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  Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021  
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Return to Campus update for Jan. 27
As a new semester begins, Vanderbilt is sharing the most recent and relevant updates with faculty to keep them informed of important changes, new offerings and other information to help ensure a successful spring.
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FutureVU progress report for FY2020 now available
Transformations of the West End and Peabody neighborhoods, pioneering solar energy partnerships, improved recycling and more sustainable transportation choices are among the achievements outlined in the latest FutureVU progress report.
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Chancellor, provost share message with Class of 2021 regarding Commencement
In the coming weeks, Vanderbilt will announce more details about official plans for its May 2021 Commencement ceremony. The university is grateful for students’ patience as it explores scenarios that will prioritize Vanderbilt’s commitment to honoring and celebrating graduates’ accomplishments while protecting health and safety as much as possible, write Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost Susan R. Wente in a message to the Class of 2021 and their families.
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Despite limitations of pandemic, research and collaborations continue at Blair, School of Engineering
During the Research Ramp-up process, more than 3,000 Vanderbilt research personnel have returned to in-person research activities, while many others have continued remotely through perseverance and ingenuity. The efforts of the Blair School’s Cynthia Cyrus and the School of Engineering’s Sharon Weiss and team are highlighted.
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Campos-Pons leads women artists in film collaboration marking historic time
Vanderbilt Professor of Art Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons says her vision for “When We Gather,” a new film and art project, was influenced by remarks from Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman and first woman of color to serve in that role. The online premiere for the three-minute film, which pays tribute to heroines of the past, visionaries of the present and leaders of the future, will be on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. CT.
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A protein that can melt tumors discovered at Vanderbilt
For the second time, cancer researchers at Vanderbilt have discovered a protein that—when genetically manipulated to impede it from interacting with a gene responsible for cancer genesis—effectively melts tumors in days.
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Heard Libraries’ MLK Day service project enhances Nashville civil rights resources
Heard Libraries staff contributed to and improved the quality of Wikipedia information on Nashville-area social justice organizations and activists when they took part in a voluntary edit-a-thon on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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’Dores in Dialogue: A conversation on the history and complexities of the term Latinx Jan. 29
The Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic and Latinx Alumni and the Vanderbilt Alumni Association invite the university community to attend the virtual event, “’Dores in Dialogue: A Conversation on the History and Complexities of the Term Latinx,” on Friday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to noon CT.
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Writer in residence Alice Randall to discuss ‘Black Bottom Saints’ Feb. 4
Author Alice Randall, writer in residence in African American and Diaspora Studies, will discuss her new book, “Black Bottom Saints,” during a virtual event on Thursday, Feb. 4. The event, open to all faculty, staff and alumni, will begin at 5 p.m. CT and be conducted via Zoom.
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Divinity School marks Black History Month with new ‘Resilient Souls’ online art exhibit
Pain, healing and resilience are themes woven into Nashville artist Ashley Mintz’s new online exhibit supported by Vanderbilt Divinity School. The visual collection, “Resilient Souls: We Rest Then We Rise,” will run in a fully virtual format Feb. 1–March 12 in celebration and reflection of Black History Month.
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Vanderbilt Digital Nights computer programming workshop series for high school students continues tomorrow
Students of all ages can learn about computer programming in Vanderbilt Digital Nights. The second series starts Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. CT.
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Risk management, workers’ compensation incident reporting system unavailable Jan. 30
Vanderbilt’s reporting system for new occurrences of employee injury or illness, non-employee injury or illness, property and vehicle damage and other risk incidents will be migrated to a new environment on Saturday, Jan. 30. Due to this migration, the system will be unavailable from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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New bike lanes seek to enhance safety, transportation options on campus
New bicycle lanes on Jess Neely Drive and Vanderbilt Place are aimed at improving safety and rider experience on campus, and supporting Vanderbilt’s goal of increasing bike commuting and enhancing bike path infrastructure at the university.


Take Note

‘Eliminating Bias in Letters of Recommendation’ topic of Women in the Academy talk Jan. 28

‘Pandemic Parenting Check-in’ topic of Parenting Group meeting on Feb. 4

‘Social (In)Justice of Mental Health’ topic of Harold Jordan Lecture Feb. 5

Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp Feb. 26

Cell and Developmental Biology hosts weekly seminar series

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

Ideator and Builder offerings at the Wond’ry

Submit abstracts for 2021 Global Health Symposium

USAC sponsors virtual food drive; help donate 10,000 meals

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

View your 2020 W-2 in Oracle Cloud

Benefits apps make access and use easier

Employees enrolled in dental or vision plans should expect new ID cards

Get help submitting tuition benefit applications for spring 2021

Occupational Health provides COVID-19 FAQ for faculty, staff


Coming Up

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  ‘Mental Health, Involuntary Treatment, Legal Capacity and Human Rights’
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  ‘Control is the Goal’ blood pressure management program starts
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  Vanderbilt offers free math club fun for middle, high schoolers
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  Vanderbilt behavioral health experts offer free webinar on cyberbullying and internet safety


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Vanderbilt in the News
USA Today: The second Trump impeachment trial is set for February. What happens next?
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.
USA Today: ‘Hard truths and important facts’: Biden pushes for coronavirus testing reset with $50 billion plan
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Elemental: Why men are more likely to die from COVID-19
Derek Griffith, professor of medicine, health and society and director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health, is quoted.
Marketplace: Another challenge for the Biden administration: Thousands of federal appointments
David Lewis, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor, is quoted.
Medical News Today: COVID-19 and the brain: What do we know so far?
Pratik Pandharipande, professor of anesthesiology, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: A science writer travels to the fields and labs where agriculture is changing
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, is featured.
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