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  Friday, Feb. 5, 2021  
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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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MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ features The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy
The co-chairs of The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Feb. 4 to discuss the university’s nonpartisan initiative that aims to elevate research and evidence-based reasoning in the national discourse.
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Shamble to oversee Vanderbilt’s Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management office
Costin Dawn Shamble, JD’01, has been appointed director of the Office of Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management at Vanderbilt University. She joins Vanderbilt from Austin Peay State University, where she was university attorney.
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Meharry team among those accepted to NSF Innovation Corps for work developed through Vanderbilt’s Wond’ry
The Wond’ry’s Ideator program works with regional inventors to bring ideas to life. An Ideator team of Ph.D. students from Meharry Medical College will now work with the National Science Foundation to further evaluate and commercialize their idea.
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Cornel West, Victor Anderson to discuss ‘Race, Faith and American Democracy’ today
Prominent scholars Cornel West and Victor Anderson will participate in a virtual event, “Race, Faith and American Democracy: A Conversation,” on Friday, Feb. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. CT as part of Vanderbilt University’s celebration of Black History Month.
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Vanderbilt Law School to host Moot Court Championship today
The Vanderbilt Law School Moot Court Board invites all members of the VU community to watch the 2020-21 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition championship round via Zoom. This is a rare opportunity to see Vanderbilt Law School students in action, arguing a mock case before real U.S. Court of Appeals judges. The event is Friday, Feb. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. CT.
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Sean B. Carroll, award-winning scientist, author, educator and film producer, to deliver 2021 Darwin Day Lecture on Feb. 10
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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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.
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Ask an Expert: How do social media companies moderate user content?
Vanderbilt School of Law Assistant Clinical Professor Gautam Hans addresses how social media platforms curate content for their users.


Take Note

‘Social (In)Justice of Mental Health’ topic of Harold Jordan Lecture Feb. 5

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

Ideator and Builder offerings at the Wond’ry

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Covenant Foundation Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Pew Biomedical Scholars Program

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship


Coming Up

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  ‘Mental Health, Involuntary Treatment, Legal Capacity and Human Rights’
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  ‘Control is the Goal’ blood pressure management program starts
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  Vanderbilt offers free math club fun for middle, high schoolers
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  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
CNN Business: GameStop stock is plummeting but the Reddit rebellion is just beginning
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Essence: Inspired by Kamala Harris, When We Gather art project pays homage to Black women heroines
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of art, is quoted.
USA Today: Only 38 percent of nursing home workers accepted COVID-19 vaccines, new data shows
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: ‘Healthy debate’ at the heart of Vanderbilt project to heal a divided country
Samar Ali, co-chair of The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy and research professor of political science and law, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Race and ethnicity data missing for nearly half of coronavirus vaccine recipients, federal study finds
Derek Griffith, professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted. Video uses bogus claims to stoke race-based fears of COVID-19 vaccine
Renã Robinson, associate professor of chemistry, is quoted.
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