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  Friday, Sept. 16, 2022  
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Vanderbilt launches internal funding program to strengthen community partnership with NMAAM
A new internal funding program will spark faculty and staff collaborations with the National Museum of African American Music, with the aim of enhancing innovative research in the arts.
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Blair Community Scholars Program seeks to create pathways to higher education, expand music profession and build communities
The Vanderbilt Blair School of Music has secured $5 million in funding for the pilot phase of a comprehensive scholarship, the Blair Community Scholars Program, which will recruit highly talented students from underrepresented and vulnerable backgrounds.
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VU participates in AAC&U Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success
Vanderbilt was one of 41 institutions selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges and Universities 2022 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. The virtual learning experience was designed to facilitate building institutional capacity to achieve quality, equity and student engagement goals through the design, implementation and assessment of active teaching and learning practices.
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Residential colleges offer leadership development series for undergraduates
Assistant Provost for Residential Education and Associate Dean for Residential Colleges Jill Stratton hosted a leadership development series during the spring 2022 semester for the University College Leadership Council, a group of student leaders from the upper-division residential colleges.
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Vanderbilt University Employee Appreciation: Get free tickets to Homecoming football game Oct. 8
Vanderbilt University Human Resources invites all employees and their families to attend the Homecoming football game vs. Ole Miss at FirstBank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8. Tickets are free for Vanderbilt faculty and staff in appreciation of their service and dedication to the university.
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Register now for Sept. 29 Fall Staff Assembly 
All Vanderbilt University staff are invited to attend the Fall Staff Assembly, either in person or virtually, which will celebrate university staff and their many contributions to the university’s mission.
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Celebrate Latin American/Hispanic Heritage Month with events September–October
Latin American/Hispanic Heritage Month, recognized annually from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, honors the history, cultural diversity and unique contributions of individuals and communities whose ancestry can be traced to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff will celebrate the month with a series of programs and events.
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Celebrate Constitution Day with the Vanderbilt Libraries TODAY
The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries will host events on Friday, Sept. 16, to celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, observed each year to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and to “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”
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Vanderbilt University to host PARK(ing) Day TODAY
PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event competition where urban areas, such as parking lots, are temporarily transformed into green spaces. Parking spaces along Magnolia Circle in the Peabody College neighborhood will be transformed into a parklet on Friday, Sept. 16.
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‘Before Roe; After Roe? A Reproductive Rights History Teach-in’ is tomorrow
Vanderbilt’s Department of History and Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies will host “Before Roe; After Roe? A Reproductive Rights History Teach-in” on Saturday, Sept. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 103. The event is open to the Vanderbilt community.
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Register to vote in upcoming elections on National Voter Registration Day Sept. 20
National Voter Registration Day 2020 is Tuesday, Sept. 20. Vanderbilt students, staff and faculty are encouraged to register to vote using the online TurboVote platform or in person at events on campus. 
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‘Doctors Write the Pandemic–and Critics Respond’ panel is Sept. 20
Alex Jahangir, professor of orthopaedic surgery and chair of Nashville’s COVID-19 Task Force, and Wes Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor and professor of medicine, will discuss their pandemic-related books on Tuesday, Sept. 20, as part of a panel hosted by the Department of Medicine, Health and Society’s “Hot Topics” series.
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‘Entropic Systems’ at Space 204 through Oct. 20
Space 204 and the Vanderbilt, Arts and the Middle East: Building Bridges to the Global and the Local curatorial program present Entropic Systems, a solo exhibition from Iranian artist Laleh Mehran. The exhibition, on view through Oct. 20, features an immersive video/audio experience surrounding an engineered drawing piece activated by the movement of gallery visitors.
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Employee Learning and Engagement offers learning experiences this fall
Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement team unlocks the potential of every Vanderbilt employee by offering innovative and meaningful learning experiences, creating space to foster conversations and connections, and encouraging a culture of learning and growth.
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Open Enrollment 2023 is an active enrollment year
All fully benefits-eligible faculty and staff will be required to make an active plan selection during October’s Open Enrollment for 2023 benefits coverage.


Health & Safety Updates

Davidson County COVID community level medium

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

Flulapalooza is Sept. 28; more opportunities for flu shot

Monkeypox health and
safety tips


Take Note

Applications open for 2022–23 faculty research and innovation internal awards

Memorial service and reception honoring Christopher Johns is Sept. 17

Microlearning series on naming and acknowledging realities kicks off Sept. 19

VKC Lecture: ‘Designing Multi-user Collaboration and Learning Technology for Neurodiverse Groups’
Sept. 19

‘Tools for Parenting an Anxious Child’ topic of Parenting Group meeting Sept. 21

VPA hosts ‘Speak Easy’ talk series Sept. 22 to help postdocs tell their scientific story

Book talk on equitable math instruction is Sept. 22

CLACX to host ‘Critical Field Reflections’ symposium
Sept. 22–23

Plan ahead for downtime Sep. 23–29; early submission of proposals due Sep. 22–Oct. 5 encouraged

Vanderbilt Wind Symphony presents ‘The Golden Years’ Sept. 23

Amazon Web Services SageMaker workshop is
Sept. 27

2022 National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit is Oct. 13

Research Computing Seminar Series held last Tuesday August–November

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Sentence’ by Louise Erdrich Nov. 9

Researchers seek subjects for kindergarten reading study


Coming Up

· SEP ·
  Former EPA administrator to deliver inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Climate Change Governance
· SEP ·
  ‘Sleep and Mental Well-being: Exploring the Connection’
· SEP ·
  ‘The Basics of Medicare’
· SEP ·
  Stop and Wond’ry: Recycling exec and Vanderbilt alum to share insider knowledge
· SEP ·
  ‘Stuff You Should Know’ bimonthly series resumes


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Hill: Harnessing the working-from-home transition
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Professor and professor of law, co-authored this opinion piece.
The New York Times: Why aren’t you voting in your financial self-interest?
The research of Mattias Polborn, E. Bronson Ingram Professor and professor of economics, is cited.
Newsy: The almost-mass shooter: Man reflects on stepping away from the edge
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor, professor of sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
The Guardian: Do later school start times make teens happier? California’s about to find out
Beth Malow, Burry Professor and professor of neurology, is quoted.
Human Resources Director Magazine: Quiet quitters make up more than 50 percent of workforce
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
Army Times: The Army’s new exosuit aims to reduce back injuries among soldiers
Karl Zelik, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted.
Tennessee Lookout: Confronting history, Congress studies addition of lynching sites to national park system
Tiffany Patterson, associate professor of African American and diaspora studies, is quoted.
CNN: What to know about getting updated COVID-19 booster, flu shot at the same time
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Reuters: Constitutional considerations for a federally illegal cannabis industry
Robert Mikos, LaRoche Family Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
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