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  Friday, Jan. 7, 2022  
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TODAY: Join leaders for faculty, staff town halls focusing on COVID updates, community support
Vanderbilt University campus leaders will host virtual town halls on Friday, Jan. 7, to share updates about the university’s plans for the spring semester, including its COVID-19 operations and community support resources. 
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Stephanie Mahnke named director of LGBTQI Life
Stephanie Mahnke, a higher education professional with extensive experience serving the LGBTQIA+ community and marginalized students, has been named director of the K.C. Potter Center and LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt.
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Divinity School will use $1M grant to expand access for students pursuing careers in ministry
Vanderbilt University has received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help Vanderbilt Divinity School establish a project focused on educating pastoral leaders who are exploring alternative pathways in ministry, today and in the future.
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Peabody researchers among top in country in new ‘Education Week’ rankings
“Education Week” has released the 2022 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, an annual list of education researchers who have demonstrated the greatest influence over educational policy and practice. Six researchers from Peabody College are among the 200 who made the rankings. 
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Mobile Vaccine Program visits Nashville’s underserved communities with lifesaving COVID-19 shots
Vanderbilt’s Mobile Vaccine Program grew quickly from a successful pilot in Nashville’s Mercury Courts community, where School of Nursing and VUMC have long run a clinic for homeless and low-income patients. The vaccine program has attracted participation from Vanderbilt faculty, staff and student volunteers as well as pharmacy students and faculty at nearby universities.
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Nursing informatics master’s program trains students to be technology leaders
The increased opportunities and new capabilities available to informaticists has led Vanderbilt School of Nursing to completely revise its nursing informatics master’s program. Graduate students study the latest techniques and tools for data analysis, detecting health patterns among large populations and exploring new developments in health technology.
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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 School of Nursing and School of Medicine, this year’s MLK Day lecture will be held virtually via Zoom.
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Social determinants focus of VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture Jan. 11
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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REGISTER: Bishop Michael Bruce Curry and Jon Meacham to talk religion and politics
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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Vanderbilt University Coffee Equity Lab launches Coffee Equity Design Challenge
Vanderbilt’s Coffee Equity Lab has launched the Coffee Equity Design Challenge, in which students and coffee professionals will team up to co-create meaningful innovations for a more equitable and sustainable coffee industry.
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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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Human Resources to launch new, comprehensive HR|Anchored newsletter
Human Resources announces HR|Anchored, a new monthly newsletter. The Human Resources team has thoughtfully designed the newsletter to keep faculty and staff informed about all things HR.


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

Archive project seeks Vanderbilt community stories to document COVID-19 pandemic experience

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


Take Note

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

VERA soft launch phase 3 begins Jan. 1 with expanded system-to-system submission capabilities

Expanded data storage system for faculty rolling out through ACCRE

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 ·
  ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’
Module 3


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Vanderbilt in the News
Bloomberg Law: Holmes conviction bodes badly for ex-Theranos president at trial
Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
The New York Times: 10 New Year’s resolutions that are good for the soul
Paul Lim, associate professor of the history of Christianity, is quoted.
Axios Nashville: Racial, gender gaps identified in teacher scores
Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
The Conversation: Not all polarization is bad, but the U.S. could be in trouble
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, authored this piece.
Education Week: How schools can support older students who lag in reading
Jeanne Wanzek, Currey-Ingram Professor of Special Education, is quoted.
Roll Call: Nonfungible tokens the new fad for campaign fundraising
Josh White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
The Hill: I-95 traffic snarl sparks questions on impacts to highway system
Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Nature: Elizabeth Holmes verdict: Researchers share lessons learned for science
James Nichols, professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
Yahoo! News: What parents need to know as kids return to school amid COVID-19 surge
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Reuters: U.S. jury’s mixed Theranos verdict complicates Holmes’ potential appeal–experts
Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
Vox: Marjorie Taylor Greene and Big Tech’s never-ending censorship loop
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is quoted.
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