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  Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022  
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Triple Reunion sets records for attendance and giving
On a weekend blessed by perfect fall weather, nearly 6,000 alumni and their guests returned to Vanderbilt Oct. 6–9 for Reunion, the first since 2019.
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Vanderbilt University strengthens ties with Centennial Park
Vanderbilt University will elevate its long-term collaboration with Centennial Park Conservancy through a capital gift to help enhance the cultural and physical environment of the West End Neighborhood and surrounding community.
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Members of TN congressional delegation visit VU to discuss Fort Campbell partnerships, Latin America research, and veteran education
U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Congressman Mark Green (R-TN07) visited Vanderbilt University recently to learn more about the Army Futures Command Pathfinder Program partnership with Fort Campbell, research and education related to Latin America, and university efforts to educate and employ veterans.
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Continuing our cybersecurity transformation
Vanderbilt University has made significant strides in advancing cybersecurity across the institution over the past year. Brett Sweet, vice chancellor for finance, information technology and chief financial officer, and Shane Callahan, Vanderbilt’s inaugural chief information security officer, give an update on the university’s progress in a new video message to mark National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October.
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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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REMINDER: Fall submission deadline for Arts, Discovery and Innovation Fund is Oct. 14
The Arts, Discovery and Innovation Fund is now open to all full-time faculty across all disciplines and all provost-reporting staff who would like to work with the National Museum of African American Music on educational and research projects. The deadline for fall submissions is Oct. 14.
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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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Have 2023 Open Enrollment questions? We have answers
Open Enrollment for 2023 benefits, scheduled for Oct. 17–28, is the annual opportunity to elect the benefits that best meet the needs of you and your family. Human Resources is offering an online how-to-enroll guide, virtual one-on-one help sessions, and an in-person enrollment lab on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Sarratt 189.
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TEDxVanderbiltUniversity speaker applications open; event scheduled for April 18, 2023
Speaker applications are now open for TEDxVanderbiltUniversity 2023. Applications are due on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The TEDxVanderbiltUniversity event will be April 18, 2023, on campus and in person.
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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

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

Davidson County COVID community level low


Take Note

Making mental health your priority  

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

VUSM offers new master of imaging science

2022 National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit is Oct. 13

Nominate next book for Campus Reading by Oct. 15

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

‘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

Research Computing Seminar Series held last Tuesday August–November

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

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

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

Participants sought for brain-based learning enhancement research

Open Enrollment: Detailed guide available, what’s changed for 2023 and health insurance premiums

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


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
The Vanderbilt Hustler: Debrief with Diermeier: The future of residential life, tailgates, VUMC and more
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is interviewed.
Reuters: Analysis: Musk’s acrimonious Twitter bid heads for business school case study immortalization
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Glamour: What to know about norovirus, the nasty stomach bug that’s becoming more common
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: Why you need a flu shot
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
USA Today: ‘Not a risk at all’: Why college football coaches are guaranteed more money than ever
John Siegfried, professor of economics, emeritus, is quoted.
Medical News Today: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): How to beat it this fall and winter
Sandra Rosenthal, Jack and Pamela Egan Professor and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Why more meaningful work leads to professional and personal growth
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
Reuters: Fast Take: Biden’s pardons signal marijuana policy overhaul
Robert Mikos, LaRoche Family Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
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