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  Friday, Jan. 20, 2023  
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Vanderbilt announces new program in Asian American and Asian diaspora studies
The College of Arts and Science has launched a new undergraduate program in Asian American and Asian diaspora studies, including both a major and a minor, for spring 2023. Housed in the Department of Asian Studies, the program aims to provide students with a more comprehensive knowledge of Asian diaspora and perspectives, Asian and U.S. history, and race relations in the United States.
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Vanderbilt Unity Lab launched; 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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Blair Big Band wins honors at Jack Rudin Jazz Championship
Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music’s Blair Big Band placed in the top four among elite college jazz orchestras from across the nation at the third annual Jack Rudin Jazz Championship. The event was held Jan. 14 and 15 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
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Take advantage of well-being resources for employees in 2023 
Vanderbilt is encouraging all employees to take advantage of the extensive well-being resources now available to them. The offerings include newly launched wellness and mental health programs and are part of the university’s broader commitment to supporting the holistic health of its faculty, staff and postdocs across key aspects of their lives.
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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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Reading, performance by acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier set for Jan. 25
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 Jan. 26
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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‘An Evening of Art and Hip-Hop’ at NMAAM Feb. 2; submit art 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.
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Data Science Institute seeking students for project using AI models to better understand new languages
The Data Science Institute is working with Elliott McCarter, senior lecturer in Asian studies, on a new project this semester to bridge language acquisition gap through deep learning. DSI is looking for students to join the project and help harness the latest developments in data-driven research to create a better way to learn new languages.


Health & Safety Updates

Davidson County COVID community level medium

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


Take Note

NIH program leader to discuss NIH High-risk, High-reward Research initiative Jan. 20

‘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 Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: Bank of America Charitable Foundation Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 V Foundation Women Scientists Innovation Award for Cancer Research

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

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

Study seeks participants for brain-based reading comprehension enhancement research


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
Axios Nashville: MLK Day events in Nashville
Coverage of Vanderbilt’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative event featuring keynote speaker Byron Pitts is featured.
The New York Times: With 50 dead in Peru, a referendum on democracy
LAPOP AmericasBarometer research on the state of democracy in Peru is cited.
Associated Press: Tennessee GOP split over adding exceptions to abortion ban
The latest statewide Vanderbilt Poll is cited.
Time: Airlines are terrible. Small cities are still paying them millions of dollars to stick around
Morgan Ricks, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Microsoft layoffs suggest broader pain to come for the economy
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: Have celebs learned their lesson from the FTX debacle?
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
Associated Press: Vanderbilt professors’ firm develops ‘breakthrough device’
The research of Robert Webster, Richard A. Schroeder Professor and professor of mechanical engineering, and S. Duke Herrell, professor of urology, is featured.
The Tennessean: 5 ways family travel can be beneficial and fun—for everyone on your trip
Jessika Boles, assistant professor of the practice of psychology and human development, is quoted.
BuzzFeed News: Don’t freak out about your gas stove (yet)
The research of Cosby Stone, assistant professor of medicine, and Tina Hartert, professor of medicine, is cited.
Evolution News: New claim: Tyrannosaur was as smart as a monkey
The research of Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology, is cited.
Patheos: The world’s religions have more in common than you might think
Amy-Jill Levine, Mary Jane Werthan University Professor of Jewish Studies Emerita and University Professor of New Testament Studies Emerita, is quoted.
The New York Times: Medicare begins to rein In drug costs for older Americans
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Esquire: The silent epidemic affecting Generation Z
Feylyn Lewis, assistant dean for student affairs in the School of Nursing, is quoted.
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