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  Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022  
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Akard named associate dean for academic affairs in Graduate School
Associate Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics Terrah Akard, a nationally recognized nurse scientist in pediatric palliative care and end-of-life support, has been named associate dean for academic affairs for the Graduate School.
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VU inks collaboration with precision neuroscience company Neumora
Vanderbilt University has signed an exclusive worldwide license and research collaboration agreement with Neumora Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering precision medicines for brain diseases through the integration of data science and neuroscience.
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‘Border Wars: How Russia and Ukraine’s Conflict Could Impact the World’ is tomorrow
Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host a panel discussion on the evolving crisis between Russia and Ukraine. The virtual event on Thursday, Feb. 24, is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
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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’s celebration of Black History Month continues
Vanderbilt University is celebrating Black History Month—a time to acknowledge and appreciate the history, experience and accomplishments of Black people on the Vanderbilt campus, across the country and globally—with a series of events and activities throughout February.
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Vanderbilt to collaborate on $4.8M ARPA-E microgrid control project
Vanderbilt computer engineers will collaborate with colleagues at North Carolina State University on a new $4.8 million project to develop technology to co-design and control microgrids. The award was among 68 grants exceeding $175 million recently announced by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
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Three Ph.D. engineering students win prestigious Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships
Three civil engineering Ph.D. students have received Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships, an honor that highlights Vanderbilt’s position as an epicenter of connected cities and transit research.
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Blending hobbies and academic research is a thought to ‘harp’ on
Second-year Ph.D. student Mayna Nguyen recently combined a longtime hobby with her study of biomedical optics with dazzling results: a playable laser harp that embodies both her love for the instrument and her research into photonics.
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Updated Conflict of Interest Policy to take effect March 1 with launch of annual disclosure campaign for faculty, staff and postdocs
The Office of Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management and the Office of the General Counsel announce that an updated Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management policy will take effect on March 1, 2022, to coincide with the launch of the annual COI disclosure campaign for faculty, staff and postdocs.
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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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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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Digital Commons announces spring events providing faculty development on digital skills
The Digital Commons has announced a number of spring workshops and panels for faculty interested in learning to use digital technologies and tools in their professional work.
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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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Vanderbilt Haiti Week continues
Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, the Caribbean Students Association and the Center for Second Language Studies will host the sixth annual Vanderbilt Haiti Week Feb. 22–24.
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14th annual Murray Lecture is today
LaWanda W. M. Ward, assistant professor of education and research associate at Pennsylvania State College of Education, will give the 14th annual Murray Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. CT via Zoom. Ward will discuss “Make it Make Sense: Racial Justice, Spirituality and Law” for the event co-sponsored by The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
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Women’s Center seeks nominations for 2022 awards through Friday
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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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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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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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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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

VERA offers training resources for faculty

Campus Dining offers flex meal deal for faculty, staff, graduate and professional students

‘Raising Anti-racist Kids’ topic of Parenting Group meeting Feb. 23

Study seeks African American adults Feb. 23
for Alzheimer’s disease storytelling research

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center research ethics discussion on applied behavior analysis is Feb. 24

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

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

Report 2021 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

Form 1095-C now available online at My VU Benefits

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

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


Coming Up

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  ‘First Woman of Color in Congress: Patsy Takemoto Mink, the Intersectional Feminist Behind Title IX’
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp March 10, 11
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  Brain Blast 2022
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease
Research Day


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Forbes: Education underscores Nashville’s meteoric growth
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
CNN: How Heinz uses a fake number to keep its brand timeless
Kelly Haws, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Professor of Marketing, is quoted.
BuzzFeed News: The deeper questions underlying the Sarah Palin defamation trial
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Agence France-Presse: Unproven claims of masks harming speech development spread online
Stephen Camarata, professor of hearing and speech sciences and professor of special education, and Melanie Schuele, professor of hearing and speech sciences, are quoted.
Associated Press: U.S. virus cases, hospitalizations continue steady decline
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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