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  Friday, Feb. 25, 2022  
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Statement from Chancellor Diermeier on events in Ukraine; university resources available
Vanderbilt stands in support of all members of the university community impacted by events in Ukraine, especially those with connections to the region, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier writes in a statement, which also details university resources.
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WATCH: Vanderbilt virtual event offers perspective on how Russia and Ukraine’s conflict could impact the world
As Russia unleashed an assault against Ukraine on Thursday, a panel of Vanderbilt experts brought context to the developments during a virtual event on the escalating conflict and its potential global implications.
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Vanderbilt University statement regarding travel to Ukraine
Due to ongoing Russian military action, travel to Ukraine by Vanderbilt University faculty, staff or students on university-sponsored or affiliated travel is suspended until further notice, effective immediately.
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University announces updates to COVID-19 protocols
Following consultation with public health experts, Vanderbilt University is shifting its campus COVID-19 policies to align with the health trends happening across Nashville and the country. Beginning March 14, the university will move to a mask-optional status if 6 feet of physical distance between individuals can be maintained.
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REGISTER: Experts to discuss what comes next in the COVID-19 pandemic
Registration is now open for a special panel discussion about the future of COVID-19, featuring some of Vanderbilt University’s leading experts in COVID vaccines, infectious disease and public health. The virtual discussion will be on Thursday, March 10, at noon CT.
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Blumstein honored for service to Leadership Nashville
James F. Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, was honored by Leadership Nashville for nearly 40 years of service as a program leader at its Shareholder Luncheon on Feb. 24.
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Grimes appointed director of master’s program for independent school leaders
Carrie Grimes, EdD’20, has been named director of Vanderbilt Peabody College’s innovative blended master’s degree program in independent school leadership.  
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Chancellor’s Lecture Series hosts Billie Jean King and Candice Lee discussing a new era of equality in sports
Sports icon and champion of equality Billie Jean King will discuss the past, present and future of sports as part of the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series and the university’s yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX. The virtual event on Tuesday, March 1, will feature Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee in conversation with King.
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Vanderbilt celebrates Women’s History Month in March
Vanderbilt University is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of events in March. Women’s History Month honors the struggles and achievements of women of all nations and cultures.
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‘First Woman of Color in Congress: Patsy Takemoto Mink, the Intersectional Feminist Behind Title IX’ is March 3
“First Woman of Color in Congress: Patsy Takemoto Mink, the Intersectional Feminist Behind Title IX” is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at 4 p.m. CT as part of Vanderbilt’s celebration of Women’s History Month.
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Final day for nominations for annual Women’s Center awards
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center is seeking nominations for its annual awards that recognize and honor Vanderbilt community members for their contributions to the advancement of university women. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Feb. 25.
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VU Theatre explores self-forgiveness, compassion in latest production
Vanderbilt University Theatre will perform “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” an imaginary courtroom trial of one of the most infamous biblical figures, Feb. 24–27 at Neely Auditorium.
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Nominations are open for annual postdoc awards; deadline is March 11
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will recognize Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated excellence in research, service, mentorship and a commitment to the postdoc community, as well as their mentors, with the annual postdoc awards.
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Frist Center for Autism and Innovation seeking applications for new fellows, affiliates
The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation has announced its 2022 call for membership, which allows Vanderbilt faculty and staff to apply to become affiliates or fellows of the center. Applications are due by March 15. 
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Become a faculty VUceptor and welcome new students this fall
The university is seeking faculty to serve as VUceptors for the incoming Class of 2026. VUceptors model dynamic and meaningful professor-student interaction by inviting first-year students to join the Vanderbilt family, providing support in the transition process, and showcasing the vast network of resources available to ensure students’ success.
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2 Chainz, Miguel headline Rites of Spring; tickets on sale Feb. 25
Rites of Spring is scheduled for Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, on Alumni Lawn. Tickets for Vanderbilt students, staff and faculty will go on sale Friday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m.
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Severe weather at Vanderbilt: Do you know what to do?
Feb. 20–26 is National Severe Weather Awareness Week. Vanderbilt’s Office of Emergency Management is sharing information to help prepare the Vanderbilt community in the event of a weather emergency.
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Construction begins on 25th Avenue for Davidson County’s first enhanced crosswalk
Vanderbilt will install Davidson County’s first enhanced crosswalk on 25th Avenue as part of the university’s West End Neighborhood project and FutureVU goal to improve the safety and walkability of campus. Construction will begin the week of Feb. 28 and will last approximately three weeks.
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HR Employee Learning and Engagement offers new peer-to-peer learning opportunity for managers and leaders
Conversation Circles, a series for managers and leaders, creates an intentional space where supervisors, managers and leaders can share and discuss insights and best practices while building their peer networks.
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Facilities Department to host educational classes for faculty, staff
The Vanderbilt University Facilities Department will host several upcoming sessions of Facilities University, a series of classes to educate the Vanderbilt community about the inner workings of the department.
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USAC partnering with Second Harvest for virtual food drive in February
Vanderbilt’s University Staff Advisory Council is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee for a virtual food drive in the month of February.
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Dashboard Update: COVID-19 positive cases among VU community members
See the latest updates to VU’s COVID-19 dashboard. Vanderbilt maintains this dashboard to inform the university community about the number of positive COVID-19 test results for the spring 2022 semester.


COVID-19 Updates

Prescription benefit now covers over-the-counter COVID-19 tests

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know


Take Note

New lecture series for faculty interested in Ancora partnership

Data Science Institute hosts ‘AI Fridays’

Last day for Campus Dining flex meal deal for faculty, staff

‘Microlearning Series on Positive Psychology: Self-compassion’ Feb. 28

Updated Conflict of Interest Policy takes effect March 1 with launch of annual disclosure campaign for faculty, staff and postdocs

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’ March 2

VERA offers training resources for faculty

Limited Submission Opportunity: V Foundation–2022 V Clinical Scholar Program

VICC SPORE in Breast Cancer developmental research funding opportunity

VICC SPORE in Breast Cancer career enhancement funding opportunity

VICC funding opportunity: The Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Breast Cancer Translational Innovation Award

Report 2021 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

Form 1095-C now available online at My VU Benefits

Start Go for the Gold early this year; steps 1 and 2 now available


Coming Up

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  Digital Commons: Workshop on training research assistants to clean data
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp March 10, 11
· MAR ·
  Brain Blast 2022
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: NATO’s membership rules invite conflict—and benefit Putin
Brett Benson, associate professor of political science, and Bradley Smith, assistant professor of political science, authored this piece.
The Wall Street Journal: Why this economic boom can’t lift America’s spirits
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Parade: Do you have a family member who just had a heart attack? Here’s everything you can do to support them
Jim Jackson, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: At-home health care is booming, but doing it yourself isn’t always a good idea
James Nichols, professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
Tampa Bay Times: Florida’s Fort Mose was America’s first legally sanctioned free Black settlement
The research of Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities and professor of history, is cited.
Associated Press: COVID-19 shots unlikely to prompt rare inflammation in kids
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Contemporary Clinic: Expert: Nurse practitioners ‘are in very high demand,’ with the field set for significant growth
April Kapu, professor of clinical nursing, is quoted.
Input: Jeff Price is sick of comedians getting screwed by Pandora and Spotify
Joseph Fishman, professor of law, is quoted.
The Conversation: Taxpayers should expect serious delays from the IRS this year—a tax scholar offers tips but says only Congress can fix the underlying problem
Beverly Moran, professor of law, emerita, authored this piece.
Associated Press: CDC: Some people should wait longer for 2nd COVID shot
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Why LGBTQ curriculum is important in K-12 education
Brina Ratangee, an undergraduate student majoring in medicine health and society who works in Vanderbilt’s LGBT Policy Lab, authored this piece.
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