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  Friday, Aug. 26, 2022  
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VU community invited to apply for Vanderbilt Sesquicentennial Grants; fall 2022 deadline is Monday
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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VU awarded R&D 100 Gold Medal for discovery of monoclonal antibodies that protect world against COVID-19
Dr. James Crowe, Robert Carnahan and their colleagues in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center won the gold medal in the 2022 R&D 100 Awards for their discovery and development of long-acting antibodies that protect against COVID-19.
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Tennessee’s abortion ban takes effect; expanded reproductive health, pregnancy and parenting resources available to university community
Tennessee’s ban on abortions took effect Aug. 25. In anticipation of the ban, Vanderbilt has expanded reproductive health, pregnancy and parenting resources for students, faculty, staff and postdocs.
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Baba receives distinguished fellowship for leadership in engineering education, entrepreneurship
Justin Baba, research associate professor of biomedical engineering, is among 21 individuals from 16 higher education institutions across the country to be named a 2022 Engineering Unleashed Fellow by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network.
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Q&A: Alayna Hayes discusses new initiatives for Vanderbilt Career Center, shares her best career advice
Alayna Hayes, new assistant provost and senior director of the Career Center, shares her goals to enhance the student experience through career advancement and provide more engagement opportunities within the Vanderbilt community.
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Vandy Meets the Street connects students, alumni, parents to employers and Wall Street
Vanderbilt’s Career Center recently partnered with Development and Alumni Relations to host a unique networking opportunity for students and alumni with ties to Wall Street and the financial industry at Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square.
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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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Fall Faculty Assembly will be in person on Sept. 1
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 Sept. 1.
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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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Fall Staff Assembly set for Sept. 29; staff award nominations due TODAY
The Fall Staff Assembly and staff awards, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, are part of a semiannual effort to celebrate staff excellence and recognize the many contributions of university staff to Vanderbilt’s mission. Award nominations may be submitted via online form through Friday, Aug. 26.
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Stop and Wond’ry: Explore careers focused on problem-solving Aug. 29
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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Vanderbilt faculty scheduled to speak at TEDxNashville; get free, discounted tickets while supplies last
Vanderbilt University faculty members Jane Landers, Alex Jahangir and Christopher Slobogin are scheduled to speak at “TEDxNashville: The End of Impossible” at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Aug. 27–28. A limited number of free tickets are available, and Vanderbilt community members can get 25 percent off the price of individual general admission tickets to the event.
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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.


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

Davidson County COVID community level high


Take Note

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

Voter registration event is today

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

World on Wednesdays seeking proposals for fall 2022

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

Vanderbilt volunteers needed to support MNPS students

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

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

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


Coming Up

· AUG ·
  CLACX to host welcome event on The Ingram Commons
· SEP ·
  Watch Simple Beginnings Lab Coat Ceremony
· SEP ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Nevada’ by Imogen Binnie
· SEP ·
  ‘SEC Nation’ will come to campus
· SEP ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘Plant-based Foods in a Plant-forward Approach’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Forbes: Federal court strikes down Maine’s residency requirement for cannabis business owners
Robert Mikos, LaRoche Family Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Women are posting partying photos in solidarity with Finnish prime minister
The research of Jessica Kennedy, associate professor of organizational studies, is cited.
The Scientist: In search of the best milk recipe for preemies’ gut bacteria
Steven Townsend, professor of chemistry, is quoted.
USA Today: Anthony Fauci didn’t just treat infectious diseases, colleagues say. He ‘served the public for 50 years.’
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Q&A: Director of Vanderbilt’s new Women’s Heart Center
Kathryn Lindley, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
LA Progressive: Racism drives American gun addiction
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor, professor of sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Army Recognition: U.S. Army and academia collaborate on exoskeleton to reduce soldier injuries
Karl Zelik, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted.
Inverse: Monkeypox risk in schools: Here’s what parents need to know
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The New York Times: When it comes to eating away at democracy, Trump is a winner
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and professor of political science, is mentioned.
Governing: Maps: What’s the real red and blue balance of state government?
The Vanderbilt Unity Index is cited.
Entrepreneur: Five ways to channel your inner millionaire
Richard Daft, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor and professor of management, emeritus, is quoted.
The Tennessean: I am a proud community college graduate and my education led me to success
Dennis G. Hall, professor of physics, emeritus, authored this piece.
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