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  Monday, Nov. 2, 2020  
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Return to Campus Update for Nov. 2
The Vanderbilt community continues to Anchor Down and Step Up to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The university’s public dashboard, updated this morning, shows undergraduate students’ efforts to flatten their positive case curve last week. However, Vanderbilt continues to see positive cases—especially a rise in graduate and professional student COVID-19 cases over the last week.
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Faculty named to Vanderbilt’s Global Voices Fellowship for spring 2021
Eunji Kim, a scholar of American public opinion, political communication and political psychology, and Caroline Randall Williams, an award-winning poet, author and activist, have been selected as Vanderbilt Global Voices Fellows for the spring 2021 semester.
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Rook awarded Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s prestigious Melvin R. Goodes prize
Behavioral and systems neuropharmacologist Jerri Rook is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation with the Goodes Prize to continue her work in Alzheimer’s disease research.
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Zechmeister, LAPOP rise to challenge of conducting phone surveys on democratic public opinion during COVID-19 pandemic
The Latin American Public Opinion Project’s efforts never stopped when Vanderbilt closed labs in mid-March due to COVID-19. Instead, director Elizabeth Zechmeister’s team pivoted to exclusively remote work and tackled the monumental task of overhauling research protocols to acquire data that reveals new insights about the pandemic’s effects on democracy.
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Nominations open for faculty awards recognizing research, service
Nominations are now open for Vanderbilt’s top faculty awards, which demonstrate the university’s appreciation for and commitment to excellence.
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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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Open Enrollment ends today
If you have not yet completed enrollment for 2021 benefits, time is running out! All benefits-eligible employees should complete Open Enrollment by 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 2.
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University issues guidance related to 2020 election activities
Vanderbilt fully supports robust civic engagement by its students, faculty and staff, and as Election Day approaches, encourages all eligible members of the university community to exercise their right to vote. Vanderbilt is making a number of resources available to assist the community in participating in the democratic process; however, university resources or one’s Vanderbilt affiliation may not be used to support or oppose any candidate for public office.
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OIE and Identity Centers, Center for Student Wellbeing, UCC partner for election week programming Nov. 2–9
The Office for Inclusive Excellence and Identity Centers are partnering with the University Counseling Center and Center for Student Wellbeing to provide the time and space for students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff to be in community with one another Nov. 2–9.
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Civil political debate helps student see through a new lens
An American Studies seminar is exploring the complex relationship between religion and partisan politics in the United States by putting an emphasis on civility, mutual respect and robust dialogue.
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Vanderbilt pilots return of indoor dining on campus
Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, the university will launch an indoor dining pilot at the Sarratt Student Center, Rand Hall and Heard Library Community Room, with the intention of expanding the pilot to The Commons Center Dining Room before the end of the fall semester.  
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Student Care Network offers ideas, resources to support student mental and physical well-being
The Student Care Network is sharing a few ideas to support students’ mental and physical well-being as the end of the fall semester approaches.
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Frist Center seeking applications for new fellows, affiliates
The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation has announced its 2020 call for membership, which allows Vanderbilt faculty and staff to apply to become affiliates or fellows of the center.
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Information sessions for new career and compensation framework announced
Over the next several weeks, Vanderbilt Human Resources will host information sessions outlining details of a new career and compensation framework and answering any questions staff may have.
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Single sign-on enhancements coming to Zoom and Box for spring 2021
Vanderbilt University Information Technology continuously strives to increase the security posture of Vanderbilt systems while also enhancing accessibility. VUIT is excited to announce upgrades to the Zoom and Box user experience, with updates coming soon.
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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month. The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity is hosting a series of events under the theme #LandBack, meant to focus on the importance of land and sovereignty for native and indigenous communities.
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Information session for Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health case competition is Nov. 13
The Global Health Case Competition is an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and professional students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to collaborate in developing innovative solutions to a global health problem. Join an online information session on Friday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. to learn more.
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Vanderbilt, let’s vote on Nov. 3
On Election Day, employees who are registered to vote may be absent from work for a reasonable paid period of time, not to exceed three hours, to exercise their right to vote.
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Washington Insiders: VU alumni in CNN’s Washington Bureau playing key roles in network’s political coverage
This election night, Sam Feist, BA’91, will perform one of his more unusual duties as head of CNN’s Washington Bureau. Assuming the results are clear-cut, he will—in consultation with CNN’s statisticians and political scientists—call the winner of the presidential race for the network.


Take Note

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Nidhi Jyotsana–Knowledge of cancer can inform our study of COVID-19

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross

Next meeting of Single Parent Group is Nov. 5

Women’s Center hosts salary negotiation workshop Nov. 12

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day set for Nov. 13

Flexner Deans’ Lecture: ‘Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence’ Nov. 16

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Conservation, Food and Health Grants

Funding Opportunity: American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant

Watch free Nashville Opera production of ‘One Vote Won’

7 ways to cope better with election stress

Recruiting, onboarding will move into Oracle Cloud in January 2021

Re:VU brochures for 2020–21 now available

Caregiving resources available through Vanderbilt Child and Family Center

Take a Mindful Break with Health Plus

A Healthier You: ‘How Food Connects Us’

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

· 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 ·
  Oracle Cloud to require multifactor authentication beginning Nov. 11
· NOV ·
  Former FBI special agent, cybercrime expert to deliver Engineering’s Schmidt Lecture


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Vanderbilt in the News
Yahoo! Finance: There is no replacement for a living, learning community: Vanderbilt University chancellor on COVID-19 strategy
An interview with Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is featured.
U.S. News & World Report: Trump targets Kamala Harris as attacks on Biden fall flat
Amanda Clayton, assistant professor of political science, is quoted.
CNN: There are 9.9 million Americans who are not up to date on their rent or mortgage payments. Here’s how you can get help now
Marybeth Shinn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of human, organizational and community development, is quoted.
The Guardian (U.K.): Here are all the steps social media made to combat misinformation. Will it be enough?
Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.
The New York Times: Er, can I ask a few questions about abortion?
Amy-Jill Levine, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, is quoted.
The Associated Press: Trump paints apocalyptic portrait of life in U.S. under Biden
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs, dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
The Atlantic: Why many white men love Trump’s coronavirus response
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
USA Today: Trump’s EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues
Michael Vandenberg, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, is quoted.
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