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  Friday, Jan. 15, 2021  
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Gore kicks off Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, followed by case study on PEPFAR with Rice
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy debuted an exclusive conversation series featuring a tone-setting discussion on the redemptive power of reason and evidence in American politics with former vice president Al Gore and presidential historian Jon Meacham, followed by a dialogue between Meacham and Condoleezza Rice, the 66th Secretary of State, on the project’s first case study.
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Virtual events mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Vanderbilt; paid staff holiday observed Jan. 18
A series of virtual events for the Vanderbilt community will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18. Beginning this year, MLK Day is a paid staff holiday, aligning with VU’s efforts to strengthen equity, diversity and inclusion.
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University leaders discuss spring return to campus at virtual town hall
Vanderbilt experts from academic, medical and operational areas of campus came together during a Jan. 13 virtual town hall to discuss and answer questions about the Spring Return to Campus Plan with undergraduate students and their families.
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Beasley named president-elect of Rhetoric Society of America
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty, has been named president-elect of the Rhetoric Society of America. She will begin her term as president of the scholarly association in July 2022.
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Six Peabody researchers recognized by Edu-Scholar influence rankings
Six researchers from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development have been selected for “Education Week’s” 2021 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, an annual list highlighting education researchers who have demonstrated the greatest influence over educational policy and practice.
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Payne, Vanderbilt nurse and bioethicist, dies
Associate Professor of Nursing Kate Payne, a bioethicist, attorney and beloved nurse leader at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, died Jan. 6 after a brief and unexpected illness.
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Zibart, first woman associate dean in College of Arts and Science, has died
Ruth Grace Zibart, professor of French, emerita, and the first woman to serve as associate dean of the College of Arts and Science, died in Nashville on Dec. 26. She was 101.
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University leaders reflect on life of community activist Kwame Lillard, frequent contributor to Vanderbilt’s MLK Series
Vanderbilt leaders are reflecting on the life and legacy of veteran civil rights activist Kwame Lillard, who died Dec. 20 in Nashville. As recently as January 2020, Lillard shared his firsthand experiences in the civil rights movement with Vanderbilt students as part of the university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series.
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Improving the Wikipedia gender gap with Women of VISE begins Jan. 18
Only 18.67 percent of Wikipedia biographies are about women. The Women of VISE are holding the third annual Women in STEM Wikithon to change that.
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Vanderbilt offers free math club fun for middle, high schoolers
The Nashville Math Club—hosted by Vanderbilt mathematicians—will resume its virtual meetings Feb. 9. The free after-school club is open to middle- and high-school students interested in learning math concepts in fun and creative ways.
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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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Benefits apps make access and use easier
Accessing Vanderbilt benefits vendors has never been easier. Mobile apps can save you time, keep your data in a secured place, and even send you reminders about upcoming appointments or prescription refills.
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Get help submitting tuition benefit applications for spring 2021
The EdAssist portal is now available for submitting spring 2021 tuition benefit applications, including tuition benefit applications for dependents. Various resources are available to help guide employees through this process.
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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.


Take Note

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

Connect with colleagues at USAC’s next Virtual Coffee Break

Managing demanding behaviors topic of Caregiver Support Group Jan. 21

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Difficult Conversations’ Jan. 21

‘Eliminating Bias in Letters of Recommendation’ topic of Women in the Academy talk Jan. 28

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

Ideator and Builder offerings at the Wond’ry

Map the System global research competition opportunity through the Wond’ry

Design Thinking, Design Doing available at the Wond’ry

Limited Submission Opportunity: AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship

Registration is open for 2021 Global Health Case Competition

Submit abstracts for 2021 Global Health Symposium

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

Set SMART goals for the new year

January Nutrition Corner: Cheers to the new year


Coming Up

· JAN ·
  Info session for Ancora request for applications focused on rare genetic disease research
· JAN ·
  Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture: Florentine Rutaganira
· FEB ·
  ‘Control is the Goal’ blood pressure management program


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Al Gore, Condoleezza Rice participate in unity initiative
The launch of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy and the Jan. 14 virtual event featuring former Vice President Al Gore and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is highlighted.
The Washington Post: Vaccines were a chance to redeem failures in the U.S. coronavirus response. What went wrong?
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
Reuters: Security to take center stage at Biden inauguration after Capitol riot
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
The New York Times: Doctor’s death after COVID vaccine is being investigated
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted
The New York Times: The real dire wolf ran into an evolutionary dead end
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of biological sciences, is quoted.
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