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  Monday, Aug. 30, 2021  
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Diermeier urges university community to raise aspirations after extraordinary year
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier outlined a bold path forward for Vanderbilt University, challenging the university community to “set our aspirations higher” during his Fall Faculty Assembly address.
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Thirteen faculty members honored at Fall Faculty Assembly
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Cybele Raver and Faculty Senate Chair Mark Magnuson, Louise B. McGavock Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, presented awards to 13 faculty members during the Fall Faculty Assembly on Aug. 26.
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Crisis in Afghanistan: Military and political experts on what’s next for the war-torn nation and how we can help
The humanitarian and military crisis in Afghanistan continues to erupt after the Taliban’s swift takeover of authority when the U.S. government began withdrawing troops earlier this month. In keeping with its mission to elevate facts and reasoned discourse, the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy promptly brought together military and political experts, including Lt. Gen. Scott Howell, a former commander of the Joint Special Operations Command in Afghanistan, for a live virtual discussion.
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Vanderbilt welcomes newest Graduate School students
The Graduate School welcomed more than 400 students to campus for New Student Orientation on Aug. 23. The day included a convocation in the Student Life Center that was followed by an information fair and reception in Alumni Hall.
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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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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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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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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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Vanderbilt University Public Safety Update: Pickpocketing
Vanderbilt University Public Safety and Metro Nashville Police Department received reports of Vanderbilt students being the victims of pickpocketing in downtown Nashville during the weekend of Aug. 28–29. VUPS has offered tips for keeping valuables safe.
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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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Buildings update operation hours, card access for fall semester
As the university welcomes back students, faculty and staff for the 2021–22 academic year, many buildings—including student centers and academic buildings on campus—have updated their operational hours and card access security.
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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.
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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.


COVID-19 Updates

Fall faculty COVID-19 town hall scheduled for noon Sept. 1

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

Occupational Health offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations

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

COVID health and safety protocols: Important reminders


Take Note

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day call for abstracts closes Aug. 31

Historical marker in memory of Betty Nixon to be dedicated Sept. 3

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: CLIR Recordings at Risk

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: Mathers Foundation Grant Program Winter 2021

Limited Submission Opportunity: VentureWell Course and Program Grants

Security notice: Sexual assault (content warning)

Data Science Institute offers fall workshop series

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

Study seeks participants for brain-based learning enhancement research

Study seeks kindergarten-age participants for reading research

Phased launch of new VERA system begins mid-September


Coming Up

· 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
· NOV ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day is Nov. 5; call for abstracts, registration now open


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: How government decisions left Tennessee exposed to deadly flooding
Hiba Baroud, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Fast Company: Why the pumpkin spice latte will never die
Kelly Haws, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Professor of Marketing, is quoted.
Reuters: Merged clips of CDC director Rochelle Walensky discussing vaccine protection from severe COVID-19 are missing context
Buddy Creech, associate professor pediatrics, is quoted.
The Hill: Reports of the Taliban’s coming demise are greatly exaggerated
David Wasserstein, Eugene Greener Jr. Professor of Jewish Studies and professor of history, authored this piece.
Bloomberg Law: Delta takes tough but legal stance in vaccine plan, lawyers say
Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Vaccine conspiracy theorists become even more desperate after full FDA authorization
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Nashville Business Journal: 40 Under 40: Karl Zelik, Vanderbilt University/HeroWear
Karl Zelik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Waverly’s ‘long and skinny’ geography breeding ground for deadly floods, scientists say
John Ayers, professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Two universities bestow honors on civil rights icon James Lawson
Vanderbilt’s James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements is featured.
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