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  Friday, Oct. 21, 2022  
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Hinton receives Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant to increase representation in research
Antentor Hinton Jr., assistant professor of molecular physiology and biophysics in the School of Medicine Basic Sciences, has been awarded a $1.5 million, five-year grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to boost diversity in STEM research.
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Hargrove, emeritus professor of political science and noted presidential scholar, has died
Erwin Charles Hargrove Jr., professor of political science, emeritus, and a former director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, died Oct. 11 in Nashville.
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Open Enrollment is underway
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. 
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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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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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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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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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LGBTQI History Month events are ongoing
October is LGBTQI History Month, recognized nationally and at Vanderbilt as a time of reflection, celebration and education. In recognition of the month, the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Life, in collaboration with campus and community partners, has developed a calendar of events including educational programs, community events, film screenings, panels, workshops and trainings.
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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.


COVID-19 Updates

Davidson County COVID community level low

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


Take Note

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

Flexner Deans’ Lecture to feature Wes Ely Oct. 25

Votes for Women series presents historian Keisha Blain Oct. 25

‘CliftonStrengths for VU employees’ is Oct. 26

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

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

Research Computing Seminar Series held last Tuesday August–November

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 St. Baldrick’s Foundation Research Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program

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

Participants needed for family-centered diet study

Study seeks participants for brain-based reading comprehension enhancement research

Participants sought for brain-based learning enhancement research

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

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


Coming Up

· 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
Smithsonian Magazine: Mosquito larvae launch their heads to capture prey
Laurence Zwiebel, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences, is quoted.
Bloomberg: The CDC is relaxing COVID surveillance just as winter is coming
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Reuters: Nigeria’s flooding spreads to the Delta, upending lives and livelihoods
Hiba Baroud, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
CBS News: Pumpkin spice foods cost up to 160 percent more than regular version
Kelly Goldsmith, E. Bronson Ingram Professor and professor of marketing, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt pledges $750K to aid Centennial Park master plan
Vanderbilt’s capital gift to support the Centennial Park Conservancy is featured.
The Washington Post: Whites now more likely to die from COVID than Blacks: Why the pandemic shifted
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor, professor of sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Associated Press: Is Alex Jones verdict the death of disinformation? Unlikely
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, is quoted.
Harper’s Magazine: In the running: The trials of an almost candidate
The research of Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of LAPOP, is cited.
The Chronicle of Higher Education: A playbook for knocking down higher ed
Christopher Loss, associate professor of public policy and higher education, is quoted.
The Daily Beast: These languages are fading—so she trained robots to help save them
Stephen Camarata, professor of hearing and speech sciences, is quoted.
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