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  Monday, Aug. 29, 2022  
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VU community invited to apply for Vanderbilt Sesquicentennial Grants; fall 2022 deadline is TODAY
As Vanderbilt prepares to mark its sesquicentennial—the 150th anniversary of the university’s founding—in 2023, a new program will support exploration of the university’s past and future. The Office of the Chancellor is launching the Sesquicentennial Grant Program to fund activities and projects that engage with the university’s history, look to its future and explore what makes Vanderbilt distinctive and unique.
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Fall Faculty Assembly will be in person on Thursday
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver and the Faculty Senate will celebrate faculty achievements and provide key university updates at the 2022 Fall Faculty Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 1.
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Football stadium to be recognized as FirstBank Stadium beginning this fall
Vanderbilt University and FirstBank have signed a 10-year football stadium naming rights and campus collaboration agreement, Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, announced today.
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Six faculty awarded internal grants for teaching
The Office of the Provost has announced the next round of grant recipients for the Course Improvement Grant and Educational Advancement Fund, both established in 2021. Ten faculty members from three of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges will receive support for their teaching.
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Q&A: Why Labor Day is a chance to contemplate economic inequalities in America
Joerg Rieger, Distinguished Professor of Theology, Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies and founding director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice, discusses why Labor Day is an opportunity to reflect on the past and future of labor while examining economic inequalities that are still prevalent.
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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. Interested faculty are invited to attend OVPRI’s internal awards town hall on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom.
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VU community reminded that when in doubt, report suspected phishing
The start of the academic year and return of students to campus likely means an increase in phishing attacks. VUIT aims to increase the Vanderbilt community’s ability to identify, report and avoid phishing scams while increasing technical controls and response in the background. 
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Stop and Wond’ry: Explore careers focused on problem-solving today
One of the world’s most gifted problem solvers comes to the Wond’ry on Monday, Aug. 29, to share his journey with students considering unique career paths.
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Natchez Trace to close for stadium improvement work
A crane will be staged along Natchez Trace in Vanderbilt’s Athletics Neighborhood to install new signs at the football stadium. On Thursday, Aug. 25, and Monday, Aug. 29, one lane of Natchez Trace will be closed for the duration of the project, and a second lane will be closed during the crane lifts.
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Vanderbilt Osher Lifelong Learning courses await older adults this fall
Historical insights into the Russia–Ukraine War, American popular music and a guide to healthy living are among the classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt this fall. Registration is open for older adults through Sept. 23.
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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 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

Reminder: Internal funding programs virtual town hall is Aug. 31 at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: VentureWell Course & Program Grants–Fall 2022

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists–All Categories

World on Wednesdays seeking proposals for fall 2022

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

Important updates to parking rates for daily parking program and annual permits

Young Commodores fans invited to join Mr. C’s Kids Club

Young females with or without autism, intellectual disability needed for pubertal development research study

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

Save the Date: Open Enrollment for 2023 benefits is Oct. 17–28

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


Coming Up

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  Watch Simple Beginnings Lab Coat Ceremony
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  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Nevada’ by Imogen Binnie
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  ‘SEC Nation’ comes to campus
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  Vandy Cooks: ‘Plant-based Foods in a Plant-forward Approach’


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Vanderbilt in the News
USA Today: Russian attack kills 22 on Ukraine’s independence day; U.S. pledges nearly $3B in new military aid
Kathryn David, Mellon Assistant Professor of German, Russian and East European Studies, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Your glass of wine may depend on this California winery
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this opinion piece.
Nature: Tackling the mental health crisis in young people
Judy Garber, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology and Human Development, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Kansas voted for abortion rights. What does that mean for the midterms?
Eli Rau, a postdoctoral scholar, co-authored this piece.
Politico: Trump didn’t kill Reaganism. These guys did.
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, is quoted.
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