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  Monday, Oct. 22, 2018  
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What’s On My Mind: It’s time to take our values to the ballot box
Whatever our political leanings, whatever our takeaway from recent events, where we go from here as a nation is up to each and every voter, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week’s column.
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Benefits Open House Wednesday; enrollment labs ongoing
Benefits Open Enrollment is underway now until Oct. 31. This year, all eligible employees must elect a health plan or they will default to the new Choice Consumer-Driven Health Plan.
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Flag ceremony to honor veterans and preserve Impact ‘treasure’
A U.S. flag that became the backdrop for the early years of Vanderbilt’s Impact Symposium will be unfurled, refolded and preserved during a campus ceremony to honor veterans Nov. 12.
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Soccer team crowned SEC regular season champs
Vanderbilt defeated Kentucky 4-1 on Sunday to clinch the SEC regular season championship for the first time since 1994. The Commodores improved their unbeaten streak to 16 games, which is the highest in program history.
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Grant enhances study of new chemotherapy targets
Vanderbilt chemists have been awarded $7.2 million over the next five years from the National Cancer Institute to lead an initiative to better understand how a combination chemotherapy for breast cancer targets DNA.
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Nursing receives $1.43M to develop SANE education
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a $1.43 million award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to develop and implement a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) education program for emergency nurse practitioner students.
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Fall lineup of faculty development workshops announced
Faculty are invited to a series of development workshops, webinars and writing sessions to be held throughout the rest of the fall semester. Each session will present advice and tools for how to navigate a specific aspect of professional academic life.
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26 Commons iSeminars offered spring 2019 for first-year students
The iSeminars are intended to encourage first-year students to pursue their passions by modeling rigorous, compelling and unique projects in addition to exposing students to a particular seminar theme.
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Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion presents ‘Everyday Bias’; first session tomorrow
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is launching its “Everyday Bias: A Cook-Ross Training” as part of an effort to support and equip the university community with tools to recognize their personal biases and how they can influence behaviors.
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K.C. Potter Center to celebrate 10th anniversary Wednesday
The K.C. Potter Center, home of the Office of LGBTQI Life, will mark its 10th anniversary Oct. 24 with a celebration open to the entire Vanderbilt community.
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Deep history of Nashville Public Square inspires sound artist
The complex history of Nashville’s Public Square Park—including stories of Native and African Americans—has inspired a public performance by visiting sound artist Guillermo Galindo Oct. 25.
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Former White House policy adviser on diversity, disability to speak Thursday
Jonathan Kaufman will deliver a keynote talk on Oct. 25 as part of Vanderbilt’s InclusAbility campaign kickoff and Disability Awareness Month.
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TIPs pre-proposals due Oct. 29
Now in its fifth year, the TIPs program is a $50 million strategic investment in interdisciplinary research that awards funding for projects that aim to answer some of society’s grandest challenges.
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Reminder: Academic Pathways application deadline Nov. 1
The application window for the 2019 cohort of Academic Pathways fellows will be closing Nov. 1. The Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship program is a research/mentorship program that is designed to bridge fellows between academic training and entry-level faculty positions.
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Nashville Commuter Challenge is this week
Vanderbilt faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this week’s Commuter Challenge by registering and trying at least one new commuting option Oct. 22-28.
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The Next Challenge
John Geer takes the helm as dean of the College of Arts and Science.


Take Note

Upcoming community meetings to discuss I-440 project

Special Faculty Senate meeting Oct. 25

‘Aesthetics of New Korean Film’ and discussion with director Kim Jee-Woon

Business Valuation Seminar 2018 at Wond’ry Nov. 7

‘Reframing Addiction: Poets and Poetry on the Opioid Epidemic’ Nov. 12

2018 VCAR Science Day to focus on cannabis and society

Center for Integrative and Cognitive neuroscience hosts workshop

Peabody hosts Learning Sciences Graduate Student Conference

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2019 David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program

Limited Submission Opportunity: Mary Kay Cancer Research Grant Program


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  ‘An Evening with Anastasia Higginbotham’
· OCT ·
  Talk by Dr. Amy Heintz, research leader at Battelle
· OCT ·
  ‘Anita, Speaking Truth to Power’ documentary screening
· OCT ·
  Discussion on copyright and fair use in teaching and scholarship
· OCT ·
  Watch party for AERA Brown Lecture featuring Rich Milner


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: Tennessee women slow to back GOP’s Blackburn in Senate race
Results from the latest Vanderbilt Poll were released Thursday. The Associated Press included statistics from the poll in a story about women voters in which Amanda Clayton, assistant professor of political science, is quoted. Climate change the likely killer of Australian marsupial lion
Larisa DeSantis, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted regarding research into how climate change affected Australia’s marsupial lion 350,000 years ago.
Jacksonville (Fla.) Daily News: Rebuilding conundrum: For some Florence flooding victims, answer is unclear
Janey Camp, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted. Flu is off to a fast start this year, with activity in 12 states
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
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