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  Friday, Oct. 23, 2020  
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Diermeier thanks staff for Vanderbilt’s strong position during unprecedented year
During the inaugural Fall Staff Assembly, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier thanked the staff for their hard work, perseverance and expertise to launch the Return to Campus plan. More than 1,250 staff attended the virtual event.
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2020 Anchor Down, Step Up Excellence Awards presented at inaugural Fall Staff Assembly
Nine staff members and 10 teams received Anchor Down, Step Up Excellence Awards from Chancellor Daniel Diermeier for their exceptional efforts during the university’s response to COVID-19.
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Vanderbilt University to mark MLK Day as staff holiday starting in 2021
Starting in 2021, Vanderbilt University will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid staff holiday. The move aligns with efforts to strengthen equity, diversity and inclusion on campus.
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Diermeier announces paid administrative closure days Dec. 22 and 23
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier announced that Vanderbilt University will grant two administrative closure days at the beginning of the 2020 winter break—Dec. 22 and Dec. 23. Paid time off for staff will begin on Dec. 22, instead of Dec. 24 as originally scheduled.
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Open Enrollment now underway; 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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School of Nursing receives $3.2 million HRSA grant to increase diversity in health care
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing will use a $3.2 million federal grant for a scholarship program for economically disadvantaged students from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority backgrounds. The program aims to increase diversity in primary health care providers, particularly in medically underserved areas.
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Lawson, Young and others join symposium honoring legacy of Kelly Miller Smith
A virtual symposium with noted speakers and artists will reflect on the civil rights legacy of Kelly Miller Smith Sr., Vanderbilt’s first African American administrator, and its meaning today. The symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28.
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PTY announces inaugural Virtual Mentorship Program for students in grades 10-12
The Mentor Immersion Program through Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth is a unique virtual experience that offers high school students in-depth exposure in a field and the opportunity to engage in scholarly research with a content expert.
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Student Factbook features new look, download options
Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (PIE) in the Office of the Provost has released an updated version of the Student Factbook, including enhanced visualizations.
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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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Vanderbilt Prison Project Awareness Week events Oct. 26–29
The Vanderbilt Prison Project will observe its annual Awareness Week Oct. 26–29 with a series of virtual events conducted via Zoom. This year’s theme, “The Criminal (In)justice System Today,” will explore policing and the prison system in the context of current events, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 election.
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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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Vanderbilt community invited to attend 14th Annual VPA Symposium Oct. 29
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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Reunion classes of 2020 recognized with virtual celebration
Vanderbilt University hosted a virtual celebration on Oct. 21, recognizing the Reunion classes of 2020 with a special toast. The event served as a prelude to an on-campus celebration Vanderbilt will host next fall for all alumni whose Reunion year falls in 2020 or 2021.
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Re:VU brochures for 2020–21 now available
Re:VU is a concise summary of Vanderbilt’s vital statistics, featuring the most commonly requested facts and figures about the university and reflecting the most recent official published information available. The brochure is used by offices, departments and schools campuswide for a variety of purposes.


Take Note

Employees requested to update demographic information, veteran status in Oracle

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

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross

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

Final days for Go for the Gold; deadline is Oct. 31

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

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: TN Arts Commission Arts Project Support and Rural Arts Project Support

Limited Submission Opportunity: TN Arts Commission Arts Access Annual Grant

Watch free Nashville Opera production of ‘One Vote Won’

Diabetes Prevention Program information sessions offered

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Think Pink! webinar is Oct. 27

Join Health Plus’ Babies and You prenatal education program

Caregiving resources available through Vanderbilt Child and Family Center


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Vanderbilt to host 2020 Second Language Research Forum
· OCT ·
  4th annual Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Boot Camp set for Oct. 23
· OCT ·
  Interested in federal STEM policy and advocacy? Two virtual seminars offered in October
· NOV ·
  Save the date: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day set for Nov. 13


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Vanderbilt in the News
CNBC: Here’s what you need to know about getting health insurance if you lost a job during the pandemic
John Graves, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed: What happens before college matters
Ebony McGee, associate professor of teaching and learning, is quoted.
Kaiser Health News: Older COVID patients battle ‘brain fog,’ weakness and emotional turmoil
Wesley Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
Nashville Post: ‘We can’t wait until that moment when we have completely stressed out the system’
Melissa McPheeters, research professor of health policy, is quoted.
Associated Press: If Google’s a monopoly, who is harmed by its market power?
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
USA Today: ‘The virus is attending these events’: Experts fear COVID-19 spike from holiday gatherings—even if they’re small
Craig Smith, associate professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
NBC News: Pope calls for civil unions for same-sex couples, in major departure from Vatican doctrine
Bruce Morrill, Edward A. Mallory Professor of Roman Catholic Studies, is quoted.
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