last-minute’ drug cards by Election Day
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
NBC News: Whitmer conspiracy allegations tied to ‘Boogaloo’ movement
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
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