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  Friday, Oct. 8, 2021  
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Startups initiated and grown at Vanderbilt get $4.5M in federal funding, LaunchTN matching grants
Nine startups established at Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization and the Wond’ry have been awarded more than $4.5 million in federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants and matching funds from Launch Tennessee, with the goal of accelerating technology commercialization, innovation and job creation across the state.
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Bell named faculty director of undergraduate data science minor
Charreau Bell, a senior data scientist at the Vanderbilt Data Science Institute and research assistant professor of computer science, has been named the faculty director of the undergraduate data science minor.
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Faculty Innovators: Ridner and Murphy spearhead trials for first
at-home head and neck lymphedema treatment device
Vanderbilt professors Sheila Ridner and Barbara Murphy have contributed to the development of a first-of-its-kind device to treat head and neck lymphedema, a chronic disease common after cancer treatment that causes fluid buildup in the body and can complicate normal functions.
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Vanderbilt chapter adviser, student leaders win 2021 ASCE awards
Professor Lori Troxel has received the 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. Lexi Revis, BE’21, received a 2021 ASCE Student Leadership Award, and senior Michael Roman is a second-place winner of the 2021 national Daniel W. Mead Student Contest.
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Men’s golf is teeing up data to drive results
With the help of Eugene Vorobeychik, adjoint associate professor of computer science and computer engineering, the Vanderbilt men’s golf team is applying computational game theory to find success during match play.
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Application deadline for new round of internal teaching grants is Oct. 15
The deadline for faculty to submit applications for the upcoming second round of internal teaching grants is Friday, Oct. 15. Funds will be available on Dec. 1.
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Open house for faculty interested in residential colleges set for Oct. 12
Faculty who would like to learn more about serving in residential or programmatic roles within the university’s residential college system are invited to an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
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Vanderbilt to host Oct. 15 cooking demo to shed light on food waste
Vanderbilt University Campus Dining is collaborating 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.
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Vanderbilt Family Weekend celebrates Commodore community
More than 3,000 parents, siblings, grandparents, students and others celebrated Family Weekend Oct. 1–3, as Vanderbilt University welcomed families to campus for three days of special events.
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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: What is cybersecurity, and why does it matter?
Have you thought about how much of your daily life relies on technology—how much of your personal information is stored in your computer, smartphone, tablet or even someone else’s devices?
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Open Enrollment 2022: Understanding how your pharmaceutical profile works in each health plan option
Prescription drug coverage is included with both Vanderbilt health plan options for 2022, but costs apply differently depending on which plan you choose. You should evaluate your prescription costs to determine the price you will pay under each plan.
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Volunteer with Tutor Nashville, make a difference in a student’s life
Tutor Nashville, Vanderbilt’s partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools’ high-impact tutoring program, is seeking volunteer tutors to make a difference in a student’s life. The deadline to apply is Oct. 12.
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Author Sasha Issenberg to discuss tumultuous legal fight for same-sex marriage in America
Journalist and author Sasha Issenberg will speak at Vanderbilt Oct. 11 for a special on-campus event discussing the policy and political battles that led to legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States. Issenberg is the author of “The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage.”
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Jason Isbell to speak on addiction and sobriety with Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research Oct. 12 at noon
Four-time Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Isbell will talk about the impact of COVID-19 on addiction and sobriety and the intersection of sobriety, addiction and music in the School of Medicine Basic Sciences’ next Lab-to-Table Conversation on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at noon CT.
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Second interest session for Disability employee affinity group is Oct. 21
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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Celebrate LGBTQI History Month with events throughout October
LGBTQI History Month—a time to come together, reflect, celebrate and educate—will be observed at Vanderbilt throughout October. Events are sponsored by the Office of LGBTQI Life in partnership with others on campus.
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Lot 6A entrance closing Oct. 9 for continued work on Owen School project
To ensure the safety of the Vanderbilt and surrounding community, the entrance to parking lot 6A at the Grand Ave./ 21st Ave. entrance will close beginning Saturday, Oct. 9, to continue work on the renovation and addition project at the Owen Graduate School of Management. 
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Fire alarm test at 17th and Horton Building scheduled for Oct. 13
A fire alarm test at the 17th and Horton Building, formerly known as the Sony Building, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. The test is expected to last a couple of hours.
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‘Creating Presentations That Stick: Engaging Your Audience’ Oct. 19
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “Creating Presentations That Stick: Engaging Your Audience” on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon CT.
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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

Free flu shots and COVID booster shots available for Vanderbilt community  

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

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


Take Note

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

Fall GIS workshop series set for September, October

Data Science Institute offers fall workshop series

Faculty training sessions available for VERA

Share your opinion of bike, sidewalk improvements needed in Nashville

Young Commodores fans invited to join Mr. C’s Kids Club

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

American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant funding opportunity

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

Open Enrollment: Detailed guide available, what’s changed for 2022 and health insurance premiums

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

It’s time to Go for the Gold; earn up to $240 reward

Health Plus will be on campus with Go for the Gold activities and giveaways in October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Final month for Walking Wednesdays


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Register for Stata Boot Camp to be held Oct. 18, 20, 25
· OCT ·
  Wond’ry’s Coffee Equity Lab fall conversation series
· NOV ·
  2021 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum
· NOV ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Conversation: What’s in the Pandora Papers? And why does South Dakota feature so heavily?
Beverly Moran, professor of law, emerita, authored this piece.
Associated Press: Ex-Facebook manager criticizes company, urges more oversight
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Yahoo! News: Can you be ‘addicted’ to Facebook, Instagram? Experts share how to tell if your social media use is problematic.
Erin Calipari, assistant professor of pharmacology, is quoted.
Axios Nashville: Vanderbilt involved in another big pandemic development
Mark Denison, Edward Claiborne Stahlman Professor of Pediatric Physiology and Cell Metabolism, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Hospital system says it will deny transplants to the unvaccinated in ‘almost all situations’
Karen Bloch, professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Guardian: I took the COVID vaccine while pregnant—let’s not pretend it’s an easy decision
Jennifer Thompson, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted.
Slate: Are flu shot side effects actually worse this year? We asked three experts.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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