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  Monday, Nov. 14, 2022  
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Vanderbilt ranked a ‘top green college’ by Princeton Review
Vanderbilt University is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges and on the “green honor roll” according to a new ranking by The Princeton Review.
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Amid an unprecedented mental health crisis, Vanderbilt research provides new insights, possible solutions
Psychologists and psychiatrists have sometimes struggled to keep up with the multiplying mental health challenges posed by the pandemic and other recent events, but through studies and interventions, Vanderbilt faculty members are providing new insights into the crisis—as well as the best evidence-based solutions for overcoming it.
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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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A champion’s drive
Men’s golfer Gordon Sargent arrived at Vanderbilt as a prodigious talent. He won a national championship by striving to be even better.
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Annual commute survey now open; complete by Nov. 14 for chance to win $100
Whether you primarily work from home, commute to campus every day, or anything in between, your feedback on the annual commute survey will help inform mobility and transportation efforts and help expand Vanderbilt’s understanding and support of the community.
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Health equity focus of Nov. 15 VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture
Vanderbilt alumna G. Rumay Alexander will present the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Alexander will discuss providing health equity despite inequitable structures and systems.
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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 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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Vanderbilt Osher Lifelong Learning winter courses await older adults in 2023
Iconic Hollywood filmmakers, modern China, the Underground Railroad, and Nashville’s ancient geographic setting and its impact on current environmental challenges. These are among classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt for winter 2023.
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New employee affinity groups added for women and working moms, mid-career professionals
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will launch two new Employee Affinity Groups as part of an ongoing initiative to support university employees.
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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

Volunteer drivers needed for first-of-its-kind research project

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

Center for Spiritual and Religious Life hosts Gratitude Challenge Nov. 1–30

Panel: ‘The Nationwide Surge in Labor Organizing’ Nov. 14

‘Journey without End’ book launch is Nov. 15

Hot Topics in MHS: ‘The Viral Underclass–Pandemic Inequality from HIV/AIDS to COVID-19’ Nov. 15

Vandy Cooks: ‘Biryani and Raita for the South Asian Soul’ Nov. 29

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

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 sought for brain-based learning enhancement research

Hold the Stuffing returns with choice of three wellness options


Coming Up

· NOV ·
  Recovery ally training
· NOV ·
  HR Employee Learning and Engagement: ‘CliftonStrengths for VU Employees’
· NOV ·
  VUSM Flexner Deans’ Lecture: Dr. Qaali Hussein


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: Crypto chaos continues as Binance drops bid to buy rival FTX
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The New York Times: Biden is no sure thing for 2024. What about Buttigieg? Harris? Even Whitmer?
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, is quoted.
Vox: What wins for Medicaid and the minimum wage mean for the future of ballot initiatives
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and professor of political science, is quoted.
NBC News: Meditation as effective as medication for anxiety, study finds
Lindsey McKernan, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Associated Press: Researchers hope AI can alleviate interstate traffic jams
A Vanderbilt research study to examine the effects of human-caused traffic jams is featured.
Nashville Business Journal: High rents aren’t moving out
Peter Haslag, assistant professor of finance, and Marty Heflin, adjunct professor of management, are quoted.
CNN: Opinion: Even the DeSantis bubble may burst
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, authored this opinion piece.
Bloomberg: Tamiflu supplies are seen limited in fast start to flu season
James Antoon, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
People: Why did polls prepare us for a red wave? Experts weigh in on the surprising midterm election results
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
Nashville Medical News: Vanderbilt Health’s DNA: Discoveries in Action has released a new episode, ‘How to … Fill in the Knowledge Gap.’
Tina Hartert, Lulu H. Owen Professor and professor of medicine, and Wei Zheng, professor of medicine, are quoted.
Cannabis Health News: Study: Can cannabis help people living with bipolar disorder?
Lisa Monteggia, professor of pharmacology, is quoted.
CNN: Thanksgiving is two weeks away. Get your updated COVID-19 shot now, health officials warn
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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