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  Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018  
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What’s On My Mind: Your feedback on our AD search
At its heart, the search for a new athletics director is about finding a leader who has a bold vision for the future that continues to put student-athletes first, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week’s column.
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Open Enrollment ends TODAY; all benefits-eligible employees must enroll
Open Enrollment is open now through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31. All benefits-eligible faculty and staff are required to make an active plan selection for 2019 coverage.
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Vanderbilt invests $25M, issues challenge to establish faculty fellowships, directorships
Vanderbilt is inviting alumni and donors to play a key role in expanding support for faculty throughout their careers with the launch of the Faculty Fellowship Challenge.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author, oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee to give Chancellor’s Lecture tomorrow
Siddhartha Mukherjee will discuss his latest work, “The Gene: An Intimate History,” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Langford Auditorium as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series.
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Hundreds gather for vigil in honor of Tree of Life Synagogue victims
Nearly 300 Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and community members gathered Monday afternoon outside of Rand Hall to hold a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the recent shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
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Hill explains sexual harassment’s legal history, calls for intersectionality, change
Anita Hill’s talk on campus, “No Longer Silent: Underrepresented Narratives in Sexual Violence,” was the keynote address during a conference organized by Vanderbilt Student Government.
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K.C. Potter Center celebrates 10 years of education, engagement
Last week students, faculty, staff and administrators gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the K.C. Potter Center, home of the Office of LGBTQI Life.
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Why does it take humans so long to mature compared to other animals?
How long humans and other warm-blooded animals live—and when they reach sexual maturity—may have more to do with neurons in their cortex than body size or mass, according to new research by Associate Professor of Psychology Suzana Herculano-Houzel.
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Upcoming Sports and Society Initiative program to explore role of media in the Olympics
The Sports and Society Initiative will provide a behind-the-scenes look at media coverage of the Olympics on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the First Amendment Center.
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Slay energy vampires this Halloween
As little ghosts and ghouls prepare to come out in search of Halloween treats, be sure you don’t have any silent menaces lurking around your office or home tricking you into using extra energy.
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Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center to celebrate 40th anniversary tomorrow
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center will mark its 40th anniversary on Nov. 1 with a celebration from noon to 2 p.m. The entire Vanderbilt community is invited to attend.
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Deadline for Faculty Senate spring award nominations is Friday
Faculty can visit the InfoReady portal to nominate their colleagues for several of Vanderbilt’s highest faculty honors awarded by the Faculty Senate each spring.
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University Courses proposals due
Nov. 12
Faculty proposals for the 2019 cycle of University Courses are due Monday, Nov. 12. The University Courses initiative allows faculty to introduce and teach innovative courses to students from across each of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges.
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Frequently asked questions about taking time off to vote
Vanderbilt supports its faculty and staff in their right to participate in the electoral process and vote.
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Deadline is today to complete Go for the Gold
Go for the Gold is in the home stretch. Faculty and staff paying for Vanderbilt Health Plan benefits in 2019 can earn a wellness credit for completing Go for the Gold by Oct. 31.
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Karate-kicking cockroaches
Far from being a weak-willed sap easily paralyzed by the emerald jewel wasp’s sting to the brain, the cockroach can deliver a stunning karate kick that saves its life, biologist Ken Catania has found.


Take Note

Course Reading List Tool training Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Hamilton, Ramayya to discuss discovery of new element Tennessine at TSU lecture

Portion of Garland Avenue to close Nov. 6

Business Valuation Seminar 2018 at Wond’ry Nov. 7

Women’s Center to host salary negotiation workshop Nov. 13

Caregiver Support Group to meet Nov. 14

Limited Submission Opportunity: National Comprehensive Cancer Network Foundation 2019 Young Investigator Award

Executive Education: Leadership coaching that will enhance your team


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Trick-or-treat with the Greeks and student-athletes moves to Student Life Center
· NOV ·
  Healthier You: ‘More Volume, Fewer Calories’
· NOV ·
  H. Alex Brown Memorial Symposium
· NOV ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘Fall, a time for Tailgating’
· NOV ·
  Heard Libraries to host Antiquarian Book and Manuscript Roadshow


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Recent honors and awards for African Americans in higher education
David Williams, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director, is the recipient of the inaugural legacy award from the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni.
Salon: Nonprofit drugmaker Civica Rx aims to cure a health care system ailment
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, writes about issues with drug suppliers and the need for a nonprofit drug maker.
Inside Higher Ed: Few gains for students in Tennessee’s remedial education program
A new study shows that Tennessee’s remedial math classes do not increase students’ likelihood of passing math courses in college. Angela Boatman, assistant professor of public policy and higher education, is quoted.
The Atlantic: How Unions help moms take maternity leave
Vanderbilt research led by Tae-Youn Park, assistant professor of management, is cited.
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