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  Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020  
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Albright and Powell urge national unity, rebuilding during Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture
Former U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Gen. Colin Powell called for a return to civility, communication and compromise in domestic politics and foreign relations during the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture on Nov. 16. Vanderbilt community members may watch a full, archived video of the event.
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The Open Dore: Being thankful
The Herculean effort by many across campus to allow Vanderbilt’s mission to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic is just one reason to be thankful as the Thanksgiving break from classes approaches, writes Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in the November edition of “The Open Dore.”
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Inaugural conference on race justice to feature internationally known scholars
The Initiative for Race Research and Justice at Vanderbilt Peabody College will host a daylong virtual conference on Saturday, Dec. 5, featuring internationally known scholars and leaders Marc Lamont Hill, Gloria Ladson-Billings and Bettina Love, among others, who will address a range of questions about racial justice as the issue applies in educational settings and more broadly.
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Smrekar named editor of ‘Peabody Journal of Education’
Claire Smrekar, associate professor of public policy and education, recently was named editor of the “Peabody Journal of Education,” America’s second longest-running publication devoted exclusively to educational research, practice and policy.
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Vanderbilt researcher wins NSF grant to decipher civil conflict with code
With a statistical network to model civil conflict, political scientist Cassy Dorff applies a data-based lens to understanding war and peace.
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Vanderbilt-Ancora partnership advances research for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
Further research by biochemistry professors Charles Sanders and  Bruce Carter into therapeutics for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, an inherited condition that damages peripheral nerves, will be funded by Ancora Innovation LLC, a Deerfield Management company that supports Vanderbilt’s innovative life science research.
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‘Around the World in 18 Hours’ event designed to connect remote and international students
How do you engage Vanderbilt’s remote-learning and international students and connect them to each other while navigating time zones around the world? Keep a virtual party going for 18 hours straight. 
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Anchor Down. Step Up. merchandise store reopens, new items available
By popular demand, the Anchor Down. Step Up. Pop-up Store is open again for a limited time and features three new items.
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Noted medieval historian Patrick Geary to give virtual talk today
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 tomorrow
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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Vanderbilt Digital Nights computer programming workshop series for high school students begins Nov. 19
High school students, parents and teachers are invited to participate in a series of free hands-on workshops to learn about computer science and programming hosted by Vanderbilt University’s Computational Thinking and Learning Initiative.   
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Applications for Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment accepted through Nov. 30
Applications are now being accepted for the Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment program, designed to develop key leadership skills and competencies for staff who are line or operational leaders demonstrating high potential, and whose leadership position is between front line supervisor and director.
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Human Resources launches new career and compensation website
Vanderbilt University’s new career and compensation framework is designed to provide staff and leadership with a transparent, market-based structure, practical tools and information necessary for navigating careers. In conjunction with the framework, a resource website is now live.
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Winter classes at Vanderbilt Osher Lifelong Learning Institute range from military history to the art of Tai Chi
Strategic challenges in U.S. military history, unpacking the 2020 election and the reduction of stress through Tai Chi are among the topics offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt for winter 2021. The noncredit classes are open to all those age 50 and older.
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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

Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture: Cornelius Taabazuing Nov. 19

Last day for Hold the Stuffing weigh-in is Nov. 25

Master of Public Health program information sessions set for Nov. 30, Dec. 1

Inclusive Book Group to discuss Tara Westover’s ‘Educated’ Dec. 2

Vanderbilt Blair’s Molly Barth presents ‘Ineffable’ online Dec. 4

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross

Demonstration videos of new VERA system available online

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Isom Kelly–porous silicon nanoparticles

Nominations open for faculty awards recognizing research, service

Frist Center seeking applications for new fellows, affiliates

VU/VUMC shared Exchange Outlook address book to be separated in early 2021

Human Resources announces well-being initiatives

Tips for enjoying the holidays virtually


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Vanderbilt in the News
USA Today: ‘Our neighbors, our family members’: Small-town hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 deaths
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Guardian: How marijuana legalization made strides across the U.S. in this election
Robert Mikos, professor of law, is quoted.
Newsweek: Million MAGA March borrows name from Civil Rights Movement, will host white supremacists
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
The New York Times: The pandemic is showing us how capitalism is amazing, and inadequate
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
The Atlantic: Never Trump, forever
John Sides, professor of political science and William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair in the College of Arts and Science, is quoted.
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