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  Monday, Jan. 23, 2023  
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Former student-athletes seed initial investment for newest Vandy United men’s and women’s golf initiative
Vanderbilt has unveiled artists’ renderings detailing approximately $11 million in significant upgrades to the men’s and women’s golf teams’ facilities at the Vanderbilt Legends Club, reaffirming its longstanding commitment to the home that has helped the Commodores grow into SEC and NCAA champions.
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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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Faculty and Staff Appreciation women’s basketball game is Feb. 5
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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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 set for Wednesday
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 Thursday
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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Participate in professional development and learning experiences this semester through HR Employee Learning and Engagement
Employee Learning and Engagement unlocks the potential of every Vanderbilt employee by offering innovative and meaningful learning experiences, creating space to foster conversations and connections, and encouraging a culture of learning and growth. These live, virtual learning experiences, designed exclusively for our Vanderbilt community, are offered at no cost.
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HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers peer-to-peer learning opportunities for managers and leaders
Join HR Employee Learning and Engagement for Conversation Circles, a series for managers and leaders, this semester. January Conversation Circles will focus on performance management and review.


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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminars

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

Final day: Faculty, staff, students and alumni invited to submit proposals for spring cycle of Vanderbilt Sesquicentennial Grant

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

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

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


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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Associated Press: U.S. union membership rate hits all-time low despite campaigns
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
Slate: What if Sam Bankman-Fried’s refusal to shut up is a good idea?
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
USA Today: George Santos’ college education is a myth. Is he the only one lying? We checked
The research of Alan Wiseman, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor and professor of political science, is cited.
Agence France-Presse: ‘Elon Musk lied’: The trial on tweets from the boss of Tesla begins
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
CNN: Peru’s crisis is a cautionary tale for democracies
LAPOP AmericasBarometer research is cited.
Bloomberg: Sinema will have to be partisan to be independent
Research from Vanderbilt’s Center for Effective Lawmaking is cited.
Verywell Health: The second drug approved for Alzheimer’s is not much better than Aduhelm, experts say
Matthew Schrag, assistant professor of neurology, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Delayed medical care in prisons leaves inmates further at risk, advocates say
Robert Miller, professor of clinical medicine, is quoted.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education: NIH grants $2 million to support underrepresented minority faculty at PWIs
Renã A.S. Robinson, associate professor of chemistry, is mentioned.
NBC News: Flu, RSV and COVID may have peaked. But the threat isn’t over.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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