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  Friday, Oct. 28, 2022  
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Kelly Slay’s research on affirmative action: Informed by the past, informing the future
The U.S. Supreme Court will again review the constitutionality of affirmative action Oct. 31 when it hears the cases of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina. Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy Kelly Slay will join many of her colleagues in Washington, D.C., to engage in rallies related to these cases.
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Golann receives NSF grant for video-ethnographic study of diverse families with preschool-aged children
Joanne W. Golann, assistant professor of public policy and education, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a project that aims to improve early parenting support programs by helping them address the needs of diverse and low-income families.   
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Three fundraising professionals promoted to new leadership positions in Development and Alumni Relations
Development and Alumni Relations recently promoted three longtime fundraising professionals into leadership roles in anticipation of the public phase of the university’s ongoing philanthropic campaign. Scotty Mann, Jonathan Petty and Taylor Wood have been named assistant vice chancellors of development; each will have oversight of specific fundraising responsibilities. 
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West End Neighborhood Halloween Festival is today
Student Engagement and Leadership and Vanderbilt Athletics will host the West End Neighborhood Halloween Festival on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. The West End Neighborhood will be open as a safe place for families to trick-or-treat and celebrate the season.
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Faculty, staff, students invited to volunteer at campus mobile food pantry tomorrow
Vanderbilt’s Government and Community Relations will partner with One Generation Away and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to host a drive-thru mobile food pantry on the university’s campus on Saturday, Oct. 29. Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students are invited to volunteer at the event beginning at 7:30 a.m.
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Make a gift to Vanderbilt University for exclusive gear through Oct. 31
Show you’re proud to be a Commodore by making a gift to Vanderbilt to impact your favorite area of the university Oct. 1–31. As a thanks for your support, you’ll receive a limited-edition item and can choose from four brand-new options: Vandy socks, a pet bandana, an eco-friendly tote bag or a throwback Vandy beanie.
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Nichols Humanitarian Fund reception and open house is Nov. 1; applications open Nov. 2
All undergraduate students are invited to attend the annual Nichols Humanitarian Fund reception and open house on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room. The fund will begin accepting applications for support of students who plan to pursue humanitarian immersive experiences during summer 2023 on Nov. 2.
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Vanderbilt to celebrate first-generation students Nov. 3–11
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with the undergraduate student organizations FirstVU and QuestBridge Vanderbilt as well as the Network First-Gen initiative, invites members of the Vanderbilt community to participate in First-Generation Appreciation Week Nov. 3–11.
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Voting policy for VU employees; TN early voting period is Oct. 19–Nov. 3
During early voting for the 2022 midterm elections or on Election Day, Vanderbilt University employees who are registered to vote may be absent from work for a reasonable paid period of time, not to exceed three hours. Tennessee’s early voting period is Oct. 19–Nov. 3. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
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Veterans celebrated for contributions to VU community
Vanderbilt will celebrate the many contributions military veterans and service members bring to their roles at the university with several initiatives to mark Veterans Day 2022.
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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and a great time to make sure that your digital life is protected. To raise awareness, Vanderbilt Information Security is hosting an online event—Cyber Gamemaster.
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Last day to enroll in benefits for 2023
Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity to elect the benefits that best meet the needs of you and your family. All benefits-eligible employees must complete Open Enrollment for calendar year 2023 benefits. Enrollment ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on Oct. 28.  


Health & Safety Updates

Davidson County COVID community level low

VU community encouraged to practice healthy behaviors; new omicron-specific boosters available


Take Note

Volunteer drivers needed for first-of-its-kind research project

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

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

Women’s Center hosts salary negotiation workshop Nov. 3

‘AI Deep Dive: Using Large Language Models to Support Language Instruction’ Nov. 4

New Research IT Voucher Program offers up to $5K for faculty, staff to advance digital projects; first application deadline is Nov. 30

Research Computing Seminar Series held last Tuesdays through November

SPA offers VERA office hours, reporting/data training sessions throughout fall semester

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 SebastianStrong Foundation Discovery Science Award

Programs for Talented Youth announces return of WAVU immersive academic experience for 7th-12th graders

Participants needed for family-centered diet study

Young female research participants needed for pubertal development study

Participants sought for brain-based learning enhancement research

Study seeks participants for brain-based reading comprehension enhancement research


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Blair’s Dobson pipe organ to be featured in choral lecture concert
· OCT ·
  ELE Microlearning Series: ‘Boundaries, Priorities and Balance’
· NOV ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Sentence’ by Louise Erdrich


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Telegraph: Nigeria was already facing a food crisis—then flooding hit
Hiba Baroud, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
The Hill: National test score plunge illustrates pandemic’s impact on education
Amanda Goodwin, associate professor of language, literacy and culture, is quoted.
NBC News: Flu, RSV, other viruses surging in young kids, catching doctors ‘off guard’
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The Conversation: Democratic and Republican voters both love civility—but the bipartisan appeal is partly because nobody can agree on what civility is
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor and professor of philosophy, authored this piece.
CNN: COVID-19 vaccine study links side effects with greater antibody response
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Tech Radar: Free wasn’t The Sweetest Thing, just ask Apple and Bono
The research of Steven Posavac, E. Bronson Ingram Professor and professor of marketing, is cited.
The New York Times: The left-right divide might help Democrats avoid a total wipeout
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and professor of political science, is quoted.
Fortune: Power doesn’t lead to sexual harassment. But the desire for it does, new research finds
Jessica Kennedy, associate professor of organizational studies, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Biden officials worry pandemic exhaustion could lead to bad COVID winter
Alex Jahangir, professor of orthopaedic surgery, is quoted.
Verywell Health: Reducing simple carbs in your diet might relieve acid reflux, study finds
Heidi Silver, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
The New Yorker: The best books of 2022 so far
A book authored by Jay Wellons, Cal Turner Professor and professor of neurological surgery, is mentioned.
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