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  Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2021  
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Fall faculty COVID-19 town hall scheduled for today
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost C. Cybele Raver will host a virtual town hall for faculty focused on Vanderbilt’s health and safety protocols and an update from VUMC medical experts on the current COVID-19 landscape. The live webinar also will include a moderated question and answer session.
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A message from Chancellor Diermeier and Provost Raver on Hurricane Ida resources and support
As officials take stock of the damage caused by Hurricane Ida, our thoughts are with the people of Louisiana and Mississippi as well as those members of our community who are from these areas and have loved ones affected by this tragedy. Please know that Vanderbilt is committed to supporting members of our community – particularly in times of distress or crisis, and we have reached out to students impacted by the storm. We encourage you to draw on the university’s support services, included below, when needed, writes Chancellor Diermeier and Provost Raver.
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A message from Chancellor Diermeier about the crisis in Afghanistan
As the complex and tragic events in Afghanistan continue to unfold, we must support all those in the Vanderbilt community whose lives have been personally touched by these days of difficulty and challenge, writes Chancellor Daniel Diermeier. Diermeier also shares ways the Vanderbilt community can aid the Afghan population, as well as veterans and their families. 
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Ask an Expert: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for pregnant women?
Alexandra Speros, instructor in clinical nursing, midwifery and primary care, explains the latest expert guidance that encourages pregnant women to get the vaccine at any stage of their pregnancy.
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Beloved Vanderbilt University English professor Vereen Bell has died at 86
Vereen M. Bell, a professor of English, emeritus, who had a transformational influence on countless students, challenged institutional structures and pushed for greater diversity at Vanderbilt, died Aug. 24 at home in Nashville. He was 86 years old.
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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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Vanderbilt’s Humphreys awarded Faculty Early Career Development Grant from the National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation has awarded a Faculty Early Career Development Grant to Kathryn L. Humphreys, assistant professor of psychology at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development. She is being recognized for her research study “Examining Prenatal and Postnatal Influences on Infant Brain Development.”
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OIR to host open house, events for students and faculty to kick off year
The Office of Immersion Resources invites students, faculty and staff to attend an open house in its new space at the Student Life Center on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 2 to 6 p.m. All are welcome to meet the OIR team and learn more about Immersion Vanderbilt and the staff devoted to supporting faculty and students as they undertake immersive experiences and projects.
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Faculty and staff invited to join inaugural Military and Veterans Group
Faculty and staff are invited to join a virtual event to discuss the formation of a Military and Veterans Employee Affinity Group. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 2 from 1-2 p.m. via Zoom.
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Update your Commodores gear ahead of College Colors Day Sept. 3
Vanderbilt will celebrate College Colors Day on Friday, Sept. 3, when Commodore fans on campus and across the nation are encouraged to wear their black and gold. For fans looking to update their gear, Vanderbilt has added new and exciting retail options for purchasing officially licensed VU merchandise.
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Vanderbilt football season kicks off Sept. 4 vs. ETSU
A new era of Vanderbilt football begins Saturday, Sept. 4, as Vanderbilt alumnus and Nashville native Clark Lea takes the field for the first time as head coach. Vanderbilt Athletics recently announced a number of additions and enhancements to the game day experience for the 2021 season, and tickets are on sale now for all seven home football games.
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AlertVU test scheduled for Sept. 7
Vanderbilt University Public Safety will conduct a test of the AlertVU emergency notification system on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. AlertVU rapidly sends notification messages in the event of an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community.
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Celebrate Diverse ‘Dores Day on Sept. 9
Diverse ’Dores Day is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. The event is open to all Vanderbilt students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral scholars.
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Thought Leader Series: ‘The Intergenerational Approach: From Opposition to Optimistic’ Sept. 15
Join Employee Learning and Engagement for the next installment of its Thought Leader Series on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Communications strategist Aerial Ellis will present “The Intergenerational Approach: From Opposition to Optimistic” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. CT via Zoom.
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Faculty and staff appreciation football game will be Sept. 18 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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Vanderbilt increases travel per diem rate
Vanderbilt University’s per diem rate for meals, snacks, room service and tips for an entire day incurred while traveling will increase to $59, effective Sept. 1.
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Registration open for inaugural Undergraduate Civic and Professional Showcase
Students who wish to present about the civic and professional experiences they have completed while undergraduates at Vanderbilt are encouraged to register for the inaugural Undergraduate Civic and Professional Showcase. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Student Life Center.
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Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair set for Sept. 30; student proposals now being accepted
The annual fall Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 30. 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. Students who have completed research while an undergraduate at Vanderbilt are encouraged to apply.
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Purchase annual parking permits now; permits begin Sept. 1
The Parking Services office will continue to offer annual parking permits for the 2021–22 academic year. Current parking permits expire on Aug. 31, and vehicle registration for the new year is open now.


COVID-19 Updates

Fall faculty COVID-19 town hall scheduled for noon today

Travel awareness regarding E.U. entry restrictions

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

COVID Updates: Dining, Rec Center, masking, testing

Occupational Health offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations

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

Tents return to campus lawns for outdoor gatherings


Take Note

Limited Submission Opportunity: CLIR Recordings at Risk

Limited Submission Opportunity: Mathers Foundation Grant Program Winter 2021

Limited Submission Opportunity: VentureWell Course and Program Grants

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

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

Study seeks kindergarten-age participants for reading research

Study seeks participants for brain-based learning enhancement research

Learn more about research-related IT resources at upcoming sessions

Data Science Institute offers fall workshop series

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Finding Your Strengths’ Sept. 8

Phased launch of new VERA system begins mid-September

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

GrantForward researcher information session is Sept. 22

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

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


Coming Up

· SEP ·
  Historical marker in memory of Betty Nixon to be dedicated Sept. 3
· SEP ·
  Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics workshop Sept. 14-15
· SEP ·
  Faculty and staff appreciation football game will be Sept. 18 vs. Stanford
· SEP ·
  ‘Black Death at the Golden Gate’ author to discuss SF bubonic plague outbreak’s applications to coronavirus pandemic Sept. 20
· OCT ·
  Register for Stata Boot Camp to be held Oct. 18, 20, 25


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CNN: Analysis: How race permeates the politics of gun control
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Bloomberg: The environmentalist case for fish farms
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this piece.
Bloomberg: White House rushes to booster doses as CDC advisers bide time
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
NewsChannel 5 (WTVF-TV): Titans head coach Mike Vrabel received monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID
Robert Carnahan, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
KMFA 89.5 Austin (KMFA-FM): Symphony No. 9 In E Minor—a turning point for American classical music
Douglas Shadle, associate professor of music, is quoted.
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