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  Monday, Feb. 1, 2021  
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Susan R. Wente named president of Wake Forest University
Susan R. Wente, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will become president of Wake Forest University July 1, 2021, after a pathbreaking 19-year career at Vanderbilt, where her influence and leadership were felt at every level of the institution.
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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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Writer in residence Alice Randall to discuss ‘Black Bottom Saints’ Feb. 4
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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Divinity School marks Black History Month with new ‘Resilient Souls’ online art exhibit
Pain, healing and resilience are themes woven into Nashville artist Ashley Mintz’s new online exhibit supported by Vanderbilt Divinity School. The visual collection, “Resilient Souls: We Rest Then We Rise,” will run in a fully virtual format Feb. 1–March 12 in celebration and reflection of Black History Month.
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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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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.


Take Note

Provost’s Office of Inclusive Excellence launches First-Generation Students website

‘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

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

Employees encouraged to update profile in Oracle to further career goals

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

Occupational Health provides COVID-19 FAQ for faculty, staff


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: Facebook panel overturns four content takedowns in first ruling
Gautam Hans, assistant clinical professor of law, is quoted.
NBC News: ‘COVID tongue’ may be another coronavirus symptom, British researcher suggests
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Mashable: Helpful apps for neurodiverse kids and students
Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Chair in Physics and professor of astronomy and computer science and director of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, is quoted.
Rolling Stone: ‘This is War’: Inside the secret chat where far-right extremists devised their post-Capitol plans
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
NBC News: J&J says vaccine effective against COVID, though weaker against South Africa variant
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Quartz: Good luck proving Reddit traders did anything illegal by pumping GameStop
Josh White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
The Atlantic: The hard-partying, rock-obsessed nurse at the center of a massive opioid bust
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
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