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  Friday, Jan. 6, 2023  
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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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Vanderbilt names Anders Nelson head volleyball coach
Vanderbilt University has named Anders Nelson as head coach of its reintroduced volleyball program. Most recently associate head coach at the University of Kentucky, which won the 2020 NCAA championship, Nelson will lead a Commodore program that begins play in the 2025-26 academic year.
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Three in A&S awarded MIRA grants by NIH
College of Arts and Science faculty members Nathan Schley, Allison Walker and John Yang each have been awarded Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award grants from the National Institutes of Health to continue their groundbreaking chemistry research. MIRA grants provide both new and established researchers of general medical sciences with more than $1.9 million over a five-year period.
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Dykens receives grant to engage people with Prader-Willi syndrome in developing new self-report survey
Armed with a two-year, $141,444 grant from the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, Professor of Psychology and Human Development Elisabeth Dykens is developing the first psychometrically sound self-report survey of hyperphagia for people with Prader-Willi syndrome.
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STEM role models inspire future scientists through storytelling
A group of Vanderbilt students with diverse majors joined their creative forces for an immersive writing challenge: Take sophisticated science, technology, engineering and math topics and make them compelling for fourth graders. How did they do it? Through storytelling.
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Cold temperatures cause flooding, damage to buildings on campus 
Vanderbilt University staff stepped up to work over the winter break after a severe cold front swept through the Nashville area and caused frozen pipes and water damage in a handful of campus buildings. The Law School experienced the most damage; it will be open for the start of the spring semester, but some offices, classrooms and other meeting spaces will be closed for repairs and renovations.
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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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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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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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Important reminders about campus parking, transportation and mobility 
As the new semester begins, the Transportation and Mobility Office is sharing some reminders about commuting, parking and mobility options for the campus community.
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City to enhance public parking options in January, increase enforcement in Vanderbilt neighborhoods 
The Nashville Department of Transportation will install new electronic meters and mobile payment options and will expand enforcement of meters, residential parking permits and other parking violations beginning Jan. 1, 2023. Please be sure you are not parking in an area marked for residential parking permits only, as you will be ticketed accordingly.
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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

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

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

MLAS spring and summer 2023 course offerings announced

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

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

Study seeks participants for brain-based reading comprehension enhancement research


Coming Up

· JAN ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘Treasures from Land and Sea’
· 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
Fortune: Is it a bad time to change jobs? Here’s how the experts think looming recession will affect job seekers in 2023
Adam Blandin, assistant professor of economics, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Antibody drugs could target infectious diseases—if costs come down
James Crowe, Ann Scott Carell Professor and University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Wired: Video games need better dinosaurs. Paleontologists can help
Neil Kelley, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
USA Today: What is cardiac arrest? What to know after Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin’s hospitalization
Alex Jahangir, professor of orthopaedic surgery, is quoted.
Scientific American: A valuable COVID drug doesn’t work against new variants
Robert Carnahan, professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
NBC News: Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin’s heart was most likely healthy before collapse
Hari Tandri, professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Economist: Politics will move further to the left in 2023
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor and professor of philosophy, is quoted.
Southern Standard (McMinnville, Tennessee): Vanderbilt professor says COVID not gone
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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