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  Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021  
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Return to Campus update for Feb. 24
The latest information about Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 public dashboard, what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines and the VU community, and the reopening of outdoor tents on campus are included in this week’s Return to Campus update.
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What led to the U.S. Capitol insurrection: Vanderbilt political scientists examine social, legal, psychological foundations of Jan. 6 riot
A panel of Vanderbilt political science faculty explored the factors that led to the Jan. 6 riot in a virtual event, “Dissent, Disorder and Democracy: What Led to the U.S. Capitol Insurrection.” Hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, the panel also engaged with the event’s serious implications for the strength of the nation’s democracy.
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Vanderbilt Blair School of Music adapts practices and performances to navigate COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the entire Vanderbilt community to change its routines. But because of the live-performance nature of music schools, the Blair School has implemented numerous precautions to ensure that faculty and students remain safe—all while maintaining a semblance of the highly personalized instruction for which Blair is known.
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Despite limitations of pandemic, research continues in Basic Sciences, Engineering
During the Research Ramp-up process, more than 3,000 Vanderbilt research personnel have returned to in-person research activities, while many others have continued remotely through perseverance and ingenuity. The efforts of the School of Medicine Basic Science’s Danny Winder and the School ofEngineering’s Ethan Lippmann are highlighted.
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Owen faculty reflect on GameStop stock price surge and the future of community retail investing
As the SEC opens its investigation into the GameStop stock price surge, Vanderbilt researchers caution retail investors against taking large market risks in the name of “making a point.”
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Two-day virtual event celebrates, supports Black trans faith community
The co-editors of “The Black Trans Prayer Book,” an interfaith collection of stories, poems, prayers, meditations and more about the experiences of trans and nonbinary Black people, were the featured guests during a two-day virtual event hosted by the Vanderbilt community.
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Vanderbilt University spotlights 2020 Service Award recipients
Vanderbilt University is honoring all employees who reached a service milestone anniversary during calendar year 2020.
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Jen Ellis, maker of Bernie Sanders’ ‘inauguration mittens,’ discusses ‘Making Meaningful Change’ March 2
Jen Ellis, the Vermont schoolteacher who made the now-famous mittens Sen. Bernie Sanders wore to the presidential inauguration in January and have since been immortalized in countless internet memes, will discuss the story behind the mittens and how she decided to use the moment in history for good in a fireside chat with the Vanderbilt community on Tuesday, March 2.
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Award-winning paleontologist Kay Behrensmeyer to discuss our understanding of ancient life today
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History senior scientist Kay Behrensmeyer will discuss fossilization and its relevance to our understanding of ancient life on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 3:10 p.m. CT.
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Sharfstein to give next Law School Dean’s Lecture on Race and Discrimination Feb. 25
Daniel J. Sharfstein, Dick and Martha Lansden Professor of Law and co-director of the George Barrett Social Justice Program, will deliver the next lecture in Vanderbilt Law School’s Dean’s Lecture Series on Race and Discrimination. The online event will be Thursday, Feb. 25, beginning at noon CT.
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Interest session for new Neurodiversity Employee Affinity Group is Feb. 25
A virtual event to discuss the formation of a Neurodiversity Employee Affinity Group is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. CT. The goal of the listening session is to gather input, ask questions and offer suggestions about how a Neurodiversity Employee Affinity Group at Vanderbilt can best serve this community.
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Data Science Institute virtual event on Feb. 26 to share COVID-19 data lessons learned
Scenarios manifested by the COVID-19 pandemic gave policymakers, doctors, city planners, biomedical researchers and many others an unprecedented opportunity to put data science to work for the common good. A virtual discussion, “Combating a Pandemic in the Data Age,” will take place on Friday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. CT. 
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Author Joan Johnson to give Women’s History Month lecture March 4
Joan Marie Johnson, an author who has written extensively about the history of women’s suffrage, feminism and social activism, will discuss “Race, Rights and the Woman Suffrage Movement: The Stories of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Irene Moorman and Rose Schneiderman” on Thursday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m. CT.
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Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture: ‘First-gen is not my Only Identity’ March 4
Sonja Ardoin, assistant professor and student affairs administrator at Appalachian State University, will discuss “First-gen is not my Only Identity: Recognizing Intersections” on Thursday, March 4. The talk, part of the Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series, will begin at 7:15 p.m. CT.
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Enrolled in the CDHP plan? Don’t forget to open your Health Savings Account
If you selected the Choice CDHP as your medical plan during Open Enrollment for 2021 benefits, your Health Savings Account must be activated before you can receive the Vanderbilt seed and Go for the Gold dollars.
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Women’s Center seeks nominations for 2021 awards
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center is seeking nominations for its annual awards that recognize and honor Vanderbilt community members for their contributions to the advancement of university women. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Feb. 26.
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Nominate a staff member for a 2020–21 Diversity Leadership Award
Nominations are open until March 5 for the 2020–21 Diversity Leadership Awards, which recognize staff members who demonstrate exemplary leadership by putting the ideals of equity, diversity and inclusion into practical action.


Take Note

Parking lot to close permanently for Owen construction project, future Walk and Roll Loop

Vanderbilt’s celebration of Black History Month continues

Microbiome pioneer Ruth Ley featured in virtual lecture Feb. 24

Master of Public Health program info session set for Feb. 25

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: ‘Charting Four Decades of Changing Mental Disorders’ Feb. 25

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Educate to Advocate 2021 public policy workshop is March 2

Art of Healing Exposition seeks entries through March 31

Vanderbilt Libraries offer series on evidence-based research and information sharing

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 NIH S10 Shared and High-end Instrumentation Grants

Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core seeking applicants for Community Scholars Awards

USAC sponsors virtual food drive, increases goal to 20,000 meals

Programs for Talented Youth now accepting applications for virtual summer mentorship experiences for rising 9th-12th graders

Beware inquiries from university vendors regarding suspicious purchases

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  Library hosts GIS workshop Feb. 25–26
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  Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp
· FEB ·
  Join Step for Your Heart Challenge; registration ends Feb. 28
· MAR ·
  Inclusive Book Group to discuss Maya Angelou’s ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’
· MAR ·
  Webinar series for faculty seeking federal research funding continues


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Vanderbilt in the News
Vanderbilt Hustler: Debrief with Diermeier: Snowstorms, COVID-19 and what Greek life adds to campus
A Q&A with Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is featured.
Vox: What it’s like to die from COVID-19
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: For COVID-19 survivors, one shot may be enough, preliminary studies show
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is quoted.
ABC News: Serious COVID-19 vaccine reactions are rare, says new CDC report
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Al Jazeera: What will it take to stay one step ahead of a mutating COVID-19?
Mark Denison, Edward Claiborne Stahlman Chair in Pediatric Physiology and Cell Metabolism and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
USA Today: ‘This has to be the moment’ to invest in coronavirus vaccines and treatments against future pandemics, experts warn
James Crowe, Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, is quoted.
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