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  Monday, Sept. 23, 2019  
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Open Mind: Cooperative teamwork is the key to impact
What distinguishes Vanderbilt is the value the university community places on collegiality and cooperative teamwork, appreciating what others bring to the table when working on common goals, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in this week’s column.
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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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Vanderbilt celebrates PARK(ing) Day
Faculty, staff and students participated in PARK(ing) Day—an internationally recognized event that features parking spaces turned into “pocket parks”—on Sept. 20. This year’s park focused on transportation and sustainability efforts underway on campus.
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Sixth annual Undergraduate Research Fair showcases immersion, draws record number of participants
A record 200 undergraduate students shared their research projects through poster and slide presentations at the sixth annual Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair held Sept. 19 in the Student Life Center. More than 580 faculty, students, staff and community members were in attendance.
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Annual report on crime statistics, security and fire safety available after Sept. 30
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report provides information on security-related services offered by the university. The 2019 report will be available after Sept. 30.
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Flulapalooza set for 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 Wednesday
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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Space archaeologist and TED Prize winner to deliver University Course special lecture Thursday
Archaeologist and Egyptologist Sarah Parcak, whose work on using modern satellite imagery to study ancient civilizations has received worldwide acclaim, will speak at Vanderbilt on Sept. 26 as part of a special University Course guest lecture. The free lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room.
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University administrators to launch staff listening tour Friday
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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LGBTQI+ Faculty and Staff Reception is today
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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Faculty and staff invited to electronic research administration system vendor demos this week
Sponsored Programs Administration in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research invites Vanderbilt faculty and staff to upcoming product demonstrations by the two vendors, InfoEd and Huron, under consideration for Vanderbilt’s next electronic research administration system.
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Department of Energy webinar on federal funding set for Thursday
A special webinar on federal funding from the Department of Energy is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26. “DOE and Biological Sciences” will cover a broad range of research areas such as fundamental genomic science, microbiome research and advances in bioimaging.


Take Note

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

Life Phase Series: Powers of attorney, advance directives discussed Oct. 10

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

Health insurance premiums for 2020 benefits announced

New employee recognition strategy launched

VUIT now offering Microsoft Office 365 training resources

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 ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘CSA Boxes Bring Local Produce to You’
· SEP ·
  ‘we continue to sustain ourselves: a Space 204 performance’
· 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: Partisan divide creates different Americas, separate lives
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, writes about the ways political polarization separates people in the physical world.
The Hechinger Report: Why your toddler can’t learn from a screen
Georgene Troseth, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
Healthline: You’re more likely to get sick in the winter—but not for the reasons you think
William Schaffner, professor of medicine and professor of health policy, is quoted.
Scientific American: Towards a universal flu vaccine
James Crowe, Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics, professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: All-in-one pill helps protect heart
Daniel Muñoz, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
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