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  Friday, July 22, 2022  
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Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame honors VU trustee, athletics philanthropist John R. Ingram as Tennessean of the Year, inducts former vice chancellor David Williams II
John R. Ingram, a longtime university benefactor whose generosity continues to shape the historic Vandy United campaign, will be honored as the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame’s Tennessean of the Year on July 23. The event also serves as the induction ceremony for a Hall of Fame class that includes the late David Williams II, former vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, and former Vanderbilt golf and football standout Toby Wilt.
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Vanderbilt team tracks cellular and antibody responses to COVID-19 vaccine
A collaborative team of Vanderbilt researchers has characterized the antigen-specific immune response to the Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 RNA vaccine. The group used multiple single-cell technologies, unbiased machine learning and traditional immunological approaches to track cellular and antibody responses in samples collected over time from a cohort of healthy participants.
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Vanderbilt Law School ranks 7th among ‘Best Law Schools for Black Students’
Vanderbilt Law School ranked seventh of 66 law schools in a listing of The Top 65 Law Schools for Black Students by Lawyers of Color, a nonprofit that publishes annual rankings of law students and legal employers.
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Faculty, staff, students and alumni invited to submit Vanderbilt Sesquicentennial Grant proposals
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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Faculty invited to apply for 2022–23 SEC travel grants by July 29
Vanderbilt faculty are encouraged to submit applications to the 2022–23 Southeastern Conference Faculty Travel Program. The grants give faculty from Vanderbilt the opportunity to travel to other SEC campuses to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals and conduct research.
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Attend ‘Scientist-Artists: Embracing Duality’ virtual event on July 27
Join Kendra Oliver, assistant professor of pharmacology and director and founder of ArtLab, for the next Lab-to-Table Conversation on Wednesday, July 27. The panelists will explore how a group of self-identified scientist-artists are embracing this particular duality. 
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Human Resources increases on-campus presence
Human Resources will have an increased on-campus presence at its front desk beginning Monday, July 18. The office is located in the Baker Building, 10th floor.
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HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers peer-to-peer learning opportunity for managers and leaders Aug. 2
Join HR Employee Learning and Engagement for “Conversation Circles,” a series for managers and leaders, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. This session will focus on difficult conversations.
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Vanderbilt University qualifies as eligible employer for Public Sector Student Loan Forgiveness
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced a temporary period during which borrowers may receive credit for payments that previously did not qualify for Public Sector Loan Forgiveness. As a 501(c)3 institution, Vanderbilt University is an eligible employer, allowing employees to qualify for PSLF.
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HR announces new referral bonus policy
Vanderbilt University Human Resources has announced a new referral bonus policy. Starting July 1, employees may receive a bonus if they refer an individual who becomes employed by Vanderbilt University to a position that is difficult to fill or retain.
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VU will migrate to Microsoft Teams voice services beginning in July
Vanderbilt’s current primary voice services platform, Skype for Business, is being retired by Microsoft, which allows the university to move to a more advanced voice service offering. The switch to Microsoft Teams voice services will begin in July and conclude in November 2022.
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Do your part to help conserve energy during summer weather
With temperatures expected to near 100 degrees in the Nashville area, the Vanderbilt University Facilities Department is asking faculty, staff and students to help reduce their energy consumption over the coming weeks.


COVID-19 Updates

Davidson County COVID community level high

Office of Global Safety provides community resources amid COVID-19 travel advisory updates


Take Note

Tour Fine Arts Gallery with Vandy Walks July 27

VERA offers training resources for faculty

Limited Submission Opportunity: Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars Fellowship

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Greenwall Faculty Scholars in Bioethics

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award

Be a First Friend to an international student

ISSS recruiting hosts for EAT program

Hourly paid parking available for campus visitors and short-term parking  

WeGo Public Transit expanding regional bus service to campus 

Tuition benefit applications for fall 2022 open now

All three steps of Go for the Gold are ready to complete

Health Plus offers Babies and You prenatal education program

Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market returns to Medical Center Plaza on Thursdays


Coming Up

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  Jumpstart Conference to explore intersection of racial justice work, education research


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: Bennifer gets a happy ending, now that tabloids have lost their bite
Claire Sisco King, associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
The Conversation: Religious liberty has a long and messy history—and there is a reason Americans feel strongly about it
James Hudnut-Beumler, Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, and James Byrd, associate professor of history, authored this piece.
Nashville Post: What Nashville air quality alerts mean
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, is quoted.
Foreign Policy: Is Russia a terrorist state?
Ingrid Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Professor of International Law, is quoted.
WBEZ Chicago: Florence Price was one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century. Until recently, she was overlooked.
Douglas Shadle, associate professor of musicology, is quoted.
National Jurist: Vanderbilt launches new journal, the ‘Social Justice Reporter’
Yesha Yadav, professor of law, is quoted.
Kaiser Health Network: Boost now or wait? Many wonder how best to ride out COVID’S next wave
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The Tennessean: The choice for historically Black congregations in Edgehill and 12 South: stay or go
Phillis Isabella Sheppard, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture and faculty director of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements, is quoted.
PBS News Hour: Inside a Memphis clinic during its final days of abortion care
A recent Vanderbilt University poll is cited.
Nashville Post: VUMC part of initiative to increase diversity in clinical trials
Peter Embí, professor of biomedical informatics, is quoted.
Reuters: Federal guidance on life-saving abortions puts doctors in a bind
James Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, is quoted.
CNN: How is monkeypox being treated?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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