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New, common office for postdoctoral affairs opens

The Office for Postdoctoral Affairs will serve as a shared administrative home for all postdoctoral scholars at the university, housed within the Graduate School.


International student opens social media window to Vanderbilt

International student Cici Zhang is sharing her Vanderbilt experience online with China–and incorporating her love of children in an immersion research project.


Don’t get fooled by fake Open Enrollment emails

To protect you from possible efforts by bad guys to try to use the Benefits Open Enrollment period to steal your personal information, HR is taking some preventive measures. Be sure to have your VUnetID and password ready.


Noted algebraist Bjarni Jónsson dies

Bjarni Jónsson, Vanderbilt’s first Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, died Sept. 30 at the age of 96.


Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Mark Jones has died

Vanderbilt Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Mark M. Jones died Oct. 7 at 88 after an accident and brief illness.


Mayor gives outlook on women in politics at VU lecture

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry discussed “Women, Politics and Progress in 2016” Oct. 10 at the Student Life Center. The talk was part of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center’s “Women in Politics” lecture series.


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Election 2016: Second presidential debate reviewed

Professor of Political Science John Geer, a leading expert on presidential elections, takes a look at the volatile second presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.


New faculty: Joerg Rieger examines theology in a social context

Joerg Rieger, a new Distinguished Professor of Theology and the Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies, defines justice as the search for the right relationships. “Religion can play an important role in changing our relationships for the better,” he said.


New faculty: Kenny Tao uses optical coherence tomography to improve delicate eye surgeries

Kenny Tao, a new assistant professor of biomedical engineering, brings his innovations in the field of optical coherence tomography and his wry sense of humor to Vanderbilt’s laboratories and classrooms.


A conversation with Valerie Hotchkiss, university librarian

Learn more about Valerie Hotchkiss, who became Vanderbilt’s university librarian Aug. 1. She serves as the executive administrator of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library as well as a professor of religious studies in the College of Arts and Science.


Southern Festival of Books, C-SPAN feature Vanderbilt authors

Vanderbilt University again has a strong presence at the Southern Festival of Books, to be held Oct. 14-16.


Save money by enrolling in FSAs during Open Enrollment

Fully benefits-eligible employees can fund two different types of flexible spending accounts, or FSAs: a health care FSA and a dependent day care FSA. FSAs save you money by allowing you to use pretax dollars to pay for qualifying expenses.


Annual retirement plan participant fee disclosure to be distributed Oct. 12

On Oct. 12, Fidelity began sending the government-required retirement plan participant fee disclosure to employees who are eligible to participate in the Vanderbilt University 403(b) Retirement Plan. You do not need to take any action. The disclosure is for your information only.


Protect yourself from ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents a user from accessing his or her system through various forms of encryption. To decrypt these systems, hackers request a form of payment, or ransom, from the user in exchange for the key.


VUSN and Sexual Assault Center develop online training for student volunteers

Soon Vanderbilt University School of Nursing students interested in serving as crisis and support line volunteers for Nashville’s Sexual Assault Center will be able to do so from any location in the country.


Trick or treat with the Greeks and student-athletes Oct. 28

Vanderbilt’s Office of Greek Life and Student Athletic Advisory Committee will host the annual Trick-or-Treat with Greeks and Student Athletes from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.


Mason, football players discuss this week’s game against Georgia

Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason, linebacker Oren Burks and quarterback Kyle Shurmur talked to reporters Tuesday at Vanderbilt’s weekly press conference.


Take Note

» Vanderbilt students observe fall break Oct. 13-14

» MIT’s Gibbons gives Economics’ McGee Public Policy Lecture Oct. 18

» Babies and You: ‘Choosing a Pediatrician’ Oct. 20

» Melanie Ohi presents ‘Frontiers in Biochemistry’ seminar Oct. 21

» Vanderbilt nursing and law students to staff free health fair for older adults Oct. 29

HR News

» Wear pink, visit expo Oct. 17 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

» Vandy Cooks: ‘Trending to plant-based’

» VRWC to host Zumba Halloween Bash

» Learn to make the most out of Social Security at Fidelity luncheon in November

» 2016 Commodore Award nominations now open

» Vanderbilt couples have options for health coverage

Research News @Vanderbilt


Oct. 14 — 7:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory Telescope Night

Oct. 15 — 8 a.m.
2016 American Heart Association Nashville Heart Walk

Oct. 15 — 9 a.m.
Harper's Heavenly Hearts Motorcycle Ride (Poker Run)

Oct. 17 — 8 a.m.
Open Enrollment for 2017 Benefits begins

Oct. 17 — Noon
A Colossal, Miserable, Disgusting Failure: The Legal Implications of the 2016 Election

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