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  Monday, Nov. 15, 2021  
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Listening sessions lead to changes in student handbook
The Vanderbilt student handbook has been revised to include new policies regarding student discrimination and online harassment following a series of listening sessions among university leaders and students, faculty and identity groups.
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Register to attend Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase Wednesday
Registration to attend the fall 2021 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Creative Expression Showcase is now open. The event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room.
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Vanderbilt offers reminders about COVID-19 safety during holidays
The Thanksgiving and winter holidays are traditionally a time to gather with family and friends. As with all aspects of life in a pandemic, however, best safety practices require us to adjust our expectations and behaviors.
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COVID-19 testing center closures for Thanksgiving, winter holidays
Vanderbilt will adjust operations at its COVID-19 testing center for the Thanksgiving holiday and upcoming university winter break. 
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VUPS offers residential, holiday safety reminders for Vanderbilt community
Thanksgiving and the winter holidays typically mean an increase among people shopping and running errands. Vanderbilt University Public Safety reminds the VU community that criminals also are often out and looking for easy targets.  
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Search launched for next university librarian
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for the next university librarian. Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Vanessa Beasley and School of Medicine Basic Sciences Dean Lawrence Marnett will co-chair the committee.
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Vanderbilt University law professor to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law and a self-described “trivia nerd,” will compete on “Jeopardy!” beginning Dec. 6 as part of the inaugural Professors Tournament.
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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: Backing up your data
Data loss can happen to anyone due to technical system disruption, malicious attack, physical damage, theft or unintentional user error. With all the ways we can lose our data, it has never been more important to securely back it up.
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Wond’ry launches first Coffee Equity Design Challenge, applications now open
Students interested in systems thinking approaches to global challenges may apply to participate in the Coffee Equity Design Challenge before Nov. 19.
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Initiative for Race Research and Justice seeks applicants for Graduate and Professional Student Board
The Initiative for Race Research and Justice is seeking Vanderbilt graduate and professional students to join its inaugural Graduate and Professional Student Board. The board will commence spring 2022 for a one-year term. 
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Applications for 2022 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program open
Applications for the 2022 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program are open. VUSRP provides a unique opportunity to develop valuable skills by working closely with a faculty member on joint research efforts.
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Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 15–19
International Education Week, an annual opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, will be observed at Vanderbilt Nov. 15–19 with a series of campus events.
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‘Native Americans in Sports’ panel discussion set for Nov. 19
The Vanderbilt Sports and Society Initiative will host a panel discussion featuring five of the most compelling voices in Native American sports on Friday, Nov. 19, beginning at noon CT.
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Plan ahead for updates to Oracle Cloud Nov. 19–20
This quarterly update is scheduled to begin on Friday, Nov. 19, at 9 p.m. and end on Saturday, Nov. 20. Please plan ahead for this period when the system will be unavailable.
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Drone survey project mapping campus utilities scheduled for Nov. 20–24
As part of a project to survey Vanderbilt University’s utilities, drone flights are scheduled Nov. 20–24 throughout campus. The flights are expected to occur daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


COVID-19 Updates

Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson booster shots available to Vanderbilt faculty, students, staff and postdocs who meet eligibility requirements

Archive project seeks Vanderbilt community stories to document COVID-19 pandemic experience


Take Note

Winter clothing drive at Sarratt Promenade
Nov. 15–19

Nashville Transgender Day of Remembrance service set for Nov. 16

VKC Lecture: ‘Digital Equity in Autism Screening and Assessment’ Nov. 18

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

Evolutionary Studies Initiative offers travel and pilot grants

Engineering school, BME department launch campaign to rename design lab in professor’s honor


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Vanderbilt in the News
Vox: Soul food and the stories it tells about America
Caroline Randall Williams, writer in residence in medicine, health and society, is interviewed.
Women’s Health: 14 benefits of crying when you need to let it all out, according to experts
Craig Smith, associate professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
Main Street Nashville: Vanderbilt’s Bass Military Scholars Program creates opportunities for veterans
Ret. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Scott Brower, director of Vanderbilt’s Bass Military Scholars Program, authored this piece.
People: ‘Jeopardy!’ announces first-ever Professors Tournament with host Mayim Bialik
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is mentioned.
ABC News: Can therapy help break the cycle of gun violence?
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted. New target for drug development could fill a major gap in depression treatment
Lisa Monteggia, professor of pharmacology, is quoted.
The New York Times Magazine: How to keep a journal
Melanie Morris, assistant professor of nursing, is quoted.
Associated Press: Vanderbilt planning largest stadium renovation in 40 years
Projects included in the Vandy United campaign are featured.
The Atlantic: America’s real ‘wokeness’ divide
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
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