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  Monday, July 18, 2022  
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Grad student Shelton selected as Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar
Catherine Shelton, a graduate student in the Microbe-Host Interactions Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named the 2022 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar. Shelton will receive a $1,000 cash prize and be mentored by Ruth Lehmann, recipient of the 2022 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science and a world-renowned developmental geneticist.
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How to enjoy Vanderbilt’s arboretum
As steward of the Vanderbilt arboretum, University Landscape Architect James Moore works not only to beautify campus and preserve its botanical diversity, but also to study the resilience of campus trees to disease and better understand how they absorb heat and stormwater for midtown Nashville.
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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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Larisa DeSantis to give prestigious scientific talk in Ireland today
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of biological sciences and earth and environmental sciences, will give the Royal Irish Academy’s Discourse Lecture on Monday, July 18, which will be viewable online. Speakers at this event recently have included four Nobel laureates and a former president of Ireland.
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VPA hosts ‘Speak Easy’ talk series to help postdocs tell their scientific story
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will host “Speak Easy,” a talk series designed to help postdoctoral researchers polish their “lay” scientific communication skills. The next event will be on Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Hall Graduate Student Lounge.
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Human Resources increases on-campus presence starting July 18
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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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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Apply now for Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment
Applications are now being accepted for the fourth class of Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment. VLE is designed to develop key leadership skills for staff who are managers or operational leaders demonstrating high potential, and whose leadership position is between frontline supervisor and director.
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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

Share your feedback with WeGo on service change proposals 

WeGo Public Transit expanding regional bus service to campus 

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

VERA offers training resources for faculty

Limited Submission Opportunity: New Pluralists–Healing Starts Here: Local Solutions to America’s Divisions

Limited Submission Opportunity: John Templeton Foundation Spiritual Yearning Research Initiative

Limited Submission Opportunity: Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars Fellowship

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Greenwall Faculty Scholars in Bioethics

Be a First Friend to an international student

ISSS recruiting hosts for EAT program

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

Healthier You presentation: ‘Increasing Your Joy Today’

Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market returns to Medical Center Plaza on Thursdays


Coming Up

· JUL ·
  ‘Connect the Dots: Effective Communication, Time Management and Well-being’
· AUG ·
  Jumpstart Conference to explore intersection of racial justice work, education research


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: After 1st term, Gov. Lee unopposed in GOP primary election
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
Nashville Post: NSA, Vanderbilt University enter educational partnership
Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research and professor of computer science, is quoted.
NBC News: Now or later? When to get a COVID booster shot
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Independent: Possession game: Basketball star who has become a pawn in U.S.-Russia political war
Thomas Schwartz, Distinguished Professor of History, is quoted.
ABC News: With an incoming COVID surge, health officials push urgently for boosters. Do you need one?
C. Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Today: It’s possible to prevent yourself from thinking of bad memories, new research suggests
Aaron Brinen, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Vox: We all just fell for Amazon’s made-up holiday yet again
Kelly Goldsmith, professor of marketing, is quoted.
Main Street Nashville: Kids learn to score music for video games at Vanderbilt camp
Pascal Le Boeuf, visiting assistant professor of music, and Demi Adetona, an undergraduate student, are quoted.
The Hechinger Report: Why ‘test-optional’ admissions are not a game-changer for equity after all
Sayil Camacho, lecturer in leadership, policy and organizations, authored this piece.
Slate: Why Elon Musk is probably going to get away with it
Morgan Ricks, professor of law, is quoted.
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