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  Monday, Oct. 19, 2020  
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Return to Campus Update for Oct. 19
Nashville is seeing a significant rise in positive COVID-19 cases, and Vanderbilt has seen a slight uptick in its student testing positivity rate over the last week. It is more important than ever for Vanderbilt community members to abide by university health and safety protocols at all times, whether on or off campus. 
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VU to conduct exit testing for undergrads, additional optional testing for all students before end of fall in-person classes
As the end of in-person classes approaches, and in the interest of protecting public health as students prepare to leave campus and return to their homes, Vanderbilt will conduct mandatory undergraduate student “exit testing” and also will provide a final optional COVID-19 testing opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
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Search committee announced to find next director of Bass Military Scholars Program
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for the next director of the Bass Military Scholars Program.
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Learning community, asynchronous resources for inclusive faculty searches available online
New resources for faculty search committees are available through an online learning community and asynchronous resource repository. These resources will support the efforts of departments and schools to attract a strong, diverse pool of candidates and to recruit the best new colleagues.
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Vanderbilt community invited to attend 14th Annual VPA Symposium
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will host a virtual symposium on Thursday, Oct. 29, featuring poster sessions and talks by Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Oak Ridge Associated Universities consortium postdoctoral scholars.
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Celebrated Harvard economist Raj Chetty to speak on COVID-19 impact Wednesday
Vanderbilt’s Data Science Institute, Department of Economics and Public Policy Studies Program, in partnership with the nonpartisan 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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First Fall Staff Assembly to be held virtually on Thursday
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 is open to all university staff.
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Neighboring Belmont University to host presidential debate Thursday
The 2020 presidential debate season will culminate just a few blocks from Vanderbilt, as neighboring Belmont University prepares to host the final debate on Thursday, Oct. 22. VUPS has been communicating closely with Belmont’s campus security team to monitor developments and determine any possible impact to the Vanderbilt community.
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Open Enrollment begins today; learn more about benefits at upcoming events
Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for you to elect the benefits that best meet your needs. All benefits-eligible employees should complete Open Enrollment from Oct. 19 through Nov. 2 for calendar year 2021 benefits.
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Learn about 2021 benefit changes at Open Enrollment Benefits Forum tomorrow
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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Vanderbilt to co-host webinar on race, class and the pedestrian safety crisis tomorrow
Vanderbilt will co-host the next webinar in Walk Bike Nashville’s Vision Zero Speaker Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The webinar will focus on race, class and the pedestrian safety crisis. Vanderbilt seniors Veer Shah and Kamala Mullur will serve as moderators for the event.
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Theatre instructor takes her teaching, latest play into VR world
Writer in Residence in Theatre Krista Knight is taking a creative twist on COVID-19 protocols by teaching her Introduction to Writing for Stage and Screen course in an online, virtual reality world.
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'Stories of Intersex and Faith': Vanderbilt to host film screening and discussion Oct. 26
“Stories of Intersex and Faith,” a documentary in which five intersex people offer insight into their extraordinary challenges, will be screened online Oct. 26 with a panel discussion to follow.
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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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Center for Student Wellbeing offers tips, resources for academic success
The Center for Student Wellbeing is offering tips and resources, including workshops, academic coaching and an online learning space, for students to help them succeed academically this semester.
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Melodores advance in a cappella championships, face Belmont next; vote now
The Vanderbilt Melodores ​have advanced to Round 2 of the “UpStagedAID: One World, Every Student Voice” competition. In Round 2, the Melodores face off against the Belmont University Prismatics. Voting ends tomorrow, Oct. 20, at 11:59 p.m.
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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 Felipe Barrera-Osorio: Beyond the balance sheet
New Vanderbilt Peabody College Associate Professor Felipe Barrera-Osorio has dedicated his research to understanding how education policies can increase human capital—the knowledge, skills and other intangible assets that add value to an organization.


Take Note

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Chuchuan Hong–Trapping and manipulating nanoscale objects

Simplified time entry in Oracle Cloud for employees working holidays, second and third shifts

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross

Register for NASEM Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education summit Oct. 19–20

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Do I Need a Mentor?’ Oct. 21

‘Pandemic Parenting Check-in’ topic of Parenting Group meeting on Oct. 22

Lee to address Vanderbilt Woman’s Club Oct. 22

MPH program sponsors Stata Boot Camp Oct. 23

Work-life integration topic of Women in the Academy talk Oct. 27

Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture features Princeton’s McReynolds Oct. 29

Hear business experts and innovators at Owen Forward Nov. 9-13

Proposals sought for IDD-Reads Grant Awards

Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting your commute in new survey series

Re:VU brochures for 2020–21 now available

Employees requested to update demographic information, veteran status in Oracle


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  First Fall Staff Assembly to be held virtually
· OCT ·
  Vanderbilt to host 2020 Second Language Research Forum
· OCT ·
  4th annual Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Boot Camp
· OCT ·
  ‘Are We Underinvesting in Education?’ topic of Steine Lecture in Economics
· OCT ·
  Interested in federal STEM policy and advocacy? Two virtual seminars offered in October


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Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
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Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of the practice of anthropology, is quoted.
CNBC: Airborne transmission of coronavirus has made high-end air filtration systems more popular than ‘toilet paper in April’ as HVAC systems sell out
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Economist: The plot against Gretchen Whitmer
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
The New York Times: The dire wolf might have prowled Asia, fossil suggests
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of biological sciences, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: Why COVID-19 is spreading again: fatigue, colder weather, eased restrictions
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, and Loren Lipworth, research professor of medicine, are quoted.
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