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  Friday, Feb. 11, 2022  
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Provost launching initiatives focused on research support, graduate education and more
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver has announced six initiatives that include strengthening the university’s support of research, furthering connections and collaboration with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and further defining the future of graduate education.
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Vanderbilt to celebrate Black History Month with events in February
Vanderbilt University will celebrate 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 Project on Unity and American Democracy to host virtual discussion on new approaches to climate change
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-led researchers show that generalist species are ‘jack of all trades and masters of all’
Over the past decade, Larisa DeSantis, paleontologist and associate professor of biological sciences, has worked with a team of former Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and experts from across the globe to show how species can be both generalized at the species level and specialized individually—a probable key to their success.
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Nominations open through Feb. 25 for eighth cohort of Chancellor Faculty Fellows
The nomination window is now open for the eighth cohort of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. The Chancellor Faculty Fellows program invests in newly tenured faculty at a critical point in their scholarly careers.
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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 Printing Services earns Forest Stewardship Council certification
Vanderbilt University Printing Services has earned Forest Stewardship Council certification for the university’s in-house printing operation. This certification enables Printing Services to affix the FSC® checkmark logo to printed documents and publications, certifying that the paper used was sustainably sourced from well-managed forests.
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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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Research conversation to explore relationship between urban communities, schools, student outcomes TODAY
Vanderbilt Peabody College professor Maury Nation will discuss his research on the relationship between urban communities and schools and how urban social problems affect student outcomes during a virtual event on Friday, Feb. 11. The talk is open to all, but advance registration is requested.
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‘Skyscraper Gothic’ opens at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery Feb. 14
The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery presents “Skyscraper Gothic,” a close, interdisciplinary look at the stylistic development of the tall office building, Feb. 14 through May 22.
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The Wond’ry to host a hybrid Renaissance Women’s Summit
on Feb. 17
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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Emily Nagoski to speak on the science of sexuality Feb. 17
Author and sexuality educator Emily Nagoski will be a featured presenter on Thursday, Feb. 17, during Sex Ed and Healthy Relationships Week. Nagoski will discuss “Demystifying the Science of Sexuality” beginning at 5 p.m. CT via Zoom.
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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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The Pub at Overcup Oak to reopen for limited service in February
After more than a year, the popular Pub at Overcup Oak will reopen for limited service in February, starting with a series of pop-up events.
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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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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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Form 1095-C now available online at My VU Benefits
Form 1095-C allows the Internal Revenue Service to confirm Vanderbilt’s compliance with the coverage and affordability provisions of the Affordable Care Act and assists VU employees in preparing for 2021 tax return filing. Every employee of Vanderbilt University who is eligible for insurance coverage should receive a 1095-C.
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Report 2021 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1
To help employees avoid taxes and penalties, Vanderbilt University Human Resources collects information each spring regarding contributions made to outside retirement plans to help ensure employees don’t exceed IRS limits.
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Dashboard Update: COVID-19 positive cases among VU community members
See the latest updates to VU’s COVID-19 dashboard. Like other communities across the nation, Vanderbilt and the Nashville area are experiencing an increase in cases due to the omicron variant.


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

All you need to know about faculty COVID-19 testing

All you need to know about staff COVID-19 testing

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know


Take Note

VERA continues to offer training resources for faculty

‘Microlearning Series on Positive Psychology: Mindfulness’ Feb. 14

Virtual Summer Camp Fair is Feb. 15

ELE live learning experience: ‘Professionalism: What it is and is Not’ Feb. 16

Conversation: ‘Environmental Humanities Across the Americas’ Feb. 16

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

2022 REDCap Day virtual event is Feb. 16–18

Enabling Innovation Initiative Seminar: Owens discusses ‘Innovative Within Constraints’ Feb. 18

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

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

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

Participants sought for study on consumption of nuts to reduce abdominal obesity, metabolic risk

Know your numbers in February with Health Plus

Healthier You presentation: ‘Using Life’s Simple 7 to Prevent Heart Disease’

Become a Health Plus Wellness Commodore


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  Campus Planning and Construction summer project requests due
· 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


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Christian Science Monitor: Why America’s founding is a conservative touchstone
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
The 74: Classroom observations biased against male, Black teachers, research suggests
Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
Forbes: Challenge circles: A tool to develop and retain high-performing employees in a hybrid workforce
The research of Cynthia Brame, associate director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching and principal senior lecturer in biological sciences, is cited.
Hamodia: Crisis Control: Why it may be time to revisit the Electoral Count Act of 1887
Thomas Schwartz, Distinguished Professor of History, is quoted.
The Palm Beach Post: COVID-19 migration: Who’s moving to Florida and why there’s a New York exodus
Peter Haslag, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Nature: Why the Tongan eruption will go down in the history of volcanology
Kristen Fauria, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
Fortune: Scientists said we’d take annual COVID jabs like flu shots. Now Fauci says it might be only every 5 years
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
WUSA9: ‘You get boosted or you get infected’: Infectious diseases expert stresses importance of boosters even as cases drop
Donald Alcendor, adjunct associate professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
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