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  13 things you need to know this week  
1.   New report highlights university’s actions around equity, diversity and inclusion
    Vanderbilt University has released its 2019-20 Report for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion highlighting an array of goals and initiatives currently advancing these core university values and offering a roadmap for the future. [ Read More ]
2.   Return to Campus Update
    As announced last week, 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. [ Read More ]
3.   University launching re-testing program to validate asymptomatic positive tests
    Vanderbilt University is launching a new re-testing program for members of its community who receive a positive COVID-19 PCR test but are without symptoms. Beginning this week, undergraduate students who are tested in the university’s weekly mandatory testing programs and other community members participating in Vanderbilt’s periodic testing who meet defined criteria will be re-tested to confirm their initial positive test result. [ Read More ]
4.   VU urges continued adherence to safety protocols on and off campus amid uptick in local cases
    With public health data indicating COVID-19 positive cases in Nashville have begun trending upwards since Oct. 4, it is more important than ever for Vanderbilt community members to abide by university protocols at all times, whether on or off campus. The university remains in Phase II+ of the Vanderbilt Return to Campus Plan. [ Read More ]
5.   Story Photo Free flu shots for students available at the Student Health Center
    Free flu shots are now available for all students at the Student Health Center, including on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. [ Read More ]
6.   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. [ Read More ]
7.   Innovative projects showcased at 7th Annual Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair
    The seventh annual Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair, held virtually on Oct. 8, gave 48 undergraduate students the opportunity to share their research via slide presentations while more than 130 faculty, students, staff and family and community members listened and asked questions. [ Read More ]
8.   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.” [ Read More ]
9.   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 University’s Bass Military Scholars Program. Parden is one of nine U.S. military veterans included in the newest cohort of Bass Military Scholars this academic year. [ Read More ]
10.   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. [ Read More ]
11.   New faculty Maizie Zhou: Unlocking genetic disorders through Big Data
    Maizie Zhou, a new assistant professor of biomedical engineering, blends bioinformatics, computational genomics, neuroscience and machine-learning techniques to understand how the brain enables us to behave intelligently and how specific genomic mutations can alter that process. [ Read More ]
12.   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. [ Read More ]
13.   Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase set for Nov. 11
    Registration is underway to present at the inaugural Vanderbilt Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11. The showcase is open to all undergraduate students across the university who wish to showcase creative works they have completed during their time at Vanderbilt. [ Read More ]
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