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  Monday, Feb. 15, 2021  
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Significant winter weather in forecast; Vanderbilt classes will operate on schedule
The Nashville area is under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. All Vanderbilt University classes will be conducted on their normal schedule. The COVID-19 testing center at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center will be CLOSED on Monday, Feb. 15.
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Alumni couple makes $5M gift to establish center dedicated to presidential scholarship
Vanderbilt University announced today that alumni Carolyn Thomas Rogers, BA’75, and Robert Moss Rogers, BA’75, have made a $5 million gift to establish the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Center for the American Presidency in the College of Arts and Science.
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The Open Dore: Gratitude for the Vanderbilt community
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente was announced as the new president of Wake Forest University in late January. Her term will begin on July 1, 2021. In her latest “Open Dore” newsletter, Wente conveys her gratitude for the Vanderbilt community.
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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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Scientists discuss inclusion and equity in biomedical research at virtual event
Biomedical researchers across Vanderbilt University will convene to discuss the history and impact of Black biomedical scientists on Monday, Feb. 15, at noon CT.
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Black Voters Matter founder LaTosha Brown to give 13th annual Murray Lecture Feb. 16
LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter and a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, will give Vanderbilt’s 13th annual Murray Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
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‘From Person-first to Identity-first Language’ topic of virtual discussion Feb. 17
A virtual town hall-style discussion about identity, language and race is set for Wednesday, Feb. 17, as part of Vanderbilt’s ongoing commemoration of Black History Month. “The Intersection of Identity Conversations in the Disabled Community: From Person-first to Identity-first Language” is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. CT and will be hosted by the Student Access office, Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
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Events centered on ‘The Black Trans Prayer Book’ set for Feb. 18–19
A two-day virtual event Feb. 18–19 hosted by the Vanderbilt community will feature the creators of “The Black Trans Prayer Book,” an interfaith collection of stories, poems, prayers, meditations and more about the experiences of Black trans and nonbinary people.
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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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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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Sixth annual Turner Family Center for Social Ventures Summit is Feb. 18–19
The sixth annual Turner Family Center for Social Ventures Summit will be held Feb. 18–19 and feature innovators and thought leaders from across the social impact sector, including keynote speaker the Rev. Becca Stevens, founder and president of Thistle Farms.
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Beware inquiries from university vendors regarding suspicious purchases
The Purchasing and Payment Services team wants to make the Vanderbilt community aware of recent attempts by malicious actors to make purchases by fraudulently using the names and information of Vanderbilt officials and university departments.
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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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Enroll now in Vanderbilt’s Osher Lifelong Learning spring 2021 classes
Vanderbilt’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which helps mature adults rediscover the joy of learning in an inclusive community, offers a variety of courses this spring, including Alzheimer’s disease prevention, little-known Tennessee history, and jazz in the 1930s and ’40s.
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VUIT launches new Vanderbilt systems status webpage
Vanderbilt University Information Technology has launched a new systems status webpage. The new webpage offers a view of real-time operational status of the systems the Vanderbilt community uses every day, such as Wi-Fi, email, Zoom, Brightspace and YES.
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Dr. Buddy Creech answers first-year students’ COVID-19 questions
Vanderbilt first-year students recently met with Buddy Creech, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program and associate professor of pediatrics, for a special virtual chat to answer some of their COVID-19 vaccine questions.


Take Note

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Christian Ornelas–building next-generation optoelectronic devices with 2D materials

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

Women’s Center seeks nominations for 2021 awards

LGBTQI Life offers resources for asking about sexuality and gender in surveys and forms

‘Tips for Dementia Caregivers’ Feb. 17

Kids and neurodiversity topic of Parenting Group meeting Feb. 18

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

Library hosts GIS workshops Feb. 25–26

Art of Healing Exposition seeks submissions through March 31

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

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

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

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

Employees may now update payroll direct deposit online in Oracle Cloud

Form 1095-C now available online at My VU Benefits


Coming Up

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  ‘The Death of The Artist’ discussion with author William Deresiewicz
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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
Forbes: How 2020 has reframed innovation and will shape digital transformation in 2021
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The New York Times: Would the founders convict Trump and bar him from office?
Eli Merritt, a visiting scholar at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, writes about whether the founding delegates at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 would convict former President Donald Trump of an impeachable offense and disqualify him from holding future federal office.
FiveThirtyEight: Why revoking Trump’s executive orders isn’t enough to undo their effects
Sharece Thrower, associate professor of political science, is quoted.
The New York Times: Americans must tighten up, or double up, their masks, CDC says
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Healthline: Diabetes care is historically racist. Just ask the expert
The research of Arleen Tuchman, Nelson O. Tyrone, Jr. Professor of History, is highlighted.
The New York Times: For this college athlete, COVID-19 was just the start of a nightmare
Vanderbilt student-athlete Demi Washington’s diagnosis of myocarditis is highlighted.
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