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  Friday, Oct. 14, 2022  
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Open Enrollment starts Monday 
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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Vanderbilt faculty, staff, alumni featured at 2022 Southern Festival of Books
Vanderbilt-related authors will have a strong presence at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, which takes place at War Memorial Plaza and Nashville Public Library Oct. 14–16.
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Eben Cathey to lead Vanderbilt’s local government relations 
Vanderbilt University has named Eben Cathey, a land use and communications consultant with broad experience working for Metro Nashville government, as its senior director for local government relations.
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Nashville Downtown Partnership’s annual meeting and awards luncheon presented by Vanderbilt focus on big development topic: Riverfront
For the second year, the Nashville Downtown Partnership and Vanderbilt University are teaming up for the Partnership’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. This year’s keynote featuring former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is centered on the success of the Tampa Riverwalk in Florida and how it could serve as a model for the development of Nashville’s riverfront.
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Obersteadt named assistant vice chancellor for alumni engagement and annual giving
Lauren Obersteadt, BA’98, has been named assistant vice chancellor for alumni engagement and annual giving at Vanderbilt University. A longtime leader of Vanderbilt’s Alumni Relations team, Obersteadt recently added the Annual Giving team to her portfolio.
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Vanderbilt University Debate Team to host intercollegiate debate about election processes and voter turnout
With consequential midterm elections less than one month away, the Vanderbilt University Debate Team will host an intercollegiate debate this weekend on how to improve U.S. election processes and boost voter turnout. The event will be on Saturday, Oct. 15, at The Commons Center Multipurpose Room.
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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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Barney Graham, distinguished Vanderbilt alumnus and COVID-19 scientific leader, to speak Oct. 17
Barney S. Graham, PhD’91, chief architect for the first experimental COVID-19 vaccine, will give the School of Medicine Basic Sciences Dean’s Lecture on Oct. 17 and be presented with the 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier.
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‘Understanding the Backlash Against Globalization’ topic of McGee Public Policy Lecture Oct. 20
Peter K. Schott, Juan Trippe Professor of International Economics at Yale University, will discuss “Understanding the Backlash Against Globalization” on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 4:10 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 103. The fall 2022 McGee Public Policy Lecture is open to the public.
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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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REGISTER: ‘The News Media’s Role on Election Night’
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host a live event to shed light on the mechanics and nuance of network election calls. The event will be on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in Langford Auditorium.   


Health & Safety Updates

Davidson County COVID community level low

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


Take Note

Continuing our cybersecurity transformation

Faculty and staff invited to join Military and Veterans Employee Affinity Group

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

VUSM offers new master of imaging science

Annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture is Oct. 18

Employee Learning and Engagement presents ‘Uniquely You at Work’
Oct. 19

‘Proactive Self-care for Parents and Caregivers’ topic of Parenting Group meeting Oct. 19

VKC Conversation Series: ‘Centering Autistic Perspectives in Applied Behavior Analysis’ Oct. 20

Votes for Women series presents historian Keisha Blain Oct. 25

Vandy Cooks: ‘Asian Cooking Made Easy’ Oct. 27

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

New Aspiring LeadeReads book club series to discuss ‘Dare to Lead’ in November

Have 2023 Open Enrollment questions? We have answers

Participants sought for brain-based learning enhancement research


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Microlearning series: ‘Doing More with Less’
· OCT ·
  World on Wednesdays: ‘The Floods in Pakistan’
· OCT ·
  Stop and Wond’ry: Vanderbilt business professor and bestselling author to explain the ‘12 Year Gap’
· OCT ·
  Intersex Awareness Day online panel discussion
· NOV ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Sentence’ by Louise Erdrich


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Vanderbilt in the News
Time: Lincoln saved American democracy. We can too
Jon Meacham, Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Professor of American Presidency and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, authored this piece.
Reuters: Crypto’s Grayscale blasts SEC over ‘special harshness’ toward bitcoin trading
Robert Whaley, professor of management, is quoted.
HuffPost: Here’s what to know about the latest omicron subvariants
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Good news for Democrats: Abortion is a strong motivator for voters
Stephen Patrick, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
CNN: What’s the magic number of steps to keep weight off? Here’s what a new study says
Evan Brittain, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed: How federal and state policies judge colleges’ ‘value’: Key podcast
Will Doyle, professor of leadership, policy, and organizations, is quoted.
STAT News: A doctor’s humbling journey treating long COVID: ‘The second we think we know what we are doing, we fall flat on our face’
Wes Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor and professor of medicine, is quoted.
VGR: Brain science: COVID’s brain fog, video games and chemo brain
James Jackson, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Crime Report: ‘Integrated’ justice agency in each state could strengthen public safety: paper
Edward Rubin, University Distinguished Professor of Law and of Political Science, is quoted.
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