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  Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2023  
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Vanderbilt Unity Poll reveals significant approval of legislative compromise despite continued pessimism about national unity
Americans uniformly support solution-oriented government, including compromise on gun control, but they don’t expect the country to be able to come together to solve urgent problems, according to the second quarterly Vanderbilt Unity Poll measuring Americans’ views of national unity and the democratic process.
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International collaboration including Vanderbilt astrophysicists discover ‘forbidden planet’
Aging stars expand and eventually destroy planets in their inner systems. Or do they? A team of researchers that includes Keivan Stassun finds evidence of a planet that survived its star’s transformation, and that is reshaping our understanding of planetary and stellar evolution.
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Vanderbilt alumnus Clark Lea's contract extended as head football coach
Entering his third season at the helm of Vanderbilt football, Clark Lea has signed a contract extension to remain in his native Nashville. Lea was hired as the 29th head coach in December of 2020 and set forth a clear vision fro Vanderbilt to become the best college football program in the country.
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Faculty invited to apply for 2023–24 SEC travel grants by July 21
Vanderbilt faculty are encouraged to submit applications to the 2023–24 Southeastern Conference Faculty Travel Program. The grants give faculty from Vanderbilt the opportunity to travel to other SEC campuses to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals and conduct research.
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Henrietta Hickman Morgan Memorial Award winners announced
The awards, presented by the Vanderbilt Writing Studio, go to the first-year students who submit the best sample of original writing. This year’s winners are Megan McGrath, Elizabeth Grimm, Faisal Khreis and Emma Williams.
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REMINDER: 2023–24 parking and commute information
To help you make the best commute decision for your needs, the university has numerous resources to customize your commute plan for the 2023-24 academic year.

Health & Safety Updates

Gain wider access to mental health support through Lyra

Join the next healthy habit challenge with Vanderbilt’s wellness program Virgin Pulse


Campus Updates

Blasting scheduled as part of Frist Athletics Village project

Updated pedestrian and vehicle routes near Frist Athletics Village starting Aug. 7

Part of 25th Avenue to close to vehicles, provide alternative pedestrian pathways

Access road installation from Stevenson Center Lane to Garland Hall changes pedestrian routes beginning June 26

Section of Natchez Trace to close starting June 19 for infrastructure project


Limited Submission Opportunities

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee 2023 Discretionary Grants Deadline: July 20

2024 Sloan Research Fellowships Deadline: July 27

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Deadline: July 31

Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars Fellowship Deadline: Aug. 1

2023 Greenwall Faculty Scholars in Bioethics Deadline: Aug. 3

2024 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award Deadline: Aug. 8


Take Note

Applications now open for First Friends program

‘Introduction to ChatGPT and Prompt Engineering’ virtual workshop is July 27

‘ChatGPT and the Future of Education’ virtual workshop is Aug 2.

Annual Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Symposium is Aug. 8

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Now Is Not the Time to Panic’ Aug. 9


Coming Up

· JUL ·
  VPA hosts ‘Speak Easy’ talk series July 20 to help postdocs tell their scientific story
· JUL ·
  Initiative for Race Research and Justice 2023 Jumpstart Virtual Conference is July 25
· AUG ·
  Fifth annual Womanist Ethnography Conference is Aug. 11


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: How Candice Lee will see her vision for Vanderbilt athletics come to life, with new extension
Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, is quoted.
Bloomberg: FTC Chief Lina Khan’s bad week dims hopes for new era of tech antitrust
Rebecca Allensworth, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is quoted. The Guardian published a similar article quoting Allensworth.
The New York Times: Saber-tooth cats and dire wolves carried a terrible disease in their bones
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of biological sciences, is quoted.
New York Times: Two theories of what I’m getting wrong
Research from J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is cited.
Insider: Anti-LGBTQ+ activism spiked during Pride Month, with California leading the way
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of anthropology, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Opinion | Biden’s Democratic Party is to the left of Obama’s. Thank a progressive.
Ganesh Sitaraman, New York Alumni Chancellor’s Professor, professor of law and Director of the Vanderbilt Policy Accelerator for Political Economy and Regulation, is quoted.
The Conversation: Climate change is increasing stress on thousands of aging dams across the US
Hiba Baroud, A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation Faculty Professor, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored this article.
HealthDay: Recommendations developed for management of acute liver failure
Research from Alexandra Shingina, assistant professor of medicine, is cited.
Education Week: What is translanguaging and how is it used in the classroom?
Emily Phillips Galloway, assistant professor of literacy education, is quoted.
Axios: Investigating the XY factor in disease
Timothy Hohman, associate professor of neurology, is quoted.
Christian Science Monitor: How Britain’s Chineke! is changing classical music
Douglas Shadle, associate professor of music, is quoted.
Forbes: Norovirus cases on cruise ships skyrocket: Here’s why—and how to avoid getting sick
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. Healthline and Deseret News also published articles quoting Schaffner.
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