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  Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021  
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Dashboard Update: COVID-19 positive cases among VU community members
See the latest updates to VU’s COVID-19 dashboard. Vanderbilt maintains this dashboard to inform the university community about the number of positive COVID-19 test results for the fall 2021 semester.
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Diermeier applauds staff excellence, presents new awards at Fall Staff Assembly
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier commended staff for working “selflessly, tirelessly, and in boldly innovative ways” to set a new standard for the university during his remarks at the second annual Fall Staff Assembly. The event included the presentation of six new awards for staff member and team excellence.
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Cybersecurity Alert: Campus-wide phishing attack
A phishing email with the subject line “Covid Test” has been sent to multiple Vanderbilt addresses. Do not open this or any emails from unknown senders, and do not click on or open any attachments.
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$8M NIH grant awarded to Vanderbilt researchers for study of infant/child brain development
Vanderbilt faculty members Laurie Cutting and Sarah Osmundson will lead an $8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health as part of a groundbreaking, multi-institutional overview of variables influencing infant and child brain development, including substance exposure.
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Engineering’s Simaan named ASME fellow
Nabil Simaan, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a distinction awarded to ASME members who have made significant engineering achievements.
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Bischoff joins Office of Vice Provost for Research as executive director for research operations
Jennifer Bischoff has joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Research as executive director for research operations. In her new role, Bischoff is responsible for planning and directing operational, financial and administrative activities across all units within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
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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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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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Prepare for upcoming email security enhancement
Vanderbilt University will implement an email security enhancement in January 2022 that will help ensure VU email accounts stay safe and secure by preventing spoofing, a practice used to forge the “from” address of an email message. Users of mail 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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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: Cyberbullying—you’re the first line of defense
Cyberbullying is bullying from someone’s digital presence. It is repeated behavior, aimed at scaring, angering or shaming those who are targeted.
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Panel to explore why municipal governments seem more effective than national government TODAY
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host a virtual discussion with three former and current municipal leaders to talk about how local strategies can be effective at the national level. The event will stream Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 12:30 p.m. CT.
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Annual Cuninggim Lecture: ‘Calling in the Calling-out Culture’ is today
Loretta J. Ross, visiting associate professor of the study of women and gender at Smith College, will present the annual Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Ross will discuss “Calling in the Calling-out Culture” beginning at 5 p.m. CT via Zoom.
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Chancellor Daniel Diermeier joins panel of Nashville university presidents Nov. 4
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will join the presidents of four other Nashville higher education institutions to discuss “The Role of Universities in Engaging and Building Communities” on Thursday, Nov. 4, at Belmont University. The event is free and open to the public.
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OneGenAway, Vanderbilt seek volunteers for neighborhood healthy food drive Nov. 6
Vanderbilt University and the nonprofit OneGenAway are seeking volunteers to lend a hand at a community food drive on Saturday, Nov. 6, that will distribute healthy food to university neighbors.
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Vanderbilt to celebrate first-generation students at Nov. 8 event
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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Smart power grid leader to deliver Nov. 8 Hall Engineering Lecture
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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Author, columnist Margaret Renkl to lead panel discussion on 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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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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‘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.


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

Master of Liberal Arts and Science program now offering online courses

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

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Gaslighting in the Workplace’ Nov. 4

Café Momentum documentary screening and panel discussion Nov. 5

SAS University Edition boot camp offered Nov. 8

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

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

Security Notice: Motor vehicle theft

Security Notice: Sexual assault

Enroll in Control is the Goal; blood pressure management program begins Nov. 4

Learn about Diabetes Prevention Program


Coming Up

· NOV ·
  Wond’ry’s Coffee Equity Lab hosts fall conversation series
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  2021 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum
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  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day
· NOV ·
  VKC Conversation Series: ‘Understanding How Research Works’
· NOV ·
  Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture features UCLA’s Goins


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Vanderbilt in the News
ABC News: Kyle Rittenhouse trial, Ahmaud Arbery case both expected to hinge on video
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
Associated Press: An ‘eraser button’? Focused ideas could help bridle Big Tech
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is quoted.
The Guardian: Biden heads to global climate talks empty-handed
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, is highlighted.
CNN: At least 89 percent of vaccinated American adults will qualify for COVID-19 booster shots
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Conversation: Why taxing U.S. billionaires’ wealth—as Biden tried to do—will never work
Beverly Moran, professor of law, emerita, authored this piece.
New York Daily News: Shooting ourselves in both feet: As we obsess over the Alec Baldwin accident, the Supreme Court gets set to hear a case that could blow a hole in America’s gun safety laws
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Medicine, Health and Society and of Sociology, authored this piece.
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