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  Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022  
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Provost makes new $5M annual investment to enhance doctoral education
The Graduate School, in partnership with deans across multiple schools, has launched an enhanced funding and support model for doctoral education as a result of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver’s new $5 million annual investment in graduate education.
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NEW FACULTY: Exploring challenging topics
Vanderbilt University welcomes 74 new faculty across its nine schools and colleges for the 2022–23 academic year. Here, some of the university’s new faculty share their work exploring challenging topics.
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McCarthy, noted scholar of German and inaugural director of Max Kade Center, has died
John A. McCarthy, an accomplished scholar of German and European studies and the first director of the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies, died Aug. 20 in Portland, Oregon.
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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.   
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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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Vanderbilt University Employee Appreciation: Get free tickets to Homecoming football game Oct. 8
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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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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Building community at VU paves the way for career in New York City
Tommy Oswalt, BA’20, did not come to Vanderbilt with a mapped-out plan for his major. That initially made him nervous, but the first-generation college student jumped in with an open mind and a passion for building community—paving the way for a successful career.
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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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Heard Libraries and Wild Bunch to co-host panel on data privacy Oct. 6
Three Vanderbilt University professors from different academic fields—history, medicine, law and computing—will come together for a wide-ranging discussion on data privacy concerns on Thursday, Oct. 6. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be at 5 p.m. in the Central Library Community Room.
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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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Open Enrollment: Detailed guide available, what’s changed for 2023 and health insurance premiums
Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to update or choose the benefits that best meet the needs of you and your family. To ensure enrollment in your desired plans, all benefits-eligible employees must complete Open Enrollment, even if you do not plan to make changes or waive coverage.
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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.


Health & Safety Updates

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

Monkeypox health and
safety tips

Davidson County COVID community level medium


Take Note

Naval ROTC’s 2022 National Security Symposium set for Oct. 7

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

Research Computing Seminar Series held last Tuesday through November

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

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

Vanderbilt volunteers needed to support MNPS students

Limited Submission Opportunity: TN Arts Commission Arts Project Support and Rural Arts Project Support FY2024

Limited Submission Opportunity: TN Arts Commission Arts Access Annual Grant FY2024

Researchers seek subjects for kindergarten reading study

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Check in on your health habits: Complete your Health Risk Assessment


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Hypervigilance and pessimism topics of microlearning series
· 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
NPR: Campaign signs influence how we vote more than you might realize
Cindy Kam, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and professor of political science, is quoted.
Politico: Courts could throw state marijuana markets into disarray
Robert Mikos, LaRoche Family Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
NPR: How to time your flu shot for best protection
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
CNN: Long COVID: What science has learned about the loss of smell and taste
Justin Turner, associate professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, is quoted.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Six colleges and universities announce the hiring of Black faculty members
The appointment of Andrea Locke, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is featured.
New York Post: How police can use your DNA to solve crimes without consent
Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Self: 5 things you should know about stress urinary incontinence
Stuart Reynolds, associate professor of urology, is quoted.
How Stuff Works: Do campaign TV ads really change voters’ minds?
The research of John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and professor of political science, is cited.
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