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  Monday, Oct. 24, 2022  
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Fall Sesquicentennial grant award winners announced
The fall 2022 Sesquicentennial grant cycle has funded 15 proposals, with awards being made to projects led by individuals and teams of faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students.
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Vanderbilt faculty discuss America’s struggle for racial equality
Dr. André L. Churchwell, vice chancellor for outreach, inclusion and belonging and chief diversity officer, hosted a panel of Vanderbilt faculty earlier this fall to discuss the state of racial justice in America. Among the topics covered was how art can offer hope during unsettled times and help create a more just, civil and moral society.
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Research on intersex experience highlights overlooked population in religious communities
In her new book spanning culture, law, science and theology, Vanderbilt Divinity professor Stephanie Budwey explores the experiences of intersex people in church and faith communities.
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Vanderbilt University, community partners collaborate to honor Nashville’s nonprofit leaders
Leaders from Vanderbilt’s Division of Government and Community Relations joined hundreds of community members from across Nashville recently to celebrate nonprofit heroes.
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Clinton Global Initiative University accepting Vanderbilt student applications for 2023 cohort
Vanderbilt University is encouraging all interested students to apply for the Clinton Global Initiative University’s 2023 cohort. CGI U is a unique opportunity to connect aspiring student leaders with leading experts in business, technology and social impact.
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Anighya Crocker: A call to serve through law, public service and music
Anighya Crocker, BMus’21, came to Vanderbilt as a multiracial, first-generation college student with big dreams to serve the community through public office and music. His Vanderbilt experience as a double major in Law, History and Society and music performance has helped him to hone both of those dreams.
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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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Registration open for 16th annual Vanderbilt Postdoc Symposium
Registration is open for the 16th annual Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association Symposium, which will be held at the Student Life Center on Thursday, Oct. 27, beginning at 9 a.m. This one-day symposium will provide an opportunity for postdocs to network, engage in scientific discussions, and learn about the research being conducted by other postdoctoral fellows.
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Stop and Wond’ry: Vanderbilt business professor and bestselling author to explain the ‘12 Year Gap’ on Oct. 24
Learn how to harness the power of stories, the importance of perspective and the freedom found in discipline with the Wond’ry on Monday, Oct. 24.
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Lab-to-Table Conversation: ‘The Science of Circadian Rhythms and Daylight Saving Time’ Oct. 26
How does daylight saving time impact our health? Join Lisa Monteggia, Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and professor of pharmacology, and panelists as they explore how time changes affect our circadian rhythms.
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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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Make a gift to Vanderbilt University for exclusive gear Oct. 1–31
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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Final week 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. 


Health & Safety Updates

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

Davidson County COVID community level low


Take Note

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

‘CliftonStrengths for VU employees’ is Oct. 26

West End Neighborhood Halloween Festival is Oct. 28

Vandy Walks: ‘Ghost Trees and Urban Legends’ 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

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

Research Computing Seminar Series held last Tuesday through November

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 sought for brain-based learning enhancement research

Mothers of autistic girls needed to help VU researchers understand camouflaging in high school

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


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Votes for Women series presents historian Keisha Blain
· OCT ·
  Flexner Deans’ Lecture to feature Dr. Wes Ely
· OCT ·
  Intersex Awareness Day online panel discussion
· OCT ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘Asian Cooking Made Easy’
· NOV ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Sentence’ by Louise Erdrich


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: E.V. bonanza flows to red states that denounce Biden climate policies
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
CNN: An ‘unprecedented’ rise in respiratory viruses in children is overwhelming some hospitals
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Economist: How to make better use of antidepressants
Steven Hollon, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: Mexico’s new racial reckoning: A movement protests colorism and white privilege
LAPOP research is cited.
U.S. News & World Report: Campaigning in sickness and in health
Thomas Schwartz, Distinguished Professor of History, is quoted.
Voice of America: Exclusive interview with professor Ingrid Brunk
Ingrid Wuerth Brunk, Helen Strong Curry Professor and professor of law, is featured.
The Conversation: Pit bulls went from America’s best friend to public enemy—now they’re slowly coming full circle
Colin Dayan, Robert Penn Warren Professor and professor of English, authored this piece.
Axios: The next step in Biden’s effort to lower drug prices
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt business college dean to step down
Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy, is featured.
The New York Times: Zinc? Honey? Ginger? What actually helps when you have a cold or the flu?
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Mainstreet Nashville: Families fighting Huntington’s disease find strongest support at Vanderbilt facility
Amy Brown, assistant professor of neurology; Katherine McDonell, assistant professor of neurology; Lisa Hale, HDSA Center of Excellence social worker; and Danielle Buchanan, HDSA Center of Excellence research coordinator, are quoted.
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