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  Friday, Feb. 26, 2021  
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Vanderbilt communities tackle tough social issues in ‘This Moment in America’ discussion
Vanderbilt University students, faculty and staff gathered Feb. 24 for a virtual panel discussion that highlighted the need for empathy and action to improve the experiences of marginalized groups in the United States.
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Vanderbilt harassment prevention initiatives featured on National Academies digital repository
Three of Vanderbilt University’s key initiatives to prevent sexual harassment are highlighted in a searchable repository launched by the National Academies in its Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.
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Three faculty appointed to lead residential colleges
Continuing Vanderbilt’s commitment to the residential living-learning experience, three new residential faculty have been appointed for academic year 2021-22 and will help support the student learning experience beyond the classroom.
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Vanderbilt-developed obesity treatments will be advanced through collaboration with Soleno Therapeutics
A new partnership between Vanderbilt University’s Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery and clinical stage biopharmaceutical company Soleno Therapeutics will further research into new clinical treatments for multiple obesity syndromes.
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‘Explorations in Research’ networking event draws students, faculty, resource offices; attendees form new connections, ideas for immersion
The Office of Immersion Resources and the Scientific Immersion and Mentorship student organization sponsored the third annual Explorations in Research event Feb. 23, drawing researchers from a variety of disciplines to engage in networking and discovery.
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Latest issue of ‘ON THE HILL’ government relations report now available
Vanderbilt’s Division of Government and Community Relations has published the sixth issue of its biannual “ON THE HILL” government relations report.
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Parking lot to close permanently and VandyRide stop to move for Owen construction project, future Walk and Roll Loop
Parking Lot 6B, between Grand Avenue and Scarritt Place off of 21st Avenue South, will close permanently on March 1 as a part of the Owen Graduate School of Management Capital Project.
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Data Science Institute virtual event to share COVID-19 data lessons learned TODAY
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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Final day for nominations for Women’s Center's 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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Celebrate Women’s History Month with virtual events in March
Vanderbilt will honor the struggles and celebrate the achievements of women of all nations and cultures in March during Women’s History Month. The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, in cooperation with other campus partners, will host a full calendar of events.
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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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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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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.
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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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Welch to give next Law School Dean’s Lecture on Race and Discrimination March 4
Kimberly M. Welch, assistant professor of history and of law, will deliver the next lecture in Vanderbilt Law School’s Dean’s Lecture Series on Race and Discrimination. The online event will be Thursday, March 4, beginning at noon 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.


Take Note

Vanderbilt’s celebration of Black History Month continues

USAC virtual food drive ends Feb. 28

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

Inclusive Book Group to discuss Maya Angelou’s ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ March 3

Case Western’s Jain to discuss age-related disorders at next Discovery Lecture March 11

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

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

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

Beware inquiries from university vendors regarding suspicious purchases


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp
· FEB ·
  Join Step for Your Heart Challenge; registration ends Feb. 28
· MAR ·
  Webinar series for faculty seeking federal research funding continues


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Vanderbilt in the News
Yahoo! Sports: First and Black: Vanderbilt AD Candice Lee is forging a path for Black women to lead in the SEC
Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee is interviewed about navigating her position as the first Black woman athletic director in the Southeastern Conference. Deputy Athletic Director Tommy McClelland is also quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 vaccine scams grow, leveraging confusion about how to get the shot
Doug Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of computer science and computer engineering, is quoted.
Healthline: 3 health experts on what we’ve learned after a year of COVID-19
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Associated Press: Vanderbilt to begin $55M business school building expansion
Vanderbilt’s plans to begin a $55 million building expansion of the Owen Graduate School of Management is highlighted.
Scientific American: Unraveling the complex link between COVID and diabetes
Alvin Powers, Joe C. Davis Chair in Biomedical Science, professor of medicine and professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, is quoted.
National Geographic: ‘Tell your story’: The power of poetry to help kids cope
Ph.D. candidate Katherine Swett Aboud is quoted.
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