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  Friday, Oct. 15, 2021  
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Open Enrollment starts Monday
Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity to elect the benefits that best meet your needs. All benefits-eligible employees must complete Open Enrollment during October 2021 for calendar year 2022 benefits.
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K.C. Potter Center honors legacy of LGBTQI support at Vanderbilt; learn about available resources
October is LGBTQI History Month, a time when the Vanderbilt community comes together to celebrate the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex individuals, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements, through programming and events. Central to these activities is the K.C. Potter Center, a hub for outreach and support for the LGBTQI community and allies on campus.
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Application deadline for new round of internal teaching grants is Oct. 15
The deadline for faculty to submit applications for the upcoming second round of internal teaching grants is Friday, Oct. 15. Funds will be available on Dec. 1.
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Vanderbilt to host Oct. 15 cooking demonstration to shed light on food waste
Vanderbilt University Campus Dining is collaborating with the James Beard Foundation, the Nashville Food Waste Initiative and the Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge to host the “Waste-Not” cooking demonstration Oct. 15.
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Employee flu vaccinations available at Student Life Center Oct. 22, 29; student options still available
Vanderbilt Occupational Health will host two FLUla-2-Uza events, open to faculty, staff and postdocs, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29 in the Student Life Center Ballroom. 
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Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy hosts immigration panel Oct. 19
“Immigration and Inclusion: Who Decides Who Belongs in America,” a panel of Vanderbilt history and legal scholars and political scientists, will discuss the evolving definition of “citizen” throughout the course of American history and the shift toward inclusiveness. The virtual event will be broadcast on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at noon CT.
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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: Be aware of your digital footprint
Do you know how much of your personal information is being collected and shared online? Get tips for how to raise awareness of your digital footprint and protect yourself online.
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Second interest session for Disability employee affinity group is Oct. 21
A virtual event to discuss the formation of a Disability employee affinity group is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21, at noon CT. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom. 
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Interest session for Latinx employee affinity group set for Oct. 26
A virtual event to discuss the formation of a Latinx employee affinity group is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m. CT. The meeting will be conducted over Zoom.
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Portion of sidewalk near Eskind Library, VUMC Adult Hospital to close
To expand an MRI mechanical room at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Adult Hospital, a portion of the walkway near Eskind Library and the Adult Hospital will be temporarily closed starting Saturday, Oct. 16.
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‘Creating Presentations That Stick: Engaging Your Audience’ Oct. 19
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “Creating Presentations That Stick: Engaging Your Audience” on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon CT.
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HR’s Employee Learning and Engagement: ‘CliftonStrengths for Employees’ Oct. 21
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “CliftonStrengths for Employees” on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. CT.
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New documentary on Nashville public schools to screen at Peabody College
“By Design: The Shaping of Nashville’s Public Schools” will screen on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Wyatt Center Rotunda for Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff, and a livestream will be made available for wider public viewing. Advance registration is required to participate.
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Vanderbilt University teams with StoryCorps to document community’s experience during COVID-19 pandemic
Vanderbilt University and StoryCorps are teaming up to capture the diverse stories and experiences of the VU community during the COVID-19 pandemic. A limited number of spaces are available to participate in the recordings, which will take place on campus Nov. 1–4.
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Vanderbilt celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month
While Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month is officially celebrated in May, Vanderbilt’s celebration takes place annually during the fall semester from October to early November. APIDA is a celebration honoring the history, cultural diversity and unique contributions of Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi Americans.
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Dashboard Update: COVID-19 positive cases among VU community members
See the latest updates to VU’s COVID-19 dashboard. Vanderbilt maintains this dashboard to inform the community about the number of positive COVID-19 test results among members of the university community for the fall 2021 semester.


COVID-19 Updates

New archive project seeks Vanderbilt community stories to document COVID-19 pandemic experience

WATCH: Town halls discussing health and safety protocols for fall

Vanderbilt resets COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, increases eligible salary to $150,000

Free flu shots and COVID booster shots available for Vanderbilt community  

What you need to know: Handling missed classes during COVID-19 quarantine

What you need to know: COVID-19 quarantine and isolation

What you need to know: Why Vanderbilt is conducting asymptomatic COVID-19 testing


Take Note

Faculty training sessions available for VERA

Nutrition Corner: Fall flavors

A Healthier You: ‘Grow the Health of Your Wealth’

‘Mastodons to Mississippians’ author, Tennessee state archaeologist to speak Oct. 19

Avoiding ‘helicopter’ parenting topic of Parenting Group meeting Oct. 21

Study seeks African American adults for Alzheimer’s disease storytelling research

Open Enrollment 2022: Understanding how your pharmaceutical profile works in each health plan option

Share your opinion of bike, sidewalk improvements needed in Nashville

Open Enrollment: Detailed guide available, what’s changed for 2022 and health insurance premiums

TEDxVanderbiltUniversity speaker applications now open; event scheduled for April 10, 2022

Plan your flu shot with the help of FLUla-2-Uza

American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant funding opportunity

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Interior Chinatown’ Nov. 10

Programs for Talented Youth announces spring 2022 programs


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Register for Stata Boot Camp to be held Oct. 18, 20, 25
· OCT ·
  The Wond’ry’s Coffee Equity Lab to host fall 2021 conversation series with international coffee experts
· OCT ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center presents: ‘Down Syndrome and ADHD’ Oct. 25
· NOV ·
  2021 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum
· NOV ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day is Nov. 5


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: Haiti is a source of refugees today, but it was once a haven for them
Jesús Ruiz, visiting scholar of history, authored this piece.
Nashville Post: Of Note: Vanderbilt announces update
Renã Robinson, associate professor of chemistry, is featured.
Marketplace: Does raising the minimum wage lead to layoffs? What Nobel Prize winner David Card’s work shows.
Sharece Thrower, associate professor of political science, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt dean to step down
Lawrence Marnett, Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research, University Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry and dean of the School of Medicine Basic Sciences, is highlighted.
Health: Some hospitals are preventing unvaccinated patients from getting organ transplants—here’s what to know
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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