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  Wednesday, Oct. 27, 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 about the number of positive COVID-19 test results among members of the university community for the fall semester.
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Vanderbilt astrophysicist leads international workshop to turn plans for a crewed lunar observatory into reality
Karan Jani, research assistant professor of physics and astronomy, convened experts from around the world at the European Gravitational Observatory in Italy to further explore the possibility of detecting gravitational waves on the moon.
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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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Panel to explore why municipal governments seem more effective than national government
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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Open Enrollment ongoing through Friday
Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity to elect the benefits that best meet your needs. All benefits-eligible employees must complete Open Enrollment during October 2021 for calendar year 2022 benefits.
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Benefits on-campus lab is today
Open Enrollment is now underway until Friday, Oct. 29, at 11:59 p.m. CT. If you need help enrolling or don’t have access to a computer, stop by the benefits on-campus lab on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Kissam C210.
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Employee flu vaccinations available at Student Life Center this Friday
Vanderbilt Occupational Health will host a FLUla-2-Uza event, open to faculty, staff and postdocs, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Student Life Center Ballroom. 
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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: Phishing—be cautious of what you click
Phishing scams are a form of social engineering attack where attackers pose as a reputable source to deliver a fake email that looks and feels real. The fake email is designed to trick you into clicking a link or downloading an attachment to steal your personal information or infect your computer.
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HR’s Employee Learning and Engagement presents: ‘4 Stages of Psychological Safety’ tomorrow
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “4 Stages of Psychological Safety” on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. CT.
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Center for Teaching celebrates 35 years; special panel set for Friday
The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching will celebrate its 35th anniversary by hosting a special panel featuring CFT staff and graduate fellow alumni on Friday, Oct. 29, and a virtual reunion for current and former center staff and graduate fellows on Thursday, Oct. 28.
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VPA will host 15th annual symposium Nov. 1
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will host its annual symposium on Monday, Nov. 1, featuring poster sessions and talks by Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center postdoctoral scholars.
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Panel to discuss ‘Pandemic America: Where the &$@! Are We Heading?’ Nov. 2
The Department of Medicine, Health and Society will host a webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 2, featuring esteemed panelists discussing the future of America, post-pandemic. The event will provide insight into where we’ve been, where we’re headed, and what we can do about it.
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Annual Cuninggim Lecture: ‘Calling in the Calling-out Culture’ Nov. 3
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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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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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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Interested in federal STEM policy and advocacy? Two virtual seminars offered in November
Several Vanderbilt offices will partner to host two virtual events for undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs focused on federal science, technology, engineering and mathematics policy on Nov. 1 and 8.
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Blasting for Residential College C in West End Neighborhood underway
Blasting for the foundation of Residential College C in the West End Neighborhood is scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 25.
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Follow these tips for a safe Halloween
With Halloween soon upon us, Vanderbilt University Public Safety is sharing guidelines with the VU community to promote a safe and enjoyable holiday.
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Dr. Alex Jahangir draws on lessons from trauma surgery, management classes to lead Nashville’s COVID-19 response
As head of the Metro Nashville Coronavirus Task Force, Alex Jahangir has helped coordinate local health systems and community groups, addressed the city at daily media briefings, set up COVID test sites and advised policymakers on combatting the virus, all while maintaining his normal duties at Vanderbilt.


COVID-19 Updates

Vanderbilt University teams with StoryCorps to document community’s experience during COVID-19 pandemic

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

WATCH: Town halls discussing health and safety protocols for fall


Take Note

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

Estate planning, elder law and probate discussion is Oct. 27

Memorial tribute scheduled on campus for Vereen Bell Oct. 30

Final days for Go for the Gold; deadline is Oct. 31

VERA soft launch phase 2 begins Nov. 1

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

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

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

Programs for Talented Youth announces spring 2022 programs

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

Limited Submission Opportunity: St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar (Career Development) Awards

Study seeks African American adults for Alzheimer’s disease storytelling research

American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant funding opportunity


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Wond’ry’s Coffee Equity Lab hosts fall conversation series
· NOV ·
  2021 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum
· NOV ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day
· NOV ·
  VKC Conversation Series: ‘Understanding How Research Works’ Nov. 8


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Vanderbilt in the News
Politico: Facebook documents offer a treasure trove for Washington’s antitrust war
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
The 74: Problems with NYC’s gifted and talented program shared across the country—along with fears for gifted ed’s future
Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: A remarkable shift in attitudes leaves U.S. even more divided on race
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Why 200 years later, Vine Street Christian Church’s progressivism is still an ‘ongoing process’
Teresa Smallwood, associate director of the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative, and Lisa Thompson, associate professor of Black homiletics and liturgics, are quoted.
El Confidencial (Spain): Red October in the U.S.: Unions launch a wave of strikes due to lack of labor
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
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