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  Monday, Aug. 23, 2021  
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Class of 2025 welcomed with cheers, words of advice at Founders Walk
The Vanderbilt community welcomed and celebrated first-year, transfer and Next Steps students at Founders Walk on Sunday, Aug. 22.
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Vanderbilt welcomes Class of 2025 to campus for Move-In
A little rain didn’t stop Vanderbilt from welcoming the Class of 2025 to campus. The traditional first-year student Move-In event took place as students arrived on The Martha Ingram Commons on Saturday, Aug. 21.
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COVID health and safety protocols: Important reminders
Vanderbilt offers these important reminders about current COVID health and safety protocols as students, faculty and staff return to campus.
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Fall Faculty Assembly set for Aug. 26
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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Chancellor to host virtual event on the crisis in Afghanistan Aug. 26
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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Asymptomatic testing program begins today
Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, individuals who are unvaccinated with an approved accommodation will be required to complete weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at the university’s testing center. This decision comes as data shows that unvaccinated individuals are more likely to contract COVID-19 and that case counts are increasing in Nashville and surrounding communities.
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Tents return to campus lawns for outdoor gatherings
The Facilities Department is installing nine tents throughout campus for general use by the Vanderbilt community this fall. The tents are designed for individuals and groups to gather, share meals, conduct classes, socialize and more.
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COVID-19 antibody ‘cocktail’ discovered at VUMC protects chronically ill: study
A monoclonal antibody cocktail against the COVID-19 virus discovered at VUMC is the first non-vaccine modified to demonstrate the prevention of COVID-19 in a clinical trial of more than 5,000 participants. The antibody treatment could afford up to 12 months of protection from COVID-19, and preliminary laboratory findings also suggest that it can neutralize the delta variant.
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Royal Society award gives international exposure to work in polar sciences, computational mechanics
The School of Engineering’s work in polar and climate science, as well as computational mechanics, will get international exposure with a two-year travel grant from the Royal Society, the independent academic society of the United Kingdom, for a collaboration between a Vanderbilt faculty member and a professor in England.
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Slump, not bump: Women leaders less likely than men to receive support following major terrorist attacks
Vanderbilt University research from Professor of Political Science Elizabeth Zechmeister shows that gendered beliefs about leadership mean that women heads of state are less likely than men to receive a bump in support after an international terrorist incident.
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Faculty invited to Digital Media Lab Open House Aug. 23
The Center for Teaching and the Digital Commons will host a Digital Media Lab Open House on Monday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the new Digital Commons Building at 1101 19th Ave. S.
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African Americans and stroke focus of Aug. 26 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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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.


Take Note

Occupational Health offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations

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

‘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’

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

Share your opinion of transportation and pedestrian safety in Nashville

Study seeks participants for brain-based learning enhancement research

Professional development opportunities in clinical and translational research available for non-degree learners

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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Vanderbilt in the News
Reuters: T-Mobile breach hits 53 million customers as probe finds wider impact
Douglas Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of computer science and computer engineering, is quoted.
USA Today: ‘It’s just rubbish’: Experts doubt Taliban’s promises on women and girls
Samar Ali, research professor of political science and law and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Highly religious Americans are less likely to believe intelligent life exists on other planets, survey says
David Weintraub, professor of astronomy, is quoted.
Modern Healthcare: The unvaccinated face hurdles if they want to work
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
PolitiFact: Charlie Kirk baselessly claims Biden intentionally let Afghanistan fall to alter U.S. population
Karla McKanders, clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Religion News Service: ‘You can’t think yourself out of racism’: Black religion scholars call for conversion
Emilie Townes, dean of the divinity school and professor of ethics and society, is quoted.
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