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  Friday, Sept. 30, 2022  
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Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation renamed; Raghavan reappointed vice provost
Padma Raghavan has been reappointed in her role as vice provost, and her title has been updated to vice provost for research and innovation, by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver.
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Vice provost elevates staff members to advance university research strategy, integrity and compliance, industry partnerships
Vice Provost for Research and Innovation Padma Raghavan has promoted two team members and added another to her office to advance research strategy, compliance and integrity, and industry partnerships.
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Diermeier highlights new investments in staff, presents awards at fall assembly
Among the university’s highest priorities is helping staff at all levels find opportunities to grow and develop professionally, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said during his remarks at the 2022 Fall Staff Assembly. The event included the presentation of six awards for staff member and team excellence by Diermeier and Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain. In addition, the Dare to Grow Prize was unveiled.
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‘Forbes’ names Vanderbilt University a Best Employer in Tennessee
Vanderbilt University has received its best-ever ranking by Forbes on the publication’s annual list of America’s Best Employers by State. Vanderbilt jumped 17 spots to No. 10 among Tennessee employers, reflecting significant gains for the university.
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Q&A with Ted Fischer: What defines quality in coffee, and who gets to decide?
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology Ted Fischer’s research examines the quest for quality among always-changing tastes. He discusses it in this Q&A—just in time for International Coffee Day on Oct. 1.
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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 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. 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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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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LGBTQI History Month begins Oct. 1
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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TN Maker Fest is tomorrow
The Wond’ry is hosting TN Maker Fest on Saturday, Oct. 1. This free, family-friendly event will feature an incredible gathering of “makers” who will show off their hobbies, projects, experiments and creations.
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Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow to lead panel discussion on faith and politics Oct. 3
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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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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Annual report on security and fire safety available by Sept. 30
Vanderbilt University publishes an annual report to provide information on security-related services offered by the university. The 2022 Security and Fire Safety Report will be available by Sept. 30.
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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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Prepare for Open Enrollment: Get your VUnetID and password ready
Open Enrollment for 2023 benefits coverage begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Something you can do now to prepare for Open Enrollment is get your VUnetID and password ready.
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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

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

CLACX Conversations: Series featuring new faculty continues Oct. 3

Enjoy a healthy snack on Health Plus through Oct. 10

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

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

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

MoveVU now offering transit support for group excursions  

Vanderbilt volunteers needed to support MNPS students

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 ·
  WeGo service changes take effect
· 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
CNN: Fact check: Republican attack ads against Warnock and Kelly mislead about Medicare
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt names chief information officer
The appointment of Jess Evans to chief information officer is featured.
ABC News: What’s behind dramatic drop in monkeypox cases in the U.S.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Conversation: ‘There’s only so far I can take them’—why teachers give up on struggling students who don’t do their homework
Ilana Horn, professor of mathematics education, co-authored this piece.
Healthcare Purchasing News: AI coming to the aid in managing monkeypox cases
Eric Tkaczyk, assistant professor of dermatology and director of the Vanderbilt Dermatology Translational Research Clinic, is quoted.
The Dodo: Pizzly bears exist—and they’re more common than you might think
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of biological sciences, is quoted.
Healio: Research nurse supports women with bladder cancer in new care coordinator position
Brianne Duncan, Gail Kraemer Care Coordinator for Female Bladder Cancer Patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is featured.
The Tyee (Canada): The coming COVID brain wreck?
Wes Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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