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Vanderbilt’s Open Dialogue Visiting Fellows program to bring diverse views, teach about how to engage in civil debate
The program is designed to host a cohort of thought leaders with competing and sometimes conflicting views on policy issues and social problems. These visitors will engage with students, faculty, the public and each other to model reasoned, evidence-based civil debate. The first public event sponsored by the program will be on Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.
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Register now for Sept. 21 Fall Staff Assembly
Register for the Fall Staff Assembly. All Vanderbilt University staff are invited to attend either in person or virtually, at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Student Life Center ballroom.
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Memorial Maniacs relaunching as the official student section of Vanderbilt basketball
The relaunch is part of the athletic department’s initiative to directly involve students in effecting the game day atmosphere at Memorial Gymnasium. A Student Leadership Group will also be formed to help shape the student experience at Vanderbilt basketball games.
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Apply for the Vanderbilt Staff Mentorship Program; applications due Sept. 27
The Vanderbilt Staff Mentorship program helps employees connect and learn from each other. All eligible staff members can serve as a mentor, mentee or both. New and returning participants must submit applications by Sept. 27.
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University engages security consultants as part of campus-wide review of emergency preparedness
Vanderbilt University has entered an agreement with security consulting firm AT-RISK International as part of a comprehensive review of the university’s emergency preparedness, particularly in response to an active shooter scenario.
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Vanderbilt launches Center for Research on Inequality and Health to study causes and consequences of health-related inequalities
Supported by Discovery Vanderbilt and a collaboration between the College of Arts and Science and the School of Nursing, the center will deepen society’s understanding of the causes and consequences of health-related inequalities. An event marking the center’s launch will take place on Monday, Sept. 18.
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Faculty and students partner on Immersion Vanderbilt projects with support of provost funding
Forty-four professors received a Provost’s Faculty Grant to advise 332 students conducting Immersion Vanderbilt projects that were completed in spring and summer 2023.
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Enhance your coaching skills with HR ELE’s Coaching Lab
Whether you are a high-level administrator, people manager or individual contributor, building your coaching skills can enhance your communication, performance and success—and that of your team members, whether they report to you or work with you.
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Nominations sought for annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Awards; 2023 lecture is Oct. 24
Nominations are now being sought for the annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Awards. The 22nd annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
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Stay Secure: Multi-factor authentication now available for Microsoft Office applications
Online attacks, hacks and phishing scams are persistent in our digital world. To maximize the security of our community, Vanderbilt is now enabling multi-factor authentication from Duo Security for client-based Microsoft Office applications access across mobile devices, desktop computers and laptops.
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You at VU web portal provides belonging, well-being resources for the campus community
“You at VU” is a one-stop spot where students, staff, postdocs and faculty can find ways to connect with others, engage across campus, and discover well-being support and resources.


Health & Safety Updates

Focus on your family’s health with Virgin Pulse as a new school year starts 

Save the date: Open Enrollment is Oct. 16–27

Need medical care? Know your options before you go.

Advice for Parents: Supporting the mental health of children and teens during change

AlertVU test rescheduled for tomorrow, Sept. 7


HR Workshops

Managers and leaders: Join the next Conversation Circle Sept. 14 to discuss the staff engagement survey

Understanding Higher Education course available for employees


Campus Updates

Blasting scheduled as part of Frist Athletics Village project

Section of Natchez Trace to close starting June 19 for infrastructure project


Take Note

Nominations and applications open for Vanderbilt Leadership Enrichment

Digital Strategies survey seeks input on Vanderbilt website experience; participants entered for a chance to win a VU swag bag

Healthy Brain and Child Development Study seeks participants who are in their second trimester of pregnancy

Vanderbilt Osher Lifelong Learning announces classes for fall 2023

Tutor Nashville seeking volunteers to support MNPS students

Ike Robinson Deans’ Lecture: Tonya Fancher, M.D., M.P.H. is Sept. 11

Vandy Cooks: ‘Street Style Cuisine from South Asia’ Sept. 12

‘Talking to kids about tragedies: Tips for hard conversations’ topic of Parenting Group meeting Sept. 13


Coming Up

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  Wond’ry Book Swap is today, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m.
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  Political historian Eli Merritt to discuss book on American Revolution’s ‘perilous politics’ Sept. 9
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  ‘Voices of Mississippi’ concert event is Sept. 15
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  Vanderbilt, Nashville Children’s Theatre bring life of Perry Wallace to the stage Sept. 7-26


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: Analysis: The winners and losers of Tennessee’s special session and what the future could hold
John Geer, senior advisor in the Office of the Chancellor and professor of political science, is quoted. Governing also published an article quoting Geer.
Reuters: Drugmakers could find sympathetic US Supreme Court in drug pricing lawsuits
James Blumstein, University Distinguished Professor of Law, is quoted.
Time: How a Tennessee special session on gun violence ended in chaos
Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science, emeritus, is quoted.
CNN: Opinion: How the GOP used ‘Joe the Plumber’ to sell a myth
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, authored this opinion piece.
The Washington Post: Possible easing of marijuana restrictions could have major implications
Rob Mikos, LaRoche Family Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The Hill: If the feds are serious about police reform, they should stop encouraging bad policing
Farhang Heydari, assistant professor of law, authored this opinion piece.
HuffPost: Read this if you never take your shoes off when you go into your house
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. Bloomberg, The Independent, Prevention and AARP also published articles quoting Schaffner.
Nashville Post: Cruise control
Meredith Cebelak, adjunct instructor of civil and environmental engineering, and William Barbour, research scientist at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt, are quoted.
The 19th: How Medicare drug price negotiations stand to impact women
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
The Center Square: Governments across America spending millions to put homeless in hotels
Marybeth Shinn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Human, Organizational, and Community Development, is quoted.
Reason: Denmark may ban burning the Quran
Jacob Mchangama, research professor of political science and executive director of the Future of Free Speech Project, authored this article.
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