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Open Enrollment open now through Oct. 27
Open Enrollment is now live and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT Oct. 27. All benefits-eligible employees must complete Open Enrollment for calendar year 2024. Elections will be effective Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2024, and cannot be changed after the enrollment period closes unless you have a qualifying life event.
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Vanderbilt authors, works highlighted at 2023 Southern Festival of Books
Vanderbilt University will be well represented at the 2023 Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, where a significant number of faculty and authors with ties to the university will discuss their works Oct. 18–22.
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Open house for faculty interested in residential colleges set for Oct. 26
Faculty who would like to learn more about serving in residential or programmatic roles within the university’s residential colleges system are invited to an open house on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The information session will cover the significance of faculty engagement within the residential colleges system, roles available to faculty and the application process.
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Vanderbilt campus-wide Free Speech Week continues through Oct. 17
Vanderbilt is continuing high-profile events through Oct. 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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Last day to nominate next book for Campus Reading is today, Oct. 16
Residential colleges and the Vanderbilt Visions program invite all Vanderbilt faculty, students and staff to nominate a book for the Class of 2028 Campus Reading. Next year’s theme is “Embracing the Debate.” You may nominate up to three texts of any genre by current or deceased authors.
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Student Care Network hosts annual Wellbeing Fair Oct. 26
Student Care Network offices, campus partners and student organizations will be in attendance Oct. 26 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. to share information about services, engage students in activities and hand out swag. There will be free food, gentle yoga/sound meditation, chair massages and more. This event is open to all Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff.
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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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London-based artist Glory Samjolly to visit as global scholar in residence Oct. 23–28
Samjolly joins an impressive list of scholars being brought to Vanderbilt by the Global Scholars in Residence program, which was introduced in November 2022 by the Office of the Chancellor.

Free Speech Week Events

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

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


Health & Safety Updates

Make mental health and well-being a priority

Stay Secure: Cybersecurity Awareness Month and you

Missed Flulapalooza? Flu vaccines available now at Occupational Health Clinic

Updated COVID-19 vaccine available for Vanderbilt University faculty, staff and postdocs

Security Notice – Motor vehicle thefts and break-ins


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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2024 Mallinckrodt Scholars Program Deadline: Nov. 2

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2024 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program Deadline: Nov. 9


Take Note

Unity Project launches Vanderbilt Unity Lab; applications open for participants

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 by Oct. 16 for chance to win $100

The Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt hosts Nichols Humanitarian Fund Service Learning Showcase Oct. 17

Women in the Academy: ‘The Gift of Intergenerational Mentoring’ Oct. 17

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

World on Wednesdays: ‘Cultivating Moral Leadership in Global Times’ Oct. 25

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 ·
  British ambassador to visit Vanderbilt
· OCT ·
  Office of Cybersecurity hosts Virtual Town Hall
· OCT ·
  Inclusive Book Group to discuss ‘The Color Purple'
· NOV ·
  Vanderbilt hosts ‘TEDxNashville Women: In Good Company’
· NOV ·
  Dialogue Vanderbilt: 'Freedom or Foolishness: Are Our Digital Lives Making Society Better or Worse?'


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Atlantic: FTX’s organizational chaos
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted. MarketWatch also published an article quoting Yadav.
Tennessean: Tennessee ranks 49th among U.S. states in helping struggling families and children, Vanderbilt report shows
Cynthia Osborne, professor of leadership, policy, and organizations, is quoted. Nashville Post and Maine Morning Star also published articles quoting Osborne.
Lawfare: The REPO Act: Confiscating Russian state assets consistent with U.S. international law
Ingrid (Wuerth) Brunk, Helen Strong Curry Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Medscape: Metformin, weight management to stop type 2 diabetes in kids
Ashley H. Shoemaker, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The New York Times: Newt Gingrich called them ‘Cannibals.’ Now they decide who gets to be Speaker of the House.
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, authored this opinion piece.
Medscape: New RSV vaccine will cut hospitalizations, study shows
Natasha Halasa, Craig-Weaver Professor and professor of pediatrics, is quoted. Healio also published an article quoting Halasa.
Eater: A series of extremely scientific theories on why fun is fun
Freeman Wu, assistant professor of management, is quoted.
Education Week: We asked educators how they define the ‘Science of Reading.’ Here’s what they said
Amanda Goodwin, professor of teaching and learning, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt University to establish $12M entrepreneurship hub
Robert Webster, Richard A. Schroeder Professor and professor of mechanical engineering, and Charleson Bell, research assistant professor of biomedical engineering and director of entrepreneurship and biomedical innovation at the Wond’ry, are mentioned.
Medpage Today: Steroid fails to boost survival in advanced HIV patients With TB Meningitis
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted. Medscape also published an article quoting Schaffner.
WELT: Thierry Breton’s delicate understanding of power
Jacob Mchangama, research professor of political science and executive director of the Future of Free Speech Project, is quoted.
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