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  Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023  
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Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Charlie Moore to elevate Vanderbilt’s expertise on national security, emerging threats
Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Charlie “Tuna” Moore, a highly decorated pilot who led the day-to-day operations of U.S. Cyber Command, has joined Vanderbilt University’s initiative on the future of conflict.
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Major Jackson to host daily poetry podcast ‘The Slowdown’ starting
Jan. 23
Major Jackson, professor of English, director of creative writing and holder of the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities, has been named the new host of the celebrated poetry podcast The Slowdown, produced by American Public Media in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.
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Acclaimed journalist Byron Pitts to speak at Vanderbilt’s 2023 MLK Day commemorative event
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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Joseph appointed Peabody College associate dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion
Nicole Joseph, associate professor of mathematics education, has been named associate dean for equity, diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development.
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Hemmeter receives $11.9 million grant to expand Pyramid Model in pre-K and kindergarten classrooms nationally
Vanderbilt Peabody College Professor Mary Louise Hemmeter has received an $11.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education to expand the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms in diverse districts across the country.
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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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One lane of Broadway to close for utility work at graduate and professional student housing village
Nightly closures of one lane of Broadway between Lyle Avenue and Division Street began on Jan. 8 for crews to perform utility work at Vanderbilt’s graduate and professional student housing village.
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Vandy Cooks: ‘Treasures from Land and Sea’ TODAY
Join chef Brian Cochran and registered dietitian Emily Svennevik as they transport Vandy Cooks participants to the Mediterranean through a culinary presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center.
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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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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier to offer writing workshops Jan. 24–25
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, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
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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. 
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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.


Health & Safety Updates

Davidson County COVID community level high

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


Take Note

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

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

Jess Neely Drive to permanently close to create pedestrian, bicycle-friendly greenway

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

MLAS spring and summer 2023 course offerings announced

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth accepting applications for summer 2023

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

Participants needed for family-centered diet study

Participants sought for brain-based learning enhancement research

Employee Critical Support Fund to provide expanded services and funding; support the fund through AmazonSmile, Kroger Community Awards 


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
Associated Press: U.S. approves Alzheimer’s drug that modestly slows disease
Matthew Schrag, assistant professor of neurology, is quoted.
CNN: Senior citizens won’t pay more than $35 a month for insulin as new drug provisions kick in
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
Engadget: There was a lot of pee on the CES 2023 show floor
Audrey Bowden, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is quoted.
ABC News: RSV and flu cases subside as COVID hospitalizations tick up
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Spectrum News: In a time of political divide, 2 Texans with polar opposite views become pen pals
The Vanderbilt Unity Index is cited.
WalletHub: Cheapest car insurance in Tennessee
Anthony Salerno, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.
The Rogersville (Tennessee) Review: CDC: Bivalent booster vaccine effective in preventing COVID-19 hospitalization in older adults
Wesley Self, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted.
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