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  Monday, Oct. 3, 2022  
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Vanderbilt names seasoned higher education administrator as Board of Trust secretary
Vanderbilt University has named Emily Fisher, an experienced leader in nonprofit board governance and higher education operations, as secretary to the Board of Trust.
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Professor Paul Kramer discusses how narrative journalism can lead to positive social change
Vanderbilt Magazine talks with Associate Professor of History Paul Kramer about his Writing for Social Change course, in which students complete their own pieces of social reporting on issues that matter to them, and why this kind of writing is, as he says, “necessary for any kind of substantial democracy.”
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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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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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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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Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow to lead panel discussion on faith and politics today
Members of the Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center communities are invited to attend a special “Faith and Politics” panel discussion featuring Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow. The event, which includes fellow panelists Dean Emilie M. Townes of Vanderbilt Divinity School and Professor Katherine Crawford of the College of Arts and Science, will take place Monday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 103.
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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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LGBTQI History Month events underway
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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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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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

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

Uncertainty and thriving through ambiguity topic of microlearning series Oct. 3

CLACX Conversations: Series featuring new faculty continues Oct. 3

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

Enjoy a healthy snack on Health Plus through Oct. 10

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 August–November

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

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

Researchers seek subjects for kindergarten reading study

Vanderbilt volunteers needed to support MNPS students

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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


Coming Up

· 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
Marketplace: Monkeypox cases may be down, but it still can cause economic harm to infected employees
Sean Kelly, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
Fortune: These 4 online courses—including one at Harvard—teach computer science for free
Vanderbilt’s Introduction to Programming with MATLAB course is featured.
Health: Norovirus outbreaks have Increased to pre-pandemic levels, CDC data show
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: ‘A Beat Beyond’ collects a wealth of prose from poet Major Jackson
A new book of notes, essays and reviews written by Major Jackson, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and director of Creative Writing, is featured.
Today: McDonald’s is releasing an adult Happy Meal—here’s when it comes out
Kelly Goldsmith, E. Bronson Ingram Professor and professor of marketing, is featured.
Bloomberg Law: Uber fighting bill that would nix #MeToo nondisclosure pacts
Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, is featured.
Nashville Post: Meharry, Vanderbilt to encourage Black men in medicine at summit
André Churchwell, vice chancellor for outreach, inclusion and belonging and chief diversity officer, is quoted.
Axios: Study: Racism hinders minority VC and private equity fundraising
The research of Johan Cassel Pegelow, assistant professor of finance, is cited.
The New Republic: How San Francisco (?!) helped give birth to modern American fascism
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, is mentioned.
Chicago Tribune: The paranoid mind has overtaken the GOP. The only way forward for conservatives is a new party.
Eli Merritt, research assistant professor of political science, authored this opinion piece.
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