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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
A COVID-19 testing app and designated parking for the testing center are now available, the spring public dashboard has launched, and the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center will reopen with limited hours and capacity restrictions, 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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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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Applications for Joe C. Davis Fund, which supports immersion projects, now being accepted
The Office of Immersion Resources is currently accepting applications for the Joe C. Davis Fund to support Immersion Vanderbilt projects. Applications are open to all undergraduate students with qualifying immersive experiences.
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Apply now to Data Science Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program
The Vanderbilt Data Science Institute Summer Research Program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in 10 weeks of full-time data science-focused research in collaboration with any full-time Vanderbilt faculty member. The application deadline for summer 2021 has been extended to Feb. 12.
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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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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

‘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

Ideator and Builder offerings at the Wond’ry


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  ‘Mental Health, Involuntary Treatment, Legal Capacity and Human Rights’
· 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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