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  Wednesday, June 30, 2021  
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Becoming a more diverse and inclusive Vanderbilt
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion André L. Churchwell reflect on the one-year anniversary of the university’s pledge to accelerate its work to make Vanderbilt a more diverse and inclusive community in which every member can thrive.
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Vanderbilt falls to Mississippi State; winner-take-all Game 3 on Wednesday
Mississippi State forced a third and decisive game by beating Vanderbilt 13-2 on Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha in the finals of the College World Series. The national champion will now be decided at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.
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Belinda ’Otukolo Saltiban named associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion
Belinda ’Otukolo Saltiban, a seasoned higher education professional with extensive experience leading diversity and inclusion efforts in support of professional development and student success, has been named associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt University.
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Vanderbilt gradually welcoming staff back to campus
With a majority of Vanderbilt faculty and staff now vaccinated against COVID-19, work and business units are gradually bringing staff back to campus. Dates for staff to return to campus are being managed at the local level. Staff with questions about returning to campus should consult with their manager or their HR consultant.   
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Is the U.S. Congress broken? Longtime lawmaker gives insights and advice
U.S. Rep. David Price, who has represented the fourth district of North Carolina through seven White House administrations, shared insights about the changes he has witnessed in Congress during an online discussion with Vanderbilt political scientists Alan Wiseman and Larry Bartels on June 28.
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Survey in Haiti shows democratic attitudes can persist in countries with weak governance, even during pandemic
Researchers at Vanderbilt’s Latin American Public Opinion Project Lab have found that when faced with the COVID-19 health crisis, Haitians rallied around their president, despite his struggle to maintain order and support prior to the pandemic.
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Nejdl honored by American Association of Law Libraries
Clanitra Nejdl, head of professional development and research services librarian at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, is the 2021 recipient of two distinguished honors from the American Association of Law Libraries.
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Vanderbilt graduate students address legislators to advocate for NSF funding
Two graduate students from Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering and one from the School of Medicine Basic Sciences recently addressed legislators in Washington, D.C., virtually, sharing stories about the important role funding from the National Science Foundation has played in their research and training.
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Faculty invited to apply for 2021-22 SEC travel program grants by July 23
Vanderbilt University faculty are encouraged to submit applications to the 2021–22 Southeastern Conference Faculty Travel Program. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, July 23.
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Vanderbilt travelers reminded to book through Concur, World Travel Service
As domestic and international travel resumes at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vanderbilt University employees are reminded to book their travel through the Concur online booking tool or directly with World Travel Service. Vanderbilt employees must use Concur or WTS to book business travel.
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Applications for Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment program accepted through July 9
Applications are now being accepted for the Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment program, designed to develop key leadership skills and competencies for staff who are managers or operational leaders demonstrating high potential.
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Reminder for eligible employees to report holiday time over Independence Day
If you are eligible to be paid for the Chancellor Administrative Day on Friday, July 2, and for the Independence Day holiday observed on Monday, July 5, you must record this time as “Holiday” on your June 27–July 10 biweekly time card in order to receive pay.
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Staff and postdocs: Submit vaccination records by July 19 to be eligible for $1,000 prize drawing
COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all members of the Vanderbilt community for the 2021–22 academic year. To thank those who submit their vaccination records early, the Division of Administration will conduct a drawing for 25 Vanderbilt University-employed staff and postdocs who submit their records to the university’s vaccine portal by 8 a.m. on July 19. 


Take Note

Make note of visitor protocols for research in Heard Libraries collections

Blood drive marking 9/11 anniversary set for July 2

Inclusive Book Group to discuss Alice Randall’s ‘Black Bottom Saints’ July 22

Employee Learning and Engagement professional development workshops continue

Vanderbilt extends COVID-19 vaccination leave policy

University hosting free walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics for faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows 

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

Submit your tuition benefit application for fall 2021 now

Healthcare Bluebook price transparency tool now protected with multi-factor authentication

Health Plus Nutrition Corner: Simple meals for busy people

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

Join the Spring into Summer Step Challenge

Join Health Plus’ Babies and You prenatal education program

Become a Health Plus Wellness Commodore

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Sloan Research Fellowships


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Vanderbilt in the News
CNN: North America’s four biggest pro sports leagues have been around a combined 398 years. They’ve had two openly gay active players
Andrew Maraniss, special projects coordinator in the Department of Athletics, is quoted.
Yahoo! Finance: Why the Teamsters union drive at Amazon could succeed where Bessemer faltered
Daniel Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
The Conversation: How colonialism’s legacy makes it harder for countries to escape poverty and fossil fuels today
Patrick Greiner, assistant professor of sociology, authored this piece.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Chattanooga families reflect on pandemic kindergarten experience, look ahead to in-person instruction this fall
Research on schooling during COVID-19 by the Tennessee Education Research Alliance, based at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, is cited.
NPR: Derek Chauvin is sentenced to 22 1/2 years for George Floyd’s murder
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
The National Law Review: Supreme Court offers clarification on protection for off-campus speech
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
CNN: Cruising was a COVID disaster. Now it claims to be the ‘safest vacation available’
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: A Supreme Court ban on affirmative action would halt progress on achieving a more just society
Joni Hersch, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of law and economics, is quoted.
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