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  Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021  
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Welcome from Chancellor Daniel Diermeier
Chancellor Diermeier welcomes the Vanderbilt community back to campus for the new semester, reflecting on last year’s work and looking ahead at this year’s opportunities.
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Ask an Expert: What do we know about the third dose option of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Thomas Talbot, professor of medicine and chief hospital epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, shares information about the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, applicable to people with moderate to severe immunocompromise.
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Chancellor to host virtual event on the crisis in Afghanistan tomorrow
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host a virtual panel Aug. 26 on the crisis in Afghanistan—a timely and exclusive discussion featuring Vanderbilt faculty historians and foreign policy experts and retired Lt. Gen. Scott A. Howell, former commander of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command. 
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Fall Faculty Assembly set for tomorrow
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will share his priorities and aspirations for the new academic year and present some of the university’s highest honors at the Fall Faculty Assembly on Thursday, Aug. 26.
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Athletics provides updates on scope and scale of Vandy United
As part of the ongoing Vandy United campaign, the university is sharing new details about Vanderbilt athletics facility upgrades and enhancements, as well as an update outlining the scope and scale of the project. 
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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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African Americans and stroke focus of tomorrow's VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture
Dawn Aycock, associate professor and director of the nursing Ph.D. program at Georgia State University’s Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions, will discuss “Addressing Primary Stroke Prevention in African Americans” on Thursday, Aug. 26, at noon in the Nursing Annex, Room 155. The in-person lecture is free and open to the Vanderbilt community.
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The buzz on Vanderbilt’s bees
Hundreds of acres of trees, green spaces and gardens across Vanderbilt’s campus support thousands of bees that live on the roof of the Jean and Alexander Heard Central Library.
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Vanderbilt’s silent CubeSat awakens six months after launch
Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation volunteers have established communications with RadFxSat-2, a small CubeSat that had been silent since it deployed in a Virgin Orbit in January 2021.
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Wond’ry students collaborate with Del Fuego Project to design innovations in coffee drying process
Through a partnership between the Coffee Equity Lab at the Wond’ry and the Del Fuego Project—a Yepocapa, Guatemala-based nonprofit that’s building capacity in small-holder farming communities—Vanderbilt students engaged in collaborative design to generate innovations in coffee processing.
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VU expands Army partnership, wins first Pathfinder Project award from Army Futures Command for assistive bionic exosuit
Army Futures Command recently awarded Vanderbilt a one-year, $1.2 million investment to support collaborations between researchers and soldiers to innovate research-based technologies with a path to commercialization and prompt acquisition of products by the Army.
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Owen faculty encourages new cognitive processes and bolder solutions to address grand challenges
Vanderbilt-led research encourages entrepreneurs to embrace new ways of thinking to address grand challenges facing society, like climate change and inequality.
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Sign up now for brain-stimulating Vanderbilt Osher fall classes
Calling all lifelong learners 50 and older to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt, which has announced its fall term of courses. They include: ’60s music, the U.S. women’s movement, Latin American-U.S. relations, elements of film and more.
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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, effective July 1.
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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 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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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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COVID-19 Update: Important information for fall semester
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost C. Cybele Raver share a message with the campus community containing important COVID-19 information for the fall semester, including reminders about the university’s health and safety protocols.


Take Note

COVID health and safety protocols: Important reminders

‘Se acabó … : Responding to the Political Repression in Cuba’ is Aug. 26

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

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

Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics workshop Sept. 14-15

Phased launch of new VERA system begins mid-September

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

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

Occupational Health offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations

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

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


Coming Up

· AUG ·
  ‘Sympathetic Magic: Works of Faith, Healing and Transformation’ opens at Fine Arts Gallery Aug. 26
· 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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Ritu Banerjee, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
ABC News: Why you shouldn’t rush to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot before it’s your turn
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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