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  Friday, Sept. 24, 2021  
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Faculty Innovator: Michael Goldfarb shows that taking the first step is possible
Using robotics to help individuals walk seemed like something out of a science fiction film until Michael Goldfarb and members of his lab made it a reality.
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Vanderbilt-led team selected by NSF Convergence Accelerator to continue developing predictive technology against biothreats
Partnering with Microsoft and leading biologists, epidemiologists, public health experts and computer scientists, Vanderbilt’s Janos Sztipanovits will lead a $5 million cooperative agreement to create a data and AI platform that detects and predicts emerging public health threats.
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WATCH: Town hall for staff
Vanderbilt University hosted a virtual town hall on Sept. 21 for staff to hear directly from campus leaders about the university’s 2021 fall semester operations.
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Vanderbilt resets COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, increases eligible salary to $150,000
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Vanderbilt University has reset its COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund and increased the eligible salary to $150,000. The university established the fund to assist employees with financial burdens incurred as a result of COVID-19.
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Ask an Expert: What’s the difference between a third dose and booster shot?
Charles Sanders, associate dean for research and professor of biochemistry and medicine, explains the similarities and differences between the “third dose” and “booster” vaccinations for COVID-19.
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Applications for new round of internal teaching grants now available
The Office of the Provost established two internal funding programs in April 2021, the Educational Advancement Fund and the Course Improvement Grant, designed to support excellence in the classroom through continued pedagogical advancement and long-term educational transformation. The deadline to submit for the upcoming second round of funding is Oct. 15.
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Vanderbilt University Orchestra and Treble Choir present Holst’s ‘The Planets’ with KV 265 Science Through Art tomorrow
The Vanderbilt University Orchestra, conducted by Robin Fountain, and Vanderbilt Treble Choir, directed by Mary Biddlecombe, present Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” in conjunction with astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado and KV 265 Science Through Art, at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts at Vanderbilt Blair School of Music.
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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 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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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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Open Enrollment 2022 is an active enrollment year
All fully benefits-eligible faculty and staff will be required to make an active plan selection during October’s Open Enrollment for 2022 coverage. Employees will not automatically default into their current plan if no action is taken.
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HR’s Employee Learning and Engagement presents: ‘Fierce. Foundations’ Sept. 28
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “Fierce. Foundations” on Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. CT.
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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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TEDxVanderbiltUniversity speaker applications now open; event scheduled for April 10, 2022
Speaker applications are now open for TEDxVanderbiltUniversity 2022. Those eligible to participate include current Vanderbilt University students, including graduate and professional students, as well as faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and alumni.
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Annual report on security and fire safety now available
Vanderbilt University publishes an annual report to provide information on security-related services offered by the university. The 2021 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report will be available by Sept. 24.
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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 launches COVID-19 sentinel testing program

Vanderbilt Health seeking letters of support for its workforce

COVID health and safety protocols: Important reminders

Travel awareness regarding E.U. entry restrictions

Tents return to campus lawns for outdoor gatherings

Flulapalooza postponed—but you can still get your flu shot


Take Note

VUPD issues scam warning involving smart phone cash apps

Cybersecurity training and updated policies now available

ISSS to host virtual workshop on hiring international students Sept. 27

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

Data Science Institute offers fall workshop series

Fall GIS workshop series set for September, October

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Moore Inventor Fellows

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

· SEP ·
  Learn about digital technologies for research and teaching at Digital Commons event
· OCT ·
  Register for Stata Boot Camp to be held Oct. 18, 20, 25
· NOV ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: In Tennessee, some worry that politics is hampering the pandemic response
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
Salon: Do masks hurt speech development? It depends on the child
Stephen Camarata, professor of hearing and speech sciences, is quoted.
NBC News: Doctors desperately want pregnant women to get vaccinated. It’s an uphill battle.
Jennifer Thompson, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Second dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine increases protection against COVID-19, maker says
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Nashville Post: VUMC lands $6M grant from NIH
Prince Kannankeril, professor of pediatrics, and Sara Van Driest, associate professor of pediatrics, are quoted.
USA Today: Del Rio migrant crisis: How did so many Haitians end up at the southern U.S. border?
Karla McKanders, clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt looks to double computer science faculty
Philippe Fauchet, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of the School of Engineering, and Xenofon Koutsoukos, professor of computer science, are quoted.
Voice of America: ‘Understaffed, underfunded’ agency implements U.S. vaccine mandate
Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, is quoted.
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