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  Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021  
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Return to Campus update for Feb. 10
This week’s spring COVID-19 public dashboard reflects the start of the regular testing program. Over the past week, the asymptomatic positive rate was low—0.25 percent for the total population enrolled in the testing program.
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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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Surgical robots developed by Vanderbilt researchers could make radical prostatectomy safer and less invasive
Surgery for prostate cancer—the most prevalent cancer in men—soon could no longer require cutting through healthy tissue and nerves. Surgeons instead may work with minuscule robots developed at the Vanderbilt Institute of Surgery and Engineering.
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Despite limitations of pandemic, research continues in Basic Sciences, Blair
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 Sciences’ Charles Sanders and Vanderbilt Blair School of Music’s Jeremy Wilson are highlighted.
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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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Data Science Institute to offer series of virtual workshops
The Vanderbilt Data Science Institute is offering a series of online workshops to familiarize students, faculty and staff with data science tools. The workshops will be held on Wednesdays from February to April and are open to the entire Vanderbilt community.
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Tennessee Kids During COVID-19: Webinar to explore results from Vanderbilt Child Health Poll today
The Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy will host a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 10, to discuss the results of its latest poll of Tennessee parents. The event is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. CT.
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Sean B. Carroll, award-winning scientist, author, educator and film producer, to deliver 2021 Darwin Day Lecture today
Sean B. Carroll, a world-renowned evolutionary biologist whose discoveries have shed light on the evolution of animal diversity, will deliver the 2021 Darwin Day Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 3:10 p.m. CT.
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CLAS to host fifth annual Haiti Week Feb. 9–11
The Center for Latin American Studies will host the fifth annual Haiti Week at Vanderbilt University. Virtual programs will feature scholars from Vanderbilt and The City College of New York–CUNY, and explore Haitian history, music, culture, literature, language and more.
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Scientists to 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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Vanderbilt to celebrate Black History Month with events throughout February
Vanderbilt’s annual celebration of Black History Month—a time to acknowledge and appreciate the history, experience and accomplishments of Black people on the university’s campus, across the country and globally—will include presentations, panel discussions, play readings, yoga sessions and more, most to be held virtually.
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Form 1095-C now available online at My VU Benefits
Every employee of Vanderbilt University who is eligible for insurance coverage should receive a Form 1095-C, which allows the IRS to confirm Vanderbilt’s compliance with the coverage and affordability provisions of the Affordable Care Act and assists VU employees in preparing their 2020 tax returns. You can download yours now from My VU Benefits.
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Employees may now update payroll direct deposit online in Oracle Cloud
Faculty, staff and student workers may now update their payroll direct deposit account information online within the Pay module in Oracle Cloud.


Take Note

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

Library hosts GIS workshops Feb. 11–12, 25–26

Kids and neurodiversity topic of Parenting Group meeting Feb. 18

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

Cell and Developmental Biology hosts weekly seminar series

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Jonah Rosch– identifying aptamers, molecules that bind to specific biological targets

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Chris Sharp–accessing new crystal structures using nanoparticles

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

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

USAC sponsors virtual food drive; help donate 10,000 meals

Celebrate National Heart Month with Count on Your Heart activities

Assess your heart health with new health risk assessment


Coming Up

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  Vanderbilt behavioral health experts offer free webinar on cyberbullying and internet safety
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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


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Vanderbilt in the News
TIME: Want unity for real? Then America needs to get back to facts
Project co-chairs Jon Meacham, Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in the American Presidency and distinguished visiting professor of political science; Samar Ali, research professor of political science and law; and former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam write about The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy.
The New York Times: Pandemic’s toll on housing: Falling behind, doubling up
Marybeth Shinn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of human, organizational and community development, is quoted.
USA Today: Transgender activists in the South are battling homelessness with tiny homes and private shelters amid COVID-19
Christopher Carpenter, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Economics, is quoted.
Al Jazeera: Biden is promising ‘unity.’ But what does that mean?
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, is quoted.
Voice of America: Don’t panic, the COVID-19 shots still work
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Bloomberg: COVID Q&A: Can vaccinated people still spread the virus?
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The Economist: How religious conservatives learned to love anti-discrimination laws
Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and professor of law, is quoted.
Salon: The all of ‘y’all’: On finally embracing my voice, country twang and everything
Justin Quarry, senior lecturer in English, writes about learning to embrace his Southern accent and identity through his pursuit of academia, creative writing and teaching.
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