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  Monday, Oct. 26, 2020  
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Return to Campus Update for Oct. 26
The Vanderbilt community has made a huge effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, but worrying signs that resolve is slackening—particularly among undergraduate students—are a reminder that everyone must continue to stay strong to stay together.
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Provost’s WAVE Council to host listening sessions on COVID-19 related gender equity concerns
The Provost’s Women’s Advancement and Equity Council will hold two listening sessions the first week of November for faculty and postdoctoral fellows to discuss gender equity concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Maker class adapts to COVID-19, innovates at the Wond’ry
Kevin Galloway, director of making at the Wond’ry, has adjusted his class on engineering and immersive design to help students create in all environments while making things that help people.
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Grisham, former library director and co-founder of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, has died
Frank P. Grisham, who led the Vanderbilt library from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, a time that included the establishment of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive and the transition of the libraries after the merger with George Peabody College for Teachers, died Oct. 9. He was 92.
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New Interfaith Fellowships program engages diversity at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt University’s inaugural cohort of Interfaith Fellows is gaining a new understanding about the diverse religious beliefs of their fellow students during a two-semester leadership program.
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Student Care Network offers virtual, telehealth services to support students
The Student Care Network seeks to ensure that students have access to well-being resources, regardless of their location. There are a variety of online wellness and academic support resources for students studying on campus, off campus, out of state and abroad.
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Provost establishes ad hoc committee to make ’wellness day‘ recommendations
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has established an ad hoc committee to make recommendations concerning the nature and timing of intermittent “wellness days” for undergraduate students throughout the 2021 spring academic calendar.
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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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‘Stories of Intersex and Faith’: Vanderbilt to host film screening and discussion today
“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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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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‘Are We Underinvesting in Education?’ topic of Steine Lecture in Economics Wednesday
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 Thursday
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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VandyRide to provide free student shuttle to polling places on Election Day, Nov. 3
VandyRide will provide a free shuttle to two voting locations, Murrell School and Eakin Elementary School, for students who would like to vote in person at their assigned polling location on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
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Oracle Cloud to require multifactor authentication beginning Nov. 11
Oracle Cloud will begin requiring multi-factor authentication on Nov. 11. MFA provides an additional layer of security for users logging in to a secure environment. 
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Human Resources announces new career and compensation framework
Vanderbilt University Human Resources is excited to announce the development of a new career and compensation framework for employees. The new framework sets out to create tools, resources and a data structure that benefits the university, its staff and leadership in a number of ways.
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Open Enrollment: Understanding your pharmaceutical profile and selecting a health plan
Prescription drug coverage is included with both health plan options for 2021 benefits, but costs apply differently depending on which plan you choose. You should evaluate your prescriptions costs and determine the price you will pay under each plan.
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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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New faculty Brian Broughman: Studying the legal dynamics of startups
New Professor of Law Brian Broughman studies the legal and financial dynamics of startup firms, from their inception through their acquisition or initial public offering.


Take Note

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross

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

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

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

Limited Submission Opportunity: CLIR Recordings at Risk

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2020 V Scholar Award for Black/African American Cancer Researchers

Watch free Nashville Opera production of ‘One Vote Won’

Employees requested to update demographic information, veteran status in Oracle

Re:VU brochures for 2020–21 now available

Caregiving resources available through Vanderbilt Child and Family Center

Diabetes Prevention Program information sessions offered

Join Health Plus’ Babies and You prenatal education program

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Interested in federal STEM policy and advocacy? Virtual seminar offered
· NOV ·
  Two-week Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp is Nov. 2–5, 9–12
· NOV ·
  Hear business experts and innovators at Owen Forward Nov. 9-13
· NOV ·
  Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day set for Nov. 13


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Vanderbilt in the News
Reuters: What does the Pope’s support for gay civil unions mean for LGBT+ rights?
Bruce Morrill, Edward A. Malloy Professor of Roman Catholic Studies and professor of theology, is quoted.
Associated Press: Sidelined by COVID-19 bigger issue for NFL players, coaches
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Vox: The fight is for democracy
Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, is quoted.
Education Week: How to really close opportunity gaps during our national racial reckoning
Rich Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Education, writes about addressing opportunity gaps in education.
USA Today: Debate fact check: Where Trump, Biden claims land on COVID-19, fracking, race, more
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
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