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  Friday, Feb. 24, 2023  
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Become a faculty VUceptor, welcome new students in fall 2023
Applications to serve as a faculty VUceptor are now open. Faculty VUceptors are dedicated to assisting and learning from first-year students and work to model dynamic and meaningful professor-student interaction.
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Somtochukwu Dimobi Okoye, BE’19, creates allyships to help others realize their potential
When Somto Dimobi Okoye, BE’19, was growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, her mother would open their home to people who needed help—instilling a philosophy of building strength and community through a tightly woven support system. Okoye continues that philosophy by creating ways to help colleagues and Vanderbilt students realize and exercise their full potential.
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Latest ‘ON THE HILL’ government relations report available
Vanderbilt’s Division of Government and Community Relations has published the 10th issue of its ON THE HILL government relations report. The biannual report summarizes Vanderbilt’s activities over the past six months at the federal, state and local levels of government.
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Frist Center seeking applications for new fellows, affiliates
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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Severe weather at Vanderbilt: Do you know what to do?
Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week is Feb. 19–25, and the National Weather Service in Nashville uses each day of the week to bring attention to severe weather safety topics.
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Nominations open for annual postdoc awards
Each spring the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association recognize postdocs and their mentors who demonstrate excellence in research, service, mentorship and a commitment to the postdoc community. The deadline to submit nominations for this year’s awards is Feb. 27.
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Reminder: Complete annual cybersecurity training by March 3
The Office of Cybersecurity needs your help reaching 100 percent completion of the Foundational Cybersecurity Training to protect the institution’s reputation and comply with evolving regulations. Training must be completed by Friday, March 3.
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Celebrate International Women’s Day with #IamRemarkable workshop
#IamRemarkable is a worldwide initiative that strives to empower everyone, particularly women and underrepresented groups, to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. HR Employee Learning and Engagement will conduct two upcoming workshops on March 6 and March 22.
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Climate-smart jobs and clean economy topic of Smart Jobs Summit Feb. 28
Climate change is a major driver of job creation in the Southeast and around the world. Vanderbilt University will host a discussion about the growth of the clean economy and smart jobs in the region on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room.
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Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center seeks nominations for 2023 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 Tuesday, Feb. 28.
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Medical Center Drive will close to nonemergency traffic on Feb. 25
Incoming traffic from 21st Avenue onto Medical Center Drive will be limited to emergency vehicles only on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by the installation of a crane for work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Medical Center Drive will be closed in both directions.
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Spring Undergraduate Research Fair set for April 11; now accepting student proposals
The annual spring Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair will be Tuesday, April 11, in the Student Life Center Commodore Ballroom from 3 to 6 p.m. Undergraduate students who have completed research at Vanderbilt are encouraged to apply.
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REGISTER: Former U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan to discuss civil discourse in the disinformation age Feb. 28
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who represented Ohio’s 13th Congressional District for 20 years, will visit Vanderbilt to discuss his efforts to work across party lines at an event hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. This in-person-only event will be in Wilson Hall, Room 103.
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Lab-to-Table Conversation: ‘How I Got Over: Navigating Academia as a Black Scientist’ Feb. 27
A Lab-to-Table Conversation on Monday, Feb. 27, will discuss some of the challenges that Black trainees and faculty face in their STEM fields of study and the strategies they’ve used to be successful in the face of these challenges.
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Vanderbilt to celebrate Black History Month with February event lineup
Vanderbilt University will celebrate Black History Month during February with events aimed to acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishments of Black people on campus, across the country and around the globe.
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Nominations open for Spring Staff Awards; save the date for staff assembly on May 22
Know a staff member deserving of recognition? Nominate them for a staff award through March 10. The winners will be announced at the Spring Staff Assembly on May 22.


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

Transition Tennessee seeking career, technical education teachers to complete survey by March 1

NIH director to discuss sexual and gender minority research March 9

Pre-proposals now being accepted for 2023 NIH S10 Shared and High-end Instrumentation Grants

NEW DEADLINE: Submit sustainability-related photos to citywide contest on environmental success and opportunity by Feb. 28

Vanderbilt Divinity School exhibits ‘Culture Commodity’ in recognition of Black History Month

HR Employee Learning and Engagement to host monthly refresh: Mini-sessions for reflecting, setting goals and making progress

Joan Strassmann, expert on the evolution of cooperation, to deliver Evolutionary Studies seminar Feb. 24

VUSM Simpson Deans’ Lecture: ‘Experiences and Reflections on Medical Education in Sub-Saharan Africa’ March 6

Applications open for ASPIRE postdoctoral research fellowship to support path to entrepreneurship

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 V Foundation Adult Translational Cancer Research Awards (Therapeutic Resistance)

Faculty, staff invited to learn about inner workings of campus at Facilities University

Report 2022 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

Fauchet urges Congress to support engineering education and research


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  Second annual Renaissance Women’s Summit to be held at the Wond’ry
· FEB ·
  HR Employee Learning and Engagement to host part one of ‘Way of Work’ series
· MAR ·
  HR Employee Learning and Engagement: ‘Say Yes to Leadership’
· MAR ·
  HR Employee Learning and Engagement: ‘CliftonStrengths for Leaders’
· MAR ·
  ‘Confronting Hate: Antisemitism and Racism’ panel


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Lt. Gen. Charlie “Tuna” Moore, visiting scholar in political science, is quoted.
Vox: Why isn’t Joe Biden getting credit for the economic recovery?
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and professor of political science, is quoted.
The New Republic: How the GOP lost its brain
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, is quoted.
The Conversation: How apartheid, European racism and Pelé helped cultivate a culture of diversity in U.S. soccer that endures into the MLS
John M. Sloop, professor of communication studies, authored this piece.
Tech Brew: Why Chattanooga is betting on lidar for traffic management
Dan Work, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
BioPharma Dive: Medicaid, with planned payment pilot, girds for influx of pricey gene therapies
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
Money Talk News: This bad sleep habit is tied to heart disease
Kelsie Full, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
CoinDesk: Crypto long and short: Washington plays tennis with crypto
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is mentioned.
Prevention: How long do COVID antibodies last? What to know about immunity
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Associated Press: Rales Foundation bets big on Carnegie Mellon STEM students
Ebony McGee, professor of teaching and learning, is quoted.
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