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  Monday, Jan. 11, 2021  
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Acclaimed novelist Dinaw Mengestu to speak at Vanderbilt’s 2021 MLK Day commemorative event
Ethiopian American novelist Dinaw Mengestu, known for his powerful and personal depictions of the immigrant experience and perspectives on the American dream, will be the keynote speaker for Vanderbilt University’s 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative event on Monday, Jan. 18.
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Borden Lacy named director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Structural Biology
Borden Lacy, Edward and Nancy Fody Chair in Pathology and professor of biochemistry and pathology, microbiology and immunology, has been named director of the Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology, effective Jan. 1.
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Online collaborative platforms lead to advances in archaeological survey of the Andes
Advances in big data technology and digital analytics are transforming the field of archaeology. One such study led by Vanderbilt anthropology professor Steven Wernke has brought a fresh perspective to the forced resettlement of more than a million Indigenous Andeans by Spanish colonizers in the 1570s.
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Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture to discuss Americans at odds with their own health needs
Why do some Americans put their health at risk in allegiance to a political policy, issue or leader? What can health care practitioners do for these patients? Medicine, health and society and sociology professor Jonathan Metzl will address these questions in the first Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture of 2021 on Monday, Jan. 11, beginning at noon CT.
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Noted science journalist Angela Saini to discuss her book ‘Superior: The Return of Race Science’ on Jan. 13
The Vanderbilt Evolutionary Studies Initiative will host award-winning British science journalist and author Angela Saini for a virtual discussion of her best-selling book, “Superior: The Return of Race Science,” on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 3:10 p.m. CT. 
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VUIT to implement text for help option Jan. 18
Starting this year, the Vanderbilt community will gain another option for contacting VUIT when they need assistance: SMS text. This new option will be available to the community beginning Jan. 18.
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Employees encouraged to update profile in Oracle to further career goals
Human Resources is excited to announce that “Job Search” and “Postings” have moved to Oracle Recruiting, and the new “Profiles” feature will help employees further their careers at Vanderbilt.
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Staff recruiting and onboarding now available in Oracle Cloud
Vanderbilt has migrated its staff recruiting and onboarding activities from Taleo into Oracle Cloud. With this upgrade to Oracle Recruiting and Onboarding, hiring managers now can recruit new team members and manage new hire onboarding under the “My Team” section they are already using to manage their current team members.
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Separation of Exchange Outlook address book complete
The VU/VUMC shared Exchange Outlook address book separation is complete. With this change complete, there are a few things you may notice and may need to update.


Take Note

‘Life Lessons from a Joke-telling Ophthalmologist’ Jan. 12

Blair Academy Kindermusik begins Jan. 13-14

Vanderbilt Blair offers three adult classes about music, history and culture

Next session of Peabody Research Spotlight series set for Jan. 14

Kids and nutrition topic of Parenting Group meeting Jan. 14

Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture: Florentine Rutaganira Jan. 21

Info session for Ancora request for applications focused on rare genetic disease research is Jan. 21

‘Control is the Goal’ blood pressure management program starts Feb. 6

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

Registration is open for 2021 Global Health Case Competition

Submit abstracts for 2021 Global Health Symposium

Changes coming to VUIT resources

Ready for a new year? Start with Health Plus’ new Health Risk Assessment


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Vanderbilt in the News
Nashville Business Journal: Announcing the 2021 winners of the NBJ’s 40 Under 40 Awards
Ryan Belcher, assistant professor of otolaryngology, and Karl Zelik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, are among the Nashville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”
Barron’s: A new gene-editing technique may be able to help children who prematurely age
Jonathan Brown, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
Education Week: The 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings
Richard Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Education; Lynn Fuchs, Dunn Family Professor of Psychoeducational Assessment; Carolyn Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy and Education; Ellen Goldring, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy; Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development; and Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, have been named to the 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Rankings.
U.S. News & World Report: Bipartisan disgust could save the republic
Distinguished Professor of History Thomas Alan Schwartz is quoted.
ABC News: Why Trump’s response to Capitol siege evokes memories of Charlottesville
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs, dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
Fortune: Facebook and Twitter suspending Trump won’t fix the problem, experts say
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
The Conversation: Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther gives a boost to diversity in STEM—a Black engineer’s take on personal and professional inspiration
Karl Zelik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, writes about the personal and professional inspiration he draws from late actor Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of the Black Panther.
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