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  Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021  
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Two Vanderbilt biomedical engineers lead top academic societies in their fields
Two outstanding women scholars in the same School of Engineering department have been elected president of prestigious national academic societies. Anita Mahadevan-Jansen is president-elect of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Cynthia Reinhart-King is president-elect of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the professional home for biomedical engineering and bioengineering.
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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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Vanderbilt launches engagement forum for Nashville community leaders
Vanderbilt University is convening a new community engagement series to help local agencies and nonprofits navigate complex issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the social unrest seen over the past year. The inaugural session is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23, and will include a question-and-answer session with Chancellor Daniel Diermeier discussing his academic research on building and maintaining trust in difficult situations.
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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 University Orchestra and Treble Choir present Holst’s ‘The Planets’ with KV 265 Science Through Art
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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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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Learn about digital technologies for research and teaching at Digital Commons events
The Digital Commons has announced a number of fall workshops and panels for faculty interested in learning how to use digital tools and platforms in their scholarly work.
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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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Cybersecurity training and updated policies now available
Vanderbilt University Information Technology has published a training course to prepare the VU community to participate in a new initiative to strengthen cybersecurity across the institution. All Vanderbilt community members are strongly encouraged to complete the course.
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Annual report on security and fire safety available Sept. 24
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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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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The science and law behind medical marijuana, CBD and Delta 8: Sept. 23 at noon
The School of Medicine Basic Sciences’ monthly Lab-to-Table Conversation will discuss the science of marijuana and the current legal context for its use on Thursday, Sept. 23, beginning at noon CT.
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‘Creating Presentations That Stick—Design Principles’ is tomorrow
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “Creating Presentations That Stick: Design Principles” from 10:30 a.m. to noon CT on Thursday, Sept. 23. Rooted in learning science, this virtual workshop explores what makes presentations effective and memorable.
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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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Ask an Expert: Why do breakthroughs occur among vaccinated people?
Charles Sanders, associate dean for research and professor of biochemistry and medicine, describes how breakthrough infections occur even for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


COVID-19 Updates

Vanderbilt launches COVID-19 sentinel testing program

Vanderbilt COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund supports university community

Vanderbilt Health seeking letters of support for its workforce

COVID health and safety protocols: Important reminders

Tents return to campus lawns for outdoor gatherings

Flulapalooza postponed—but you can still get your flu shot


Take Note

ISSS and OPA to host health insurance workshop for J-1 exchange visitors Sept. 22

Plan ahead for Amendments and Contracts VERA soft launch deadline Sept. 23

‘The Basics of Medicare’ Sept. 23

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

Fall GIS workshop series set for September, October

Data Science Institute offers fall workshop series

Security Notice: Sexual assault

Study seeks African American adults for Alzheimer’s disease storytelling 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 ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
Psychology Today: AI and optogenetics disrupt the neuroscience of dopamine
Erin Calipari, assistant professor of pharmacology, is quoted.
NBC News: Mental health takes a toll on the incarcerated—and their families
Evelyn Patterson, associate professor of sociology, is quoted.
Nature: Cash boost looms for historically Black U.S. colleges and universities
Ebony McGee, associate professor of teaching and learning, is quoted.
Business Insider: Pfizer and Moderna have revealed the way they’re tracking how long vaccine protection lasts
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Catholic Outlook: Understanding the ethics of liturgy
Bruce Morrill, Edward A. Malloy Professor of Roman Catholic Studies and professor of theology, is quoted.
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