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  Monday, Nov. 28, 2022  
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Global Scholars in Residence program to welcome top international talent to campus
The Office of the Chancellor and Office of the Provost have announced funding for the new Global Scholars in Residence program, part of Vanderbilt’s commitment to enhance global engagement and collaboration across the university.
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GivingTuesday is tomorrow
This GivingTuesday, please support opportunities that nurture student success both on campus and beyond. Make a gift of any size to an area of the university that is meaningful to you.
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AI-powered cruise control system may pave the way to fuel efficiency and traffic relief
Vanderbilt University was part of a consortium of academic researchers, working with leading automakers, that recently concluded a five-day test on a stretch of I-24 near downtown Nashville—the largest study of its kind in the world. The researchers tested an AI-powered cruise control system designed to increase fuel savings and ease traffic.
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Nominations open for spring 2023 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. All faculty are eligible to submit nominations, which are due Tuesday, Dec. 20.
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Vanderbilt Blair Big Band selected to participate in elite jazz competition at Lincoln Center
Vanderbilt Blair School of Music’s Blair Big Band is among 10 outstanding college jazz orchestras from across the nation invited to participate in the third annual Jack Rudin Jazz Championship. The event, which will be Jan. 14 and 15 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, will include workshops, performances and a high-level collegiate competition.
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REGISTER: ‘The Future of the U.S. Supreme Court’ with CBS’ Jan Crawford, two former White House counsels is tomorrow
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host an in-person event on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Student Life Center to examine the potential impact of recent Supreme Court decisions on the perceived politicization of the federal courts.
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Vandy Cooks: ‘Biryani and Raita for the South Asian Soul’ Nov. 29
The Vanderbilt David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center presents the next installment of Vandy Cooks featuring South Asian Cultural Exchange leaders Gayatri Aluri and Min Kalasikam and Culinary Club leader Mark Raj on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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Lab-to-Table Conversation: ‘The Impact of Obesity on Health’ Nov. 30 
What are the scientific mechanisms by which obesity impacts the body? What are the genetic components of why some individuals struggle more with weight gain and loss? Join Professor Alyssa Hasty and panel as they explore these topics in the next Lab-to-Table Conversation from the School of Medicine Basic Sciences on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. CT.
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Provost to deliver Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture Dec. 1
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver will be the featured speaker at a Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development Dean’s Diversity Lecture on Thursday, Dec. 1. Raver’s talk is titled “Flipping the Script: Notes from My Path to University Leadership.” 
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MoveVU to offer training for Lyft passes and excursion planning for classes, clubs, more Dec. 6
Vanderbilt has a preferred partnership with Lyft to offer a flexible transportation option for faculty, staff and students using ridehail services while conducting official university business. Program leaders must attend a training session hosted by VU staff about the Lyft dashboard.
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Turkey Toss is Dec. 16; sign up to volunteer now
Vanderbilt University faculty, staff and postdocs are invited to participate in Turkey Toss 2022 on Friday, Dec. 16. This year’s Turkey Toss will be a hybrid event.
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Vanderbilt launches online holiday gift guide; shop now
Let the online Vanderbilt Holiday Gift Guide be your one-stop shop for treating everyone on your “nice” list this season.
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HR Employee Learning and Engagement seeks interest for December small group life and career design series
A special December offering from HR Employee Learning and Engagement invites VU employees to explore how they can apply design thinking to their lives and careers.
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Reminder: New employee wellness and mental health programs start January 2023
Vanderbilt University is transitioning to new wellness and mental health programs for its employees in January 2023. The new programs, which are part of a wider investment in the health of faculty, staff and postdocs, will expand service offerings and make resources available to employees’ families.
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Information sessions for Keegan Traveling Fellowship set for Nov. 29 and Dec. 5
The application period for the Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship opens on Monday, Dec. 5. The Office of Undergraduate Education will host two information sessions for all who are interested in applying.
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Join an evening Language Table in Vanderbilt dining halls  
Campus Dining is deepening the spirit of community in residential dining by hosting weekly “Language Tables in the Residential Colleges” in partnership with the College of Arts and Science, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Center for Languages. 


Health & Safety Updates

VU community encouraged to practice healthy behaviors; new omicron-specific boosters available

Davidson County COVID community level low


Take Note

Faculty, staff, students and alumni invited to submit proposals for spring cycle of Vanderbilt Sesquicentennial Grant

Diermeier announces two paid administrative closure days to precede winter break

Employee Critical Support Fund to provide expanded services and funding; support the fund through AmazonSmile, Kroger Community Awards 

New Research IT Voucher Program offers up to $5K for faculty, staff to advance digital projects; first application deadline is Nov. 30

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards

Annual commute survey ongoing

MLAS spring and summer 2023 course offerings announced

Law School announces new online master of legal studies with staff scholarship

AI deep learning class open to graduate students, seniors

Programs for Talented Youth announces return of WAVU immersive academic experience for 7th-12th graders

Participants needed for family-centered diet study

Participants sought for brain-based learning enhancement research

Study seeks participants for brain-based reading comprehension enhancement research

Hold the Stuffing returns with choice of three wellness options


Coming Up

· NOV ·
  ‘The Musician’s Perspectives on Memory’ featuring Blair School’s
Ji Hye Jung
· NOV ·
  Center for Spiritual and Religious Life hosts Gratitude Challenge through Nov. 30
· DEC ·
  ‘Detecting Colliding Black Holes: AI Deep Dive’
· DEC ·
  Skype services
will end


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Researchers: AI in connected cars eased rush hour congestion
Dan Work, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
CNN: Opinion: Michelle Obama has a new role
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, authored this opinion piece.
Insider: 5 big reasons why kids are getting sick and flooding ERs—and ‘immunity debt’ isn’t one of them
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Conversation: Midterm election results reflect the hodgepodge of U.S. voters, not the endorsement or repudiation of a candidate’s or party’s agenda
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor and professor of philosophy, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: Safety, laughter, love: Club Q represented the opposite of what the shooting there evoked
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of anthropology, is quoted.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Changing the face of nursing
Rolanda Johnson, professor of nursing and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the School of Nursing; Mamie Williams, adjunct instructor in nursing; and Crystal Jackson, senior director of nursing education and professional development, are quoted.
The Tennessean: Q&A: Author explores Martin Luther King Jr.’s truth-telling and what it means for today
Lewis Baldwin, professor of religious studies, emeritus, is featured.
Yahoo Finance: When will the Big Tech layoffs come to an end?
Josh White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
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