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  Friday, Oct. 7, 2022  
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Peabody College to help American University of Iraq–Baghdad design, launch new college of education
Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development is working with the American University of Iraq–Baghdad to improve higher education and build a stronger teacher workforce in the region. The institutions were recently awarded a two-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. State Department to design and launch a new college of education focused on teacher training and development, with plans to seek Iraqi Ministry approval for the college by fall 2023.
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10 from Class of 2023 named Outstanding Senior finalists; winner to be announced at Homecoming game
Ten students from the Class of 2023 have been named as finalists for the Outstanding Senior award, one of the highest honors an undergraduate student can receive at Vanderbilt. Each of the nominees will be recognized, and the top Outstanding Senior will be announced, during halftime of the Commodores’ Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 8.
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Vanderbilt University Employee Appreciation: Get free tickets to Homecoming football game tomorrow
Update: Due to the popularity of this event, Human Resources is making 500 additional tickets available. Get yours while supplies last. HR invites all employees and their families to attend the Homecoming football game vs. Ole Miss at FirstBank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8. Gates will open at 1 p.m., and kickoff is at 3 p.m.
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Vanderbilt photographic archive adds 48,000 records to media database
Vanderbilt Libraries has uploaded more than 48,000 historic photographs from the Vanderbilt University Photographic Archive to Vanderbilt’s media database in preparation of the university’s Sesquicentennial celebration in 2023. Current faculty, staff and students can access the historic photographs in the database after requesting initial access.
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Vanderbilt special education student meets with the Dalai Lama, wins international award
Noel Ifeanyi Alumona, a master’s degree student in special education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development, was among 26 young leaders from conflict-torn regions who travelled to India in September to meet with the Dalai Lama. In August he was recognized with the AFS Award for Young Global Citizens. 
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Faculty and staff invited to join Military and Veterans Employee Affinity Group
Vanderbilt University faculty and staff are invited to join the Military and Veterans Employee Affinity Group and attend the Salute to Service football game against South Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 5. Free tickets will be provided to the first 50 people who sign up.
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REGISTER: ‘The Media’s Role on Election Night’ to be hosted by Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy Oct. 19
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 Media’s Role on Election Night” will be on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in Langford Auditorium and examine how these calls are made and how this unofficial system grew into the role it plays today.   
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Deadline to register in TN for Nov. 8 general election is Tuesday
The deadline to register in Tennessee for the Nov. 8 state and federal general elections is Tuesday, Oct. 11. In an effort to keep the Vanderbilt community informed and make voting easier, the university has renewed its partnership with TurboVote, a platform that guides users through the voter registration process.
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VU Theatre presents action-filled ‘Antigone’
Vanderbilt University Theatre is opening its 2022–23 season with Antigone, an ancient Greek tragedy with timeless lessons about the importance of courage in the face of ruthless power and tyranny. This production, which runs through Oct. 9, marks Seth Soloway’s directing debut for VU Theatre.
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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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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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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.


Health & Safety Updates

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

Davidson County COVID community level low


Take Note

Naval ROTC’s 2022 National Security Symposium is TODAY

Enjoy a healthy snack on Health Plus through Oct. 10

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Toward a Culture of Inclusion and Belonging’ Oct. 11

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

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

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

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

Research Computing Seminar Series held last Tuesday of the month through November

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

TEDxVanderbiltUniversity speaker applications open; event scheduled for April 18, 2023

Vanderbilt-led Nashville Math Club looking for middle and high school students

Researchers seek subjects for kindergarten reading study

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

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness launches ‘Take Good Care’ video series


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Hypervigilance and pessimism topics of microlearning series
· OCT ·
  Fall submission deadline for Arts, Discovery and Innovation Fund
· OCT ·
  World on Wednesdays: ‘The Floods in Pakistan’
· 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 New York Times: Three ways to build back smarter after Hurricane Ian
Hiba Baroud, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: Op-ed: Here’s how companies can strong-arm their suppliers into cutting carbon emissions
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, and Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, co-authored this opinion piece.
CNN: In major reversal, Elon Musk again proposes buying Twitter at full price
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Opinion: How Democrats quietly triumphed in one of their biggest fights
The research of Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor, professor of sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is cited.
Fortune: How to get into Vanderbilt’s master’s degree program in computer science
Jules White, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering, and Joanne Wang, adjunct instructor in general engineering, are quoted.
The New York Times: ‘Our jaws dropped’: Mosquito larvae’s killer harpoon heads revealed
Laurence Zwiebel, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences, is quoted.
Medium: The connection between yo-yo dieting and inflammation
Alyssa Hasty, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, is quoted.
Politico: What goes into the new ALS drug’s high cost?
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
Nashville Post: VUMC receives $8M to build biosafety research facility
Eric Skaar, Ernest W. Goodpasture Professor  and University Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, is quoted.
The New Republic: Do political ads even work?
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and professor of political science, is quoted.
Health Day: Minority patients less likely to get newer Alzheimer’s meds
Consuelo Wilkins, professor of medicine, is quoted.
Nashville Post: On the Move: 4 October 2022
Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research and innovation, is mentioned.
NPR: The CDC wants you to get a flu shot before what could be a bad flu season
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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