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  Wednesday, Oct. 20, 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 the 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.
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Landman awarded $2.6M grant to improve Alzheimer’s patient management
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Bennett Landman has received a $2.6 million NIH grant to improve the understanding of structural changes in the brains of people who have Alzheimer’s disease.
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Chang receives $1.1M grant to investigate brain-body connections, advance understanding of how brains age
Catie Chang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a $1.1 million NIH grant to investigate brain-body connections and advance understanding of aging in normal and pathological brains.
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MTSU–Vanderbilt collaboration unearths African American history in Nashville’s Bass Street neighborhood
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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Scientists write children’s books to share career paths and promote STEM education
A team of Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty are working together to produce a series of children’s science books aimed at fourth grade–level readers.
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Rogers to direct Peabody financial aid
Samantha Rogers, assistant director of student financial aid at Vanderbilt University, has been named director of student financial aid for Vanderbilt Peabody College.
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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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Bass Military Scholar Andrew Hodlin awarded John S. Beasley II Scholarship
First-year Vanderbilt Law School student Andrew Hodlin has been awarded the John S. Beasley II Scholarship as part of Vanderbilt University’s Bass Military Scholars Program, which welcomed its third cohort of military veterans this fall.
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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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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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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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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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Employee flu vaccinations available at Student Life Center Oct. 22, 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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WATCH: James Beard Foundation and Nashville Food Waste Initiative host food scrap cooking demonstration
As part of its commitment to sustainability and Zero Waste, Vanderbilt Campus Dining collaborated with the James Beard Foundation, the Nashville Food Waste Initiative and the Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge to host the “Waste-Not” cooking demonstration Oct. 15 at the E. Bronson Ingram College dining hall.
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New documentary on Nashville public schools to screen at Peabody College
“By Design: The Shaping of Nashville’s Public Schools” will screen on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Wyatt Center Rotunda for Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff, and a livestream will be made available for wider public viewing. Advance registration is required to participate.
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Applications for 2022 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program open Oct. 26
Applications for the 2022 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program will open on Tuesday, Oct. 26. VUSRP provides a unique opportunity to develop valuable skills by working closely with a faculty member on joint research efforts.
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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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Second interest session for Disability employee affinity group is tomorrow
A virtual event to discuss the formation of a Disability employee affinity group is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21, at noon CT. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom. 
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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: ‘CliftonStrengths for Employees’ tomorrow
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “CliftonStrengths for Employees” on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. CT.


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

Free flu shots and COVID booster shots available for Vanderbilt community  

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

WATCH: Town halls discussing health and safety protocols for fall

What you need to know: Why Vanderbilt is conducting asymptomatic COVID-19 testing


Take Note

Memorial tribute scheduled on campus for Vereen Bell

Avoiding ‘helicopter’ parenting topic of Parenting Group meeting Oct. 21

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

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

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

Faculty training sessions available for VERA

Programs for Talented Youth announces spring 2022 programs

Share your opinion of bike, sidewalk improvements needed in Nashville

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Project Support and Rural Arts Project Support

Limited Submission Opportunity: Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Access Annual Grant

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program

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 ·
  Wond’ry’s Coffee Equity Lab hosts fall conversation series
· OCT ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center presents: ‘Down Syndrome and ADHD’
· 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 Washington Post: Trump wanted to slash the federal government. But federal agencies are doing just fine.
David Lewis, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, authored this piece.
CNN: Professional orchestras are featuring works by Black composers while paying homage to their oft-forgotten history
Douglas Shadle, associate professor of musicology, is quoted.
Fast Company: ‘A lot less inventory and a lot less choice’: The harsh reality of holiday shopping this year
Craig Philip, research professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Yahoo!News: Frustrated and weary over pandemic slog, more U.S. workers are striking
Josh Murray, associate professor of sociology, is quoted.
District Administration: How two Nashville education leaders are teaming up to solve for equity
Marcy Singer-Gabella, professor of the practice of education, is quoted.
The Tennessean: How to find high-quality, affordable internet access this school year
Rachel Hanebutt and Catherine Gonzalez, doctoral students in the Community Research and Action Program at Vanderbilt Peabody College, co-authored this opinion piece.
The New York Times: Hey Parler, my blue city isn’t turning red
The Vanderbilt Poll is cited.
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