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  Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023  
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David Weintraub elected 2023 American Astronomical Society Fellow
David Weintraub, professor of astronomy, was named an American Astronomical Society fellow for his groundbreaking research and his work in communicating astronomy to the public.
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Grant will further quest for first-ever high-resolution imaging of live, active viruses
Piran Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been awarded a grant to further his research into capturing high-resolution images of live viruses in tissues. The three-year grant from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Frontiers of Imaging is one of 20 awarded worldwide with the aim of revolutionizing the study of viruses, human health and vaccines.
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WATCH: Vanderbilt hosts debate exhibition on topic of TikTok bans
The University of Mississippi teamed with Vanderbilt to host a debate exhibition on Feb. 3. The free event, part of an effort to increase civic engagement on Vanderbilt’s campus, drew an audience from the higher ed and Nashville communities. 
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Nominations open for ninth cohort of Chancellor Faculty Fellows
Nominations are open for the ninth cohort of the Chancellor Faculty Fellows, a program that awards select faculty with financial and institutional support at a key moment in their careers. Learn more and read about past awardees’ successes.
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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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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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Richard Lenski, founder of long-term evolution experiment, to deliver 2023 Darwin Day Lecture today
Richard Lenski, a world-renowned evolutionary biologist whose long-term experiment of the microorganism Escherichia coli has been running for more than three decades, will deliver the 2023 Darwin Day Lecture at Vanderbilt University on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
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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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Vanderbilt Divinity School exhibits ‘Culture Commodity’ in recognition of Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, Vanderbilt Divinity School is hosting the exhibition Culture Commodity, featuring the work of Nashville multidisciplinary artist Elisheba Israel Mrozik, Feb. 3–25.
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VU Theatre festival to feature readings of new works by faculty and students
Vanderbilt University Theatre will spotlight new works by faculty and students when it presents “Caught in the Act: A New Works Festival” Feb. 10–11 at Neely Auditorium.
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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.


Health & Safety Updates

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

Davidson County COVID community level low

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


Take Note

21st Avenue northbound lane, sidewalk closure start Feb. 6

Medical Center Drive access will be restricted on Feb. 11

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

HR Employee Learning and Engagement to host #IamRemarkable workshop Feb. 16

‘Understanding ChatGPT’ info session Feb. 20

HR Employee Learning and Engagement to host ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ webinar Feb. 21

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

Biden announces appointment of engineering alumnus to President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

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

HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers small group life design series

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

Hourly paid parking available for campus visitors, short-term parking; additional spots available in former Qdoba lot

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


Coming Up

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  ‘Make the Most of Your Retirement Savings’
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  Vanderbilt hosts Mid-South Innovation Summit to boost growth of regional hub for innovation
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  ‘Caregiving During Work Hours: Tips to Manage Time to Avoid Burnout’
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  Concert for a Cause featuring Sheryl Crow to benefit Shade Tree Clinic
· FEB ·
  Second annual Renaissance Women’s Summit to be held at the Wond’ry


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Guardian: Jury sides with Elon Musk over 2018 tweets claiming he would take Tesla private
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
The New York Times: The road to a Supreme Court clerkship starts at three Ivy League schools
Tracey George, vice provost for faculty affairs and professional education and Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Professor of Law and Liberty, is quoted.
USA Today: What to know about Paxlovid, the COVID antiviral that keeps people out of the hospital
Wes Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Marketplace: Why Tennessee is turning down millions of federal dollars for HIV prevention
Aima Ahonkhai, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
CNN: How stars like Dolly Parton and Tom Hanks became American sweethearts
Claire Sisco King, associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
The Palm Beach Post: Do police have access to your DNA? What to know about investigative genetic genealogy
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Glam: Is havening therapy effective mental health treatment?
Steven Hollon, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor and professor of psychology, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Providers look to chip away at delayed endometriosis diagnoses
Ted Anderson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted.
Deseret News: Gen Z, millennial women have different ideas of the ‘perfect’ mom but want to be one
Cynthia Osborne, professor of leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.
The Guardian: ‘We still don’t know it’s over’: Will COVID surge after U.S. ends emergency?​
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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