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  Monday, Feb. 7, 2022  
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Art, science, history converge in exhibit examining racial issues in STEM
The intersection of science and society is the foundation of a multi-institutional collaboration of students and faculty in a virtual and physical art exhibit titled “Nested Knowledge: Disentangling History, Truth and Race in STEM Experiences.” The exhibit can be experienced online and at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, through February 2022 in honor of Black History Month.
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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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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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Vanderbilt students attend COP26 to observe climate diplomacy in action
Fourteen undergraduates and two graduate students represented Vanderbilt University in Glasgow, Scotland, as official delegates to the United Nations international climate change negotiations—dubbed COP26.
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Explorations in Research is today
Registration is open for the fourth annual Explorations in Research networking event. Hosted by the Office of Immersion Resources in partnership with Scientific Immersion and Mentorship, the event convenes Vanderbilt researchers from all disciplines to present their research and network with students to discover possible new collaborations.
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2022 Satcher Lecture: ‘Reducing Racial Inequity in Health’ is Feb. 8
David R. Williams, the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will discuss “Reducing Racial Inequity in Health: The Fierce Urgency of Now” on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. CT. The virtual event is the 2022 Satcher Lecture sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Master of Public Health Program.
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Utility boring, soil testing for campus utility upgrades to start Feb. 8
As part of a multiyear Central Utility Infrastructure project, geotechnical company TTL Inc., under the direction of the Campus Planning and Construction office, will conduct exploratory soil testing and boring on campus starting Feb. 8.
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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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Campus Planning and Construction summer project requests due by
Feb. 15
Campus Planning and Construction is implementing a Feb. 15 deadline for summer 2022 project submissions due to the supply chain and labor shortage issues that are heavily impacting the construction industry nationwide.
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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 Microbiome Innovation Center offers analytics workshop
Feb. 22–23
The Vanderbilt Microbiome Innovation Center’s annual workshop series will introduce participants to a hands-on analytical and experimental workflow as well as web-based visual tools for investigating the microbiome. Each participant will receive a certificate of achievement upon completion. 
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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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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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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

‘Microlearning Series on Positive Psychology: Gratitude’ Feb. 7

ELE live learning experience: ‘Dealing with Change at Work’ Feb. 8

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

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

Virtual Summer Camp Fair is Feb. 15

2022 REDCap Day virtual event is Feb. 16–18

Women’s Center presents ‘Demystifying the Science of Sexuality’ Feb. 17

Vanderbilt Divinity School highlights works by Nashville portrait artist Donna Woodley for Black History Month

Share your feedback on Nashville’s action plan for transportation and pedestrian safety 

HR Employee Learning and Engagement launches small group life design series for employees

2021 W-2s now available

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

Celebrate National Heart Month with Health Plus’ Count on Your Heart activities


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  VBI seminar: ‘Cognitive Neuroscience and the Age of Discovery’
· FEB ·
  Sheryl Crow, Rivers Rutherford headline Shade Tree Benefit
· MAR ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp March 10, 11
· MAR ·
  Save the date: Brain Blast 2022


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Vanderbilt in the News
Arts Engines: Jay Clayton talks about the arts and healing
Jay Clayton, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and director of The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt, was featured on the Arts Engines: Aaron Dworkin and… blog, where he discusses the vital role of the Curb Center in the arts and the role of the arts in healing.
Bloomberg: Sarah Palin takes on ‘New York Times’ in a trial targeting press protections
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Marketplace: Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drug Company offers discounted drugs, but can it change the pharmaceutical industry?
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
International Business Times: 192 human spines skewered on sticks found in Peru
Tiffiny Tung, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology, is quoted.
Scientific American: Agonizing cough of croup rising in kids with COVID
Christian Rosas-Salazar, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Forbes: Economic toll of opioid epidemic: $1.3 trillion a year
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management, is quoted.
Live Science: Top 10 things that make humans special
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
Chalkbeat: Schools got $190 billion in COVID relief from the feds. What’s happened to it?
Christopher Candelaria, assistant professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Tennessee’s COVID-19 infections drop for the first time in omicron wave
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Tennessee Ledger: Top athletes finally cashing in on name, image, likeness change
John Koch, senior lecturer in communication studies, is quoted.
The Daily Express (U.K.): COVID booster: The ‘taste’ reported after the third shot that may ‘linger’ for many days
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
CNN: COVID-19 vaccine for younger children will face an ‘odd’ authorization process
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: Blood supplies run low as omicron limits donations
Jennifer Andrews, associate professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
Washington Examiner: What democracy means
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, is quoted.
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