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  Monday, Sept. 12, 2022  
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Vanderbilt University rises to No. 13 among nation’s top universities in latest ‘U.S. News’ rankings
Vanderbilt University ranks No. 13 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Colleges rankings. The university also received high rankings in the Best Value Schools and Academic Programs to Look For categories.
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Faculty Senate to host first regular meeting of 2022–23 on Sept. 15
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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Applications open for 2022–23 faculty research and innovation internal awards
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation is now accepting applications for all internal award programs.
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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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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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Vanderbilt University to host PARK(ing) Day Sept. 16 
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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Flulapalooza is Sept. 28; more opportunities for flu shot
Flulapalooza is back. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the annual mass influenza vaccination event hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
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Vandy Cooks: ‘Plant-based Foods in a Plant-forward Approach’ Sept. 14
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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Staff volunteers needed for Reunion Weekend Oct. 6–9
Vanderbilt University will welcome alumni to campus Oct. 6–9 for Reunion, and staff volunteers are needed to make the weekend a success.


Health & Safety Updates

Monkeypox health and safety tips

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

COVID-19 leave bank still available for full-time staff

Davidson County COVID community level medium


Take Note

CLACX Conversations: Series featuring new faculty begins Sept. 12

Peer-to-peer learning opportunity for managers on navigating remote and hybrid policies is Sept. 13

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

Plan ahead for downtime Sept. 23–29; early submission of proposals due Sept. 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

Save the Date: Open Enrollment is Oct. 17–28

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

Earn up to $240 wellness credit, enter gift card drawing when you complete Go for the Gold


Coming Up

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  ‘Social Security 101: Everything You Want to Know’
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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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  Stop and Wond’ry: Recycling exec and Vanderbilt alum to share insider knowledge


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: The man who won the Republican Party before Trump did
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, authored this opinion piece.
Vox: When, why and how to get a new COVID-19 booster shot
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
El Diario: Who do politicians listen to in Spain?
Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of LAPOP, co-authored this piece.
CBS News: Video game may help long-COVID sufferers
James Jackson, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: In ‘Hot Spot,’ Alex Jahangir gives a beat-by-beat account of Nashville’s response to COVID-19
Alex Jahangir, professor of orthopaedic surgery, is featured.
Clarksville (Tennessee) Leaf-Chronicle: To infinity and beyond: Vanderbilt professor trailblazing fundamental laws of the universe
Stephen Taylor, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Forbes: Corporate succession lessons from the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Barbara Bell, adjunct instructor in leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.
Time: Mental health treatments rose during the pandemic—especially among young people
Rachel Donnelly, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
USA Today: Fact check: False claim that people in Mississippi are touching laced money and falling ill
Rebecca Donald, assistant professor of anesthesiology, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Health care notes: Monkeypox case counts break 100
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Nashville Ledger: VU nursing program targets diverse leadership
Pamela Jeffries, Valere Potter Distinguished Professor and dean of the School of Nursing, is quoted.
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