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  Monday, Oct. 21, 2019  
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Open Mind: Committed to showing our work
Transparency keeps everyone informed so we can engage in meaningful debate and give input on actions, and it builds trust and teamwork by setting clear and consistent processes, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in this week’s column.
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Williams’ legacy honored with name on building close to his heart
An Oct. 18 ceremony to unveil the new name—David Williams II—on the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center paid tribute to the university’s first African American vice chancellor and athletics director.
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Five Vanderbilt Trailblazer portraits unveiled during Reunion Weekend
Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente unveiled the Vanderbilt Trailblazer portraits of Kate Lupton, David Williams II, Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips, K.C. Potter and Muhammad Yunus on Oct. 18.
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center mourns loss of Children’s Hospital leader
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is mourning the loss of Luke Gregory, chief executive officer for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and senior vice president for business development. Gregory died Friday, Oct. 18, after a courageous battle with lymphoma.
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Chancellor’s Lecture to feature presidential historians Goodwin and Meacham
“Lessons of Presidential Leadership” will be the focus of a conversation between presidential historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham during a Chancellor’s Lecture Series event Oct. 31.
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Vanderbilt celebrates grand opening of new National Pan-Hellenic Council House
Members of the Vanderbilt community celebrated the grand opening of the new National Pan-Hellenic Council House on Oct. 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception. The new house is part of the evolution of the West End Neighborhood.
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Vanderbilt earns $19M in federal funding for special education training and research
Researchers at Vanderbilt Peabody College received multiple grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health.
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Soldiers partner with Vanderbilt engineers to create new model for innovation
Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and researchers at Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering are building a partnership to identify and solve tactical problems with soldier-inspired solutions.
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Nominations open for 2019 Commodore Award
Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 20 for the 2019 Commodore Award, Vanderbilt’s highest staff honor. The annual award recognizes staff members who have made significant contributions to Vanderbilt University’s pursuit of excellence in education, research and community service each year.
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Benefits Open House is Oct. 23; enrollment labs ongoing
Benefits Open Enrollment is underway now through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31. If you need help enrolling or don’t have access to a computer, stop by the Benefits Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 23; attend an upcoming enrollment lab; or visit Human Resources on the 10th floor of the Baker Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday.
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Outdoor warning sirens tested Oct. 24-25
Vanderbilt University Public Safety will conduct tests of the Vanderbilt outdoor warning notification system on Thursday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 25. The tests will include an audible message followed by a steady tone, which might occur a few times each day.
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Introduction to Corporate and Foundation Relations training session Oct. 28
The Corporate and Foundation Relations team helped faculty and staff secure $8.2 million in gifts and grants last fiscal year. You are invited to learn more about CFR’s services and the resources available to you on Monday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Central Library, Room 800BB.
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Oracle Learning access available for enrolled students
Beginning the week of Oct. 21, all enrolled students will have access to log in to Oracle Cloud, regardless of their status as a student worker or stipend recipient. This will provide all enrolled students the ability to access training in Oracle Learning, which has been implemented this year as a replacement for the legacy Learning Exchange.
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Follow these recommendations for cybersecurity while traveling
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and throughout the month Vanderbilt University Information Technology will publish articles with tips and tricks for staying safe and secure online. This article focuses on cybersecurity while traveling.
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Student-athlete: Kaylann Boyd
Kaylann Boyd, a senior forward on the Vanderbilt soccer team, has never been one to back down from a challenge.


Take Note

LGBTQI History Month continues

Campus organizations to host Halloween events in October

Rathmell, Hasty to address New York Academy of Sciences Oct. 22

Master of public health information sessions Oct. 22, Nov. 6

Vanderbilt to host national College Inclusion Summit Oct. 23-25

Software Carpentries boot camp set for Oct. 24–25

Peabody College to host professional programs open house Oct. 29

Vandy Walks: ‘Ghost Trees and Urban Legends’ Oct. 31

Health Plus sponsors pumpkin carving contest Oct. 31

Trick-or-Treat with Greeks and Athletes Oct. 31

¡BLAIR! Tribute to the People of Venezuela is Nov. 3

Life Phase Series: ‘Celebrating Native American Heritage’ Nov. 12

Staff: Enter to win skybox tickets for Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky Nov. 16

Register for the 2019 Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters Conference

SEA Lab seeking pregnant mothers for paid research study


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture: Sabena Conley
· OCT ·
  Health Plus promotes breast cancer awareness at VU Benefits Open House
· OCT ·
  Healthier You: ‘Alleviate Stress Through Mindfulness’
· OCT ·
  ‘Muscle Stem Cell Under Stress’
· OCT ·
  Work-Life Workshop: ‘Managing Imposter Syndrome’


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Vanderbilt in the News
CNBC: From olive growers to winemakers, small firms in Europe are bracing for $7.5 billion in U.S. tariffs
Tim Meyer, professor of law, is quoted about the economic impact of U.S. tariffs on agricultural imports from Europe.
The New York Times: This fungus mutates. That’s good news if you like cheese.
Antonis Rokas, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Biological Sciences and associate professor of biomedical informatics, is quoted about research involving the transformation of fungus into edible mold for cheese production.
USA Today: Want the real truth about slavery? Try these books, movies for kids, adults and teachers
Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh, assistant professor of religious studies, was interviewed about recommendations for how Americans can learn more about slavery.
Politifact: No, you’re not an ‘active, live walking virus’ for two weeks following a flu shot
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Miami Herald: Latin America awash in troubles amid protests, uprisings and a distracted Washington
Elizabeth Zechmeister, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, is quoted regarding the current political and economic crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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