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  Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021  
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Chancellor Daniel Diermeier appoints Provost Search Committee
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Daniel Diermeier has appointed a Provost Search Committee to identify the university’s next chief academic officer.
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Return to Campus update for Feb. 3
The spring COVID-19 public dashboard has launched and a COVID-19 testing app and designated parking for the testing center are now available, among other details in this week’s Return to Campus update.
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The Journey to Here: A physician reflects on race, racism and the power of family
Dr. André L. Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for both Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, was invited to write an essay for “Harvard Medicine,” the alumni magazine of his alma mater. Churchwell reflects on the prejudices he faced as a Black man in Boston in the late 1970s, and the lessons learned from his parents that guided his and his siblings’ success in life and careers in medicine.
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Seth Soloway appointed to support performances and external relations at Vanderbilt Blair School of Music
Seth Soloway, who was previously executive and artistic director of the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, State University of New York, has been appointed associate dean of presenting and external relations and director of the Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts at Vanderbilt Blair School of Music.
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Trans-institutional collaboration receives $2 million BRAIN Initiative grant, developing brain organoids to map neurological development
Researchers will combine expertise in developmental cell biology and tissue engineering/microfluidics to develop highly complex organoids, with the goal of understanding currently incurable neurological disorders. 
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Despite limitations of pandemic, research continues at Peabody College, School of Nursing
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 Peabody College’s Amy Needham and the School of Nursing’s James Muchira are highlighted.
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Writer in residence Alice Randall to discuss ‘Black Bottom Saints’ tomorrow
Author Alice Randall, writer in residence in African American and Diaspora Studies, will discuss her new book, “Black Bottom Saints,” during a virtual event on Thursday, Feb. 4. The event, open to all faculty, staff and alumni, will begin at 5 p.m. CT and be conducted via Zoom.
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Cornel West, Victor Anderson to discuss ‘Race, Faith and American Democracy’ Friday
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 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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Vanderbilt Law School to host Moot Court Championship on Friday
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 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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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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Ask an Expert: How can you spot misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines?
Assistant Professor of Psychology Lisa Fazio discusses how to distinguish between valid and false information regarding the COVID-19 vaccines.


Take Note

‘Pandemic Parenting Check-in’ topic of Parenting Group meeting on Feb. 4

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

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

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

Ideator and Builder offerings at the Wond’ry

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

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

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


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
Associated Press: Vanderbilt provost to be president at Wake Forest University
Susan R. Wente, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will become president of Wake Forest University on July 1, 2021.
Market Watch: ‘My family won’t let me go hungry’: Two young traders reveal the perils of trying to surf GameStop’s epic wave
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Fierce Biotech: Vanderbilt scientists outsmart an ‘undruggable’ cancer-driving gene with engineered mutations
The research of William Tansey, professor of cell and developmental biology, is highlighted.
The Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 pandemic pushes more parents to go all in for home schooling
Joseph Murphy, Frank W. Mayborn Professor of Education, is quoted.
The New York Times: Lower efficacy vaccines are still worthwhile, experts say
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: New diabetes cases linked to COVID-19
Katie Coate, research instructor in medicine, is quoted.
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