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  Monday, Oct. 9, 2023  
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Oct. 10-17 is campus-wide Free Speech Week
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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María Magdalena Campos-Pons wins 2023 MacArthur Fellowship
María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Art, has been awarded a 2023 MacArthur Fellowship for her work exploring personal and collective histories across the Caribbean.
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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 to the general public; registration is required.
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Vanderbilt leads $12M effort to accelerate real-world impact of biomedical innovations through education, mentorship and funding for aspiring entrepreneurs
Charleson Bell and Robert Webster will lead the regional Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub to propel inclusive innovation and catalyze a medical innovation economy.
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Unity Project launches Vanderbilt Unity Lab; applications open for participants
Vanderbilt community members interested in expanding their intercultural competency and learning how to better engage across and within differences are encouraged to sign up to be part of the Vanderbilt Unity Lab’s first training cohort.
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Next Faculty Senate meeting is this Thursday, 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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Updated COVID-19 vaccine available for Vanderbilt University faculty, staff and postdocs
The updated COVID-19 vaccine is available to Vanderbilt University faculty and staff through the Occupational Health Clinic. Employees may also receive the updated vaccine by scheduling with their Vanderbilt Health primary care physician through My Health at Vanderbilt, at Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinics and at retail pharmacies across the region.
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Allison Orr, choreographer and founder of Forklift Danceworks, in residence at the Curb Center
Choreographer Allison Orr is visiting Vanderbilt for a weeklong residency at the Curb Center, during which she will be speaking to several classes and leading a community dance workshop in partnership with the dance nonprofit New Dialect. Additionally, Orr will offer a public talk on her new book, DanceWorks: Stories of Creative Collaboration, at Central Library on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
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Residential colleges host second annual Transfer Student Appreciation Week Oct. 15-18
To highlight transfer students’ contributions and accomplishments, the Vanderbilt community is invited to social and educational events throughout the week.
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Have 2024 Open Enrollment questions? On-campus lab set for Oct. 19
All benefits-eligible employees must complete Open Enrollment during October 2023 for calendar year 2024 benefits. The benefits team will be on campus at Sarratt Student Center, Room 325/327, on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist with answering your benefits and Open Enrollment questions. 

Free Speech Week Events

Oct. 10 ‘Safer Catch? Gun Sellers and the Crisis of American Democracy’ Open Dialogue Visiting Fellows event

Oct. 11 Undergraduate Pre-Event for the Symposium on AI, Free Speech and Human Rights

Oct. 12-13 Symposium on AI, Free Speech and Human Rights

Oct. 13 Free Speech Week, Family Weekend Conversation with the Chancellor

Oct. 16 Chancellor’s Lecture on Free Speech with Bret Stephens in Conversation with Samar Ali

Oct. 17 Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy hosts ‘Lunch and Learn: Free Speech and the First Amendment’


Health & Safety Updates

Get healthy, earn cash!

Educate and Empower to Reduce Stigma: Depression education and awareness

Stay Secure: Cybersecurity Awareness Month and you


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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2024 Nashville Predators Foundation Helper Grants Deadline: Oct. 31

Limited Submission Opportunity: Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Access Annual Grant FY2025 Deadline: Nov. 2


Take Note

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

Give Metro Nashville feedback on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan

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

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

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

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  Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day with the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity
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  K.C. Potter Center hosts ‘Past, Present, Future: The History of Vanderbilt’s LGBTQI+ Life’
· OCT ·
  ‘Wonderfully Made–LGBTQ+R(eligion)’ screening
· OCT ·
  K. C. Potter Center for LGBTQI+ Life hosts National Coming Out Day celebration
· OCT ·
  Inclusive Book Group to discuss ‘The Color Purple’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: Marine identified and buried at Arlington nearly 80 years after WWII death
Thomas Clements, senior lecturer of biological sciences, is quoted.
Scientific American: 95 percent of penicillin allergy diagnoses are wrong. A new test could help
Elizabeth Phillips, John A. Oates Professor and professor of medicine, is quoted.
NBC News: It’s not just long Covid: Symptoms can linger after other illnesses, leading to ‘long colds’
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. ABC News, Health, Prevention and the Miami Herald also published articles quoting Schaffner.
The Guardian: Can anyone still make it as a country singer in Nashville?
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: The South — and its batteries — looms over the autoworkers strike
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
MedPage Today: Should ‘site neutrality’ be used to set payments? MedPAC members disagree
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
Nashville Post: On the Move: 5 October 2023
The appointment of Derek Grice to deputy athletic director for external engagement and revenue generation is featured.
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