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  Wednesday, Feb. 2, 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 a significant increase in cases due to the surge of the omicron variant. While much more contagious than previous variants, omicron infection results in significantly less severe illness according to evidence, and the vast majority of VU students, faculty and staff testing positive are reporting mild symptoms that typically resolve within a few days.
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Vanderbilt leaders issue statement regarding threats against HBCUs
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver and Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer André L. Churchwell issue a statement in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
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Vanderbilt University celebrates 2021 Service Award recipients
Vanderbilt University is honoring all employees who reached a service milestone during calendar year 2021. More than 800 honorees marked service milestones last year. 
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Latest pre-K program findings renew questions about how to ensure student educational success
New research from Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development challenges conventional thinking about the benefits of state-sponsored pre-K instruction, even as experts note that its findings call for more nuanced discussion.
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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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VUPS Emergency Management adds operational continuity, special events security and safety to office oversight
The Office of Emergency Preparedness, Fire and Workplace Safety has changed its name to the Office of Emergency Management to reflect the accelerated growth and expanded technical specialties of the office. OEM recently added two new divisions—Operational Continuity and Special Events—that join Fire and Life Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Safety and Health.   
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Ph.D. student leads effort to inspire Nashville’s Latinx creatives
Vanderbilt Spanish and Portuguese Ph.D. student Elvira Aballi Morell is leading an effort to uplift and inspire Nashville’s Latinx creatives through a trans-institutional and community driven project, HEART–Unifying Communities through Language and Textile Art.
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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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Vanderbilt celebrates 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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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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Inaugural SCSJI Empowerment Summit set for March 20
The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity invites students to attend its inaugural Empowerment Summit on Sunday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Student Life Center. This year’s summit, with the theme “Create, Act, Rest and Empower (C.A.R.E.),” will feature actor and activist Kendrick Sampson for a keynote address as well as several rounds of interactive sessions on the importance of community activism and holistic wellness.
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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.


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

Applications for Seeding Success, Scaling Success internal funding programs due Feb. 2

ELE live learning experience: ‘CliftonStrengths for VU Employees’ Feb. 2

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

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

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

Security Notice: Sexual assault


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 New York Times: Inflation and deficits don’t dim the appeal of U.S. bonds
Yesha Yadav, professor of law, is quoted.
Al Jazeera: The great upgrade: Making the most of the Great Resignation
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: Vanderbilt study finds Black and male teachers receive lower evaluation scores
Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
The Tennessean: How U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s retirement signals a seismic shift in Nashville’s political landscape
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
USA Today: In a break with federal guidelines, San Francisco allows second COVID-19 booster for all J&J takers
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Politico: How the Biden presidency became a cultural black hole
Courtney Travers, senior lecturer in communication studies, is quoted.
Live Science: Do other viruses have as many variants as SARS-CoV-2?
Suman Das, research associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: Fever? Sore throat? They just check ‘no’
Keith Meador, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Washington Examiner: Trump early Tennessee House race endorsement a test of his political potency
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
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