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  Friday, Aug. 4, 2023  
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Vanderbilt to connect with talented international students in new partnership
Vanderbilt University is partnering with the Davis United World College Scholars Program, an international nonprofit organization that has provided scholarships and education for academically talented students from around the world for more than two decades.
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Two Vanderbilt nuclear physicists win early-career grants from U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy is funding two Vanderbilt early-career nuclear physicists’ exploration of the universe’s properties and composition. Raghav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli and Jean-François Paquet, assistant professors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, have been identified as among the nation’s most exceptional researchers.
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Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Institute announces fall 2023 grant recipients
The Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Institute is celebrating the announcement of its fall 2023 grant awardees, including eight Professional Development and Training Grants and 13 Dissertation Enhancement Grants awarded to Vanderbilt graduate students.
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Five Vanderbilt graduate students selected as 2023-2024 SEC Emerging Scholars
The fellowship program is intended to serve as a pathway and source of mentorship for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across the Southeastern Conference to prepare them for tenured faculty positions.  This cohort of Vanderbilt scholars will attend the upcoming 2023-24 SEC Emerging Scholars conference Oct. 1–4 at the University of Arkansas.
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Five students receive 2023 Graduate Leadership Anchor Awards
The awards identify and honor the hard work and leadership of graduate students at Vanderbilt, recognizing graduate student leaders on a school-wide level. Awards given this year included a service award, mentorship award, departmental leadership award, research award and best overall award.
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Sign up for ‘DCbrief,’ a newsletter from the Office of Federal Relations
Federal policies have a significant impact on Vanderbilt, impacting the academic mission as well as the research enterprise. DCbrief covers the breadth of federal policy issues that could impact the university and provides readers with a concise roundup of important developments.
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Volunteers needed for Humphrey Fellows move-in Aug. 13
Volunteers are needed on Sunday, Aug. 13, to help with move-in for the 2023–24 cohort of Humphrey Fellows at Vanderbilt. The Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished educational leaders from developing nations and emerging democracies to the U.S. for an academic year to study, gain related professional experience, build leadership capacity and foster mutual understanding.
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University hosting national Dense Urban Terrain Exercise with U.S. Army, Metro Nashville Davidson County Aug. 9–10
The training exercises are designed to assess response readiness to a critical incident in a dense urban environment. University and medical center employees and guests should expect to see a large number of uniformed military personnel and Metro Nashville first responders in the area of 25th Avenue and Children’s Way during the two-day exercise.
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Registration open for 17th annual Vanderbilt Postdoc Symposium
Registration is open for the 17th annual Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association Symposium scheduled for Nov. 17. The one-day symposium will provide an opportunity for postdocs to network, engage in scientific discussion and learn about the research being conducted by other postdoctoral fellows.
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V150: The Leaders
Nine chancellors have guided Vanderbilt from humble beginnings to global impact.


Limited Submission Opportunities

2024 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award Deadline: Aug. 8

2023 Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowships Deadline: Aug. 21


Campus Updates

Tips for commuting, parking on campus during current construction

Blasting scheduled as part of Frist Athletics Village project

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


Health & Safety Updates

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

Ways to partake in radical self-care for Black, Indigenous, People of Color community members

Expect increased police presence during emergency preparedness exercises in July, August


Take Note

REMINDER: 2023–24 parking and commute information

Tuition benefit applications for fall 2023 now open

Vanderbilt extends contract with discounts vendor Abenity

VICC funding opportunity: P3 Catalyst Awards

FINAL REMINDER: Faculty, postdocs asked to submit nominations for Fall Staff Awards by Aug. 6

New timekeeping system UKG Ready (Kronos) to launch Aug. 6

Annual Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Symposium is Aug. 8

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

Applications open for First Friends program through Aug. 11


Coming Up

· AUG ·
  Fifth annual Womanist Ethnography Conference is Aug. 11
· AUG ·
  Dore Jam fan event set for Aug. 19
· SEP ·
  ‘Voices of Mississippi’ immersive multimedia concert coming to Vanderbilt Sept. 15


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Vanderbilt in the News
Venture Nashville Connections: Vanderbilt’s 2024 Summit to extend scrutiny of global competition, threats and strategic gaps, with an eye toward ‘radical collaboration’
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
The New York Times: For luck in love, couples are breaking plates (on purpose)
Joel Harrington, Centennial Professor and professor of history, is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed: Professors craft courses on ChatGPT with ChatGPT
Jules White, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering, is quoted. The Guardian also published an article quoting White.
NBC News: More women in the U.S. are drinking themselves to death, research finds
Peter Martin, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
USA Today: SAG-AFTRA is worried about AI, but can it really replace actors? It already has.
Daniel Gervais, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The New York Times: ‘We are in a five-alarm fire for democracy’
Francesca Procaccini, assistant professor of law, is quoted.
Fortune: From Bezos and Zuckerberg getting buff to the celebrity Ozempic craze, ‘fatphobia’ in the workplace is more rampant than ever
Research from Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, is cited.
diaTribe: Promoting healthy sleep in youth with type 1 diabetes
Sarah Jaser, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Axios: China’s economic tools fill capitalism’s void
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.
Healio: Q&A – Understanding how intubation sedatives impact patient outcomes, risk for PTSD
Matthew Semler, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
STAT: Researchers seek answers to racial disparities for prostate and breast cancer among people of African ancestry
Wei Zheng, Anne Potter Wilson Professor and professor of medicine, is quoted.
CNN: Vaccines for flu and RSV now available ahead of fall virus season
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. Yahoo! Life [1] [2] also published articles quoting Schaffner.
Wall Street Journal: Muslim nations call on Sweden, Denmark to ban Quran burnings
Jacob Mchangama, research professor of political science and executive director of the Future of Free Speech Project, is quoted. Financial Times also published an article quoting Mchangama. Unherd published an article authored by Mchangama.
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