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  Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019  
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Actor and activist George Takei to deliver Chancellor’s Lecture tonight
George Takei, an actor and social justice advocate who had a founding role in the original “Star Trek” television series, will speak at Vanderbilt today 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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Faculty Senate to host Oct. 3 community conversation follow-up to George Takei CLS event
The Faculty Senate will host a community conversation for faculty and staff from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, to discuss themes from the Chancellor’s Lecture Series event with George Takei taking place the prior evening.
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Ebony McGee receives federal funding to study racial disparities in STEM
The project is supported by a three-year grant of $593,957 by the National Science Foundation.
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Vanderbilt joins research alliance to bring STEM training to prisoners 
Rich Milner is among an alliance of researchers who have been awarded a five-year, $5.2 million NSF grant.
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Food fight: How a community in Mexico used food to resist the Aztec empire
Inspired by an ancient people’s use of food to resist defeat, anthropologist Keitlyn Alcantara now uses food to resist cultural loss among Latin American middle schoolers in Nashville.
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Open Enrollment is Oct. 17-31
To help faculty and staff make the best decision for themselves and their families, the 2020 health plan options are outlined here.
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VU Theatre production inspired by Vanderbilt women bowlers
“Bowling for Beginners,” a new play based partly on experiences of the Vanderbilt women’s bowling team—which has won two national titles—opens Friday at Neely Auditorium.
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Vanderbilt to host international music encoding workshop and hackathon
Global leaders of the Music Encoding Initiative will be at Vanderbilt Oct. 24-27 for a free public workshop on the guidelines and tools for encoding music notation in computational form.
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Annual report on crime statistics, security and fire safety now available
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report provides information on security-related services offered by the university. 
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Are you the Greenest Commodore on Campus?
Waste Management has teamed up with FutureVU Sustainability to challenge Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff to show how they are being sustainable on campus.
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Political scientist Kira Sanbonmatsu to deliver talk on women in Congress tomorrow
Political scientist Kira Sanbonmatsu will discuss “A Seat at the Table: Do Women in Congress Matter?” at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the John Seigenthaler First Amendment Center.
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Ethics Backwards and Forwards
New Assistant Professor of Philosophy Diana B. Heney studies the history of philosophy and how people have grappled for thousands of years with questions like, “What is it to be human?” and “What is it to be a good human?”
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Beyond Star Ratings
New Assistant Professor of Operations Management Hallie Sue Cho brings a zest for discovery plus experience in product design, market research and business strategy to the Owen Graduate School of Management.


Take Note

Vanderbilt Prison Project’s Awareness Week is Oct. 7-11

‘The Foreign Language Edge’ Oct. 10

Next meeting of Single Parent Group is Oct. 10

Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 11

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

‘The Role of Character in Medical Education’ Oct. 14

VPB Homecoming blood drive set for Oct. 14–16

Boomers, Elders and More speaker series Oct. 16

‘Impact After VU: Alumni Leading the Way in Social Impact and Entrepreneurship’ Oct. 18

NROTC National Security Symposium set for Oct. 18

Software Carpentries boot camp set for Oct. 24–25

Volunteers needed for Reunion Weekend

Peabody College accepting applications for spring Master of Education programs

Make note of Wi-Fi instructions for VU guests

Earn up to $240 wellness credit for completing Go for the Gold by Oct. 31


Coming Up

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  Kids and social media topic of Parenting Group meeting
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  A Healthier You: ‘An Ergonomics Approach to Creating a Healthy Workplace’
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  Südhof to give Flexner Discovery Lecture
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  Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum
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  Maker Faire at the Wond’ry celebrates inventive spirit


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Vanderbilt in the News
Fox Business: Michigan spending millions in mosquito war as EEE vaccine remains locked away
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Conversation: For male students, technical education in high school boosts earnings after graduation
Shaun Dougherty, associate professor of public policy and education, writes about the benefits of a high-quality, specialized technical education for male high school students.
The Tennessean: The court battle over a Tennessee death row inmate’s execution is in uncharted territory
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
SFGate: Auto workers fear implications of an electric future
Joshua Murray, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
The Economic Times: Slums are emerging as arenas of competence politics
Tariq Thachil, associate professor of political science, is interviewed about his book Elite Parties, Poor Voters: How Social Services Win Votes in India.
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