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  Monday, Feb. 6, 2023  
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Nominations open for ninth cohort of Chancellor Faculty Fellows
Nominations are open for the ninth cohort of 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. Staff members who do not hold a faculty appointment also will be considered on a case-by-case basis if they have a terminal degree in their academic field and the support of their supervisor.
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School of Nursing researchers to receive PCORI grant
A Vanderbilt School of Nursing team has been approved for a $250,000 funding award through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The funds will support identifying and disseminating strategies for overcoming barriers to ICU patient- and family-centered comparative effectiveness research.
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Richard Lenski, founder of long-term evolution experiment, to deliver 2023 Darwin Day Lecture
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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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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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 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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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.
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HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers small group life design series
An offering from HR Employee Learning and Engagement invites VU employees to explore how they can apply design thinking to their lives and careers.


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

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Committing to Rest Throughout the Year’ Feb. 7

Provide feedback on proposed WeGo spring service changes through
Feb. 7

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

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

Unity Project launches Vanderbilt Unity Lab; applications open for program trainers

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

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

Participate in new Leading at VU program for current and aspiring managers

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

VU Auditory Development Laboratory seeks participants for pediatric research study

VKC seeks young adults for research study on effects of noise conditions on brain activity


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
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  Second annual Renaissance Women’s Summit to be held at the Wond’ry


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Vanderbilt in the News
U.S. News & World Report: Double majors in college: What to know
The research of Joni Hersch, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Economics, is cited.
Newsweek: Fungal infections are spreading and climate change is to blame
Antonis Rokas, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences, is quoted.
Discover: Why the human brain takes decades to develop
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Analysis: Nashville faces pivotal moment with mayor race, tension with state
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
The New York Times: Judge is set to let Meta’s virtual reality deal move forward
Rebecca Allensworth, David Daniels Allen Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Celebrate Black History Month with these events in Nashville, Middle Tennessee
Vanderbilt’s Black History Month events are featured.
The New Yorker: Is Donald Trump losing his mojo?
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and professor of political science, is quoted.
Scrubs Magazine: 10 Black health care leaders making a difference in 2023
André Churchwell, vice chancellor for outreach, inclusion and belonging and chief diversity officer, is featured.
Travel Tomorrow: How climate change led to the appearance of a new bear species
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of biological sciences, is quoted.
Consumer Reports: Smarter: Are candles bad for your health?
Brian Christman, professor of medicine, is quoted.
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