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  Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020  
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Vanderbilt announces University Diversity Council members for 2020–21
Vanderbilt University has announced the University Diversity Council members for 2020-21. Formed last year, the council advocates for equity, diversity and inclusion across all areas of Vanderbilt.
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The Open Dore: Restructure and recharge to ensure success
When changes to how we work, discover and learn seem to come on a daily basis, we must still find time to pause and consider how best to invest in supporting Vanderbilt’s mission and our future, writes Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in the October edition of “The Open Dore.” 
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University issues guidance related to 2020 election activities
Vanderbilt fully supports robust civic engagement by its students, faculty and staff, and as Election Day approaches, encourages all eligible members of the university community to exercise their right to vote. Vanderbilt is making a number of resources available to assist the community in participating in the democratic process; however, university resources or one’s Vanderbilt affiliation may not be used to support or oppose any candidate for public office.
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Vanderbilt University Special Collections acquires new Lawson photographs
Rare photographs of the Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., a pivotal figure in the history of the civil rights movement and Vanderbilt University, have been acquired by the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries.
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Vanderbilt biochemists reveal the cause of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease—too much of a good thing
Vanderbilt researchers—including Charles Sanders, associate dean for research and professor of biochemistry, and graduate student Justin Marinko—have illuminated the cause of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, putting them on the road to developing therapeutic approaches for the disease that affects one in 2,500 people.
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Nursing researcher pairs with LGBTQI+ expert on OUT: The National Cancer Survey
Assistant Professor of Nursing Bethany Rhoten is the co-primary investigator for OUT: The National Cancer Survey, a major research project that seeks to document the experiences of LGBTQI+ people with cancer.
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MPH students dive into COVID-19 response on local and state levels
From accomplished alumni to first-year trainees, the Vanderbilt Master of Public Health program has brought a wave of support to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee.
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Open Enrollment: 6 days left! Make your 2021 benefits elections by Nov. 2
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 by Monday, Nov. 2, for calendar year 2021 benefits.
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Provost’s WAVE Council to host listening sessions on COVID-19 related gender equity concerns
The Provost’s Women’s Advancement and Equity Council will hold two listening sessions the first week of November for faculty and postdoctoral fellows to discuss gender equity concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Residential colleges present ’Citizen: An American Lyric’ Nov. 1
Vanderbilt’s residential colleges will present a live reading of “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine on Sunday, Nov. 1. The reading will feature six Vanderbilt undergraduate students and is part of the faculty-led series, Stories of Race and Identity.
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Former FBI special agent, cybercrime expert to deliver Engineering’s Schmidt Lecture Nov. 19
Retired FBI Special Agent Scott Augenbaum will deliver the School of Engineering’s 2020 Schmidt Family Digital Technologies Lecture, “Cybercrime: How To Prepare So You Don’t Become The Next Victim,” on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. The lecture is open to the public, but registration for the online webinar is required.
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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Protect yourself from phishing
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and Vanderbilt University Information Technology is sharing tips for staying safe and secure online. Since the creation of email, scammers have used phishing attacks to trick victims into revealing sensitive information.
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‘Are We Underinvesting in Education?’ topic of Steine Lecture in Economics today
David Card, the Class of 1950 Professor of Economics at the University of California–Berkeley and director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, will give the Vanderbilt Department of Economics’ Steine Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 4 p.m.
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Vanderbilt community invited to attend 14th Annual VPA Symposium tomorrow
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will host a virtual symposium on Thursday, Oct. 29, featuring poster sessions and talks by Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Oak Ridge Associated Universities consortium postdoctoral scholars.
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Oracle Cloud to require multifactor authentication beginning Nov. 11
Oracle Cloud will begin requiring multi-factor authentication on Nov. 11. MFA provides an additional layer of security for users logging in to a secure environment. 
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Human Resources announces new career and compensation framework
Vanderbilt University Human Resources is excited to announce the development of a new career and compensation framework for employees. The new framework sets out to create tools, resources and a data structure that benefits the university, its staff and leadership in a number of ways.
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New faculty Rick Sando: A better understanding of brain circuitry
New Assistant Professor of Pharmacology Rick Sando is interested in how neural circuits carry out specific functions when activated—and why these processes sometimes go awry.


Take Note

Open Enrollment: Understanding your pharmaceutical profile and selecting a health plan

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross

Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture features Princeton’s McReynolds Oct. 29

Final days for Go for the Gold; deadline is Oct. 31

Next meeting of Single Parent Group is Nov. 5

7 ways to cope better with election stress

Watch free Nashville Opera production of ‘One Vote Won’

Employees requested to update demographic information, veteran status in Oracle

Re:VU brochures for 2020–21 now available

Caregiving resources available through Vanderbilt Child and Family Center

Diabetes Prevention Program information sessions offered

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

Limited Submission Opportunity: CLIR Recordings at Risk

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2020 V Scholar Award for Black/African American Cancer Researchers

Study to investigate effects of nuts on diet


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Interested in federal STEM policy and advocacy? Virtual seminar offered
· NOV ·
  Two-week Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp is Nov. 2–5, 9–12
· NOV ·
  Hear business experts and innovators at Owen Forward Nov. 9-13
· NOV ·
  Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
Voice of America: How should presidential debates change?
John Koch, senior lecturer in communication studies, is quoted.
CNN: A vaccine helped end racial disparities in pneumococcal disease. There’s hope a vaccine will do the same for COVID-19
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Bloomberg Businessweek: How ‘big is bad’ has become a big, big deal
Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, is mentioned.
The New York Times: I have COVID-19 antibodies. Finally I know how to help.
A Vanderbilt University Medical Center study using convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 and Dolly Parton’s $1 million donation to VUMC for COVID-19 research are discussed, and principal investigator Allison Wheeler, assistant professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
Smart Cities Dive: DOE, USDOT issue $5.25M in project grants to advance transit tech
Abhishek Dubey, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering, is quoted.
CBS News: Pandemic may be making it harder for pregnant women who use opioids to get effective treatment
Stephen Patrick, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
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