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  Friday, Jan. 21, 2022  
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Mobile vaccine program leaders receive Vanderbilt’s Martin Luther King Jr. Award
Assistant Professors of Nursing Christian Ketel and Carrie Plummer have received Vanderbilt’s 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Award for developing and leading the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing/Vanderbilt University Medical Center Mobile Vaccine Program.
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Scenes from Vanderbilt’s first week of classes
Many members of the Vanderbilt community returned to campus on Tuesday, Jan. 18, for the first day of spring semester classes for a number of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges.
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Solar farm groundbreaking advances Vanderbilt’s large-scale renewable energy partnership
A bold partnership that will help Vanderbilt University power its campus entirely through renewable energy has moved forward with the Jan. 19 groundbreaking for a solar farm in Bedford County, Tennessee.
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Soldier-inspired innovation incubator team wins $500K first-place prize at xTechBOLT Competition
Applying insights from the emerging field of educational neuroscience, a transdisciplinary team from Vanderbilt University, Soterix Medical and the U.S. Army recently won the $500,000 first-place prize in the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command’s xTechBrain Operant Learning Technology (xTechBOLT) prize competition, which seeks to promote high-risk, high-reward research in learning and memory retention.
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Vanderbilt’s Bob O’Dell elected 2022 fellow of American Astronomical Society for role in creating Hubble Space Telescope
Robert O’Dell, Distinguished Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a 2022 fellow of the American Astronomical Society for extraordinary achievement and service to the field of astronomy. He is among 23 fellows being inducted into the AAS this year.
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Health experts to discuss COVID perspectives and vaccination hesitancy
The School of Nursing will host a webinar featuring a panel of public health and prevention experts on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. CT to discuss “COVID Perspectives, Values and Vaccination Hesitancy.” The event is free, but registration is required.
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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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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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Research in Colorado mountains takes students’ environmental immersion to new heights
Students in the Glacial Geology class took their research to new levels of immersion, collecting soil and rock samples at an elevation of 9,000 feet in the Sawatch Mountain Range of Colorado. Their research helps show the movement of glaciers, ultimately giving clues about the impact of climate change.
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Drone flyover on campus scheduled for Jan. 22
Vanderbilt University Facilities will conduct a fixed-wing drone flyover on campus on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt fosters unique research opportunities for promising teen scientists
The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt is accepting applications from rising Metro Nashville Public Schools ninth graders until Feb. 11. SSMV offers high schoolers a four-year, interdisciplinary, research-centered learning experience at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities.
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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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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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‘Microlearning Series on Positive Psychology: Awe’ Jan. 31
Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement and Vanderbilt Work/Life Connections will present  “A Microlearning Series on Positive Psychology: Awe” on Monday, Jan. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to noon CT.  
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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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Excellence in Podcasting Competition underway; students invited to submit by April 1
The second annual Excellence in Podcasting Competition will recognize exceptional student creations. The competition is open to current undergraduate, graduate and professional students at Vanderbilt University.


COVID-19 Updates

Prescription benefit now covers over-the-counter COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 vaccination leave available for employees accompanying children to get vaccinated

All you need to know about faculty COVID-19 testing

All you need to know about staff COVID-19 testing

Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson booster shots available to Vanderbilt faculty, students, staff and postdocs who meet eligibility requirements

All you need to know about student COVID-19 testing

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know

Vanderbilt to provide KN95 masks for all students, faculty, postdocs and on-campus staff


Take Note

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 V Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Awards

Limited Submission Opportunity: Mathers Foundation Grant Program Spring 2022

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminars

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

‘Bedside to Bench to Bedside: BioVU Resources in Discovery and Translational Research’ Jan. 26

‘Organize, Plan and Own Your Financial Future’ Jan. 26

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

Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp March 10, 11

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

Alcohol drinkers sought for research study

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

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

VERA offers training resources for faculty

Upskill your new year with HR Employee Learning and Engagement

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


Coming Up

· JAN ·
  VKC to host ‘Risks of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome and Introduction to a Research Study’ Jan. 25
· FEB ·
  Sheryl Crow, Rivers Rutherford headline Shade Tree Benefit Feb. 16
· MAR ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’ March 2


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Guardian (U.K.): TechScape: The U.S. government may be one step closer to breaking up Meta
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
Reuters: Analysis: U.S. rallies a united front against Russia as Putin seeks cracks
Thomas Schwartz, Distinguished Professor of History, is quoted.
Gramaphone (U.K.): Florence Price: Out of the shadows
Douglas Shadle, associate professor of musicology, is quoted and his research is highlighted.
Axios Nashville: Child vaccinations lagging in Nashville
James Antoon, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Associated Press: Fact Focus: Posts mislead on nonprofit vaccine rules
Lisa Fazio, associate professor of psychology and human devlopment, is quoted.
The Washington Post: They relied on rapid coronavirus tests to gather safely. Some wish they hadn’t.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Soaring food prices can pay for a more secure future
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this piece.
NBC News: Genetic risk factor found for COVID-19 smell and taste loss, researchers say
Justin Turner, associate professor of otolaryngology, is quoted.
Yahoo! Finance: Microsoft’s bid for Activision Blizzard comes with 2 big legal hurdles
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
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