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  Wednesday, Sept. 29, 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 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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Peabody College and Metro Nashville Public Schools launch partnership to strengthen education equity
Producing actionable, innovative and scalable research to address racial and social inequities in K-12 schools is the goal of a new partnership between Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development and Metro Nashville Public Schools.
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Conn named 2021 fellow of American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Jeffrey Conn, Lee E. Limbird Chair and professor of pharmacology and founding director of the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, is among 16 scientists named 2021 fellows of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
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Peabody faculty awarded NSF grant to support research on learning math through play
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million grant to Peabody College of education and human development faculty Melissa Gresalfi and Anita Wager to support their research titled “Supporting Playful Learning in Elementary Mathematics Classrooms.”
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Growing Forward: Signs of progress
Change takes time, but it’s happening all the time. After her most recent travels around Commodore Nation, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee reflects on how the spirit at the heart of Vandy United’s long-term vision are imbued in new basketball locker rooms that are already nearing completion. 
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Author Sasha Issenberg to discuss tumultuous legal fight for same-sex marriage in America Oct. 11
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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New archive project seeks Vanderbilt community stories to document COVID-19 pandemic experience
Members of the Vanderbilt community are being asked to share their stories, artifacts and memories of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a new archive project designed to chronicle this era for future generations.
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Sponsored Programs Administration appoints new leaders
Michelle Wachter has been named assistant director of Sponsored Programs Administration, and Janiece Harrison, formerly the full-time director of SPA before retiring in December 2018, has been named interim director while the office launches a national search to find a new full-time director.
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Pre-blasting survey in West End Neighborhood to begin Sept. 29
To prepare for foundational blasting at the Residential College C construction site, Layton Construction will be surveying buildings in the vicinity beginning Wednesday, Sept. 29.
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WeGo Public Transit fall system changes take effect Oct. 3
WeGo Public Transit has adopted a service plan change for fall 2021 that will expand pre-pandemic service levels in two phases. The changes reflect transit system customer feedback and include expanded hours and improved frequency of service with more buses on select routes.
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Prepare for Open Enrollment—get your VUnetID and password ready
Open Enrollment for 2022 benefits is right around the corner. One thing you can do now is get your VUnetID and password ready.
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‘Hostile Terrain 94’ creator Jason De León to give Vanderbilt lecture Sept. 29
Jason De León, creator of the “Hostile Terrain 94” exhibit and founder of the Undocumented Migration Project, will give a free lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema. A public reception will precede his talk beginning at 5:15 p.m. in Sarratt Gallery.
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Vanderbilt History Seminar to examine the work of Kara Walker, ‘artist of her generation’
This semester’s inaugural Vanderbilt History Seminar will explore the work of artist Kara Walker and the memory of slavery. The Sept. 30 lecture corresponds with the Frist Art Museum’s ongoing exhibition “Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick” and the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery’s “Sympathetic Magic: Works of Faith, Healing and Transformation,” which includes Walker’s works.
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Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy hosts bipartisan panel of congressional staffers for insider view on careers
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host a virtual event, “The Hill Staffers Who Make Congress Go Round,” on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 12:30 p.m. CT.
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Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is Sept. 30
The fall Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 30, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. A virtual fair will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Zoom, followed by an in-person event in the Student Life Center Commodore Ballroom from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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The Wond’ry’s Coffee Equity Lab to host fall 2021 conversation series with international coffee experts
Join global coffee entrepreneurs and experts throughout October and November for discussions on the socio-economic factors contributing to the coffee industry’s growth.
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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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Fall Staff Assembly to be held Nov. 2; staff award nominations now open
The Fall Staff Assembly and staff awards are part of the semiannual effort to celebrate staff excellence and recognize the many contributions of university staff to Vanderbilt’s mission. This year’s Fall Staff Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 2. Award nominations, which are submitted online, are open through Thursday, Sept. 30.  
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‘Creating Presentations That Stick: Engaging Your Audience’ Sept. 30
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “Creating Presentations That Stick: Engaging Your Audience” on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 10:30 a.m. to noon CT.
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HR Employee Learning and Engagement presents: ‘Dealing with Change at Work’ Oct. 5
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “Dealing with Change at Work” on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CT.


COVID-19 Updates

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: COVID-19 quarantine and isolation

What you need to know: Handling missed classes during COVID-19 quarantine

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

Vanderbilt Health seeking letters of support for its workforce


Take Note

Cybersecurity training and updated policies now available

Get free access to ‘Financial Times’ through VU Libraries’ News Desk portal

Faculty guidance available for VERA phased soft launch Oct. 1

20th Annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture is Oct. 5

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Imposter Syndrome—Feeling Like a Fraud’ Oct. 5

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

Data Science Institute offers fall workshop series

Fall GIS workshop series set for September, October

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

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

Study seeks kindergarten-age participants for reading research

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

Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market is back on Thursdays through Oct. 28


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Register for Stata Boot Camp to be held Oct. 18, 20, 25
· NOV ·
  2021 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum
· NOV ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: As gun violence spreads to small towns, one suburb contends with a mass shooting’s aftermath
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
Politico: Some cannabis firms see ‘disaster’ in federal legislation
Robert Mikos, LaRoche Family Professor of Law, is quoted.
The Conversation: How lawyers could prevent America’s eviction crisis from getting a whole lot worse
Jennifer Prusak, associate clinical professor of law, authored this piece.
Esquire (Italy): Those raven genes have a conscience and ‘know they know,’ like humans
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
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