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  Monday, Nov. 7, 2022  
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Veterans celebrated for contributions to VU community; Zoom backgrounds now available
Vanderbilt will celebrate the many contributions military veterans and service members bring to their roles at the university with several initiatives to mark Veterans Day 2022. Four virtual backgrounds are now available for download and use on Zoom to show users’ status as veterans or their support for veterans on campus.
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Bass Military Scholars program collaborates with football team
Retired U.S. Army brigadier general and Bass Military Scholars program director Scott Brower is giving Vanderbilt football head coach Clark Lea and his team valuable guidance in developing leadership.
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‘Not for ourselves alone’: Bass Military Scholar guided by duty to serve
Service to others and high regard for education spurred Joseph Behrendt to join the military and attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated as an infantry officer in 2014. Behrendt, now a Bass Military Scholar at Vanderbilt, is pursuing a master of education in higher education administration from Peabody College.
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Racial inequities during COVID-19 pandemic explored in newly published work by Vanderbilt professor
Vanderbilt Divinity School professor Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas has edited and published Religion, Race, and COVID-19: Confronting White Supremacy in the Pandemic, an anthology exploring the countless challenges, racially charged acts, setbacks, triumphs and newfound hope through the eyes of individuals living through one of the most pressing, perplexing social crises in recent memory. 
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Artist and writer Dylan Robinson to serve as visiting Patterson Fellow
Vanderbilt will welcome xwélmexw (Stó:lō/Skwah) artist, curator and writer Dylan Robinson as a visiting Patterson Fellow the week of Nov. 7. Among other events, Robinson will participate in a conversation with University Distinguished Professor of Music Joy Calico on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Blair School of Music’s Choral Hall from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m.
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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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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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Vanderbilt celebrates Native American Heritage Month in November
November is Native American Heritage Month. The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity is hosting a series of events for students, faculty and staff related to Native American heritage, featuring programs from across campus and the Nashville community.
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‘One to Watch Out For: An Afternoon with Alison Bechdel’ is today
Award-winning cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel will present Vanderbilt’s annual Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society on Monday, Nov. 7. The event, hosted by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, will begin at 5 p.m. in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library Community Room.
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Voting policy for VU employees; Election Day is tomorrow
Vanderbilt University employees who are registered to vote may be absent from work for a reasonable paid period of time, not to exceed three hours, to execute their voting rights. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
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Ambassador of Finland to discuss ‘War in Ukraine, NATO and the Future of Europe’ Nov. 9
The Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the United States H.E. Mikko Hautala and former U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus will discuss themes of international politics, the war in Ukraine, the Finnish-Russian border and European security integration on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Vanderbilt. The conversation will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Central Library’s fourth-floor Community Room.
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Open house for faculty interested in residential colleges set for Nov. 10
Faculty who would like to learn more about serving in residential or programmatic roles within the university’s residential colleges system are invited to an open house on Thursday, Nov, 10,  from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons dean’s residence, located at 1235 18th Ave. S.
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Steine Lecture in Economics: ‘Health Care–Problems and Prospects’ Nov. 11
Ariel Pakes, Thomas Professor of Economics at Harvard University, will discuss “Health Care: Problems and Prospects” on Friday, Nov. 11, at 4:10 p.m. The Department of Economics’ Steine Lecture will be held in Wilson Hall, Room 103.
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VU Theatre presents underground classic ‘Unfinished Women’ through Nov. 12
Vanderbilt University Theatre will explore themes related to teenage pregnancy and the Black experience during the 1950s with its latest production, Unfinished Women Cry in No Man’s Land While a Bird Dies in a Gilded Cage.
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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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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

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

‘Dreams Through Shadow and Light’: Discussion and book signing with Pedro Rosales-Diaz Nov. 8

Churchwell to discuss his book at lunchtime event
Nov. 9

HR Employee Learning and Engagement: ‘Design Thinking, Upskilling and Experimenting for Career Growth’ Nov. 9

HR Employee Learning and Engagement: ‘Perspective Taking–Expanding Beyond Your Viewpoint’ Nov. 10

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Building Smart Money Habits’ Nov. 10

Vanderbilt Eye Institute to host trunk show Nov. 11

VUSM Flexner Deans’ Lecture: Dr. Qaali Hussein Nov. 21

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 Mary Kay Ash Foundation Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Grant

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


Coming Up

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  Final day! Make a gift to Vanderbilt for exclusive gear
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  Healing Through Art Gallery Night
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  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Sentence’ by Louise Erdrich
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  ‘Resetting Your Financial Foundation’
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  HR Employee Learning and Engagement: ‘CliftonStrengths for VU Employees’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Nashville Business Journal: Don’t touch that hot button
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is featured.
Nashville Scene: Higher education opportunities for students with disabilities are growing in Nashville
Tammy Day, director of Next Steps at Vanderbilt, is quoted.
Wired: Seeking psychedelics? Check the data privacy clause
Robert Mikos, LaRoche Family Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Time: The differences between the two polio vaccines—and the new one on the horizon
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Conversation: How to de-polarize deeply divided societies
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor and professor of philosophy, is quoted.
Education Week: Fed’s education research board is back. Here’s why that matters
Douglas Fuchs, research professor of special education, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Opinion: How Zeldin’s tough talk on crime in New York could lead to more of it
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor, professor of sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Reuters: What if Biden doesn’t run again?
Thomas Schwartz, Distinguished Professor of History, is quoted.
NBC News: Alcohol deaths spiked among middle-aged adults, especially women, during pandemic
Kristopher Kast, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
NewsNation: Polls don’t always get it right. Should we still use them?
Josh Clinton, Abby and Jon Winkelried Professor and professor of political science, is quoted.
Consumer Reports: How to find the best Medicare Part D drug plan
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
The Hill: Why is there a push to end daylight saving time?
Beth Malow, Burry Professor and professor of neurology, is quoted.
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