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  Wednesday, June 9, 2021  
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COVID-19 vaccination requirement: University issues additional guidance
As announced last month, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all members of the Vanderbilt University community for the 2021–22 academic year. Today the university is sharing additional guidance about this requirement. 
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Rachel White named assistant vice chancellor for marketing for Division of Communications
Rachel White, a dynamic marketing leader, will join the Division of Communications July 6 as Vanderbilt’s inaugural assistant vice chancellor for marketing.
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Vanderbilt Poll: Tennesseans split along party lines on vaccines, 2020 election and ‘cancel culture’
Divisive party politics continue to dominate attitudes among Tennessee residents on key social issues, including the state’s response to COVID-19, willingness to get vaccinated and questions about whether the 2020 presidential election was “stolen,” according to the latest Vanderbilt University poll.
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Vanderbilt political scientists discuss shifts in U.S. Congress with longtime North Carolina Rep. David Price
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host a virtual discussion June 28 about the evolution of the U.S. Congress and how to find issues of common ground in a time of polarization. The discussion will feature current U.S. Rep. David Price and Vanderbilt political scientists Alan Wiseman and Larry Bartels. 
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Vanderbilt Athletics taps Fanatics to power new online store; VU employees get 30 percent off for limited time
Vanderbilt University and Fanatics, a global leader for licensed sports merchandise, have agreed to a new long-term partnership in which Fanatics will operate e-commerce and mobile retail efforts for the Vanderbilt Athletics program. To celebrate the new collaboration, Vanderbilt faculty and staff can get 30 percent off all Commodores merchandise on the website through June 11.
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USAC recognizes service at year-end meeting; Lawrence Givens receives Karen Dolan Spirit Award
Vanderbilt’s University Staff Advisory Council recognized its members for their service and celebrated the resiliency and commitment of university staff over the past academic year during the council’s year-end meeting on June 8.
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Vanderbilt Rocket Team places second in 2021 NASA Student Launch Competition
The Vanderbilt Rocket Team placed second in the Launch Division of the 2021 NASA Student Launch Competition. The Vanderbilt team also won NASA’s Educational Engagement Award for their innovative virtual rocketry workshops for school students.
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Vanderbilt Campus Dining named Best Overall Food Allergy Champion among universities
Vanderbilt University Campus Dining has been named Best Overall Food Allergy Champion for Universities in the fifth annual MenuTrinfo Allergy Awards for going above and beyond in its efforts to take care of diners who suffer from food allergies.
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Golden Dores host social event at Fort Negley June 12
Join the Golden Dores on Saturday, June 12, when the Vanderbilt University affinity group will host its first social event at Nashville’s Fort Negley. The Golden Dores is for employees 50 years and more who hope to gain camaraderie and help each other through this fun yet challenging time in their lives.
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Discussion on the origins of life featuring cross-section of Vanderbilt academics set for June 17
How do academics with diverse areas of expertise view the origins of life? A June 17 virtual discussion hosted by the School of Medicine Basic Sciences will bring together perspectives from single-cell biology, theology, space and time and metaphysical philosophy to explore the unique and common understandings among the fields.
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Nashville medical leaders to discuss racial health disparities and possible solutions June 18
Local health experts will explore health disparities and inequities in the Nashville community and how these issues can be addressed during a virtual event on Friday, June 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. CT.  Hosted by Vanderbilt, “Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Nashville: An Update” is free and open to the public. 
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Submit your tuition benefit application for fall 2021 now
The EdAssist portal is now available for submitting fall 2021 tuition benefit applications, including dependent tuition applications.
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Vanderbilt Eye Institute now a DeltaVision provider; claims covered effective Jan. 1, 2021
Vanderbilt Eye Institute is now a provider in Vanderbilt University’s DeltaVision network. Any employee who visited the Vanderbilt Eye Institute beginning Jan. 1, 2021, will be contacted by DeltaVision as their claim is reprocessed.


Take Note

University will host free walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics for faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows 

COVID-19 vaccinations now available for 12–15-year-olds through VUMC

Blair School of Music offers interactive Zoom Kindermusik classes June 9-July 21

‘Estate Planning: Essential Legal Documents’ June 16

VKC Community Lecture: ‘Learning How Children on the Autism Spectrum Process Sensory Information’ June 17

Nashville Jazz Workshop and Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy host Juneteenth Jazz and Art Live Experience June 19

Employee Learning and Engagement launches professional development workshops

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowships

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 NEH Summer Stipends

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center SPORE in Breast Cancer funding opportunity

Win big with Health Plus’ Spring into Summer weigh-ins and step challenge

Learn about Diabetes Prevention Program at upcoming sessions

Become a Health Plus Wellness Commodore

Join Health Plus’ Babies and You prenatal education program


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Vanderbilt in the News
Nashville Business Journal: The Interview: Vanderbilt’s chancellor puts the university’s financial muscle to work
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is featured.
National Geographic: What you need to know about the COVID-19 lab-leak hypothesis
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Hill: Experienced staff promote effective lawmaking
Alan Wiseman, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of political science and co-director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, writes about research on retaining experienced congressional staff
Nashville Post: Ex-Chattanooga mayor to teach at Vanderbilt Law
Former Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, incoming faculty and adviser at Vanderbilt, is featured.
USA Today: Fact check: Fauci’s emails don’t show he ‘lied’ about hydroxychloroquine
Wesley Self, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted.
Law 360: As ‘anti-riot’ laws pass, legal challenges grow
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Health: There are 5 social determinants of health—here’s what that means, and how they influence your care
Renã Robinson, associate professor of chemistry, is quoted.
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