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  Friday, Jan. 13, 2023  
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Acclaimed journalist Byron Pitts to speak at 2023 MLK Day commemorative event on Monday
Emmy Award–winning journalist and author Byron Pitts, co-host of ABC’s Nightline, will be the keynote speaker for Vanderbilt University’s 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative event. This year’s topic is “It Starts with Me: Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems.” Please register in advance to attend the in-person event or to watch online.  
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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 Scarritt Bennett Center.
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Vanderbilt University awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant for Florence Price celebration
The Vanderbilt Blair School of Music has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive a Grants for Arts Projects award of $20,000. Led by professor Douglas Shadle, the grant will fund “Florence Price: A Celebration,” a series of performances honoring classical composer Florence Price. 
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Ambassador of Ireland to visit Vanderbilt 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 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Central Library fourth-floor Community Room. The event is open to the public.
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Zohn Collective to perform at Blair School’s Ingram Hall Jan. 14
The Vanderbilt Blair School of Music presents “Zohn Collective: Songtree,” an evening of contemporary art music, on Saturday, Jan. 14. The performance is the culmination of a weeklong on-campus residency for the group, sponsored by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies.
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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. 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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Take advantage of well-being resources for employees in 2023 
As a new year begins, Vanderbilt is encouraging all employees to take advantage of the extensive well-being resources 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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VCFC’s Owls developmental kindergarten enrolling for 2023-24 school year
The Vanderbilt Child and Family Center’s Owls kindergarten program is enrolling students for the 2023–24 school year. This unique kindergarten on the Vanderbilt campus follows a nature-based educational philosophy and offers an emergent curriculum with a learning focus on 21st-century skills.
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Kindermusik at Blair Academy begins Jan. 19
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

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

Work-Life Workshop: ‘A Primer on Identifying Your CliftonStrengths’ Jan. 17

‘Introduction to Positive Discipline’ topic of Parenting Group meeting Jan. 18

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Covenant Foundation Grants

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

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth accepting applications for summer 2023

City to enhance public parking options in January, increase enforcement in Vanderbilt neighborhoods 

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
· 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
The Tennessean: How Nashville will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year
Vanderbilt’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative event featuring keynote speaker Byron Pitts is featured.
Biomedical Beat Blog (National Institute of General Medical Sciences): Career Conversations: Q&A with structural biologist Lauren Parker Jackson
Lauren Parker Jackson, associate professor of biological sciences, is featured.
The Wall Street Journal: How the new $35 cap on insulin costs will work
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
Associated Press: Coronavirus doesn’t mean ‘heart attack virus’ in Latin
Daniel Solomon, principal senior lecturer in classical and Mediterranean studies, is quoted.
CNN: Opinion: Trump amped up GOP extremism but didn’t invent it
Nicole Hemmer, associate professor of history, authored this piece.
Associated Press: Abortion, roads, trans youth top Tennessee lawmaking session
The latest statewide Vanderbilt Poll is featured.
The Washington Post: The T. rex may have been a lot smarter than you thought
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
CBS News: COVID-19 vaccines: From nasal drops to a redesign, what 2023 could have in store
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
EdSurge: To serve all of our students, ‘We have to do something different’
The research of Rich Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Education, is cited.
Voice of America: New drug slows Alzheimer’s, but not a cure
Matthew Schrag, assistant professor of neurology, is quoted.
Deseret News: What family experts hope Congress will consider in ’23
Cynthia Osborne, professor of leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.
The Conversation: College students who work more hours are less likely to graduate
Carolyn Heinrich, University Distinguished Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, co-authored this piece.
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