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  Friday, Sep. 8, 2023  
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NEW FACULTY: Vanderbilt’s newest faculty share what ‘dare to grow’ means to them
Vanderbilt’s motto, crescere aude, is Latin for “dare to grow.” Meet some of Vanderbilt’s newest faculty as they share what "dare to grow" means to them.
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Vanderbilt launches Innovation Catalyst Fund to propel translational research and innovation
The Innovation Catalyst Fund aims to boost translational research and innovation to bridge the gap between ideas and real-world solutions. This initiative seeks to support projects that are nearing commercial viability, fostering innovation across a wide range of academic disciplines. Faculty can register for a Q&A town hall on Sept. 18 before the proposal submission portal opens on Oct. 1.
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New Digital Lab enhances Heard Libraries’ resources for teaching and learning
The new Digital Lab combines three library departments—Digital Scholarship and Communications, the Digital Commons, and the Center for Digital Humanities—into one overarching unit, realizing efficiencies that advance the Heard Libraries’ goal of facilitating transdisciplinary research and teaching through cohesive services.
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Echoes of art reverberate through the Curb Center’s latest exhibition
Reverberations will feature National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez’s photographs of petroglyphs and pictographs from Europe and North America dating back as far as 35,000 years. The photographs are placed in dialogue with paintings and sculptures by Dustin Mater, who is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. The exhibition will be on view from Sept. 13 to Dec. 1.
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SEC schedule for men’s basketball released; season tickets now available for purchase
The Commodores will play nine home games and nine road games as part of the SEC slate, all leading up to the SEC Tournament. Vanderbilt opens the 2024 conference schedule with Alabama on Jan. 6 at home at Memorial Gymnasium. Discounted season tickets are available for faculty, staff and students.
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Study Abroad Fair draws 400 students; new grant will help first-year students get passports
Funded by an Institute of International Education grant received by the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt in the Office of the Provost, the initiative is part of the ongoing strategy to make study abroad more accessible for all students.
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Nominations sought for annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. awards; 2023 lecture is Oct. 24
Nominations are now being sought for the annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Awards. The 22nd annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
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ICYMI: Fall Staff Assembly is Sept. 21; attendees can register now
All Vanderbilt University staff are invited to attend either in person or virtually, at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Student Life Center ballroom.


Health & Safety Updates

Focus on your family’s health with Virgin Pulse as a new school year starts 

Flulapalooza is Sept. 27

Save the date: Open Enrollment is Oct. 16–27

Advice for Parents: Supporting the mental health of children and teens during change

University engages security consultants as part of campus-wide review of emergency preparedness


Campus Updates

After-hours concrete pour to occur at Highland Plant construction site tomorrow, Sept. 9

Blasting scheduled as part of Frist Athletics Village project

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


HR Workshops & Announcements

Managers and leaders: Join the next Conversation Circle Sept. 14 to discuss the staff engagement survey

Enhance your coaching skills with HR ELE’s Coaching Lab

Understanding Higher Education course available for employees

Nominations and applications open for Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment

Apply for the Vanderbilt Staff Mentorship Program; applications due Sept. 27


Take Note

Cummings named director of Equal Opportunity and Access

Digital Strategies survey seeks input on Vanderbilt website experience; participants entered for a chance to win a VU swag bag

Healthy Brain and Child Development Study seeks participants who are in their second trimester of pregnancy

Vandy Cooks: ‘Street Style Cuisine from South Asia’ Sept. 12

‘Talking to kids about tragedies: Tips for hard conversations’ topic of Parenting Group meeting Sept. 13


Coming Up

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  Political historian Eli Merritt to discuss book on American Revolution’s ‘perilous politics’ Sept. 9
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  Ike Robinson Deans’ Lecture: Tonya Fancher, M.D., M.P.H. is Sept. 11
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  ‘Voices of Mississippi’ concert event is Sept. 15
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  Vanderbilt, Nashville Children’s Theatre bring life of Perry Wallace to the stage Sept. 7-26


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: In its first monopoly trial of modern internet era, U.S. sets sights on Google
Rebecca Allensworth, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is quoted. The Hollywood Reporter also published an article quoting Allensworth.
The Guardian: Elon Musk threatens to sue Anti-Defamation League over lost X revenue
Jennifer Safstrom, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
NBC News: Autism may be identified early with eye-tracking device, studies show
Blythe Corbett, James G. Blakemore Professor and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
CNN: Exclusive: CDC hopes new ‘Wild to Mild’ ad campaign will tame skepticism about flu vaccines
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. The Science Times and Yahoo! Life also published articles quoting Schaffner.
The New York Times: The new reality for college dining halls: Dozens of dietary restrictions
Emily Svennevik, registered dietitian for Vanderbilt Campus Dining, is quoted.
Fortune: A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Uniswap. What does it mean for the SEC’s case against Coinbase?
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Ultra-processed foods should come with warning labels
Amanda Little, writer in residence of English, authored this opinion piece.
Financial Times: The world will need to stop piggybacking on US pharma
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
Yahoo! Life: 11 people went to the hospital after a bumpy Delta flight. What is a ‘severe turbulence’ injury?
Ashley Panas, assistant professor of emergency medicine, is quoted.
Prevention: Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease—especially if you’re Black
Renã Robinson, Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Professor and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
The Hill: I’m a conservative. Is there still a place for me in the field of political science?
David Lewis, Rebecca Webb Wilson Professor and University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, is mentioned.
STAT: With affirmative action off the table, medical schools plan new diversity tactics
Consuelo Wilkins, professor of medicine, is quoted.
Healio: Former Smash Mouth singer’s death underscores need for liver disease awareness
Alexandra Shingina, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Infobae: Faced with the credibility crisis of the surveys, the consultants wondered how “not to fall into the forecast trap”
Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science, is quoted.
STAT: Vaccine experts urge more inclusivity in clinical trials
Helen Keipp Talbot, professor of medicine, is quoted.
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