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  Monday, Oct. 4, 2021  
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Martha Rivers Ingram Dean’s Chair at Blair School of Music renamed in honor of Dean Emeritus Mark Wait
The Martha Rivers Ingram Dean’s Chair, endowed in 2005 to support the position of the dean at the Blair School of Music, has been renamed the Mark Wait Dean’s Chair to honor the former dean and professor of music, who was at Blair from 1993 to 2020.
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$500K grant will fund postdoctoral program to elevate collaborative humanities scholarship
The National Endowment for the Humanities has selected Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science for a significant grant to strengthen interdisciplinary humanities scholarship while enhancing career skills for recent Vanderbilt graduates who have doctorates in the humanities.
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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: What is cybersecurity, and why does it matter?
Have you thought about how much of your daily life relies on technology—how much of your personal information is stored in your computer, smartphone, tablet or even someone else’s devices?
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Free flu shots and COVID booster shots available for Vanderbilt community  
Vanderbilt is now offering free flu shots and free Pfizer COVID booster vaccines for eligible members of the Vanderbilt community.
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Open house for faculty interested in residential colleges set for Oct. 12
Faculty who would like to learn more about serving in residential or programmatic roles within the university’s residential college system are invited to an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
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20th Annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture is tomorrow
The 20th Annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at noon in Langford Auditorium.
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’Dores in Dialogue: ‘A Conversation About the History of Hispanic Heritage Month’ is Oct. 8
The next event in the ’Dores in Dialogue series, “A Conversation About the History of Hispanic Heritage Month,” will be on Friday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to noon CT.
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Author Sasha Issenberg to discuss tumultuous legal fight for same-sex marriage in America
Journalist and author Sasha Issenberg will speak at Vanderbilt Oct. 11 for a special on-campus event discussing the policy and political battles that led to legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States. Issenberg is the author of “The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage.”
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Jason Isbell to speak on addiction and sobriety with Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research Oct. 12 at noon
Four-time Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Isbell will talk about the impact of COVID-19 on addiction and sobriety and the intersection of sobriety, addiction and music in the School of Medicine Basic Sciences’ next Lab-to-Table Conversation on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at noon CT.
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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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Celebrate LGBTQI History Month with events throughout October
LGBTQI History Month—a time to come together, reflect, celebrate and educate—will be observed at Vanderbilt throughout October. Events are sponsored by the Office of LGBTQI Life in partnership with others on campus.
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Open Enrollment: Detailed guide available, what’s changed for 2022 and health insurance premiums
Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to update or choose the benefits that best meet your needs. Get to know your options now in preparation for enrolling between 8 a.m. Oct. 18 and 11:59 p.m. Oct. 29.
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HR Employee Learning and Engagement presents: ‘Dealing with Change at Work’ Oct. 5
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “Dealing with Change at Work” on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CT.
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‘Design Thinking, Upskilling and Experimenting for Career Growth’
Oct. 6
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “Design Thinking, Upskilling and Experimenting for Career Growth” on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. CT.
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HR Employee Learning and Engagements presents: “Leverage Your EQ at Work” Oct. 7
Join Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement for “Leverage Your EQ at Work” on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to noon CT.
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Portion of sidewalk along 21st Avenue to close
To ensure the safety of the Vanderbilt and surrounding community, a section of the sidewalk along 21st Avenue between Grand Avenue and Scarritt Place will be closed beginning Saturday, Oct. 2, to continue work on the renovation and addition project at the Owen Graduate School of Management.


COVID-19 Updates

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

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

WATCH: Town halls discussing health and safety protocols for fall

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

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

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


Take Note

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Imposter Syndrome—Feeling Like a Fraud’ Oct. 5

Cybersecurity training and updated policies now available

Faculty training sessions available for VERA

Data Science Institute offers fall workshop series

Fall GIS workshop series set for September, October

WeGo Public Transit fall system changes take effect

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Mallinckrodt Scholars Program

American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant funding opportunity

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

Study seeks kindergarten-age participants for reading research

Health Plus will be on campus with Go for the Gold activities and giveaways in October

It’s time to Go for the Gold; earn up to $240 reward


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Digital Commons hosts panel on academic podcasting
· OCT ·
  Register for Stata Boot Camp to be held Oct. 18, 20, 25
· NOV ·
  2021 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum
· NOV ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Union jobs? Ford’s plan for new EV factories raises question
Daniel Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Serendipity and foresight prepared the world to fight the coronavirus
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Of Note: Vanderbilt researchers land $150K grant
Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, and Janey Camp, research associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
USA Today: ‘Close the deal’: Biden struggles to unite Democrats behind his economic agenda
Vanessa, Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
Insider: Marco Rubio called the $3.5 trillion Democratic spending bill ‘Marxism,’ the latest example of the GOP baselessly linking things they oppose to communism
Thomas Schwartz, distinguished professor of history, is quoted.
Mic: YouTube is banning anti-vax content—but is it too little, too late?
Lisa Fazio, associate professor of psychology and himan development, is quoted.
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