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  Friday, July 8, 2022  
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Vanderbilt graduate student creates academic bridge for Central American and Caribbean students in astrophysics
Vanderbilt Ph.D. candidate Antonio J. Porras Valverde found a need to expand support for students of color—especially for Central American and Caribbean students studying astrophysics—inspiring him to launch the Cenca Bridge program, which provides academic guidance to undergraduate students from these areas who are interested in the field.
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Inaugural summer camp at Blair School of Music teaches kids to create video game scores
A pilot program launching at Vanderbilt Blair School of Music this summer will teach middle and high school students how to create music scores for video games. The program, called Music Tech, is designed to pave pathways to Blair, particularly for students in underserved communities who may not otherwise visit campus or interact with the music community.   
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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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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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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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Expense reporting simplified for expenses incurred after July 1
The list of expense types used for reporting One Card and personal expenses has been revised for any expenses incurred after July 1, 2022. The goal of this change is to simplify the expense entry process by limiting the data required. The expense policy remains unchanged.
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Tuition benefit applications for fall 2022 open now
The EdAssist portal is now available for submitting your fall 2022 tuition benefit applications, including dependent tuition applications. You can find the EdAssist login, step-by-step tutorials and other resources on the tuition pages of the HR website.
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Do your part to help conserve energy during heat wave
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 next weeks.


COVID-19 Updates

Davidson County COVID community level high; masks recommended indoors

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


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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  

VERA offers training resources for faculty

Research IT Resources Guide launched to support IT needs of researchers

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: The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee 2022 Discretionary Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Sloan Research Fellowships

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Searle Scholars Program

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Procter & Gamble Higher Education Grant Program

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Register for Health Plus’ TASTE 2022

Win prizes with Health Plus’ ‘Spring into Summer’ activities


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Vanderbilt in the News
USA Today: Highland Park parade shooting updates: Suspect charged with seven counts of first-degree murder
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
CNBC: The Supreme Court’s EPA ruling is a big setback for fighting climate change, but not a death knell
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, is quoted.
Associated Press: Uneasy U.S. tries to fete a July 4 marred by parade shooting
Eli Merritt, research assistant professor of political science, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Tennesseans lag the nation in getting COVID-19 booster shots. Here’s why that’s a problem
James Jackson, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Q&A: Kelly Dooley of Vanderbilt Division of Infectious Diseases
Kelly Dooley, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine and director of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is featured.
The Wall Street Journal: Red states are winning the post-pandemic economy
The research of Peter Haslag, assistant professor of finance, is cited.
The New York Times: The shrinking of the middle-class neighborhood
Marybeth Shinn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of human, organizational and community development, is quoted.
Home Health Care News: Why hospitals with nearby home health agencies have higher readmission rates
Kevin Griffith, assistant professor of health policy, is quoted.
AARP: Older adults should opt for high-dose flu shots
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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