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  Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022  
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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.
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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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Holley-Bockelmann receives Mentor Award from AAAS for contributions to science and society
Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Stevenson Professor of Astrophysics, has received the 2022 Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award is for individuals who have mentored significant numbers of underrepresented students who are working toward doctorates in STEM.
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Oskay named chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Çağlar Oskay, professor of civil and environmental engineering with a secondary appointment as professor of mechanical engineering, has been named chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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Vanderbilt engineer leads DARPA project to enable AI machines to gain, share knowledge
Soheil Kolouri, assistant professor of computer science, is part of a team that has received a $1 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of the agency’s Shared-Experience Lifelong Learning initiative.
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Vanderbilt wins renewal of Beckman Scholars Program in chemistry and biological sciences
Vanderbilt University is one of 14 institutions awarded the 2022 Beckman Scholars Program from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, receiving $146,000 to renew Vanderbilt’s program through 2025. The award will support a total of six Beckman Scholars over the next three years, with two scholars named each year.
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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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Nominations open 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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‘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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’Dores in Dialogue: A conversation on the past, present and future Black experience at Vanderbilt 
The next installment of the ’Dores in Dialogue series will explore decades of the Vanderbilt Black experience through the lens of alumni memories, current student life and new leadership initiatives for the future. The Feb. 10 event is presented by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association in partnership with the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni.
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Research conversation to explore relationship between urban communities, schools, student outcomes Feb. 11
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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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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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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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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Ask an Expert: Is getting COVID-19 a moral failure?
Graham Reside, executive director of the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions and assistant professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School, discusses how the evolving pandemic has challenged views on illness as a moral issue.


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

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Creative Ways to Solve Conflict’ Feb. 9

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to host 2022 Educate to Advocate workshop Feb. 9

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s ‘Applying Foundational AI Models to Research’ workshop is Feb. 10

‘MicroBe My Valentine’ event will allow participants to paint with bacteria Feb. 10

‘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

‘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

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

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 ·
  VBI seminar: ‘Cognitive Neuroscience and the Age of Discovery’
· 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’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: Waffle House shooting trial: Travis Reinking guilty on all counts
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
NBC News: CDC advisers weigh delaying second COVID shots to 8 weeks
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Students of color persist in STEM despite racial stereotypes, my research shows
Ebony McGee, associate professor of teaching and learning, authored this piece.
The Wall Street Journal: The world is likely sicker than it has been in 100 years
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina): Columbia schools spend more on salaries, administrative costs than larger districts
Christopher Candelaria, assistant professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
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