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  Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019  
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Chancellor’s Lecture to feature presidential historians Goodwin and Meacham tomorrow
“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 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music.
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Al Gore to hold ‘24 Hours of Reality’ global climate crisis presentation at Vanderbilt
Former Vice President Al Gore will return to Vanderbilt University on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for a global conversation on the climate crisis and its solutions. The presentation—part of a worldwide event called “24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action,” led by Gore and The Climate Reality Project, which he founded and chairs—will be in partnership with the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series.
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Janusek, Andean anthropologist noted for innovative teaching and discovery, dies
John W. Janusek, an Andean anthropologist whose interests ranged from the development of complex societies in South America to the history of beer and brewing, died Oct. 22 and is being remembered by colleagues.
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Open Enrollment ends tomorrow
Have you made your 2020 benefits elections? Open Enrollment is open through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. All benefits-eligible faculty and staff are required to make an active plan selection for 2020 coverage.
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vummiv WiFi network outages today and tomorrow in preparation for retirement
In December 2019, Vanderbilt’s vummiv WiFi network will be retired. In preparation for the retirement, vummiv will be unavailable from 6 a.m. today, Oct. 30, to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 31.
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TIPs pre-proposals for university funding due Nov. 4
The Office of the Provost is issuing the sixth annual call for proposals for Trans-Institutional Programs, an internal faculty funding program that is a key initiative of the Academic Strategic Plan.
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‘Spooktacular Story Slam’ offers ghost stories and festive treats today
All are invited to the Vaughn Home for treats and scary stories, including tales of the building’s resident ghosts, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m.
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‘All Hallows: Witches, Magic and Things That Go Bump’ exhibit opens
An exhibit focused on witchcraft, magic, fantastic beasts, tarot cards and more from Vanderbilt Special Collections is now on display at the Central Library.
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Faculty Senate to host community conversation follow-up Friday to Doris Kearns Goodwin CLS event
The Faculty Senate will host a community conversation for faculty and staff from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, to discuss themes from the Chancellor’s Lecture Series event with presidential historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham taking place the prior evening.
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Deadline for Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship applications is Friday
The Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship program is accepting applications until Friday, Nov. 1. Academic Pathways is a research/mentorship program designed to bridge fellows between academic training and entry-level faculty positions, with the ultimate goal of diversifying the Vanderbilt faculty.
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Annual Commons Unplugged week Nov. 3-9 celebrates sustainability
The sixth annual Commons Unplugged environmental awareness week, from Sunday, Nov. 3, to Saturday, Nov. 9, will celebrate sustainability, natural resource conservation and energy conservation through various events focusing on Vanderbilt’s first-year student population. All events are free and open to the Vanderbilt community.
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Register for Center for Teaching’s ‘Learning at Play’ symposium Nov. 8
“Learning at Play,” a one-day symposium on games for learning and social change, is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8, at Vanderbilt’s Curb Center. Mark Sample, associate professor and chair of digital studies at Davidson College, will give the keynote talk.
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Project to replace Learning Exchange with Oracle Learning nears completion
The implementation of the new Oracle Learning module that began in March 2019 is nearing completion, and all staff, faculty and students will be able to access their training within Oracle Learning at the end of October.
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Nominate a staff member for the Diversity Leadership Award
Nominations are open for the 2019-20 Diversity Leadership Awards recognizing staff members who demonstrate exemplary leadership that puts the ideals of equity, diversity and inclusion into practical action. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 25.
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Nominations open for 2019 Commodore Award
Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, 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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Professor, Chemist, Mentor: Steve Townsend, assistant professor of chemistry
Steven Townsend, whose research into human milk could one day help all babies get their best start in life, is also a committed mentor devoted to helping young scholars get the best start on their careers.


Take Note

Supriya Vani to give annual Crawford Lecture on Women, Leadership and Engaged Citizenship Oct. 30

Close out LGBTQI History Month with rainbow cake Oct. 31

Strategies to reduce HPV, related cancers in African American men topic of CERC meeting Nov. 1

Master of public health information session Nov. 6

Women’s Center hosts salary negotiation workshop Nov. 6

Graduate programs in economics to host information session Nov. 6

‘Preventing and Managing High Blood Pressure’ Nov. 7

‘Building a Neuron with Motors and Microtubules’ Nov. 7

Flexner Deans’ Lecture Nov. 11 to discuss caring for urban homeless populations

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

2019 Nobel Prize winner in economics to give Steine Lecture Nov. 14

Daylong Vanderbilt Diabetes Day event is Nov. 15

‘Unlocking the Promise of Medicine through Academic and Biotech/Pharma Innovation’ Nov. 15

Comic strips from VU community sought for upcoming Eskind Library exhibit

Register for the 2019 Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters Conference


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Vandy Walks: ‘Ghost Trees and Urban Legends’
· OCT ·
  Health Plus sponsors pumpkin carving contest
· OCT ·
  Trick-or-Treat with Greeks and Athletes
· NOV ·
  Department of Medicine mini-research retreat
· NOV ·
  ¡BLAIR! Tribute to the People of Venezuela


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Vanderbilt in the News
STAT: Democrats’ new logic on drug pricing: Developing slightly fewer medicines is OK if it means lower prices
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
The Telegraph (India): Indian scientists stir tuberculosis breakthrough hope
Luc Van Kaer, Elizabeth and John Shapiro Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, is quoted.
The New York Times: Can one LED light give you perfect skin?
Brian Biesman, assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, is quoted.
El Tiempo: Disminuye el apoyo a la democracia en América
Elizabeth Zechmeister, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, and Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of LAPOP, are quoted about diminishing support for democracy in Latin and South America.
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