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  Monday, Jan. 9, 2023  
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A look ahead at our 150th year
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier welcomes Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and postdocs back to what promises to be an especially rich and fruitful spring semester in a message to the university community.
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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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Kujawa receives BBRF Young Investigator Grant to identify biomarkers of adolescent suicidal behavior
Autumn Kujawa, assistant professor of psychology and human development, recently received a two-year, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator Grant of $70,000 for a novel study to identify biomarkers associated with suicidal behavior in adolescents.
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Mabel Cummins strikes balance as bowling team captain, Undergraduate Honor Council president
Between academics, training and competition, collegiate student-athletes must juggle a lot. Mabel Cummins, captain of the Vanderbilt bowling team, added to her multitasking over the past year by also serving as president of the university’s Undergraduate Honor Council.
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Jess Neely Drive to permanently close to create pedestrian, bicycle-friendly greenway
Jess Neely Drive between 25th Avenue and Natchez Trace will permanently close to vehicular traffic the week of Jan. 9 to make way for a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly greenway.
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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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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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Vandy Cooks: ‘Treasures from Land and Sea’ Jan. 11
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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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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Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth accepting applications for summer 2023
Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth is accepting applications for summer 2023 programs beginning Jan. 5. If you have an academically advanced learner in your life, PTY has opportunities for them.


Health & Safety Updates

Davidson County COVID community level high

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


Take Note

Cold temperatures cause flooding, damage to buildings on campus 

Submit sustainability-related photos to citywide contest on environmental success and opportunity

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

Review your personal information in preparation for W-2s 

IRS increases 2023 contribution limits; maximize your benefits today

Important reminders about campus parking, transportation and mobility 

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Covenant Foundation Grants

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

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


Coming Up

· JAN ·
  Flexner Deans’ Lecture: Kay Redfield Jamison
· FEB ·
  Concert for a Cause featuring Sheryl Crow to benefit Shade Tree Clinic


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Vanderbilt in the News
Bloomberg: Car owners strain as more loan payments soar to $1,000
Mark Cohen, professor of economics and strategy, is quoted.
Reuters: New York sues Celsius Network founder Mashinsky, alleges crypto fraud
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The Guardian: Job cuts and falling shares: How did it all go so wrong for the U.S. tech sector?
Joshua White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: New Biden law won’t kill drug cures. It will reshape them.
Stacie Dusetzina, professor of health policy, is quoted.
NBC News: Damar Hamlin is alert and asking questions, doctors say
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Bloomberg: America’s food waste problem is a hunger solution in disguise
Amanda Little, writer-in-residence in English, authored this piece.
USA Today: This nursing home chain stood out for nationally high death rates as pandemic peaked
John Schnelle, professor of medicine and director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Quality Aging, is quoted.
Axios: Why we (still) can’t find any children’s Tylenol
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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