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  Friday, Jan. 14, 2022  
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All you need to know about faculty COVID-19 testing
As announced on Dec. 30, Vanderbilt is expanding its testing programs for the on-campus community during the spring semester to slow the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19.
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Vanderbilt to provide KN95 masks for all students, faculty, postdocs and
on-campus staff
Vanderbilt University will provide up to three KN95 masks to each member of the university community who will be on campus during the first few weeks of the semester, the university announced today.
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COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know
Pam Jones, associate vice chancellor for health and wellness, co-leader of the university’s Public Health Central Command Center and associate professor in the School of Nursing, discusses Vanderbilt University case trends and the importance of vigilance when it come to health and safety precautions.
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Vanderbilt University named founding partner in venture fund designed to invest in Black-founded and -led health care companies
Vanderbilt University is among the founding investors in Jumpstart Nova, the first venture fund in the United States to invest exclusively in Black-founded and -led companies at the forefront of health care innovation.
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Poet Nikky Finney to speak Monday at virtual keynote for 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day; register now
Renowned poet, professor and author Nikky Finney will deliver a keynote address as part of Vanderbilt University’s 2022 commemoration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Finney is scheduled to speak Jan. 17 as part of a virtual program that will begin with a vigil and include remarks by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier.
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National Black Nurses Association president to deliver MLK Commemorative Lecture Monday
Martha A. Dawson, president of the National Black Nurses Association, will present the 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture on Monday, Jan. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. CT. Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt School of Nursing and Vanderbilt School of Medicine, this year’s MLK Day lecture will be held virtually via Zoom.
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A&S announces expansion of language study and changes to McTyeire International House for fall 2022
The College of Arts and Science recently announced new developments that will advance language education at Vanderbilt, including a re-envisioning of McTyeire International House and increased opportunities for the Vanderbilt community to engage in the languages.
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Living history: Professor creates COVID-19 pop-up art installation
Recognizing the long-term historical significance of the signs, posters and stickers encouraging COVID-19 health and safety protocols on campus over the past two years, Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies Shaul Kelner has collected these artifacts in a pop-up art installation on the third floor of Garland Hall.
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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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Finance Fundamentals continues in 2022 offering finance-related education for faculty
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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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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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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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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Give the gift of learning by joining Vanderbilt partnership to tutor Metro Nashville Public Schools students
Vanderbilt community members looking for a way to share the gift of learning with children in Metro Nashville Public Schools are invited to join the more than 150 Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff who are already part of the “Accelerating Scholars” online tutoring program. Sign-ups to volunteer are open now through Jan. 17.
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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.
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Ask an Expert: What you need to know about the omicron variant wave
Dr. William Schaffner, an internationally renowned infectious disease specialist and public health expert, shares what you should know about the latest COVID-19 variant wave, including information about breakthrough symptoms for the vaccinated population.


COVID-19 Updates

6 tips for managing omicron anxiety

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

Vanderbilt resets COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, increases eligible salary to $150,000


Take Note

VERA trainings, VERA and SPA office hours, research administrator meetings to be held throughout spring semester

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

Babies and You meets
Jan. 20

Registration for spring semester of VKC Virtual Reading Clinic now open

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Henry Luce Foundation American Art Exhibition Competition

Limited Submission Opportunity: The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Covenant Foundation Grants

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

Healthier You presentation: Psychological flexibility—go with the ebb and flow

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


Coming Up

· JAN ·
  VKC to host ‘Risks of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome and Introduction to a Research Study’
· MAR ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’


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Vanderbilt in the News
CNBC: Here are the top jobs in the U.S.—and how to land them
April Kapu, professor of clinical nursing, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Medicare is about to make its most important coverage decision in years. Here’s how people with Alzheimer’s and others might be affected.
Matthew Schrag, assistant professor of neurology, is quoted.
Business Insider: A conspiracy theorist who Trump put on a U.S. body overseeing Holocaust monuments is still there more than a year after calls for Biden to fire him
David Lewis, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
K–12 Dive: Black and male teachers score lower on observations despite similar qualifications
Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
Prevention: Could your headache be from omicron? What you need to know
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
K–12 Dive: Schools expand credit recovery to keep students on track for graduation
Carolyn Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy and Education, is quoted.
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