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  Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022  
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Chancellor: Dare to grow in the year ahead
We will approach our future as one community dedicated to the lifelong realization of human potential, always remembering our motto: Crescere aude, Latin for “Dare to grow,” writes Chancellor Daniel Diermeier in a message to the Vanderbilt community.
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WATCH: A candid conversation on free expression at Vanderbilt
Academic experts and university leaders came together with the VUcept peer mentor group for a candid conversation about freedom of expression on Aug. 22. The discussion centered on the importance of open discourse in providing the necessary conditions for transformative education and pathbreaking research.
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Provost: Looking ahead with ambition and strength
We are entering this semester with an incredible tailwind thanks to your dedication and ambitious reaching, writes Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver in a message to Vanderbilt faculty.
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Founders Walk marks beginning of Vanderbilt journey for Class of 2026 
First-year, transfer and Next Steps students officially began their journey as members of the Vanderbilt University community during Founders Walk on Aug. 21.
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Global pioneer in nuclear waste remediation and environmental sustainability dies
Frank L. Parker, an international nuclear waste management pioneer and member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, died Aug. 10. Parker was named Distinguished Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Emeritus, and professor of civil and environmental engineering, emeritus, in 2011 after a 43-year career at Vanderbilt.
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Retired Vanderbilt chemistry professor whose expertise benefited community has died
Larry C. Hall, a retired chemistry professor who taught thousands of Vanderbilt students and directed training programs for high school and college teachers and others with responsibility for hazardous materials, died Aug. 15.
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‘SEC Nation’ will come to campus Sept. 10
The SEC Network and Vanderbilt Athletics have announced that SEC Nation Presented by Johnsonville will broadcast from the Vanderbilt campus Sept. 10 in advance of the Commodore football team’s home game against Wake Forest.
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Vanderbilt Leadership Academy, Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment announce 2022–23 classes
Vanderbilt Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement team welcomes 49 leaders to the 12th class of Vanderbilt Leadership Academy and the fourth class of Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment.
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HR shares updates on Vanderbilt’s expanded paid parental leave for staff
Vanderbilt University is expanding paid parental leave for staff from two weeks to eight weeks starting Sept. 1, 2022. Staff paid parental leave can now be used any time during the first four months following the birth of a child or four months after adoption.  
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Vanderbilt offers campus and at-home COVID-19 testing options
Vanderbilt continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and take precautions as needed to keep our community safe. The university offers numerous resources, which include providing students, postdocs, faculty and staff with on-campus and at-home testing options. 
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VU community invited to apply for Vanderbilt Sesquicentennial Grants; fall 2022 deadline is Aug. 29
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 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 Friday 
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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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 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.


Health & Safety Updates

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

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

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 health and safety for the start of the 2022–23 academic year

Davidson County COVID community level high


Take Note

Voter registration event is Aug. 26

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

Campus Dining offers fall Flex Meal Deal for faculty, staff, graduate and professional students

Printing Services offers on-campus print solutions for students

MoveVU now offering transit support for group excursions  

Vanderbilt volunteers needed to support MNPS students

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

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

Go for the Gold: Complete yearly Health Risk Assessment for chance to win $100 e-gift card

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


Coming Up

· AUG ·
  ‘What is Mindfulness, and Why Does it Matter?’
· AUG ·
  ‘How Childhood Trauma Affects Brain Development and Risk for Incarceration’
· AUG ·
  CLACX to host welcome event on The Ingram Commons
· SEP ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Nevada’ by Imogen Binnie
· SEP ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘Plant-based Foods in a Plant-forward Approach’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Researchers release COVID plan for schools based on equity
Peter Rebeiro, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Biden administration: Legislation will prevent large health care cost increases for many in Tennessee, Georgia
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Advocates plan push for change to Tennessee abortion law with zero exceptions
The most recent statewide Vanderbilt Poll is cited.
The Washington Post: One side effect of cruise COVID rules: Norovirus has plummeted
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
CNN: Opinion: The mirror-image careers of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are on a collision course
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, authored this piece.
The New York Times: Donald Jonas, retail magnate who sold art to help nurses, dies at 92
Jennifer Kim, professor of nursing, is quoted.
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