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  Monday, Feb. 13, 2023  
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Gain wider access to mental health support through new provider Lyra
Vanderbilt employees and their families are eligible to receive expanded support for behavioral and mental health needs through Lyra, the university’s new mental health services provider.
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Findings shared from Vanderbilt University’s first staff census 
Findings from Vanderbilt University’s fall 2022 staff census provide a more complete understanding of the range of diversity among university staff.
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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.
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University launches Vanderbilt Disaster Outreach Program to support off-campus community
Vanderbilt is launching a program to communicate vital information to members of the university community who reside off campus in the event a catastrophic incident should impact the area.
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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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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 Friday, Feb. 27.  
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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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VUSN fosters inclusivity and understanding during Diversity Month
The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office and Black Student Nurses Affinity Group are hosting Diversity Month 2023. Throughout February and March, different student-led affinity groups will bring in speakers and hold activities to promote inclusivity and an increased understanding of health equity and different cultures.
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‘The Reinvented Life of Belle da Costa Greene’ set to open at Vanderbilt Central Library Feb. 14
A new exhibit set to open at Vanderbilt Central Library’s Special Collections will feature Belle da Costa Greene, the famed 20th-century librarian for American financier and investment banker J.P. Morgan. The opening reception on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. will be catered by Hattie B’s.
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Counseling and international higher education expert to give Peabody Dean’s Diversity Lecture Feb. 16
Katie Koo, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at the University of Georgia, will be the featured speaker at a Vanderbilt Peabody College Dean’s Diversity Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the Wyatt Center Rotunda. Koo’s talk is titled “Demystifying the International Student Experience and Mental Health: Understanding Needs and Supports.”
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Submissions for VU program to strengthen community partnership with NMAAM due Feb. 17
An internal funding program designed to spark faculty and staff collaborations with the National Museum of African American Music and that enhance innovative arts research is accepting applications through Feb. 17.
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‘Explorations in Research’ scheduled for Feb. 22
The Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt invites undergraduate students to attend the fifth annual Explorations in Research on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Student Life Center Ballroom. The event will convene researchers from all disciplines to network with students and foster possible new collaborations.
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Peer Guide program offers affirming space for undergrads to discuss personal well-being
The Center for Student Wellbeing offers undergraduate students the opportunity to connect with well-versed peers in a caring, judgment-free space. The Peer Guide program is an excellent fit for undergrads looking to enhance their well-being practices.
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First-year student leaders collaborate to host annual Commons Ball
After being canceled in 2021 and modified in 2022 due to COVID-19, the Commons Ball returned to its full tradition in 2023. This year’s “Midnight Masquerade”-themed event, held Feb. 3, was the result of months of collaborative effort among the 10 presidents that lead each house’s advisory programming council on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt’s residential colleges and Vanderbilt Campus Dining. 


Health & Safety Updates

Develop healthy habits, earn rewards through new wellness program; Virgin Pulse replaces Go for
the Gold

Davidson County COVID community level medium

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


Take Note

Parking Lot 72E to be partially closed starting
Feb. 15

Submit sustainability-related photos to citywide contest on environmental success and opportunity by Feb. 15

‘Improving Health in Cities’ topic of 2023 Satcher Lecture Feb. 21

‘Transitioning Between Activities’ topic of Parenting Group meeting Feb. 22

Vandy Cooks: ‘Homemade Pizzas Made Easy’ Feb. 23

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

Campus Dining celebrates Black History Month with African-influenced food tour

Become a faculty VUceptor, welcome new students in
fall 2023

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program

Limited Submission Opportunity: Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering

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

HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers small group life design series

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

Electronic W-2s now available; printed documents have been mailed


Coming Up

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  ‘Caregiving During Work Hours: Tips to Manage Time to Avoid Burnout’
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  HR Employee Learning and Engagement to host #IamRemarkable workshop
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  ‘Understanding ChatGPT’ info session
· FEB ·
  HR Employee Learning and Engagement to host ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’
· FEB ·
  HR Employee Learning and Engagement to host part one of ‘Way of Work’ series


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Vanderbilt in the News
Main Street Nashville: Vanderbilt named a top producer of Fulbright students
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
Voice of America: As political decorum declines, Biden’s verbal jujitsu strategy emerges
Jeff Bennett, professor of communication studies, is quoted.
Chalkbeat: COVID exodus: Where did 1 million public school students go? New data sheds some light.
Richard Welsh, associate professor of leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.
The New York Times: What can hypnosis do for your health?
Lindsey McKernan, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Investopedia: Recession fears spark a round of CEO pay cuts
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
The Washington Post: U.S. declassifies balloon intelligence, calls out China for spying
Lt. Gen. Charlie “Tuna” Moore, visiting scholar in political science, is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed: Putting head shots to work
Jacob Chabowski, Vanderbilt Career Center marketing and communications specialist, is quoted.
CNN: Fact check: Sen. Rick Scott keeps repeating a debunked claim about Biden and Medicare
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Crypto collides with rigid bankruptcy courts
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
ABC News: There were over 600 excess deaths in doctors during 1st years of COVID-19 pandemic
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Daily Nurse: AANP President April Kapu says the nurse practitioner role is more than a job. It’s a calling
April Kapu, professor of clinical nursing, is quoted.
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