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  Friday, Aug. 27, 2021  
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Black appointed to vice provost role
G.L. Black has been named vice provost for student affairs and dean of students, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver has announced.
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Poe named executive director of undergraduate admissions
Moira Poe, a highly respected admissions leader with a passion for increasing higher education accessibility and affordability for scholars of diverse backgrounds and experiences, has been named executive director of undergraduate admissions.
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Get to know Vanderbilt’s new residential faculty: Teresa Goddu
Meet the new faculty head of E. Bronson Ingram College, Teresa Goddu, associate professor of English and American studies.
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Nesbitt named interim director of LGBTQI Life; search for permanent director relaunched
Brianna Nesbitt has been named interim director of LGBTQI Life, effective Sept. 1. Nesbitt, who also serves as assistant director of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, is a committed student advocate with an extensive background in higher education. The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources recently relaunched the nationwide search for a new director of LGBTQI Life.
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Basic Sciences welcomes new IMSD leadership
Digna R. Velez Edwards, Julie Rhoades (Sterling) and Henrique Serezani comprise the new leadership team for the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences’ Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity. IMSD recruits and supports biomedical trainees from backgrounds underrepresented in science during their graduate careers.
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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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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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New NSF university-industry center includes Vanderbilt space radiation effects and nanophotonics researchers
Vanderbilt engineering researchers are part of a team that will lead a new five-year Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program in integrated photonics for aerospace applications that is anticipated to reach $5 million in funding.
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Excellence in Podcasting award winners honored at reception
The winners of Vanderbilt’s first-ever Excellence in Podcasting competition were recognized at an Aug. 24 reception hosted by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, which sponsored the competition in collaboration with the Office of Immersion Resources and the Center for Teaching.
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Graduate students named ‘runners-up’ at Global Map the System competition for investigating housing affordability in Nashville
Two graduate students in Peabody College have been named runners-up in the Global Map the System competition, hosted by Oxford University’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.
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Campus Dining announces Flex Meal deal for faculty, staff, graduate and professional students
A convenient option for those who wish to dine on campus, Flex Meals allow for quick and easy meal payment across Campus Dining’s award-winning network of 20 dining locations.
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Vanderbilt launches multiyear agreements with select vendors for promotional products, awards
Vanderbilt University recently launched new multiyear agreements with a select group of vendors to supply all promotional products and awards to departments and student organizations at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
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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

Chancellor, Provost share message with important COVID-19 information for fall semester

COVID health and safety protocols: Important reminders

Asymptomatic testing program underway

Tents return to campus lawns for outdoor gatherings

Occupational Health offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations

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


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

Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics workshop Sept. 14-15

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

Phased launch of new VERA system begins mid-September

Share your opinion of transportation and pedestrian safety in Nashville

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

Study seeks participants for brain-based learning enhancement research

Study seeks kindergarten-age participants for reading research

Watch Game Plan for Your Health video: ‘Making our Comeback with Compassion’


Coming Up

· SEP ·
  Faculty and staff appreciation football game vs. Stanford
· 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
NPR: Climate expert on why people outside of Tennessee should be worried about its storm
Janey Camp, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Forbes: Babies and toddlers are highly contagious for COVID-19
Tina Hartert, professor of medicine, is quoted.
Inverse: The future of cosmology is 239,000 miles away—but closer than ever
Karan Jani, research assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
National Geographic: What full FDA approval of Pfizer’s vaccine means for the course of the pandemic
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Smithsonian Magazine: Human remains from the Chilean desert reveal its first farmers fought to the death
Tiffiny Tung, professor of anthropology, is quoted.
CNN: Between flu and COVID-19, winter ‘could be complicated’
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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