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  Friday, Sept. 20, 2019  
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Actor and activist George Takei to deliver Chancellor’s Lecture Oct. 2
George Takei, an actor and social justice advocate who had a founding role in the original “Star Trek” television series, will speak at Vanderbilt Oct. 2 as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series. Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente will host the free event at 6:30 p.m. in Langford Auditorium.
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Eight new endowed chair holders honored
Vanderbilt’s eight newest endowed chair holders were recognized by Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente, deans, colleagues, family members and donors Sept. 16 at the Student Life Center.
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Gandhi discusses planting ‘seeds of peace’ with VU community
Arun Gandhi, a world-renowned sociopolitical activist, journalist, author and the grandson of Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, shared the ways he works to foster peace in the world and lessons he learned from his grandfather during the Dean’s Diversity Lecture at Vanderbilt Peabody College Sept. 16.
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Experience PARK(ing) Day TODAY
The campus community is invited to experience PARK(ing) Day 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, in front of the Law School along 21st Avenue South. This year’s park will focus on transportation and sustainability efforts underway on campus.
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Flulapalooza set for next Wednesday
Vanderbilt University Medical Center will host its ninth annual mass influenza vaccination event on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Flulapalooza 2019 will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a tent between Light Hall and the Veterans Administration Hospital. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to get a free flu shot during the event.
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Provost’s Women’s AdVancement and Equity Council town hall is Sept. 25
A progress report on efforts to ensure that women engaged in research, teaching and learning at Vanderbilt are supported and succeeding will be the focus of a town hall on Sept. 25.
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University administrators to launch staff listening tour Sept. 27
Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. André L. Churchwell, Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Capital and Business Services Laura Nairon will host a series of listening sessions for Vanderbilt University staff throughout 2019-20.
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Athletics seeks input from the VU community on strategic priorities
Vanderbilt University Athletics is seeking input from the university community as it develops a new, long-range strategic plan to help bolster Commodore sports programs and ensure the success of student-athletes on and off the field.
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Vanderbilt Career Center hosts largest Career Fair yet, networking events, inclusivity discussion, more
The Vanderbilt Career Center kicked off the fall semester with a series of events in September designed to provide students with opportunities to improve their résumés, network with potential employers, discuss inclusivity in the workplace and more.
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Health insurance premiums for 2020 benefits announced
Monthly health insurance payroll premiums for 2020 benefits are now available. Open Enrollment begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 17 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31.
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LGBTQI+ Faculty and Staff Reception is Sept. 23
A reception for LGBTQI+ faculty and staff is planned for Monday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall, Room 100.
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Political scientist Kira Sanbonmatsu to deliver talk on women in Congress Oct. 3
Political scientist Kira Sanbonmatsu will discuss “A Seat at the Table: Do Women in Congress Matter?” at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the John Seigenthaler First Amendment Center.
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Danny Glover, David Cole and Bruce Raynor to discuss political activism and advocacy at VLS Oct. 10
Actor and activist Danny Glover, ACLU National Legal Director David Cole and labor leader Bruce Raynor will discuss social justice advocacy at Vanderbilt Law School Oct. 10. at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available to the Vanderbilt community Sept. 25.
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Visit Barnes & Noble pop-up shop in Vandyville tomorrow
All faculty, staff, alumni and fans are invited to stop by the Barnes & Noble pop-up shop in Vandyville from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 21, at the corner of Jess Neely Drive and Natchez Trace. This week’s shop will feature items for the entire family to help celebrate Family Weekend.
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From the Social ‘Dores
Did you know we have a group of student social media ambassadors, called the Social ‘Dores, who provide content for @VanderbiltU’s Instagram? Keep an eye on Instagram to see what they get up to throughout the semester!


Take Note

Make note of road closures affecting I-65, I-440, Franklin Road this weekend

Department of Energy webinar on federal funding set for Sept. 26

Think Pink! Breast Cancer Awareness Expo is Oct. 2

A Healthier You: ‘An Ergonomics Approach to Creating a Healthy Workplace’ Oct. 3

Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum is Oct. 4

Nominations sought for Levi Watkins Jr. awards; annual lecture set for Oct. 8

Third annual March for Black Women in STEM is Oct. 12

Software Carpentries boot camp set for Oct. 24–25

Save the date: Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research Science Day is Nov. 18

Apply to join the First Friends program

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2020 Takeda Innovators in Science Award-Rare Diseases

Limited Submission Opportunity: Creating Opportunity and Independence Grants

Subjects needed for paid research study on effects of nut consumption

Mood, Emotion and Development Lab looking for research participants

Auditory Development Lab seeking child participants for hearing loss study


Coming Up

· SEP ·
  Blair Academy Festival of Music
· SEP ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘CSA Boxes Bring Local Produce to You’
· SEP ·
  Vanderbilt Woman’s Club to host event for newcomers
· OCT ·
  Robert Bullard, ‘father of environmental justice,’ to give keynote lecture
· OCT ·
  Südhof to give Flexner Discovery Lecture


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Conversation: Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ billions for the homeless will relieve suffering but won’t defeat homelessness
Marybeth Shinn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Human, Organizational and Community Development, writes about effective ways to end homelessness in the U.S.
The Atlantic: How ancient DNA can help recast colonial history
Jada Benn Torres, associate professor of anthropology, is quoted about the genetic ancestry of indigenous populations in pre-colonial Puerto Rico.
Gizmodo: Wild new theory blames a disintegrating moon for star’s mysterious dimming
Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted about a new theory regarding the unusual dimming of Boyajian’s Star.
The Cut: Finally, leggings covered in oil
Robert Carson, assistant professor of pediatrics and assistant professor of pharmacology, is quoted about CBD-infused activewear.
NBC News: Tensions and tempers rise on the picket lines as General Motors strike enters day three
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
Smithsonian: Babies born by C-section have different gut microbes than vaginally delivered infants
Steven Townsend, assistant professor of chemistry, is quoted.
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