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  Friday, Oct. 6, 2023  
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Vanderbilt University’s Quantum Potential unveiled: Meet the minds shaping our future
Quantum Potential is a collection of wild but precise portraits of the scholars, scientists and students at Vanderbilt who are finding new ways to understand the world—and change it. A premiere event will take place Oct. 11 at 6 p.m., including a screening of two short films, behind-the-scenes discussions and an immersive performance. The event is open the general public; registration is required.
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$51M NIH grant, among the largest to the university and medical center since 2017, brings ELVIS to Vanderbilt
The grant will help biomedical scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in launching a research platform devoted to molecular underpinnings of early-childhood determinants of health. The project, called ELVIS, or, less connotatively, the ECHO Laboratory core at Vanderbilt for Integrated Sample biobanking and processing, is part of an expansion of the NIH’s multi-center Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes program.
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Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham to headline Nashville Downtown Partnership event
Nashville Downtown Partnership is teaming up with Vanderbilt University and Pinnacle Financial Partners to bring the esteemed author and historian, Jon Meacham, to downtown’s biggest business event. The Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon will be held Oct. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Music City Center.
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Research fellowship for genetic counselors established at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has received a five-year, $1.3 million federal grant to establish a research fellowship for genetic counselors that will prepare them to contribute more fully to the advancement of personalized medicine. Nancy Cox, who directs the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute and the Division of Genetic Medicine, and Martha Dudek, director of the Vanderbilt Master of Genetic Counseling program, will serve as co-principal investigators.
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New GIS Lab at Heard Libraries provides major computing boost to geospatial visualization and analysis at Vanderbilt
Designed to uncover trends in geospatial data, GIS software enables users to model factors that have important implications for society, including the spread of diseases, urban growth, concentrations of poverty, environmental changes, and access to food, potable water and health services.
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Campus-wide Free Speech Week begins Tuesday, Oct. 10
Vanderbilt will hold a series of high-profile events Oct. 10–17 in observance of the university’s first-ever campus-wide Free Speech Week, part of Chancellor Daniel Diermeier’s recently launched Dialogue Vanderbilt initiative. The event will bring high-profile guests to campus to discuss the current state of free expression and civil discourse.
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Next Faculty Senate meeting is Oct. 12
All Vanderbilt faculty are invited to attend the Oct. 12 Faculty Senate meeting from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. Voting members (elected senators and deans) are expected to attend the meeting on the second floor of the Faculty Commons Building at 1101 19th Ave. S.  
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Vanderbilt welcomes Nashville leaders, hosts Metro Council orientation
On Sept. 22, Vanderbilt hosted the newly elected Metro Council for an orientation led by Metro staff and departments. Council members heard remarks from Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and received presentations from officials covering topics ranging from planning and zoning to transportation and Metro’s charter.
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Anchor Down, Gear Up: Make a gift to Vanderbilt for exclusive gear
During the month of October, make a gift to impact your favorite area of Vanderbilt, and we’ll thank you with a limited-edition thank-you gift of your choice—this year choose from one of four Vanderbilt 1873 Collection items. Supporting students and faculty is the perfect way to show off your Commodore pride and help fund the Dare to Grow campaign.
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Vanderbilt observes Banned Books Week with events, discussions about free expression
Banned Books Initiative events are in conjunction with Vanderbilt’s recently announced recommitment to supporting free expression and civil discourse on campus with the launch of Dialogue Vanderbilt.


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Educate and Empower to Reduce Stigma: Depression education and awareness

Stay Secure: Cybersecurity Awareness Month and you

Open Enrollment: Detailed guide and health insurance premiums now available


Limited Submission Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunity: The Nora Roberts Foundation Grants Program–December 2023 Deadline: Oct. 19

Limited Submission Opportunity: The Richard Davoud Donchian Foundation Grant Program Deadline: Oct. 19

Limited Submission Opportunity: Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Project Support and Rural Arts Project Support FY2025 Deadline: Oct. 26


Take Note

Vanderbilt’s Innovation Catalyst Fund is open for faculty innovation proposals

Give Metro Nashville feedback on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan

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

Share your commute experience in Vanderbilt’s annual survey, win $100

VICC funding opportunity: Waddell Walker Hancock Cancer Discovery Fund Award; apply by Oct. 9

Vandy Cooks with Faculty: ‘Winning Recipes for Tailgating’ Oct. 11

Proposals being accepted for International Education Week 2023; submissions open through Oct. 13

Nominate next book for Campus Reading by Oct. 16

Applications for Vanderbilt-Fisk Postdoctoral Fellowship Program open through Oct. 18

Parenting Group: ‘Weird Parenting Wins’ Oct. 18

Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Lecture: ‘A Conversation on Race, Training and Care at Vanderbilt’ Oct. 24

17th annual Vanderbilt Postdoc Symposium is Nov. 17; register by Oct. 27

Blair School of Music celebrates legacy of Florence Price Oct. 3–Nov. 14


Coming Up

· OCT ·
  Celebrate innovation, collaboration, creativity and curiosity at 2023 TN Maker Fest
· OCT ·
  K.C. Potter Center hosts ‘Past, Present, Future: The History of Vanderbilt’s LGBTQI+ Life’
· OCT ·
  The Vanderbilt Art Gallery and Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture present a screening of ‘Wonderfully Made–LGBTQ+R(eligion)’
· OCT ·
  Inclusive Book Group to discuss ‘The Color Purple’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Chicago Tribune: Daniel Diermeier: The legacy of University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier authored this article.
The New Yorker: The F.T.C. finally takes on Amazon
Rebecca Haw Allensworth, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor and professor of law, is quoted. The New York Times also published an article quoting Allensworth.
National Geographic: Why the new COVID shot is a game-changer (and why the term ‘booster’ is obsolete)
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Life and AARP also published articles quoting Schaffner.
Nashville Business Journal: To use ChatGPT or not? Vanderbilt University Medical Center releases study on AI accuracy
Douglas Johnson, associate professor of medicine, is quoted. U.S. News and World Report, Tech Times, and MedPage Today also published articles quoting Johnson.
The Washington Post: 5 ways to lower prescription drug costs when your insurance changes
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
HuffPost: 7 signs you’re aging well, according to geriatricians
Parul Goyal, associate professor of clinical medicine, is quoted.
Semafor: Sam Bankman-Fried’s fraud trial begins in New York
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Yahoo! Life: ‘The Golden Bachelor’ puts hearing aids on prime time. Doctors love to see it.
Stephen Camarata, professor of hearing and speech sciences, is quoted.
Medscape: More data support heart donation after circulatory death
Research from Hasan Siddiqi, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
Self: How to know if you’re a good candidate for genetic heart testing
David Mitchell Dantzler, assistant professor of clinical medicine, is quoted.
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