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  Monday, Nov. 8, 2021  
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Vanderbilt University signs on to U.N.-backed Race to Zero campaign
Vanderbilt University, which already has taken significant steps in its commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, has joined the Race to Zero—Universities and Colleges coalition. At the same time, Assistant Professor Leah Dundon and 14 students are participating in international climate change negotiations.
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Search committee announced to find next dean of School of Medicine Basic Sciences
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for the next dean of the School of Medicine Basic Sciences. John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science, will serve as chair.
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Chancellor's Lecture Series panel tomorrow will discuss how Nashville, the South are changing
Author and “New York Times” columnist Margaret Renkl will join Vanderbilt University Press authors Rachel Martin and Steve Haruch to discuss the evolving nature of Nashville and the American South through culture, food, race relations and politics in a special panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
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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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Veterans celebrated at breakfast event Nov. 11, Salute to Service game Nov. 13
Military veterans on campus will be celebrated at a breakfast reception on Thursday, Nov. 11, and at the annual Salute to Service football game on Saturday, Nov. 13, just two of the ways Vanderbilt University will commemorate Veterans Day 2021.
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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: Be aware of identity theft
Identity theft is when someone uses your personal or financial information without your permission to potentially cause you personal or financial harm. Learn some measures you can take to protect yourself from identity theft.
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WATCH: Panel discusses why local governments seem more effective than federal counterparts
A group of former and current municipal leaders came together for a virtual discussion Nov. 3 to talk about how local governments get things done.
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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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Smart power grid leader to deliver Hall Engineering Lecture today
Yilu Liu, who led the effort to create the North American Power Grid Frequency Monitoring Network and is known for her research on electric power systems and smart grids, will deliver the School of Engineering’s fall 2021 John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture on Monday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. CT.
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Vanderbilt to celebrate first-generation students at event today
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and FirstVU, a student-led organization that aims to support, celebrate and empower first-generation students, invite the Vanderbilt community to participate in First-Generation Celebration Day on Monday, Nov. 8. This year’s celebration will be an in-person gathering from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room.
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Native American Heritage Month event to feature Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Nov. 9
Natalie Diaz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, activist and educator, will give a reading and participate in a discussion as part of Native American Heritage Month on Tuesday, Nov. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. CT.
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Panel to share experiences on allyship and what it means to be an ally Nov. 10
Dr. André L. Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, will host a panel of Vanderbilt faculty and students to discuss meaningful allyship and steps one can take to be a good ally on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. CT.
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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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‘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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Prepare for upcoming email security enhancement
Vanderbilt University will implement an email security enhancement in January 2022. Users of email campaigns will need to move to the university’s MyEmma solution in order to ensure their messages continue to be delivered.
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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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‘Employee Motivation: From Theory to Practice’ is Nov. 10
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement team for “Employee Motivation: From Theory to Practice” on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. CT.
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Learn about tuition benefit for VU employees Nov. 11
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement team for “Back to School with Vanderbilt’s Employee Tuition Program” on Thursday, Nov. 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. CT.


COVID-19 Updates

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

New 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

VERA live Zoom training sessions for faculty offered in November

Women’s Center hosts salary negotiation workshop Nov. 9

Data Science Institute Summer Research Program info session is Nov. 9

Flexner Deans’ Lecture: ‘Sexual Trauma and Trauma-informed Care’ Nov. 10

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Interior Chinatown’ Nov. 10

‘Self-care Tips for Family Caregivers’ Nov. 10

‘Race, Religion and Black Lives Matter’ book launch and panel discussion Nov. 12

Nashville Transgender Day of Remembrance service set for Nov. 16

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

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

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

Programs for Talented Youth announces spring 2022 programs

Learn about Diabetes Prevention Program


Coming Up

· NOV ·
  Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture features UCLA’s Goins
· NOV ·
  VKC Conversation Series: ‘Understanding How Research Works’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: Nashville college leaders say enrollment is abundant, but community engagement needs work
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is featured.
CNN: Even if they get breakthrough infections, vaccinated people don’t get as sick with COVID-19, studies show
Wesley Self, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: It’s time to change the clocks again. Why do we do this to ourselves?
Beth Ann Malow, Burry Professor of Cognitive Childhood Development, is featured.
Bloomberg: To curb methane, put cows on a diet
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this piece.
Axios: Book publishers caught in Biden administration’s antitrust crosshairs
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
The Verge: Astronomers call for a massive new space telescope to find the next Earth
Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Physics, is quoted.
The New York Times: How Tyson Foods got 60,500 workers to get the coronavirus vaccine quickly
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Verywell Health: Does it matter what time of day you get tested for COVID?
Carl Johnson, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of biological sciences, is quoted.
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