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  Friday, Feb. 18, 2022  
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New fund established to sustain Vanderbilt rocket team successes
Mark F. Dalton, JD’75, emeritus trustee and former chair of the Board of Trust, has established the Dalton Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory Fund to support the university’s rocket team, winners of an unprecedented seven NASA Student Launch national championships in 10 years.
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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 events 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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‘Border Wars: How Russia and Ukraine’s Conflict Could Impact the World’ set for Feb. 24
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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Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy to host virtual discussion on new approaches to climate change Feb. 22
Vanderbilt Law School professor Michael Vandenbergh will discuss bipartisan efforts to address climate change and sustainability with environmental activist Benji Backer in a virtual event on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 p.m. hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy.
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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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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. 21 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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‘Inside the Box: Innovative Within Constraints’ virtual event featuring David Owens is today
The Enabling Innovation Initiative will host David Owens, professor of the practice of management and innovation and Evans Family Executive Director of the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, for “Inside the Box: Innovative Within Constraints” on Friday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. CT.
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‘Black Excellence in Research and the Future of Diversity in Academia’ virtual event scheduled for Feb. 22
In recognition of Black History Month, the School of Medicine Basic Sciences’ monthly virtual Lab-to-Table Conversation will celebrate Black excellence in research and discuss the future of diversity in academia. The event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. CT. 
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14th annual Murray Lecture is Feb. 23
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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Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day is March 31
The third annual Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day will be Thursday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. The campus-wide academic event will showcase Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia research from multiple clinical and basic science departments across campus.
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‘ON THE HILL’ government relations report now available
Vanderbilt’s Division of Government and Community Relations has published the eighth issue of its ON THE HILL government relations report. The biannual report summarizes Vanderbilt’s activities over the past six months at the federal, state and local levels of government.
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Women’s Center seeks nominations for 2022 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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Plan ahead for updates to Oracle Cloud Feb. 18-19
Vanderbilt’s Oracle Cloud environment will undergo its next quarterly upgrade during the weekend of Feb 18-19. This update is scheduled to begin on Friday at 9 p.m. and end on Saturday. Please plan ahead for this period when the system will be unavailable.
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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

Vanderbilt to provide KN95 masks for all students, faculty, postdocs and on-campus staff

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know


Take Note

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

Campus Dining celebrates reopening of Common Grounds

‘Microlearning Series on Positive Psychology: Connectedness’ Feb. 21

Vanderbilt Microbiome Innovation Center offers analytics workshop
Feb. 22–23

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

Love Your Heart Expo is
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

VERA offers training resources for faculty

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

Form 1095-C now available online at My VU Benefits

Report 2021 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

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


Coming Up

· MAR ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp March 10, 11
· MAR ·
  Brain Blast 2022


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Vanderbilt University invests in venture fund supporting black health care firms
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
Reuters: Analysis: Sarah Palin defamation case a long shot for U.S. Supreme Court, experts say
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is quoted.
USA Today: Just how bad is it to be in ICU with COVID? Far more miserable than people realize, experts say
Wes Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
The Grio: The 1,000 Black Scientists list honors Black excellence and innovation
Antentor Hinton, assistant professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, is quoted.
New York Daily News: Historic Remington settlement with Sandy Hook families a ‘warning shot,’ experts say
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Study finds that Black male teachers may face bias from classroom evaluators
The research of Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is featured.
Teen Vogue: Youth caregivers: Black and Brown young people have cared for relatives during COVID
Feylyn Lewis, program manager for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Students for Health Equity program, authored this piece.
Time: Nasal vaccines could help stop COVID-19 from spreading—if scientists can get them right
James Crowe, Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Healio: COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy lowers hospitalization risk for infants
Natasha Halasa, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Discover Magazine: Average body temperature takes a dip
Aimalohi Ahonkhai, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
Politico: Surgeon general’s warning: Kids get COVID, too
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Scientific American: The pandemic set off a boom in diagnostics
Nicholas Adams, research assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is quoted. Frederick Haselton, professor of biomedical engineering, is mentioned.
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