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  Monday, Feb. 8, 2021  
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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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New research examines the cost of crime in the U.S., estimated to be $2.6 trillion in a single year
For the first time in 25 years, a team of researchers, including Professor Mark A. Cohen of Vanderbilt University, has provided a comprehensive overview of the number of incidents of crime in the United States and their staggering financial costs.
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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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Immersion plan proposals due April 1; series of online events planned to help
The April 1 deadline to submit immersion plan proposals is approaching for students who matriculated during the summer and fall of 2019 and those tracking with that class. The Office of Immersion Resources is joining with many campus partners to help students meet this goal.
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12 ways to improve your mental wellness
Caring for your mental wellness affects every part of your life by reducing stress and anxiety, increasing resilience, building self-awareness and simply making you feel better. The Student Care Network shares 12 mindful things you can do to support your health and wellness.
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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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Sean B. Carroll, award-winning scientist, author, educator and film producer, to deliver 2021 Darwin Day Lecture on Wednesday
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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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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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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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.
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Connect with colleagues at USAC’s next Virtual Coffee Break
Network and socialize in a work-from-home world at the University Staff Advisory Council’s upcoming Virtual Coffee Breaks. USAC hosts the Virtual Coffee Breaks every other Wednesday at 10 a.m.
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Programs for Talented Youth now accepting applications for virtual summer mentorship experiences for rising 9th-12th graders
The Mentor Immersion program through Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth is a unique virtual experience that offers high school students in-depth exposure in a field and the opportunity to engage in an independent project or research study under the guidance of a content expert. Applications are now being accepted for summer 2021 experiences.
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Dining tents to include sustainability features this spring
Recycling and food waste collection bins will be added to the dining tents on Peabody Esplanade and Alumni Lawn beginning Feb. 9. In addition, in partnership with Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility, Campus Dining will provide all undergraduate students with a set of bamboo cutlery that is reusable, 100 percent biodegradable and sustainable.


Take Note

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

‘How to Tackle Antisemitism’ topic of Holocaust Lecture Series event Feb. 9

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

Kids and neurodiversity topic of Parenting Group meeting Feb. 18

Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative offers analytics boot camp Feb. 26

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Henry Luce Foundation American Art Exhibition Competition

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

· FEB ·
  Vanderbilt offers free math club fun for middle, high schoolers
· FEB ·
  Vanderbilt behavioral health experts offer free webinar on cyberbullying and internet safety
· FEB ·
  ‘The Death of The Artist’ discussion with author William Deresiewicz


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Vanderbilt in the News
USA Today: What we know (and don’t know) about COVID-19 vaccinations among Black, Latino people in NY
T.S. Harvey, associate professor of anthropology, is quoted.
The Washington Post: FAQ: Will children be able to get the coronavirus vaccines?
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The New York Times: New vaccine puzzle: Who should get which shot?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
ABC News: GameStop timeline: A closer look at the saga that upended Wall Street
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Fortune: TikTok takes on the mess that is misinformation
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Reuters: Biden follows in recent presidential footsteps with Super Bowl interview
Thomas Schwartz, distinguished professor of history, is quoted.
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