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  Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2023  
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Register for ‘Unity Dinner: Race in America’ on March 23
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy is launching Unity Dinners, a new series that aims to bring students, faculty and staff together in community and conversation around society’s most pressing issues. “Unity Dinner: Race in America” will be held on Thursday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. in Buttrick Hall, Room 123.
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'Health and Wellness for Vandy Vets' program creates space for military veterans to focus on well-being
A series of workshops launching at Vanderbilt will focus on the health and wellness of the campus's military veterans. “Health and Wellness for Vandy Vets” will consist of five sessions; the first is March 16. Events will be at Faculty Commons, 1101 19th Ave. S., Room 210. They all are on Thursdays, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
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AlertVU test scheduled for March 23
Vanderbilt University Office of Emergency Management will conduct a test of the AlertVU emergency notification system on Thursday, March 23, at 2:30 p.m. Before the test, it is recommended that all staff, faculty and students review and update their contact information to ensure AlertVU message delivery.
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OVPRI names new lead for Sponsored Programs Administration and Compliance
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation has appointed Jean Mercer as senior assistant provost for Sponsored Programs Administration and Compliance. Mercer most recently served as associate vice chancellor for research administration at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
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Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory honors well-known astronomer 100 years after his death at lecture tomorrow, March 16
The public is invited to a March 16 lecture at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory to learn more about noted astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard and his connections to Vanderbilt’s history.
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Frist Center applications for new fellows, affiliates due today, March 15
The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation has announced its 2023 call for membership, which allows Vanderbilt faculty and staff to apply to become affiliates or fellows of the center. Applications are due by March 15.
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‘New York Times’ bestselling author to deliver lecture on women, leadership and engaged citizenship
Vanderbilt’s residential colleges and the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center will host New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims March 23 for “Your Turn: How to Be an Adult,” a lecture based on her bestselling book. Before the lecture, she will speak with the Vanderbilt Parenting Group during a lunchtime session.
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VPA hosts ‘Speak Easy’ talk series March 16 to help postdocs tell their scientific story
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association hosts “Speak Easy,” a talk series designed to help postdoctoral researchers polish their “lay” scientific communication skills in a fun and casual setting. The next event will be on Thursday, March 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Hall Graduate Student Lounge.
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Law School Dean’s Lecture: ‘Where the Left and the Right Can Meet on Police Reform’ March 20
The next Law School Dean’s Lecture will be a dialogue between professor Barry Friedman of NYU Law and Vikrant Reddy, senior research fellow at Stand Together Trust (formerly the Charles Koch Foundation). The two will discuss a range of current issues in policing, including use of force, militarization, racial disparities, surveillance and traffic stops, as well as the broader issues that seem to divide us, but should not.
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Earn up to $240 through Vanderbilt’s new wellness program
Virgin Pulse is Vanderbilt’s new wellness program that is available to all benefits-eligible employees. It includes an expanded incentive program that encourages daily participant engagement to build healthy habits.
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WeGo service changes go into effect April 2
WeGo Public Transit has announced service changes to various bus routes for spring 2023. The changes will take effect on Sunday, April 2.
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Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Community Resource Center hosting period product drive in March
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center is celebrating Women’s History Month by partnering with the Community Resource Center to collect period products for donation throughout Middle Tennessee. Collection bins have been placed across campus, and there will be a “packing party” March 31.
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Women’s History Month event series underway
Vanderbilt is celebrating Women’s History Month in March with a series of events hosted by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center. The events will focus on the theme “Women Who Tell Our Stories,” which aims to celebrate the struggles and achievements of all women from every background.
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Vanderbilt celebrates Disability Awareness Month in March
Vanderbilt University is celebrating Disability Awareness Month in March, with more than 10 campus partners and organizations collaborating on a series of events aimed at raising awareness and appreciating the contributions of the disability community.


Health & Safety Updates

Gain wider access to mental health support through new provider Lyra

Davidson County COVID community level low

VU community encouraged to practice healthy behaviors; new omicron-specific boosters available


Take Note

Children’s Way to close as Phase 2 of CUI project begins March 13

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Incyte Ingenuity Awards in Graft Versus Host Disease

Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion hosting Frist Art Museum private tour March 16

South Drive entrance at Village at Vanderbilt to close March 16

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Conservation, Food and Health Foundation Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: Tennessee Arts Commission–Arts Build Communities FY2024

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ May 3

Women’s Center hosts ‘Women’s Financial Planning at Every Stage’ March 20

Faculty Senate to host informational workshops on retirement, classroom resources

Temporary VUMC shuttle stops created at Kensington and 25th avenues

VUMC anesthesiologist to discuss entrepreneurial experiences March 21 as part of new seminar series


Coming Up

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  Vandy Cooks: ‘Easy Breakfast Meal Prep Recipes’ March 23
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  Vanderbilt Sesquicentennial celebration events March 24–25
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  Vanderbilt Brain Institute hosts Brain Blast March 25
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  Flexner Deans’ Lecture: Alex Lupi, Ekiomoado Olumese March 27


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Vanderbilt in the News
NBC News: When will Silicon Valley Bank depositors get their money back—and will they be made whole? Questions swirl after lender goes down
Morgan Ricks, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
STAT: Covering new weight loss drugs could strain Medicare, policy experts warn
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Democrats’ tough talk on crime pushes aside reform
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The Conversation: Smell is the crucial sense that holds ant society together, helping the insects recognize, communicate and cooperate with one another
Laurence Zwiebel, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences, and postdoctoral scholar Stephen Ferguson co-authored this article.
Live Science: If the brain doesn’t feel pain, why do headaches hurt?
Charles Clarke, assistant professor of clinical neurology, is quoted.
Premium Times: American-style presidential system or the parliamentary-Westminster type?
Moses Ochonu, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of History, co-authored this article.
The Week: The pros and cons of permanent daylight saving time
Beth Ann Malow, Burry Professor and professor of neurology, is quoted.
New Scientist: Oldest ichthyosaur fossil hints they evolved before mass extinction
Neil Kelley, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
Inverse: A new universal COVID-19 vaccine could stop future variants in their tracks
William Schaffner, professor of health policy, is quoted.
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