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  Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022  
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Board of Trust to host investiture of Chancellor Daniel Diermeier
The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust will host a series of events April 8–9 as part of the investiture of Vanderbilt’s ninth chancellor, Daniel Diermeier, including a formal investiture ceremony.
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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, at 4 p.m. CT will feature Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee in conversation with King.
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Sando awarded 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship in neuroscience
Richard Sando, assistant professor of pharmacology, has been selected to receive a 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship, one of the most competitive and prestigious awards available to early-career researchers.
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Catania receives 2022 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
Kenneth Catania, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences, has received the 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Young Adult Science Book category for “Great Adaptations: Star-Nosed Moles, Electric Eels and Other Tales of Evolution’s Mysteries Solved.”
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Black History Month celebration 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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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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Engineering senior represents Vanderbilt in Jeopardy! National College Championship airing today
Sam Blum, a senior engineering science major, is representing Vanderbilt University in the Jeopardy! National College Championship currently airing on ABC. His episode airs at 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Feb. 16, one of the quarterfinals dates.
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The Wond’ry to host a hybrid Renaissance Women’s Summit tomorrow
The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s center for innovation, will host its first women’s entrepreneur summit in partnership with the Renaissance Marketing Group and Boss Talks Network on Thursday, Feb. 17. The event is for female entrepreneurs at all stages of their business journeys, with local entrepreneurs and marketers sharing tips on all aspects of growing or starting a business.
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‘Inside the Box: Innovative Within Constraints’ virtual event featuring David Owens scheduled for Friday
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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2022 Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference set for Friday
The Center for Entrepreneurship will host the fourth annual Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday, Feb. 18, with attendees participating both in person and virtually. Students interested in pursuing a career in the startup field, as an entrepreneur, and within the investor/venture capital space are encouraged to attend. 
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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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Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy to host virtual discussion on new approaches to climate change Feb. 24
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 Thursday, Feb. 24, at 12:30 p.m. hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy.
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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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New Vanderbilt Osher learning opportunities await older adults
Older adults can rediscover the joy of learning this spring in classes led by outstanding faculty and community experts through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt. Topics include the role of diet in healthy aging, Eudora Welty’s short stories, steel drum band and more.
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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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New email security enhancements prevent spoofing, increase deliverability
On Jan. 31, Vanderbilt University implemented an email security enhancement to help ensure that VU email accounts stay safe and secure by preventing spoofing, a practice used to forge the “from” address of an email message. The enhancement also will increase email deliverability by verifying that all messages are from an authentic VU email address.
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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

VERA offers training resources for faculty

Campus Dining celebrates reopening of Common Grounds

Campus Dining’s Farm to Campus Menu Series kicks off Feb. 16

‘Normal vs. Not Normal Aging’ to be discussed
Feb. 16

2022 REDCap Day virtual event is Feb. 16–18

‘Mental Fortitude’ topic of Feb. 17 online talk

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

‘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

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


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  Sheryl Crow, Rivers Rutherford headline Shade Tree Benefit
· FEB ·
  Vanderbilt Microbiome Innovation Center offers analytics workshop
Feb. 22–23
· 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 Guardian: ‘Every move scrutinized’: Facebook’s rocky road to the metaverse
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
CNN: COVID-19 vaccine authorization for younger children delayed as FDA seeks more data
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, and Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, are quoted.
Reuters: Class counsel want to pay objector $25K to ditch appeal. Ted Frank is in their way.
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
Retail Dive: What the Amazon union do-over in Alabama means for the future of retail
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
Associated Press: Study: COVID booster effectiveness wanes but remains strong
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Financial Times: Stablecoin firms should be regulated like the banks they are
Morgan Ricks, professor of law, is quoted.
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