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  Friday, Feb. 19, 2021  
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Vanderbilt employees step up to battle winter weather on campus
Many Vanderbilt employees stepped up to ensure that campus operations continued despite extremely cold temperatures and snow accumulation over the past five days. 
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COACHE Faculty Survey preliminary report available; faculty input gathered through March
The Faculty Development Committee, charged with analyzing and assessing the results of the COACHE Faculty Survey administered in spring 2020, has prepared a preliminary report on the survey’s topline findings and will share the report and engage faculty at two workshops in March.
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For alumni working in VUMC’s COVID-19 unit, the pandemic has offered lessons in heartbreak and resiliency
In January 2020, the accelerating spread of SARS-CoV-2 made it apparent that VUMC’s two-bed Contagious Disease Response Unit, created for the rare victim of Ebola or other more-isolated emerging pathogen, would not suffice if Nashville were to be hit hard. So administrators began planning for a major outbreak.
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Low-income and students with learning disabilities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 learning loss, Peabody College experts say
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, school closures and the shift to remote learning have disrupted educational progress across the nation, disproportionately affecting students from low-income communities and those with learning disabilities, according to faculty experts from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.
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What’s science got to do with Black History Month?
This article from the Winter 2021 issue of “Vestigo,” a publication of the School of Medicine Basic Sciences, examines the history and contributions of Black scientists at Vanderbilt and beyond.
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Vanderbilt’s celebration of Black History Month continues
Vanderbilt University’s annual celebration of Black History Month—a time to acknowledge and appreciate the history, experience and accomplishments of Black people on the Vanderbilt campus, across the country and globally—continues through Feb. 28.
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Feb 23: Vanderbilt experts on U.S., global politics discuss what led to Jan. 6 insurrection at U.S. Capitol
A panel of political science faculty will examine the social, legal and psychological causes and consequences of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol during a live virtual conversation hosted by The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
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‘This Moment in America’ panel Feb. 24: Insights for equity and inclusion in turbulent times
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will host a panel of Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students to share their personal and professional views and experiences on issues that inform “This Moment in America.” The virtual discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. CT and is open to the Vanderbilt community.
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Webinar series for faculty seeking federal research funding begins Feb. 23
Research Development and Support will host a series of webinars this spring for faculty seeking research funding from federal sponsors. The webinars are aimed at helping faculty diversify and strategically identify potential federal sponsors, develop relationships with sponsors, and craft highly competitive proposals.
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Explorations in Research, networking event for faculty researchers and students, set for Feb. 23
The third annual Explorations in Research, an event designed to convene researchers from all disciplines to network with students and discover possible new collaborations, will be Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. CT.
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Award-winning paleontologist Kay Behrensmeyer to discuss our understanding of ancient life Feb. 24
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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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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Plan ahead for updates to Oracle Cloud Feb. 19–20
A quarterly update of the Oracle Cloud environment is scheduled to begin on Friday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. and end on Saturday, Feb 20. Please plan ahead for this period when the system will be unavailable.
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Photo gallery: Snowy scenes from across campus
Winter weather—including snow accumulation and frigid temperatures—have affected Vanderbilt’s campus over the past week.


Take Note

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

Women’s Center seeks nominations for 2021 awards

Nominate a staff member for a 2020–21 Diversity Leadership Award

Virtual Game Day Experience for grades 6 and under is Feb. 20

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

Beware inquiries from university vendors regarding suspicious purchases

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

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

Form 1095-C now available online at My VU Benefits

A Healthier You: Follow Your Heart


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  Events centered on ‘The Black Trans Prayer Book’
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  Library hosts GIS workshop Feb. 25–26
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  Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp
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  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’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Associated Press: Vanderbilt lands $5M to create center on U.S. presidency
The $5 million donation to establish the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Center for the American Presidency at Vanderbilt is highlighted.
Association for Computing Machinery: Black History Month 2021: #ThisIsWhatACoderLooksLike
William H. Robinson, vice provost for academic advancement, executive director of the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence and professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering, is featured.
Vox: How to fix the Senate without abolishing the filibuster
An op-ed written by Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, and originally published by The Atlantic is featured.
CNN: The first Biden-era vaccine against COVID-19 is moving toward market, but new bumps could trip up the big launch
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: Google is suddenly paying for news in Australia. What about everywhere else?
Daniel Gervais, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
Education Week: Top-tier principals spark big gains in student learning. A new study shows how much
Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
Parade: Rachel Lindsay discusses Chris Harrison’s apology and ‘explicit’ versus ‘implicit’ racism
Gabriel Torres Colón, assistant professor of anthropology, is quoted.
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