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  Friday, Oct. 22, 2021  
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Register now for Nov. 2 Fall Staff Assembly 
All Vanderbilt University staff are invited to attend Fall Staff Assembly, either in person or virtually, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The event will celebrate university staff and their many contributions to Vanderbilt’s mission.
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Survey launched to assess new remote and hybrid work policy
Starting this week, the university is launching a survey for staff in departments that are eligible for hybrid and remote work to help determine how work arrangements influence employees’ assignments, engagement and quality of life.
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WATCH: Expert panel debates immigration, inclusion and who belongs in America
A group of Vanderbilt scholars with legal, historical and political expertise on immigration came together Oct. 19 to discuss the crisis around Haitian migrants at the southern U.S. border and the recent influx of Afghan refugees to the United States.
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Panel to share experiences on allyship and what it means to be an ally
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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Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association hosts 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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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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Inaugural recipient of Maggie Corbin Minority Baseball Apprenticeship named
Jabari Brown is the first recipient of Vanderbilt Athletics’ Maggie Corbin Minority Baseball Apprenticeship, created by Maggie and Tim Corbin to bolster the pipeline of minority coaches in college baseball.
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Open Enrollment now open
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 set for Oct. 27
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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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: Best practices for managing your passwords
Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer and personal information. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software.
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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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Employee flu vaccinations available at Student Life Center today, Oct. 29
Vanderbilt Occupational Health will host two FLUla-2-Uza events, open to faculty, staff and postdocs, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29 in the Student Life Center Ballroom. 
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Learn more about MTSU–Vanderbilt archaeological dig in Nashville’s Bass Street neighborhood tomorrow
Students and professors from Middle Tennessee State and Vanderbilt universities are working together to uncover new archaeological details about a largely forgotten African American neighborhood that was an important part of Nashville’s post-Civil War history. The public is invited to learn more Oct. 23 at Fort Negley Park.
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Blasting for Residential College C in West End Neighborhood begins Oct. 25 
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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Interest session for Latinx employee affinity group set for Oct. 26
A virtual event to discuss the formation of a Latinx employee affinity group is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m. CT. The meeting will be conducted over Zoom.
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HR’s Employee Learning and Engagement presents: ‘4 Stages of Psychological Safety’ Oct. 28
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 Oct. 29
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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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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Vanderbilt Leadership Academy and Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment welcome new cohorts
Vanderbilt Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement team announces the start of new sessions for Vanderbilt Leadership Academy and Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment.
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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 community about the number of positive COVID-19 test results among members of the university community for the fall 2021 semester.


COVID-19 Updates

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

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

Free flu shots and COVID booster shots available for Vanderbilt community  

WATCH: Town halls discussing health and safety protocols for fall


Take Note

Memorial tribute scheduled on campus for Vereen Bell

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

Apply for Meharry-Vanderbilt CERC mini-grants through Oct. 29

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

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

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

Faculty training sessions available for VERA

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

Share your opinion of bike, sidewalk improvements needed in Nashville

Programs for Talented Youth announces spring 2022 programs

TEDxVanderbiltUniversity speaker applications now open; event scheduled for April 10, 2022

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

American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant funding opportunity

Plan your flu shot with the help of FLUla-2-Uza


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center presents: ‘Down Syndrome and ADHD’
· 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’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: Ancient-DNA researchers set ethics guidelines for their work
Krystal Tsosie, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate in genomics and health disparities, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt-linked technology companies get $3.8M in funding
Companies with ties to Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering are highlighted.
Axios: Nashville’s COVID breakthrough rate remains low
Alex Jahangir, professor of orthopaedic surgery, and David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, are quoted.
NBC News: Scientists search for cause of mysterious COVID-related inflammation in children
Natasha Halasa, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Inside the Vanderbilt lab researching a promising new COVID-19 treatment
Mark Denison, Edward Claiborne Stahlman Professor of Pediatric Physiology and Cell Metabolism, is quoted.
NBC News: Age, underlying health issue were ‘double blow’ to Powell, experts say
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Sohn: Like Vols fans with golf balls, our lawmakers trash Tennessee COVID-19 recovery
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
Boston Review: The Supreme Court is poised to put politics ahead of gun-violence prevention
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, authored this piece.
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