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  Monday, Feb. 14, 2022  
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Chancellor, provost visit Fort Campbell to strengthen partnership  
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver visited Fort Campbell in late January to strengthen Vanderbilt’s collaborative efforts with the U.S. Army to benefit soldiers. 
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Reimagining the future of Arts and Science curriculum
The College of Arts and Science is launching a dynamic and collaborative effort to reimagine its curriculum for the 21st century, ensuring that Vanderbilt students engage in educational experiences of the highest caliber.
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Vanderbilt announces free admission to National Museum of African American Music for all students
The newest partnership between Vanderbilt University and the National Museum of African American Music is providing free admission to the museum’s galleries and exhibitions for all Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate students, effective today.
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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 astronomers discover exceedingly rare star
A team of astronomers has made the discovery of a lifetime that will help answer burning questions on the evolution of stars. The group is led by Keivan Stassun, Evolutionary Studies Initiative member and Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy.
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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
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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Graduate student to study biological evolution in Malaysia through ESI grant
Audrey Arner, a first-year Ph.D. student, recently earned a pilot research grant from Vanderbilt’s Evolutionary Studies Initiative to study the evolutionary mismatch hypothesis in Malaysia. The basis of the research seeks to understand how genetic characteristics that were beneficial to communities in the past could be harmful in a modern environment.  
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Vanderbilt’s English Language Center participates in resettlement of Afghan evacuees
The Vanderbilt University English Language Center recently collaborated with the Nashville International Center for Empowerment, a nonprofit humanitarian organization, to help with resettlement efforts for Afghan evacuees in Nashville.
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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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‘Skyscraper Gothic’ opens at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery
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 hybrid Renaissance Women’s Summit 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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2022 Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference set for Feb. 18
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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


COVID-19 Updates

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

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 offers 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

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

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

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

2022 REDCap Day virtual event is Feb. 16–18

‘Mental Fortitude’ topic of Feb. 17 online talk

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

Report 2021 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

Limited Submission Opportunity: VentureWell Course and Program Grants spring 2022 cycle

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

Families of children ages 3-6 with autism needed for assistive listening device research

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


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
BuzzFeed News: Sarah Palin took the stand after an NYT editor said he has ‘regretted pretty much every day’ his wording about her
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Legislature confirms Sarah Campbell as new Tennessee Supreme Court justice
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Mask mandates continue to fall as Fauci says U.S. may be approaching ‘normality’
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Retail Dive: Retail supply chains were made to be broken. Will brands adapt—or revert?
Craig Philip, research professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
JD Supra: Farewell to Sandalow and Kamisar
Nancy King, Lee S. and Charles A. Speir Professor of Law, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: What’s behind Republican anger at the NFL? Shifting views on race
The research of John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is cited.
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