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  Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023  
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Major Jackson wins 2023 Academy of American Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement
For his “eclectic but refined, musical, talky and witty” poetry, renowned poet Major Jackson, professor of English, director of creative writing and holder of the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities, has been awarded the 2023 Academy of American Poets Fellowship.
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Marjan Rafat wins Biomedical Engineering Society's CMBE Young Innovator Award
Chemical and biomedical engineer and cancer researcher Marjan Rafat has received the Young Innovator Award from the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering division of the Biomedical Engineering Society. The CMBE Young Innovator Award is a distinguished honor for young faculty in the biomolecular engineering field.
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Vanderbilt joins The Precisionists, other employers in creating careers for 500 neurodiverse individuals in Nashville
Vanderbilt University and the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt are collaborating with The Precisionists, Inc., a Wilmington, Delaware-based company that assesses, trains and employs neurodiverse adults to carry out project-based consulting work. TPI anticipates steady growth in Nashville and plans to create more than 500 local jobs for adults with autism and neurodiversities within the next three to five years.
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Open Enrollment 2024 is an active enrollment year
All fully benefits-eligible faculty and staff will be required to make an active plan selection during Open Enrollment for 2024 benefits coverage. Watch for communications from VU Human Resources between now and the Open Enrollment period, Oct. 16–27.
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Nominate a graduating student for the Outstanding Senior Award
The Outstanding Senior Award recognizes an exceptional graduating student who has gone above and beyond to build a better Vanderbilt campus. Nominations are due by Friday, Sept. 29.
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History of early Cherokee, Chickasaw students explored in library exhibit; conversation this Thursday
Vanderbilt Law School professor Daniel Sharfstein will host a conversation with the National Trail of Tears Association’s Tory Wayne Poteete and the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Charles Tate on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Central Library Community Room. They will discuss research that contributed to Cherokee and Chickasaw Students at Vanderbilt, 1885–1899, an exhibit on display at Central Library through Sept. 29.
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Vanderbilt University Plant Operations renamed, restructured to better serve university community
Vanderbilt University Plant Operations, a division within Facilities, is being renamed to Vanderbilt University Maintenance and Operations to better encapsulate all the roles and duties of the organization.
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National Postdoc Appreciation Week is Sept. 18–22
National Postdoc Appreciation Week continues through Friday, Sept. 22. In collaboration with many campus partners, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has curated a roster of events in celebration of the Vanderbilt postdoc community.
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Applications for Vanderbilt-Fisk Postdoctoral Fellowship Program now open
The Vanderbilt-Fisk Postdoctoral Fellowship is designed to offer opportunities for Vanderbilt Ph.D.s to build their teaching and scholarship portfolios while simultaneously offering fellows the opportunity to receive dedicated mentoring from faculty at both institutions. Applications are due by Oct. 18, and selected fellows will be announced Nov. 1.
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Flulapalooza is Sept. 27; high-dose vaccine will be available
Celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Flulapalooza mass influenza vaccination event on Sept. 27. This year, a high-dose vaccine will be available to faculty and staff who are eligible to receive it. The CDC recommends the high-dose flu vaccine for faculty and staff who are 65 and older, as it has been shown to be more effective in this age group than the standard flu vaccine.
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Vanderbilt Campus Dining launches Get Well Meals program to support sick students
Get Well Meals is designed to provide nourishing and comforting meals to students who are not feeling well, ensuring they receive the care and support they need when unable to visit campus dining halls.
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Celebrate Diverse ‘Dores Day TODAY
Students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral scholars are invited to learn more about support and services offered to Vanderbilt’s diverse population today, Sept. 20, until 6 p.m.


Health & Safety Updates

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Educate and Empower to Reduce Stigma: Depression education and awareness


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

ISSS seeking proposals for World on Wednesdays program

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

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center seeking interview subjects for ‘Mental Health and Youth’ issue of Kindred Stories of Disability

Vandy Cooks with Faculty: ‘Chinese Cuisine’ Sept. 20

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

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

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

Apex Lecture Series: ‘Stress Signaling at the Crossroads of Development and Disease’ is Sept. 29

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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  Data Science Institute hosts ‘Analytics for All with AI’ Sept. 20
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  Vanderbilt to host Symposium on Universities, Cities and Communities Sept. 21–22
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  Vanderbilt, Nashville Children’s Theatre bring life of Perry Wallace to the stage Sept. 7-26
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  Discuss ‘What Is Unity?’ at next Unity Dinner
· SEP ·
  REGISTER: “Ask an Economist: Where Are We Now?” hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy
· SEP ·
  Webinar on ‘U.S. News’ rankings methodologies for faculty and staff


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Vanderbilt in the News
Education Week: School police officers should do more than just surveil and control. Here’s how
Rich Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Education and professor of leadership, policy and organizations, authored this piece.
BBC: Diamonds and diplomacy: How ex-US Ambassador Richard Olson fell from grace
Thomas Schwartz, Distinguished Professor of History, is quoted.
Tennessean: Spring Hill United Auto Workers braced to strike; ‘I pray GM does what’s right’
Josh White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Financial Times: The Biden administration takes on the US drugs industry
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
Scientific American: Here’s how to actually keep kids and teens safe online
Pamela Wisniewski, Flowers Family Chancellor Faculty Fellow and associate professor of computer science, is quoted.
Tennessean: How will Tennessee’s 2024 US Senate race play out? The battle is already underway
John Geer, senior advisor in the Office of the Chancellor and Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Science News: Scientists have two ways to spot gravitational waves. Here are some other ideas
Karan Jani, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
The Economist: In America, lots of usable organs go unrecovered or get binned
Seth Karp, H. William Scott Jr. Professor and professor of surgery, is quoted.
The Conversation: US autoworkers launch historic strike: 3 questions answered
Joshua Murray, assistant professor of sociology, authored this piece.
The Independent: Updated Covid vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna rolled out nationwide: Latest
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. Health and Medscape published related articles featuring Schaffner.
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