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  Friday, Sept. 17, 2021  
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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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Jenkins named Basic Sciences diversity, equity and inclusion program manager
The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences has named Felysha Jenkins as its first diversity, equity and inclusion program manager.
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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
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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Vanderbilt University to host PARK(ing) Day 2021 today
Vanderbilt University will host PARK(ing) Day, an annual global event competition in which urban areas, such as parking lots, are transformed into green spaces to promote sustainable design, on Friday, Sept. 17.
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Celebrate Constitution Day with the Vanderbilt Libraries today
The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries will host events to mark Constitution Day on Friday, Sept. 17, including a public reading of the U.S. Constitution, handing out pocket Constitutions and hosting a social media photo booth. All are invited to participate.
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Faculty and staff appreciation football game is Saturday vs. Stanford
Vanderbilt University faculty and staff and their families are invited to cheer on the Commodore football team as they take on the Stanford Cardinal at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. Vanderbilt employees can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of just $15 per ticket (regularly priced $35) and a game-day parking pass.
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Visit Vanderbilt Bookstore pop-up shop in Vandyville this Saturday
All faculty, staff, alumni and fans are invited to stop by the Vanderbilt Bookstore pop-up shop in Vandyville this Saturday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The shop will be located at the corner of Jess Neely Drive and Natchez Trace.
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‘Art of Healing Exposition,’ featuring works from World Health Organization and Nashville-area artists, opens today
The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and Vanderbilt’s Master of Public Health Program will open the Art of Healing Exposition on Friday, Sept. 17, featuring works from the World Health Organization’s Art to Act for Health initiative as well as Nashville-area artists.
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Portion of sidewalk near Eskind Library, VUMC Adult Hospital to close
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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U.S. competitiveness, telehealth for grad student training, Rep. John Lewis Way dedication round out latest ‘ON THE HILL’ government relations report
Vanderbilt’s Division of Government and Community Relations has published the seventh issue of its “ON THE HILL” government relations report. The biannual report summarizes Vanderbilt’s activities over the past six months at the federal, state and local levels of government.
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Vanderbilt strengthens online tutoring partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools
Vanderbilt University is calling on the wider university community to help expand a student-based tutoring program that began last year to assist Metro Nashville Public Schools. Vanderbilt is inviting faculty, staff and alumni to volunteer in this effort to tutor local public school students online.
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in September and October
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.
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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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ELE Presents: ‘Creating Presentations That Stick—Design Principles’ Sept. 23
Join 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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Dashboard Update: Fall 2021 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

Flulapalooza postponed—but you can still get your flu shot

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

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


Take Note

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

Plan ahead for Research Finance VERA soft launch deadline Sept. 17

Memorial service for Carl Haywood set for Sept. 19

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

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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Vanderbilt in the News
The Guardian (U.K.): Walmart has a plan to tackle the climate crisis. Can it pull it off?
Mike Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, is quoted.
The New York Times: Abortion has never been just about abortion
Jefferson Cowie, James G. Stahlman Professor of American History, is quoted.
The Nashville Post: Vanderbilt names associate vice chancellor for health
Pam Jones, associate vice chancellor for health and wellness, is highlighted.
Men’s Health: Snorting and gargling iodine to fight COVID-19 is a really bad idea
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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