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  Friday, Oct. 16, 2020  
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New report highlights university’s actions around equity, diversity and inclusion
Vanderbilt University has released its 2019-20 Report for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion highlighting an array of goals and initiatives currently advancing these core university values and offering a roadmap for the future.
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First Fall Staff Assembly to be held virtually next Thursday
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will deliver his first address to Vanderbilt staff during the inaugural Fall Staff Assembly on Thursday, Oct. 22. The event will be held virtually and open to all university staff.
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Innovative projects showcased at 7th Annual Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair
The seventh annual Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair, held virtually on Oct. 8, gave 48 undergraduate students the opportunity to share their research via slide presentations while more than 130 faculty, students, staff and family and community members listened and asked questions.
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Open Enrollment starts Monday; learn more about benefits through upcoming events
Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for you to elect the benefits that best meet your needs. All benefits-eligible employees should complete Open Enrollment from Oct. 19 through Nov. 2 for calendar year 2021 benefits.
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Vanderbilt offering flu shots for faculty, staff and postdocs
Flu vaccinations are strongly encouraged this year in support of the health and safety of the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. There will be three no-cost, convenient options for faculty, staff and postdocs to get a flu vaccine over the next three months. 
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Re:VU brochures for 2020–21 now available
Re:VU is a concise summary of Vanderbilt’s vital statistics, featuring the most commonly requested facts and figures about the university and reflecting the most recent official published information available. The brochure is used by offices, departments and schools campuswide for a variety of purposes.
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Interested in federal STEM policy and advocacy? Two virtual seminars offered in October
Several Vanderbilt offices are partnering to host two virtual events focused on federal science, technology, engineering and mathematics policy Oct. 19 and 29.
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Learn about 2021 benefit changes at Open Enrollment Benefits Forum Oct. 20
Learn more about benefit changes and Vanderbilt University’s new price transparency tool at the 2021 Open Enrollment Benefits Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. CST.
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Hear business experts and innovators at Owen Forward Nov. 9-13
Join Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management for Owen Forward, a weeklong virtual celebration of all things Owen Nov. 9–13. Each day will feature discussions and presentations by thought leaders, innovators and experts in business.
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Employees requested to update demographic information, veteran status in Oracle
Vanderbilt University is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive campus community. In order to measure the university’s progress on diversity and inclusion goals, all employees are encouraged to ensure their demographic information in Oracle accurately reflects their race/ethnicity and veteran status.
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Protect yourself from identity theft
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Vanderbilt University Information Technology will be sharing tips for staying safe and secure online. This article focuses on protecting your personal information.
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Human Resources announces update to employee voting policy
Vanderbilt University’s voting policy is being expanded in 2020 to include early voting. Now, during early voting or on Election Day, employees who are registered to vote may be absent from work for a reasonable paid period of time, not to exceed three hours.


Take Note

VUMC hosting blood drive for American Red Cross

MPH program sponsors Stata Boot Camp Oct. 16, 23

‘The Promotion and Marketing of Oxycontin’ topic of Flexner Deans’ Lecture Oct. 19

Register for NASEM Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education summit Oct. 19–20

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Do I Need a Mentor?’ Oct. 21

Lee to address Vanderbilt Woman’s Club Oct. 22

‘Pandemic Parenting Check-in’ topic of Parenting Group meeting on Oct. 22

Work-life integration topic of Women in the Academy talk Oct. 27

Go for the Gold deadline is Oct. 31; virtual help sessions available

Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting your commute in new survey series

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Nicole Moehring–Crystal structure, how we characterize it, and its impact on the physical properties of a material

Depression check-up during COVID-19

New discount program helps staff and faculty maximize their savings

New feature expands Heard Libraries’ Scan and Deliver service

Young Commodores fans invited to join Mr. C’s Kids Club


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Celebrated Harvard economist Raj Chetty to speak on COVID-19 impact
· OCT ·
  First Fall Staff Assembly to be held virtually
· OCT ·
  Vanderbilt to host 2020 Second Language Research Forum
· OCT ·
  4th annual Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative Boot Camp
· OCT ·
  ‘Are We Underinvesting in Education?’ topic of Steine Lecture in Economics
· NOV ·
  Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Wall Street Journal: U.S., U.K., France all see virus surge
Loren Lipworth, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
Voice of America: Trump to host White House event despite COVID-19 questions
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: New research explores authoritarian mindset of Trump’s core supporters
The research of Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Professor of Public Policy and Social Science, is cited.
Bloomberg: Father of VIX warns options glitch is costing investors millions
Robert Whaley, Valere Blair Potter Professor of Finance, is quoted.
The New York Times: Applying to college during the pandemic?
Doug Christiansen, vice provost for university enrollment affairs and dean of admissions and financial aid, is quoted.
Newsweek: Joe Biden leads in 9 swing states over Trump with 20 days until election
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
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