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  Friday, Feb. 4, 2022  
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Ege Kavalali to lead pharmacology department in School of Medicine Basic Sciences  
Ege T. Kavalali, William Stokes Professor of Experimental Therapeutics, has been named chair of the Department of Pharmacology in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences.
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MoveVU director Hafkenschiel to lead statewide think tank
Erin Hafkenschiel, executive director of Vanderbilt’s mobility and transportation initiative MoveVU since 2018, has been named president of the nonpartisan statewide research and advocacy group ThinkTennessee. Michael Briggs, assistant director of mobility, will serve as interim director when Hafkenschiel departs at the end of February.
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Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Melvin Duane Joesten has died at 89
Melvin Duane Joesten, an emeritus chemistry professor and co-founder of Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, died Jan. 17 in Nashville after a brief illness. He was 89.
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Patel Lab earns new grant to study evolutionary trade-offs between reproduction and aging 
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Maulik Patel and his lab have received a Pilot Research Grant from the Vanderbilt Evolutionary Studies Initiative to study reproduction and aging.
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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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Virtual debate with Rwanda students provides learning opportunity about 1994 genocide
Virtual learning for Vanderbilt debate students opened doors halfway around the world this spring, as a friendly virtual competition with the Rwanda National Debate Team brought deeper opportunities to learn about that nation’s genocide in 1994. 
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Undergraduate student awarded prestigious Brooke Owens Fellowship in space and aviation
Meredith Hunter, a sophomore electrical engineering major, has been named a Brooke Owens Fellow, a prestigious award that recognizes exceptional undergraduate women and other gender minorities with space and aviation internships, senior mentorship and a lifelong professional network.
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Two Vanderbilt University buildings earn LEED certification
Vanderbilt University has been awarded two Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certifications for the School of Nursing building and 1101 19th Avenue South, formerly the Disciples of Christ building. The university now has 24 LEED-certified buildings as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council.  
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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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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 Divinity School highlights works by Nashville portrait artist Donna Woodley for Black History Month
“Enter Exit Enter,” a Vanderbilt Divinity School art exhibition celebrating Black History Month, opens virtually Feb. 1. The portraits and photographs by visual artist Donna Woodley can be viewed online.
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Explorations in Research scheduled for Feb. 7
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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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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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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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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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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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 a significant increase in cases due to the surge of 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

Campus Dining celebrates Black History Month; Chicken Shack Express serving at Rand Feb. 4

‘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

2022 REDCap Day virtual event is Feb. 16–18

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

VERA offers training resources for faculty

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

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

Health Plus Nutrition Corner: Heart-healthy fats

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 ·
  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
The Tennessean: How Americans can talk about Jan. 6, demand accountability and unite as a nation
Samar Ali, research professor of political science and law and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
CNN: Dealing with schools in the pandemic made him lose 50 pounds and collapse. So this superintendent got out
Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
The Conversation: The IRS already has all your income tax data—so why do Americans still have to file their taxes?
Beverly Moran, professor of law, emerita, authored this piece.
Retail Dive: Supply chains were made to be broken. Will the industry fix them?
Craig Philip, research professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Main Street Nashville: Blood Assurance, VUMC partner for weekly blood drives
Jennifer Andrews, associate professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
Politico: Good news for the biggest unvaxxed group
Buddy Creech, Edie Carrell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Kern County Family Magazine (Bakersfield, California): Are we letting technology screw up the kids?
Nathaniel Clark, professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Bloomberg Law: Ex-drug CEO’s criminal trial raises stakes for opioid producers
Rob Mikos, LaRoche Family Professor of Law, is quoted.
Main Street Nashville: Vanderbilt receives $3 million for new astronomy program
Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Stevenson Professor of Astronomy, is quoted.
Forbes: Eleven songs you will love that inspire today’s leaders
Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted.
Newsweek: Some COVID survivors ineligible for life-saving treatments if reinfected
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Science: Reconstructed human spines may honor Peru’s defiled dead
Tiffiny Tung, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Burgerville is the future of fast food
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this piece.
Labroots: Genetic risk factor identified for COVID-19 loss of smell
Justin Turner, associate professor of otolaryngology, is quoted.
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News: Biocomputing, mining, modeling and melding biological data
Logan Dumitrescu, assistant professor of neurology, is quoted.
Bloomberg: A U.S. digital dollar should serve the public, not banks
Morgan Ricks, professor of law, co-authored this piece.
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