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  Wednesday, Sept. 15, 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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Frist Center for Autism and Innovation recognized with 2021 Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award
Under the leadership of Keivan Stassun, founding director of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, the center has been recognized by the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity for its innovations in engineering research related to autism and the value of neurodiversity in the workplace.
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Vanderbilt launches COVID-19 sentinel testing program
As part of Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 response and in light of increasing case numbers in Nashville and the surrounding community, the university is implementing random asymptomatic testing—or “sentinel” testing—to detect and forecast possible infection trends and provide early warning signs of outbreak.
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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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Apple releases critical software to secure iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Mac computers; update now
Apple has released a critical security software update to address a significant vulnerability in its products. The vulnerability is particularly troublesome as it allows a device to become infected silently—meaning you do not need to click a link or open a document to become infected.
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Technologies can help drivers maintain the two-second rule to improve road safety and traffic flow
A team of engineers led by Dan Work, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has developed an assistive technology to help drivers maintain “the two-second rule,” taught in driver’s ed classes across the country, to smooth out traffic jams and improve safety.
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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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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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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, alumni and students to volunteer in this effort to tutor local public school students online.
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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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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2021; kickoff celebration is tomorrow
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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Celebrate Constitution Day with the Vanderbilt Libraries Sept. 17
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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Vanderbilt University to host PARK(ing) Day 2021 Friday
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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‘Art of Healing Exposition,’ featuring works from World Health Organization and Nashville-area artists, opens Friday
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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Faculty and staff appreciation football game will be 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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ELE Presents: ‘Remote Work: Best Practices and Common Pitfalls’ tomorrow
Join Employee Learning and Engagement on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. for “Remote Work: Best Practices and Common Pitfalls.”
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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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Virtual Lifeline
Chronic illness prevented Jens Herman from earning his degree from Vanderbilt Peabody College more than a decade ago. The COVID-19 pandemic gave him a second chance.


COVID-19 Updates

Vanderbilt COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund supports university community

Vanderbilt Health seeking letters of support for its workforce

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

COVID health and safety protocols: Important reminders

Travel awareness regarding E.U. entry restrictions

Tents return to campus lawns for outdoor gatherings

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


Take Note

Exploring the outdoors topic of Parenting Group meeting Sept. 16

‘Social Security 101: Everything You Want to Know’ Sept. 16

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

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

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

Fall GIS workshop series set for September, October

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

Autism-LASR Lab seeking research participants for study on sensory experiences

Study seeks participants for brain-based learning enhancement research

Study seeks middle and high school aged children for reading and communication project

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
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The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: A half dozen African Americans taking on new administrative duties in higher education
Moira Poe, executive director of undergraduate admissions, is highlighted.
USA Today: The annual rite of pumpkin spice: Have we hit ‘peak’ pumpkin? Apparently not
Kelly Haws, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Professor of Marketing, is quoted.
Associated Press: Peru: Abimael Guzmán, head of Shining Path insurgency, dies
Noam Lupu, associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, is quoted.
The Tennessean: The South is leading the fight against Roe v. Wade. Texas’ new abortion law could speed up the legal battles
Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and professor of law, is quoted.
Reuters: Analysis: Epic’s narrow win in App Store case toughens the fight against Google Play rules
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
Quartz: Can you report your employer for not following the new U.S. vaccine rules?
Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, is quoted.
Associated Press: Could Texas abortion ban strategy be double-edged sword?
Jessica Clarke, professor of law, is quoted.
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