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  Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022  
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New Immersion Vanderbilt process redefines, supports role of faculty as mentors
In response to faculty and student feedback, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has redesigned the Immersion Vanderbilt process. This update includes the role of faculty and staff advisers and the forms students use to submit their plans.
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Vanderbilt receives $3M from National Science Foundation to launch cutting-edge astronomy graduate program
Vanderbilt University researchers from the departments of physics and astronomy, math, electrical engineering, and history have received a $3 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Award to establish a graduate certificate program in the emerging field of multimessenger astronomy.
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Engineering professor Bennett Landman is 2022 SPIE fellow
Bennett Landman, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named a fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. He is one of 58 new fellows for 2022.
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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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WATCH: Poet Nikky Finney honors the wisdom of Black women at virtual MLK Day keynote event
Acclaimed poet and activist Nikky Finney paid tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by honoring the generations of Black women who nurtured, educated and inspired King and countless others through what she calls the “motherload of knowledge.” Finney was the keynote speaker at Vanderbilt University’s Jan. 17 virtual commemoration.
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WATCH: Bishop Michael Bruce Curry and Jon Meacham call for positive change in discussion of religion, politics
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham discussed the complex intersection of religion and politics in American democracy on Jan. 13 as part of a virtual event hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy and Vanderbilt Divinity School.
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Finance Fundamentals continues in 2022 offering finance-related education for faculty; first session today
The Division of Finance, in partnership with the Office of Faculty Affairs, will offer the faculty educational initiative “Finance Fundamentals” beginning Jan. 19. The series provides opportunities for faculty to learn about and discuss financial and administrative tools and resources useful in navigating policies, processes and procedures that support operations and research at Vanderbilt.
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Self-powered wildfire detection plan earns CEE team national runner-up
A team of Vanderbilt undergraduate engineering students took the second spot in a national Jump Into STEM challenge to develop holistic solutions that improve the resilience of the built environment.
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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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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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EDI Taskforce on Belonging to conduct focus groups with VU community
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce on Belonging invites all faculty, staff and students to participate in a series of focus groups to assist in the development of an instrument for measuring a sense of belonging among Vanderbilt University community members.
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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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‘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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Upskill your new year with HR Employee Learning and Engagement
Do any of your new year’s resolutions involve “upskilling” or relate to your career or professional development? The HR Employee Learning and Engagement team invites you to participate in at least one learning experience this semester.   
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HR Employee Learning and Engagement launches small group life design series for employees
A new offering from HR Employee Learning and Engagement invites VU employees to explore how they can apply design thinking to their lives and careers.


COVID-19 Updates

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

All you need to know about faculty COVID-19 testing

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know

Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson booster shots available to Vanderbilt faculty, students, staff and postdocs

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


Take Note

VERA offers training resources for faculty

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

Caregiver stress and burnout to be discussed Jan. 19

Raising children in a digital world topic of Parenting Group meeting Jan. 20

‘It’s OK not to be OK’ topic of Jan. 20 talk

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

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

Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp
March 10, 11

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

Alcohol drinkers sought for research study

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

· JAN ·
  VICB webinar: University of Michigan’s Jim Shayman
· JAN ·
  VKC to host ‘Risks of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome and Introduction to a Research Study’
· FEB ·
  Sheryl Crow, Rivers Rutherford headline Shade Tree Benefit
· MAR ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Wired: The antitrust case against Facebook draws blood
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Almost all teens needing ICU care for COVID are unvaccinated
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Associated Press: Nevada candidate seeks Trump’s favor with Florida TV spot
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Scientific American: Some COVID patients need amputations to survive
Wes Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessee Tribune: Tax expert Moran testified at the House
Beverly Moran, professor of law, emerita, is quoted.
Healthline: Here’s when to go to the ER with omicron surging and hospitals full
Wesley Self, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: In praise of Henry Kissinger’s Middle East legacy
Tom Schwartz, Distinguished Professor of History, authored this review.
Shape: What does it mean to be neurodivergent?
David Caudel, associate director of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, is quoted.
The New York Times: Doctors debate whether trans teens need therapy before hormones
Cassie Brady, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, is quoted.
Voice of America: Under Biden, press given respect but not access
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
Reuters: Analysis: U.S. built ‘textbook’ case of sedition charges for Capitol attack—legal experts
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Why the nation’s top Episcopal bishop and a Vanderbilt historian talked democracy and religion
Jon Meacham, Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Professor of American Presidency and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
Health: How soon after having a COVID breakthrough infection should you get a booster shot?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Guardian (U.K.): Southern U.S. hospitals grapple with staff shortages amid record COVID cases
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
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