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  Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022  
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NEW FACULTY: Vanderbilt’s newest faculty share what sparks their academic mission
Vanderbilt University welcomes 74 new faculty across its nine schools and colleges for the 2022–23 academic year. Here, some of the professors share what inspires them in their journey of learning, discovery, problem-solving and teaching.
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Nancy Carrasco named 2023 Biophysical Society Fellow
Dr. Nancy Carrasco, Joe C. Davis Professor of Biomedical Science and professor and chair of molecular physiology and biophysics, has been named a 2023 fellow of the Biophysical Society, which honors members who have demonstrated excellence in science and contributed to the expansion of biophysics.
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Faculty Senate to host first regular meeting of 2022–23 tomorrow
The Faculty Senate will host its first regular meeting of the 2022–23 academic year on Thursday, Sept. 15. The meeting will be from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. in the second-floor large meeting room at the Faculty Commons, 1101 19th Ave. S. All Vanderbilt faculty members are encouraged to attend.
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VU community encouraged to practice healthy behaviors; new omicron-specific boosters available
There are many things Vanderbilt community members can do to protect themselves, as well as their friends, colleagues and fellow community members, from various illnesses. Among them is getting the new bivalent COVID vaccine booster, which targets the omicron subvariants that currently make up 99 percent of new cases in the U.S.
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Vanderbilt to launch new employee assistance program and well-being services Jan. 1, 2023 
Vanderbilt University will transition to new well-being and employee assistance program services starting in 2023, expanding service offerings and making resources available to employees’ families.
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Students, families celebrate at Vanderbilt Family Weekend 2022
The Vanderbilt community welcomed more than 3,000 family members and friends to campus Sept. 9–11 to celebrate this year’s Family Weekend. Events included the Fall for the Arts festival, a question-and-answer session with Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and other VU leaders, a football tailgate, grandparents’ social and more.
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Vandy Cooks: ‘Plant-based Foods in a Plant-forward Approach’ today
Join Chef Marlanea Wheaton as she shares healthy recipes emphasizing plant-based foods using a plant-forward approach. The Vandy Cooks event will be on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center’s teaching kitchen.
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AlertVU test scheduled for tomorrow
Vanderbilt University Public Safety will conduct a test of the AlertVU emergency notification system on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 2:30 p.m. AlertVU rapidly sends notification messages in the event of an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community.
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With an eye on midterm elections,
2022 Kelly Miller Smith Symposium
Sept. 15 to focus on voting
An upcoming virtual symposium featuring noted speakers and held in celebration of the civil rights accomplishments of Kelly Miller Smith Sr. will discuss voter access and civic participation in light of this year’s midterm elections. This year’s featured speaker is Valerie Jarrett, CEO of the Barack Obama Foundation and former senior advisor to President Barack Obama.
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Gertrude C. and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series to host acclaimed authors for 2022–23
The Department of English and Creative Writing Program will host acclaimed authors for its Gertrude C. and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series during the 2022–23 academic year, beginning with poet Aria Aber on Thursday, Sept. 15.
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Celebrate Constitution Day with the Vanderbilt Libraries this Friday
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 on Friday 
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 Sept. 17
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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Microlearning series on naming and acknowledging realities kicks off
Sept. 19
“Dancing Around the Elephants in the Room: A Microlearning Series on Naming and Acknowledging our Realities” will kick off with a discussion about mental health on Monday, Sept. 19.
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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

Flulapalooza is Sept. 28; more opportunities for flu shot

Monkeypox health and
safety tips

Vanderbilt offers campus and at-home COVID-19 testing options

Davidson County COVID community level medium


Take Note

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

Virtual town hall: Research-related IT resources for faculty Sept. 14

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Role and Soul Alignment–What is it, and how do I get there?’ Sept. 15

Memorial service and reception honoring Christopher Johns is Sept. 17

‘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

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

Amazon Web Services SageMaker workshop is
Sept. 27

Research Computing Seminar Series held last Tuesday August–November

WeGo service changes effective Oct. 2 

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grants


Coming Up

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  Block party to kick off Latin American and Hispanic Heritage Month
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  Former EPA administrator to deliver inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Climate Change Governance
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  ‘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


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: Move over, Iron Man: The Army has a new suit to solve soldier back pain
Karl Zelik, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted.
NPR: Not everyone mourns the queen. For many, she can’t be separated from colonial rule
Moses Ochonu, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of History, is quoted.
CNN: Why America keeps re-living the 1990s
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, authored this opinion piece.
Bloomberg: Yes, we can make it rain. But it won’t solve drought.
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this opinion piece.
Self: Here’s why we grieve the loss of people we don’t even know
Gina Frieden, assistant professor of the practice of human and organizational development, is quoted.
Reuters: Newborns die after being sent home with mothers struggling to kick drug addictions
Stephen Patrick, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Verywell Health: What you need to know about the updated COVID-19 boosters
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
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