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  Friday, Jan. 28, 2022  
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Nissan and Vanderbilt launch creative collaboration
Vanderbilt University and auto manufacturing giant Nissan Americas have launched a new creative collaboration. On Jan. 19, members from both groups came together on campus for the first Vanderbilt-Nissan Collaboration Accelerator.
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Vanderbilt to celebrate Black History Month with events in February
Vanderbilt University’s annual celebration of 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—will kick off Tuesday, Feb. 1, with a virtual program coordinated by the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
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Vanderbilt staff prepare campus for spring semester, step up during winter weather
As faculty and students planned for the start of spring classes, Vanderbilt University staff worked diligently to prepare for the semester as well as ensure that members of the campus community were as safe as possible during winter weather earlier this month.
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More than 65 TN college and university leaders urge members of Congress to double maximum Pell Grant award
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Daniel Diermeier led 66 other leaders of Tennessee’s colleges and universities today in sending a letter to the Tennessee congressional delegation urging them to make an affordable, high-quality college education more attainable for students by doubling the maximum Pell Grant award and permanently indexing the grant to inflation to ensure that its value will no longer diminish over time.
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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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Poetry contest to explore meaning of unity through American democracy
Vanderbilt students are invited to express how they feel about unity and democracy through a new poetry contest. The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy is conducting the contest in partnership with Vanderbilt’s English department and MFA program in creative writing.
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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine to deliver Law School’s 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture
Jan. 31
Karl A. Racine, attorney general for the District of Columbia, will deliver Vanderbilt Law School’s 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Monday, Jan. 31, beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT via Zoom. The lecture is free, but advanced registration is required to attend.
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‘The Science of Flavor’ virtual event to take place Jan. 31
Join taste experts, scientists and a Nashville chef to learn about the science behind flavor in a virtual event on Monday, Jan. 31, at noon CT.
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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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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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2021 W-2s now available
Vanderbilt University employees may now view their 2021 W-2 forms in Oracle Cloud. Paper copies of W-2s for those who did not make the “electronic only” election in Oracle have been mailed to the resident address on file.
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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

Memorial and celebration of life for Ruth Aklilu Jan. 29

‘Microlearning Series on Positive Psychology: Awe’ Jan. 31

ELE live learning experience: ‘Atomic Habits’ Jan. 31

ELE live learning experience: ‘Digital Body Language’
Feb. 1

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

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

Enroll in Control is the Goal blood pressure management program; begins Feb. 3

VERA offers training resources for faculty

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

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

School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt fosters unique research opportunities for promising teen scientists

Join the Health Plus Step for Your Heart Challenge

Participants sought for study on consumption of nuts to reduce abdominal obesity, metabolic risk

Study seeks African American adults for Alzheimer’s disease storytelling research


Coming Up

· 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
Bloomberg Law: Breyer doesn’t leave clear ‘liberal’ criminal law legacy
Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
Newsweek: When is the best time to take your COVID at-home test for accurate results?
Carl Johnson, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of biological sciences, is quoted.
The New York Times: Supreme Court will hear challenge to affirmative action at Harvard and UNC
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
ABC News: Not just for artwork, NFTs are being used by political candidates to raise money, attract young supporters
Josh White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Wired: Why some animals can tell more from less
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology and associate professor of biological sciences, is quoted.
The New York Times: Do neti pots really work?
Justin Turner, associate professor of otolaryngology, and Rakesh Chandra, professor of otolaryngology, are quoted.
The Washington Post: They had COVID-19 once. Then, they got it again.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Everything Zoomer: High Society: ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Julian Fellowes returns with ‘The Gilded Age’
Cecelia Tichi, research professor of English, is quoted.
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