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  Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022  
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Engineering professor to use $3M grant to develop technology to help cancer patients better fight disease
Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering John Wilson has received a $3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop technology that seeks to boost a person’s immune system to better fight cancer.
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Patricia Ingram Hart, BA’57, philanthropist and civic leader, has died
Patricia Ingram Hart, one of Vanderbilt University’s most generous benefactors, died Aug. 13 at her home in Nashville.
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‘SEC Nation’ comes to campus this Saturday
SEC Nation will broadcast live from the Vanderbilt campus on Saturday, Sept. 10, in the lead up to the Commodore football team’s game against Wake Forest. All Vanderbilt students, staff, faculty, alumni, family members and fans are invited to come to the Commons Lawn and be part of the show.
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With an eye on midterm elections,
2022 Kelly Miller Smith Symposium
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 Obama.
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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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Fall 2022 Undergraduate Research Fair is tomorrow
The fall 2022 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Student Life Center ballroom.
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Stop and Wond’ry: Recycling exec and Vanderbilt alum to share insider knowledge on Sept. 22
Learn the true meaning of “recycling” and how the concept is neither new nor what you think it is at the Wond’ry on Thursday, Sept. 22.
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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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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.
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Save the Date: Open Enrollment is
Oct. 17–28
Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to elect or update the benefits that best meet the needs of you and your family. To ensure enrollment in your desired plans, all benefits-eligible employees must complete Open Enrollment.
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Lot 29B near football stadium closing permanently
Parking lot 29B near Kensington Place and the football stadium’s north end zone is closing permanently on Monday, Sept. 5, as part of the Vandy United project.


Health & Safety Updates

Monkeypox health and safety tips to start the 2022–23 academic year

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 high


Take Note

Virtual town halls: Research-related IT resources for faculty Sept. 8, 14

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

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

‘Before Roe; After Roe? A Reproductive Rights History Teach-in’ is Sept. 17

Memorial service and reception honoring Christopher Johns is Sept. 17

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 

HR shares updates on Vanderbilt’s expanded paid parental leave for staff

Campus Dining offers bulk ordering of Pepsi products for campus departments

Vanderbilt volunteers needed to support MNPS students

Participants sought for study on consumption of nuts to reduce abdominal fat, metabolic syndrome

Join the Health Plus Fit for Fall step challenge

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


Coming Up

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  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Nevada’ by Imogen Binnie
· SEP ·
  Gender and Sexuality Studies Seminar: ’Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization’
· SEP ·
  ‘Social Security 101: Everything You Want to Know’
· SEP ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘Plant-based Foods in a Plant-forward Approach’
· SEP ·
  Block party to kick off Latin American and Hispanic Heritage Month


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Vanderbilt in the News
Knoxville News Sentinel: Former governors Bredesen and Haslam named to University of Tennessee civics institute board
Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Jon Meacham, Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Professor of American Presidency, are mentioned.
Axios: Understanding Tennessee’s teacher diversity problem
Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor and professor of leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.
The New York Times: As New York’s gun law goes into effect, demand for permits spikes
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor, professor of sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Reuters: Explainer: Updated COVID vaccines are coming in the U.S. Should you get one?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Healthcare Innovation: Vanderbilt sees downstream benefits from integrating genomic results into EHR
Travis Osterman, assistant professor of biomedical informatics, is quoted.
The Washington Post: California bill would protect employees who use cannabis outside work
Robert Mikos, LaRoche Family Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
High Country News: How a hidden cave can help scientists understand the climate
Jessica Oster, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: Analysis: Trump once again hands Biden a theme to run on
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Doctors face legal jeopardy as Tennessee hospitals craft new pregnancy care policies
Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
NBC News: YouTube pushed Trump supporters toward voter fraud videos, study finds
James Bisbee, assistant professor of political science, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Change Healthcare, UnitedHealth antitrust suit could set precedent
Rebecca Haw Allensworth, David Daniels Allen Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
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