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  Friday, July 15, 2022  
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Vanderbilt Unity Index shows American political ‘unity’ stabilized
Americans’ general faith and trust in democracy has stabilized in the first half of 2022, remaining relatively flat through the second quarter, according to the most recent Vanderbilt Unity Index.
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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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Vanderbilt Alumni Association board announces new leadership, adds two members
The Vanderbilt Alumni Association has welcomed a new president and two other alumni leaders to its board.
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Grammy Award–winning vocalist Mark Kibble joins Vanderbilt Blair School of Music
Legendary a cappella singer and trailblazer Mark Kibble has joined the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music as an adjunct instructor of jazz voice. Kibble’s appointment begins this fall, and he will direct the vocal jazz ensemble and teach jazz vocals.
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Larisa DeSantis to give prestigious scientific talk in Ireland
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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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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VPA hosts ‘Speak Easy’ talk series July 21 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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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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Northbound lanes of 21st Avenue to close July 16 for VUMC crane work
Both northbound lanes of 21st Avenue near Edgehill Avenue will be closed on Saturday, July 16, due to crane work at VUMC’s Medical Center North building.
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Accessible pathway from 21st Avenue, Wesley Place Garage updated due to work at OGSM construction site
The Owen Graduate School of Management renovation and addition project, set to open for the 2022–23 academic year, will expand its site borders to complete the remainder of the work. Beginning Monday, July 11, the accessible pathway from 21st Avenue and Wesley Place Garage will change.
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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: Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars Fellowship

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Greenwall Faculty Scholars in Bioethics

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: John Templeton Foundation Spiritual Yearning Research Initiative

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
Fortune: Meet the new robots helping to solve the depression and loneliness epidemic in aging adults
Nilanjan Sarkar, David K. Wilson Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is quoted.
Bloomberg: We must learn to love genetically modified crops
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this piece.
Barron’s: Why Twitter could have the upper hand in its battle against Musk
Morgan Ricks, professor of law, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: Taking a collective approach to care for children with complex illnesses
Katherine Freundlich, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, is quoted.
CNN: What are the chances the parents of the Highland Park shooter will face prosecution?
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Government Technology: Study: Is online credit recovery an effective way to learn?
Carolyn Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair and University Distinguished Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
HealthDay: Infant hospitalization for COVID-19 reduced with maternal vaccination
The research of Natasha Halasa, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, is cited.
New York Post: I picked up a dollar on the ground—and nearly died
Rebecca Donald, assistant professor of anesthesiology, is quoted.
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