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  Monday, July 26, 2021  
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Vanderbilt advances diversity and inclusion goals with OIE move; other administrative changes announced
The Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence has joined forces with the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in a move to broaden and deepen Vanderbilt’s resources for fostering a welcoming and supportive culture. In addition, the Office for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, or PIE, will become part of the Office of the Chancellor after previously reporting to the provost.
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10 faculty awarded internal grants for teaching
The Office of the Provost has announced the inaugural round of recipients for the Course Improvement Grant and Educational Advancement Fund that were announced in April. Ten faculty members across three of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges will receive support for their teaching.
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Road closures, safety perimeter set for upcoming Carmichael Towers implosion
A controlled implosion of Vanderbilt University’s Carmichael Towers East will take place on Saturday, July 31, to make way for a new world-class residential college on campus. The implosion is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
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Deadline for faculty, staff, postdocs to submit COVID-19 vaccination records is July 31
Vanderbilt University is requiring all university–employed faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021-22 academic year. The deadline for faculty, staff and postdocs to submit their full vaccination record is Saturday, July 31.
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Occupational Health now offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations
The Vanderbilt Occupational Health Clinic is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to Vanderbilt faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars on a walk-in basis. Those who need their first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine may walk in to the Occupational Health Clinic vaccination location on the sixth floor of the Medical Arts Building.
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Discussion on melanoma set for July 27
With the peak of summer approaching, Vanderbilt researchers will discuss innovative research on melanoma and how new insights could lead to less toxic treatments and better outcomes for patients. “Toward a Cure for Melanoma” will take place on Tuesday, July 27, at noon CT.
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Support USAC’s Jingle in July, a fundraiser for the Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund
The University Staff Advisory Council invites the Vanderbilt community to participate in Jingle in July, a fundraiser for the Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund. The hardship fund provides assistance to qualifying Vanderbilt faculty and staff who are experiencing a temporary hardship due to a significant life event.
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Upgraded website for EdAssist, university’s tuition benefit administrator, coming soon
EdAssist, the university’s tuition benefit program administrator, is being upgraded and will feature a fresh, new design that is more intuitive than the previous version.


Take Note

Vanderbilt extends COVID-19 vaccination leave policy

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

Women’s Center hosts salary negotiation workshop July 27

Employee Learning and Engagement professional development workshop
July 28

Next Control is the Goal blood pressure management program begins Aug. 5

Vanderbilt Software Carpentries events Aug.

Match deadline for Kyser Miree Scholarship is Aug. 31

Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market is back on Thursdays through Oct. 28

Study seeks participants for brain-based learning enhancement research

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award

Make note of visitor protocols for research in Heard Libraries collections

Vanderbilt travelers reminded to book through Concur, World Travel Service

All three steps of new Go for the Gold ready to complete

Health Plus offers personal lifestyle coaching


Coming Up

· AUG ·
  Inclusive Book Group to discuss ‘When Breath Becomes Air’
· NOV ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day is Nov. 5; call for abstracts, registration now open


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Vanderbilt’s James Lawson Institute honors rights activist
The James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements is featured.
U.S. News & World Report: A deadly political divide
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Mental illness is more common than most people realize
Sandra Rosenthal, Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, authored this opinion piece.
New Atlas: Putting a gravitational wave detector on the moon could find new physics
The research of Karan Jani, research assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is cited.
NBC News: CDC advisory group urges action on vaccine booster for immune-compromised people
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Upworthy: A study has been following ‘gifted’ kids for 45 years. Here’s what we’ve learned.
David Lubinski, professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
The New York Times: Why everyone has the worst summer cold ever
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Time: Why the respiratory disease RSV Is having an off-season surge
James Antoon, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Main Street Nashville: Make some righteous holy noise
Emilie Townes, dean of the Divinity School and distinguished professor of womanist ethics and society, writes about the importance of living intentionally and with a caring attitude.
CNN: Delta variant of COVID one of the most infectious of all respiratory diseases, CDC director says
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Why Metro Nashville schools must make masks mandatory for unvaccinated children
T.S. Harvey, associate professor of anthropology, writes about a suggested mask mandate for Metro Nashville Public Schools students who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 in this opinion piece.
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