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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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Vanderbilt researchers combine paleontology and fluid physics to uncover Ediacaran nurseries
Looking at prehistoric organisms allows Simon Darroch and his students to describe how, when and why complex life evolved on this planet. Their work is a piece of the puzzle in understanding how likely it is that we’ll find complex life beyond Earth.
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Sevilla appointed to Junior Achievement USA Board of Directors
Alex Sevilla, vice provost for career advancement and engagement and Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center, has been appointed to the Junior Achievement USA Board of Directors.
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Social determinants focus of VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture tomorrow
Jean Edward, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, will present “Integrating Medical, Financial and Legal Health Solutions to Positively Impact Social Determinants of Health” on Tuesday, Jan. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. CT. The winter 2022 Vanderbilt School of Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture will be conducted via Zoom.
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Bishop Michael Bruce Curry and Jon Meacham to talk religion and politics Thursday
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham will discuss the intersection of religion and politics in the U.S. during a Jan. 13 discussion hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy and Vanderbilt Divinity School.
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Poet Nikky Finney to speak at virtual keynote event for 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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 Jan. 17
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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Undergraduate researchers invited to apply to Beckman Scholars Program
Vanderbilt’s Beckman Scholars Program in Chemistry and Biological Sciences has been awarded support by the Beckman Foundation for a fourth three-year term. Applications for scholar tenures beginning in May 2022 are currently open, with a deadline to apply on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
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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.   


COVID-19 Updates

6 tips for managing omicron anxiety

Office of Global Safety shares CDC guidance for travelers returning to U.S.

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 Kennedy Center produces videos on COVID-19 vaccine and individuals with intellectual disability


Take Note

Law School’s Stack, Vandenbergh receive Levin Center’s 2021 Excellence in Oversight Research Award

Nominate a faculty or staff member for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Applications for Seeding Success, Scaling Success internal funding programs due Feb. 2; register for Jan. 12 virtual town hall

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Enneagram Workshop’
Jan. 13

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

Babies and You meets
Jan. 20

VKC to host ‘Risks of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome and Introduction to a Research Study’ Jan. 25

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’ March 2

Registration for spring semester of VKC Virtual Reading Clinic now open

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

Health Plus comes to you
in 2022

Nutrition Corner: Cheers to the new year


Coming Up

· JAN ·
  VICB presents: University of Massachusetts’ Lynmarie Thompson
· JAN ·
  Vanderbilt Brain Institute presents: ‘Rethinking General Anesthesia’
· JAN ·
  ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’
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Vanderbilt in the News
The Wall Street Journal: How many years could Elizabeth Holmes face in prison? decades, in theory
Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Would Americans ever support a coup? 40 percent now say yes.
Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project; Elizabeth Zechmeister, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair, professor of political science and director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project; and senior statistician Luke Plutowski co-authored this piece.
NBC News: Omicron in kids leading to a new but familiar illness: croup
Buddy Creech, Edie Carrell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
The Grio: Black Tennessee teachers face racial bias in scoring, new study finds
Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
Axios Charlotte: One year after Jan. 6, extremist views have become more mainstream in North Carolina
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: CDC recommends first COVID-19 boosters for 12- to 15-year-olds
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Miami Herald: Which face masks best protect children against the omicron variant? What experts say
Joseph Gigante, professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The Tennessean: As a medical doctor, this is how I’m making climate action my 2022 resolution
Reed Omary, Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, authored this opinion piece.
The Conversation: Women are finding new ways to influence male-led faiths
Emilie Townes, dean of the Divinity School and Distinguished Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society, is quoted.
CNN: ‘Mild’ COVID-19 doesn’t always feel that way
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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