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  Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023  
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VU engineer receives NSF award to develop neural analysis methodology
Mikail Rubinov has been awarded $600,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop new computational methods for analysis of large-scale brain activity data.
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Vanderbilt to host exhibition debate on TikTok bans at universities
Vanderbilt University invites the campus and Nashville communities to an exhibition on Friday, Feb. 3, designed to introduce the craft of debate to new audiences while exploring a timely topic. The event is part of a larger national debate tournament hosted by the university, in which more than 100 students from 30 universities, including Vanderbilt, will participate.
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Electronic W-2s now available; printed documents have been mailed
Electronic W-2s are now available through ADP W-2 Services as a new, enhanced benefit for Vanderbilt University employees this year.
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Develop healthy habits, earn rewards through new wellness program; Virgin Pulse replaces Go for the Gold
Vanderbilt University’s new wellness program is now available to all employees. Administered by Virgin Pulse, the program encourages healthy habits through fun challenges and quarterly rewards.
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Unity Project launches Vanderbilt Unity Lab; applications open for program trainers
To cultivate transformational connections across campus, the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will launch the Vanderbilt Unity Lab this spring. The Unity Lab will equip VU community members with the tools necessary to strengthen the bonds of cultural affinity and promote civil discourse. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to apply for program training positions.
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Reading, performance by acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier today
Grammy-nominated folk singer and songwriter Mary Gauthier will offer writing workshops for students, staff, faculty and postdocs Jan. 24–25, followed by a reading and performance for the Vanderbilt community on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
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‘The Intersection of Civil Rights and Environmental Justice’ featuring Yale’s Dorceta Taylor is tomorrow
Vanderbilt’s Department of Sociology will present a lecture by Dorceta Taylor, senior associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion and professor of environmental justice at Yale University, on Thursday, Jan. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall, Room 202. Taylor’s talk will explore the intersectionality of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideologies and work.
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REGISTER: Unity Project to host ‘Upholding Democracy in the Age of the Big Lie’ with co-authors Major Garrett and David Becker
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host CBS Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett and David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, to discuss their book, The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of the Big Lie, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at the Scarritt Bennett Center.
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‘An Evening of Art and Hip-Hop’ at NMAAM Feb. 2; art submissions accepted through Jan. 26
Vanderbilt’s Student Center for Social Justice and Identity, Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center, Peabody College and Blair School of Music will host “Afro-ARTivism: An Evening of Art and Hip-Hop” on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the National Museum of African American Music’s Feature Gallery. The event will honor the artistic contributions of Black Vanderbilt and Nashville community members while highlighting the concept of Black Resistance, the 2023 national theme of Black History Month. 
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Faculty and Staff Appreciation women’s basketball game is Feb. 5 vs. Georgia
Vanderbilt Human Resources has reserved a limited number of tickets for university employees and their guests to attend the Sunday, Feb. 5, Vanderbilt vs. Georgia women’s basketball game as a thank you for their service and dedication to the university.
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Students, postdocs: Apply for James Lawson Institute grants; deadline is Feb. 7
The James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements is awarding a total of seven grants to undergraduate, graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars at Vanderbilt. Those who are interested are encouraged to apply by Tuesday, Feb. 7.
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Provide feedback on proposed WeGo spring service changes through Feb. 7
The Vanderbilt community is encouraged to share feedback with WeGo Public Transit regarding proposed service changes planned for spring 2023.


Health & Safety Updates

Davidson County COVID community level medium

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


Take Note

‘How to Write an Op-Ed’ workshop set for Jan. 25

Virtual town hall Jan. 27 to provide internal faculty funding program information

Memorial reception for former Engineering professor James Clarke is Jan. 28

Faculty invited to apply for 2023–24 RPW Center fellowships by Feb. 1

Participate in professional development and learning experiences this semester through HR Employee Learning and Engagement

HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers peer-to-peer learning opportunities for managers and leaders

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminars

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2024 Takeda Innovators in Science Award–Cancer Immunology

Submit sustainability-related photos to citywide contest on environmental success and opportunity

IRS increases 2023 contribution limits; maximize your benefits today

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

Study seeks participants for brain-based reading comprehension enhancement research

Participants sought for study on consumption of nuts to reduce abdominal fat, metabolic syndrome

Infants 0–9 months and their birth parents needed for research study


Coming Up

· JAN ·
  Flexner Deans’ Lecture: Kay Redfield Jamison
· JAN ·
  Parent info session for VCFC’s Owls developmental kindergarten program
· FEB ·
  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
Inside Higher Ed: Colleges start new programs
The launch of Vanderbilt’s new undergraduate program in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies is mentioned.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Union membership grows the fastest of any state in Tennessee over the past two years
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
HuffPost: How Sam Bankman-Fried’s top advisers shaped state and local politics
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Politico: In conservative states, abortion opponents push back on Republicans
The latest statewide Vanderbilt Poll is cited.
The Irish Times: Sorry to be a buzzkill, but that nightly glass or two of wine isn’t improving your health
Mariann Piano, Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor and professor of nursing, is quoted.
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