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  Monday, Nov. 16, 2020  
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Return to Campus Update for Nov. 16
Many members of the VU community are preparing to depart campus when in-person classes and activities come to a close this Friday and undergraduates switch to remote instruction and prepare for the final exam period, which ends on Dec.12. It’s important to remember that this period of transition is not an “ending,” but rather a planned shift due to the pandemic conditions.
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Albright, Powell to headline Chancellor’s Lecture Series event today
Madeleine K. Albright and Gen. Colin L. Powell—the 64th and 65th United States secretaries of state, respectively—will discuss the future of U.S. global relations as part of Vanderbilt’s first Chancellor’s Lecture Series event of the 2020-21 season. The virtual event is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m. CT, and registration is required.
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Students encouraged to practice distance but not disconnection over extended winter break
While many Vanderbilt students will be physically distant from campus over the extended winter break, the Student Care Network is committed to ensuring that students do not feel disconnected from campus support services.
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Virtual sticky notes and crafts bring residential college community together
This year students in E. Bronson Ingram College are starting off their weekly “Bronson Breaks,” a time for residents to have some fun with Faculty Head of House Sarah Igo and her family, by peeling off a virtual sticky note from an online collaboration tool to share thoughts or give advice.
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Call for applications: Undergraduate student summer immersion funding
The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs invites undergraduate students to apply for funding to support Immersion Vanderbilt experiences during the summer of 2021.
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Open house for students interested in Nichols Humanitarian Funding; applications to open Nov. 18, due Jan. 4
The Nichols Humanitarian Fund will begin accepting applications for 2021 on Nov. 18. The deadline to apply is Jan. 4, 2021. To learn more about this year’s award process, interested students are encouraged to register to attend the annual reception and open house on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. CT via Zoom.
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Noted informatics expert named VUSN informatics dean
Patricia Sengstack has been named senior associate dean for informatics at the School of Nursing. Sengstack will develop and oversee informatics initiatives for the school, including support for VUSN’s extensive distance learning and face-to-face classes. 
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Community conversation Nov. 17 to follow up Albright, Powell CLS event
The Faculty Senate will host a community conversation for faculty, staff and students beginning at 5 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Nov. 17, to discuss themes from the Chancellor’s Lecture Series event with former United States secretaries of state Madeleine K. Albright and Gen. Colin L. Powell taking place the day prior. The community conversation will be conducted via Zoom, and registration is required to participate.
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Virtual discussion on the future of health policy scheduled for today
Vanderbilt University Medical Center health policy experts share what’s next for drug policy, insurance coverage, health care access and pandemic response in a free virtual discussion on Monday, Nov. 16.
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Noted medieval historian Patrick Geary to give virtual talk Nov. 18
Patrick J. Geary, emeritus professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present “The Challenges and Dangers of integrating Genomic Data into History” on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
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Former FBI special agent, cybercrime expert to deliver Engineering’s Schmidt Lecture Nov. 19
Retired FBI Special Agent Scott Augenbaum will deliver the School of Engineering’s 2020 Schmidt Family Digital Technologies Lecture, “Cybercrime: How To Prepare So You Don’t Become The Next Victim,” on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. The lecture is open to the public, but registration for the online webinar is required.
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Oracle Cloud: Plan ahead for updates
Vanderbilt’s Oracle Cloud environment will undergo its next quarterly upgrade the weekend of Nov. 20–21. In addition, learn more about biweekly time reporting over the upcoming holidays and preparing for the transition to Oracle Recruiting and Onboarding.


Take Note

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Isom Kelly–porous silicon nanoparticles

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

Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture: ‘Investigating the molecular regulation and function of death signaling complexes’ Nov. 19

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross


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Amanda Clayton, assistant professor of political science, is quoted.
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Colin Walsh, assistant professor of biomedical informatics, is quoted.
The New York Times: A loving chastisement for America (opinion)
Caroline Randall Williams, writer in residence in medicine, health and society, writes about the political ideologies of the Republican party and her personal perspective on why people of all colors must abandon it.
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William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Associated Press: Amid hesitation, Nashville urges vaccine trial participation
Vanderbilt is mentioned.
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