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  Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022  
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Wilson gift endows piano scholarship at Vanderbilt Blair School honoring Dean Emeritus Mark Wait
Blair Wilson, BA’74, whose family has deep ties to Vanderbilt University and its Blair School of Music, has endowed the Mark Wait Piano Scholarship to support students studying piano performance at the Blair School. The merit-based scholarship is named in honor of Dean Emeritus Mark Wait, who led Blair from 1993 to 2020.   
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From the Faculty Senate: An update on fall initiatives
With a focus on community, clarity and communication, the Vanderbilt Faculty Senate has undertaken a number of initiatives this semester—including convening faculty and campus leaders for regular in-person meetings, celebrating both faculty and staff at the respective fall assemblies, and working closely with the administration to advance university priorities.
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Peabody College, University of Texas awarded $4M to study efficacy of a reading intervention in after-school programs
The Institute of Education Sciences recently awarded a five-year, $4 million grant to a research team based at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development and the University of Texas at Austin to examine the efficacy of Sound Partners, a reading intervention, delivered through cross-age peer tutoring.
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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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Bicentennial Oak, beloved campus landmark, has died
The Bicentennial Oak, the only tree on Vanderbilt’s campus known to predate the founding of the university, succumbed to age-related decay and fell Nov. 12. Estimated to be some 250 years old, the bur oak was one of the most recognizable trees on campus, serving as a landmark near Garland Hall for generations of Vanderbilt community members.
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WATCH: First look at the Vanderbilt I Solar Farm
The Vanderbilt I Solar Farm, an innovative project that will bring the university closer to its goal of powering campus entirely through renewable energy, is nearing completion in Bedford County, Tennessee.
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MoveVU takes top award at statewide sustainable transportation forum
The Vanderbilt University MoveVU program received the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award at a special ceremony Nov. 9 during the Tennessee Sustainable Transporation Forum and Expo.
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Save the Date: Turkey Toss is Dec. 16
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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AstraZeneca lead scientist visits to discuss Vanderbilt collaboration in COVID antibody Evusheld development
The Vanderbilt Vaccine Center will host a campus-wide presentation by Mark Esser, AstraZeneca vice president and head of microbial sciences, about Evusheld, an antibody combination that combats SARS-CoV-2 developed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The talk will be on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. in Light Hall, Room 202.
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VPA hosts ‘Speak Easy’ talk series Nov. 17 to help postdocs tell their scientific story
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will host “Speak Easy,” a talk series designed to help postdoctoral researchers polish their “lay” scientific communication skills. The next event will be on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall, Room 100.
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REGISTER: ‘The Future of the U.S. Supreme Court’ with CBS’ Jan Crawford, two former White House counsels is Nov. 29
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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Skype services will end Dec. 15
Vanderbilt’s current primary voice services platform, Skype for Business, is being retired by Microsoft. The university recently transitioned to Microsoft Teams, a more advanced voice services offering. As a last step in this transition, VUIT will remove Skype for Business services as of Dec. 15, 2022.


Health & Safety Updates

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

Davidson County COVID community level low


Take Note

Annual commute survey underway

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

Immersion Vanderbilt and Clinton Global Initiative University info session is
Nov. 16

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

‘Detecting Colliding Black Holes: AI Deep Dive’ Dec. 2

SPA offers VERA office hours, reporting/data training sessions throughout fall semester

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Graham Foundation Production and Presentation Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Dr. Scholl Foundation Grant Program

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 ·
  VUSM Flexner Deans’ Lecture: Dr. Qaali Hussein
· NOV ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘Biryani and Raita for the South Asian Soul’
· NOV ·
  Center for Spiritual and Religious Life hosts Gratitude Challenge through Nov. 30


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Vanderbilt in the News
CNBC: Gauging Sam Bankman-Fried’s fraud liability with Vanderbilt’s Yesha Yadav
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The New York Times: University presses are keeping American literature alive
Vanderbilt University Press is mentioned.
Inside Climate News: These rich nations are finally committing cash to climate reparations. The U.S. isn’t among them
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
ABC News: Flu cases continue to rage across the U.S. while vaccination rates lag
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Association of American Medical Colleges: Racial resentment hurts white people too, physician tells colleagues
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor, professor of sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Time: AstraZeneca Evusheld: The 200 best inventions of 2022
The research of James Weimer, assistant professor of computer science, is featured.
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