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  Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2023  
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Provost’s Science Space Planning Committee seeks to empower bold discovery
The Office of the Provost’s newly charged Science Space Planning Committee, a faculty- and staff-led initiative, will ensure that Vanderbilt’s physical spaces properly serve the needs and goals of scientific research and discovery.
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Faculty Workshop: ‘How to be an Effective Advocate’
On Thursday, Sept. 28, faculty are invited to join an interactive lunchtime workshop on how to be an effective advocate.
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Multi-institutional Center for the Mechanical Control of Chemistry awarded $20M CCI grant
The Center for the Mechanical Control of Chemistry received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support its expansion to 11 partner institutions, including Vanderbilt University.
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Vanderbilt-initiated startup Zeno Power receives $15M from NASA to build tech to support lunar exploration
Zeno Power, a startup initiated through the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, is one of 11 American companies to receive funding from NASA to develop technologies that could support long-term exploration on the moon and in space for the benefit of all.
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Four recognized with 2023 Vanderbilt alumni awards
The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors has announced its 2023 alumni award recipients. They will be honored during Reunion and Homecoming weekend Nov. 2–5.
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Unlock the full power of AI with Vanderbilt’s second free ChatGPT online course
Take your AI skills to the next level with Vanderbilt’s latest free ChatGPT online course taught by Jules White, associate dean for strategic learning programs and professor of computer science.
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Register for Sept. 27 Unity Dinner to discuss ‘What Is Unity?’
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host its next Unity Dinner, “What Is Unity?” on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Led by Stacy Clifford Simplican, principal senior lecturer in gender and sexuality studies, the discussion will examine what unity is, who unity is for, and whether it’s worth striving for.
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International Student and Scholar Services seeking proposals for World on Wednesday program
ISSS is seeking students, faculty, staff and community members who may be interested in collaborating on the World on Wednesdays program during the 2023-24 school year. Past WOWs have included faculty and student presentations, research findings, study abroad experiences, guest speakers, Vanderbilt organizations, current issues and special cultural occasions.
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Heard Libraries showcase digital preservation expertise at Cultural Heritage Preservation Summit
The Cultural Heritage Preservation Summit, hosted by the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries this summer, brought together experts from across the United States and Canada and showcased the libraries’ leadership in digital preservation and access.
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Celebrate 2023 Constitution Day with the Heard Libraries
The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries will host an event on Monday, Sept. 18, to celebrate Constitution Day, observed each year to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and to “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”
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Save the date: Open Enrollment is Oct. 16–27
Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity to choose the benefits that best meet the needs of you and your family. All benefits-eligible employees must complete Open Enrollment for calendar year 2024.


Health & Safety Updates

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

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

Navigating health and wellness during the season of illness

Flulapalooza is Sept. 27


Limited Submission Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Procter & Gamble Higher Education Grant Program Deadline: Sept. 14

2024 Moore Inventor Fellows Deadline: Sept. 20

2024 Brain Research Foundation–Seed Grant Program Deadline: Sept. 26

2024 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists–All Categories Deadline: Sept. 28

Limited Submission Opportunity: VentureWell Course and Program Grants–Fall 2023 Deadline: Sept. 28

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2024 Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grants Deadline: Oct. 5


Take Note

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine seeking Immersion Phase faculty lead; applications due Sept. 15

Vanderbilt Innovation Catalyst Fund town hall is Sept. 18

Work-Life Workshop: 'Relax, Relate, Release: Engaging Your Breath and Mindfulness' is Sept. 19

Apex Lecture Series: ‘Merging Machine Learning Methods and Elastic Network Models for Modeling Protein Dynamics and Function’ is Sept. 20

‘Make your money work as hard as you do’ virtual investing information session is Sept. 21

Lab-to-Table Conversation: ‘Coffee: Where Science Meets Sips’ on Sept. 27

REGISTER: “Ask an Economist: Where Are We Now?” on Sept. 27, hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy

Applications for James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements Fellows Grant open through Sept. 29

Center for Teaching to host ‘Open Classroom’ through Oct. 6

Applications for Vanderbilt-Fisk Postdoctoral Fellowship Program are open through Oct. 18

Nominations sought for annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. awards; 2023 lecture is Oct. 24

17th annual Vanderbilt Postdoc Symposium is Nov. 17; register by Oct. 27


Coming Up

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  ‘Voices of Mississippi’ concert event is Sept. 15
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  Bike Safety Lunch and Learn is Sept. 19; pre-registration required
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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: How a company that makes gun safes angered gun owners
Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
USA Today: False claim new dads signing for birth certificates must take DNA tests first | Fact check
Jenny Cheng, lecturer in law, is quoted.
CNBC: What to expect when Google faces the DOJ in the first major tech monopoly trial in decades
Rebecca Allensworth, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Salon: “A cesspool for bigotry”: Elon Musk’s threats against Anti-Defamation League may backfire
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of anthropology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Department of Defense bets on Vanderbilt-born nuclear-satellite startup
Charleson Bell, research assistant professor of biomedical engineering and director of entrepreneurship and biomedical innovation at The Wond’ry, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: Generic drugs should be cheap, but insurers are charging thousands of dollars for them
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
Science: Should I get a COVID-19 booster?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. The Wall Street Journal, Politifact, The Epoch Times and KFF Health News also published articles quoting Schaffner.
STAT: Obesity-related cardiovascular deaths tripled in the last two decades, new study finds
Queen Henry-Okafor, assistant professor of nursing, is quoted.
CNN: Opinion: ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ and the growing genre of liberal wish fulfillment
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, authored this opinion piece.
Becker’s Hospital Review: Vanderbilt U details plans for health equity research center
The Vanderbilt Center for Research on Inequality and Health is featured. Insight Into Diversity published related coverage.
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