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  Monday, Nov. 15, 2021  
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Search launched for next university librarian
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for the next university librarian. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Vanessa Beasley and School of Medicine Basic Sciences Dean Lawrence Marnett will co-chair the committee.
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Vanderbilt astronomer co-authors seminal roadmap for next decade of U.S. research in outer space
Keivan Stassun joins leading astronomers to write “Astro2020,” a once-in-a-decade guide for astronomy research, prioritizing gargantuan telescopes on the ground and in orbit as well as increased diversity and inclusion.
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Vanderbilt, TSU and TDOT partner on assessment of converting HOV to HOT lanes to manage traffic in Nashville
Janey Camp, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is leading a public opinion survey focused on critical aspects associated with implementation, operation and perception of converting High Occupancy Vehicle to High Occupancy Toll lanes on the outbound and inbound HOV corridors for interstates 65, 24 and 40 in Nashville.
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Vanderbilt University law professor to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law and a self-described “trivia nerd,” will compete on “Jeopardy!” beginning Dec. 6 as part of the inaugural Professors Tournament.
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Vanderbilt offers reminders about COVID-19 safety during holidays
The Thanksgiving and winter holidays are traditionally a time to gather with family and friends. As with all aspects of life in a pandemic, however, best safety practices require us to adjust our expectations and behaviors.
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COVID-19 testing center closures for Thanksgiving, winter holidays
Vanderbilt will adjust operations at its COVID-19 testing center for the Thanksgiving holiday and upcoming university winter break. 
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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: Backing up your data
Data loss can happen to anyone due to technical system disruption, malicious attack, physical damage, theft or unintentional user error. With all the ways we can lose our data, it has never been more important to securely back it up.
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VUPS offers residential, holiday safety reminders for Vanderbilt community
Thanksgiving and the winter holidays typically mean an increase among people shopping and running errands. Vanderbilt University Public Safety reminds the VU community that criminals also are often out and looking for easy targets.  
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Lifelong Learning at Vanderbilt Divinity School to enhance public conversation on religion
Lifelong Learning at Vanderbilt Divinity School, a new curricular-based program open to the community, aims to expand the public discussion surrounding religious issues.
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Listening sessions lead to changes in student handbook
The Vanderbilt student handbook has been revised to include new policies regarding student discrimination and online harassment following a series of listening sessions among university leaders and students, faculty and identity groups.
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Nominations open for spring 2022 faculty awards recognizing research, service
Nominations are now open for Vanderbilt’s top faculty awards, which demonstrate the university’s appreciation for and commitment to excellence. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 13.
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New series will support new faculty development
The Office of Faculty Affairs is launching a faculty development series dedicated to providing meaningful resources to new faculty throughout their first academic year and continuing support as they settle into their Vanderbilt careers.
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Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 15–19
International Education Week, an annual opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, will be observed at Vanderbilt Nov. 15–19 with a series of campus events.
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Supporting siblings of children with special needs topic of Parenting Group talk Nov. 16
Emily Holl, director of the Sibling Support Project, will discuss “Siblings: Concerns, Opportunities and Effective Support Strategies” on Tuesday, Nov. 16, beginning at noon CT. Her online talk is sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.
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Register to attend Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase Nov. 17
Registration to attend the fall 2021 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase is now open. The event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room.
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‘Native Americans in Sports’ panel discussion set for Nov. 19
The Vanderbilt Sports and Society Initiative will host a panel discussion featuring five of the most compelling voices in Native American sports on Friday, Nov. 19, beginning at noon CT.
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Plan ahead for updates to Oracle Cloud Nov. 19–20
This quarterly update is scheduled to begin on Friday, Nov. 19, at 9 p.m. and end on Saturday, Nov. 20. Please plan ahead for this period when the system will be unavailable.
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Drone survey project mapping campus utilities scheduled for Nov. 20–24
As part of a project to survey Vanderbilt University’s utilities, drone flights are scheduled Nov. 20–24 throughout campus. The flights are expected to occur daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion launches additional Employee Affinity Groups; upcoming events for existing groups announced
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will launch additional Employee Affinity Groups in the coming weeks and months as part of an ongoing initiative to support university employees. Employee Affinity Groups are employee-led and -facilitated groups formed around interests, backgrounds, identities and common bonds.
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HR offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’
Human Resources is offering a new learning opportunity for university leaders. “Compliance Fundamentals” is intended for leaders who have staff reporting to them as well as for administrative officers and administrative managers.
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‘Digital Body Language: Is That What They Meant?!’ Nov. 16
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement team for “Digital Body Language: Is That What They Meant?!” on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to noon CT.
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‘CliftonStrengths for Employees’
Nov. 17
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement team for “CliftonStrengths for Employees” on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. CT.
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‘5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace’ Nov. 18
Join the Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement team for “Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace” on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CT.


COVID-19 Updates

Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson booster shots available to Vanderbilt faculty, students, staff and postdocs who meet eligibility requirements

COVID-19 vaccination leave available for employees accompanying children to get vaccinated

Archive project seeks Vanderbilt community stories to document COVID-19 pandemic experience

Vanderbilt resets COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, increases eligible salary to $150,000


Take Note

Winter clothing drive at Sarratt Promenade
Nov. 15–19

Nashville Transgender Day of Remembrance service set for Nov. 16

‘Understanding Debt So You Can Take Control’ Nov. 17

VKC Lecture: ‘Digital Equity in Autism Screening and Assessment’ Nov. 18

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

VERA live Zoom training sessions for faculty offered in November

Limited Submission Opportunity: Mary Kay Ash Foundation Translational Cancer Research Grant

Evolutionary Studies Initiative offers travel and pilot grants

Engineering school, BME department launch campaign to rename design lab in professor’s honor

Programs for Talented Youth announces spring 2022 programs

Celebrate good health this holiday season with Hold the Stuffing challenge


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Vanderbilt in the News
Vox: Soul food and the stories it tells about America
Caroline Randall Williams, writer in residence in medicine, health and society, is interviewed.
Women’s Health: 14 benefits of crying when you need to let it all out, according to experts
Craig Smith, associate professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
Main Street Nashville: Vanderbilt’s Bass Military Scholars Program creates opportunities for veterans
Ret. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Scott Brower, director of Vanderbilt’s Bass Military Scholars Program, authored this piece.
People: ‘Jeopardy!’ announces first-ever Professors Tournament with host Mayim Bialik
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is mentioned.
ABC News: Can therapy help break the cycle of gun violence?
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted. New target for drug development could fill a major gap in depression treatment
Lisa Monteggia, professor of pharmacology, is quoted.
The New York Times Magazine: How to keep a journal
Melanie Morris, assistant professor of nursing, is quoted.
Associated Press: Vanderbilt planning largest stadium renovation in 40 years
Projects included in the Vandy United campaign are featured.
The Atlantic: America’s real ‘wokeness’ divide
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
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