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  Monday, Sept. 20, 2021  
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What you need to know: Why VU is conducting asymptomatic COVID-19 testing
Pam Jones, associate vice chancellor for health and wellness and co-commander of the university’s Public Health Central Command Center, discusses asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, the goal of which is to detect and forecast possible infection trends and provide early warning signs of outbreak.
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Kirkland Hall renovation to enhance accessibility, upgrade infrastructure
Kirkland Hall, central to Vanderbilt’s history and widely recognized as the university’s signature building, will undergo a significant renovation that is reflective of the institution’s purpose and commitment to excellence.
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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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National Postdoc Appreciation Week is Sept. 20–24
National Postdoc Appreciation Week launches today, Sept. 20, and continues through Friday, Sept. 24. In collaboration with many campus partners, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has curated a roster of events in celebration of the Vanderbilt postdoc community.
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Career Center expands services to support postdoctoral fellows
The Vanderbilt Career Center is expanding its services to support postdoctoral fellows in addition to undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated students. Career coaches Kayla Broom and Christina Keeton will serve postdocs.
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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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University to hold staff town hall on fall semester operations tomorrow
Vanderbilt University will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at noon CT for staff to hear directly from campus leaders about the university’s 2021 fall semester operations.
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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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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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Save the Date: Open Enrollment is
Oct. 18-29
Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity to elect the benefits that best meet your needs. This year, Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 18 and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT Oct. 29.
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Portion of sidewalk near Eskind Library, VUMC Adult Hospital closed
To expand an MRI mechanical room at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Adult Hospital, a portion of the walkway near Eskind Library and the Adult Hospital will be temporarily closed starting Saturday, Sept. 18.
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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’ Sept. 23
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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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month, recognized annually from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, honors the history, cultural diversity and unique contributions of individuals and communities whose ancestry can be traced to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff will recognize the month with a series of programs and events.


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

Student Health Center to expand symptomatic COVID-19 testing to Saturdays, other symptomatic testing options for campus community

Tents return to campus lawns for outdoor gatherings

Travel awareness regarding E.U. entry restrictions

Flulapalooza postponed—but you can still get your flu shot

COVID-19 vaccinations available for 12–15-year-olds through VUMC


Take Note

‘Forbes’ selects Vanderbilt University as one of Tennessee’s best employers

GrantForward researcher information session is Sept. 22

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

‘The Basics of Medicare’ Sept. 23

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

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

Nominations sought for annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. faculty and student awards; 2021 lecture is Oct. 5

Data Science Institute offers fall workshop series

Learn more about research-related IT resources at upcoming sessions

Fall GIS workshop series set for September, October

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

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


Coming Up

· SEP ·
  ‘Black Death at the Golden Gate’ author to discuss SF bubonic plague outbreak’s applications to coronavirus pandemic
· OCT ·
  Register for Stata Boot Camp to be held Oct. 18, 20, 25
· NOV ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day


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