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  Friday, Sep. 15, 2023  
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Alex Lupsasca wins New Horizons in Physics Prize from the Breakthrough Prize Foundation
Assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics Alex Lupsasca has won a 2024 New Horizons in Physics Prize for his theoretical work on the interpretation of black hole images and his proposal of a new method for using super-powered telescopes to look closely at black holes and their invisible fingerprints called photon rings.
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Lecture Series on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats to launch Sept. 26
The Office of the Chancellor will launch the Lecture Series on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats with an online address by former Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper on Tuesday, Sept. 26. A conversation moderated by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will follow.
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15 years after Lehman Bros. collapse, major banking overhaul still needed, former Treasury advisers warn
A Vanderbilt Policy Accelerator for Political Economy and Regulation paper argues that banks should be treated as public utilities, like electricity and other essential services. The white paper by Vanderbilt Law professor Morgan Ricks and Columbia Law professor Lev Menand is the first policy proposal released by VPA, a Discovery Vanderbilt initiative.
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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office visits VU to discuss research translation, trademarking and patenting, inclusive innovation
Senior leadership from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently visited Vanderbilt University to learn more about the innovation ecosystem in Nashville and about translational research being conducted on campus.
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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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The Unity Project launches Lunch and Learn series; register for Sept. 19 discussion of the term ‘LatinX’
Vanderbilt community members are invited to join the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy for its first Lunch and Learn, “What LatinX Means to Asylum Seekers,” on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Registration is limited to 25; lunch will not be provided.
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Celebrate Diverse ‘Dores Day Sept. 20
Diverse ’Dores Day, which allows students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral scholars to learn more about support and services offered to Vanderbilt’s diverse population, is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will end at Alumni Lawn with music, giveaways, treats from local restaurants and custom-made shirts.
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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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ISSS seeking proposals for World on Wednesdays program
International Student and Scholar Services is seeking students, faculty, staff and community members who may be interested in collaborating on the World on Wednesdays program during the 2023-24 academic 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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Play Healthcare Bluebook trivia for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card
Did you know that health care costs in the United States are among the highest in the world? Healthcare Bluebook is an online price comparison tool that ranks health care providers in a given geographical area by quality and affordability. Play Bluebook trivia to test your knowledge and learn how you can use the online tool to find the best provider in your area for hundreds of procedures.
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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

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

Unlock the full power of AI with Vanderbilt’s second free ChatGPT online course

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

Vanderbilt Innovation Catalyst Fund town hall is Sept. 18

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

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

Professor Ellen Armour to give book talk Sept. 28 on significance of digital imagery in the struggle for social justice

Center for Teaching to host ‘Open Classroom’ Sept. 11–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 tonight
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  Celebrate 2023 Constitution Day with the Heard Libraries
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  Center for Research on Inequality and Health Seminar Series launches with 'Understanding LGBTQ+ Youth in Times of Change'
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  Bike Safety Lunch and Learn is Sept. 19; pre-registration required


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: Banks provide a public service. Let’s make them public utilities.
Morgan Ricks, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor and professor of law, co-authored this opinion piece.
BBC: Google trial: US takes on tech giant in landmark case
Rebecca Allensworth, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is quoted. Daily Mail also published an article quoting Allensworth.
New York Times: I drink alcohol regularly. What can I do to mitigate the risks?
Mariann Piano, Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor and professor of nursing, is quoted.
NBC News: Night owls may be at greater risk of diabetes than early birds
James McGuirk, assistant professor of clinical neurology, is quoted.
CNN: CDC advisers to weigh recommendations for updated Covid-19 vaccines
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. Reuters, Yahoo! Life, Daily Mail, Consumer Reports and Newsweek [1] [2] also published articles quoting Schaffner.
The Tennessean: What attack ads really say about O’Connell and Rolli campaigns in final days of Nashville mayor’s race
John Geer, senior advisor in the Office of the Chancellor and professor of political science, is quoted. Yahoo! News also published an article quoting Geer.
Healio: Transcatheter deep venous arterialization system for CLTI gains FDA approval
Daniel Clair, professor of vascular surgery, is quoted.
HuffPost: So that’s why breathing through your nose is better than your mouth
Kenneth Fletcher, assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, is quoted.
Healio: Nephrologists need to connect with women’s health issues and CKD
Anna Burgner, assistant professor of medicine, authored this piece.
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