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  Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023  
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Acclaimed journalist warns against indifference in MLK Day keynote; students step up for day of service
Byron Pitts, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and co-host of ABC’s Nightline, warned against the dangers of becoming indifferent to helping others and challenged members of the Vanderbilt community to see their potential to change the world through service when he delivered the university’s 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series keynote address on Monday evening.
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McBride Murry appointed to national advisory board for mental health
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently appointed University Distinguished Professor Velma McBride Murry to the National Advisory Mental Health Council. The council advises the current U.S. secretary of health and human services and the director of the National Institute for Mental Health.
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Robinson receives National Institutes of Health grant for faculty success program to promote equity in science
Renã Robinson, Dorothy Wingfield Phillips Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow and professor of chemistry, received $2.04 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to start a program that will help underrepresented minority faculty further their success in STEM.
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Ebrish named senior member of IEEE
Vanderbilt engineering professor Mona Ebrish has been designated a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the highest professional grade of the IEEE.
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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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Ambassador of Ireland to visit VU tomorrow as part of goodwill tour 
The ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to the United States, Geraldine Byrne Nason, will discuss international relations on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Vanderbilt. The conversation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Central Library fourth-floor Community Room. The event is open to the public.
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VPA hosts ‘Speak Easy’ talk series
Jan. 19 to help postdocs tell their scientific story
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association hosts “Speak Easy,” a talk series designed to help postdoctoral researchers polish their “lay” scientific communication skills in a fun and casual setting. The next event will be on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Hall Graduate Student Lounge.
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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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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.
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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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Kindermusik at Blair Academy begins tomorrow
Register now for spring Kindermusik at Blair Academy, recognized by Kindermusik International as one of the top programs worldwide. Classes are designed for families with one or more children ages 6 months to 5 years. 


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

Review your personal information in preparation
for W-2s 

IRS increases 2023 contribution limits; maximize your benefits today

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 ·
  ‘Introduction to Positive Discipline’ topic of Parenting Group meeting
· JAN ·
  Flexner Deans’ Lecture: Kay Redfield Jamison
· JAN ·
  Parent information 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
Bloomberg: Cyber Bulletin: When war goes digital
Charles Moore, Distinguished Visiting Professor in Political Science, is featured.
The Washington Post: The doctor won’t see you now: COVID winters are making long hospital waits the new normal
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
MarketWatch: The way Medicare will negotiate down prescription drug prices takes shape
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
Chalkbeat: Bill would curb ‘implicit bias’ training in Tennessee schools, universities
Mark Chin, assistant professor of leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.
The New York Times: Even a little alcohol can harm your health
Mariann Piano, Nancy and Hilliard Travis Professor and professor of nursing, is quoted.
AARP: 10 ways to curb sugar cravings
Jamie Pope, adjunct assistant professor of nursing, is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed: Sea change or small step toward interreligious inclusion?
Shaul Kelner, associate professor of sociology and Jewish studies, is quoted.
Salon: What happens when a family caregiver needs caregiving?
Feylyn Lewis, assistant dean for student affairs at the School of Nursing, is quoted.
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