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  Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022  
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Dashboard Update: COVID-19 positive cases among VU community members
See the latest updates to VU’s COVID-19 dashboard. Like other communities across the nation, Vanderbilt and the Nashville area are experiencing a significant increase in cases due to the surge of the omicron variant. While much more contagious than previous variants, omicron infection results in significantly less severe illness according to evidence, and the vast majority of VU students, faculty and staff testing positive are reporting mild symptoms that typically resolve within a few days.
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Vanderbilt leaders issue statement regarding threats against HBCUs
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver and Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer André L. Churchwell issue a statement in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
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Ph.D. student leads effort to inspire Nashville’s Latinx creatives
Vanderbilt Spanish and Portuguese Ph.D. student Elvira Aballi Morell is leading an effort to uplift and inspire Nashville’s Latinx creatives through a trans-institutional and community driven project, HEART–Unifying Communities through Language and Textile Art.
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Inaugural SCSJI Empowerment Summit set for March 20
The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity invites students to attend its inaugural Empowerment Summit on Sunday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Student Life Center. This year’s summit, with the theme “Create, Act, Rest and Empower (C.A.R.E.),” will feature actor and activist Kendrick Sampson for a keynote address as well as several rounds of interactive sessions on the importance of community activism and holistic wellness.
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VUPS Emergency Management adds operational continuity, special events security and safety to office oversight
The Office of Emergency Preparedness, Fire and Workplace Safety has changed its name to the Office of Emergency Management to reflect the accelerated growth and expanded technical specialties of the office. OEM recently added two new divisions—Operational Continuity and Special Events—that join Fire and Life Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Safety and Health.   
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Poetry contest to explore meaning of unity through American democracy
Vanderbilt students are invited to express how they feel about unity and democracy through a new poetry contest. The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy is conducting the contest in partnership with Vanderbilt’s English department and MFA program in creative writing. The theme is “What unity through American democracy means to me.”
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Applications open for Data Science Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program
The Vanderbilt Data Science Institute Summer Research Program provides Vanderbilt undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in 10 weeks of full-time data science-focused research in collaboration with any full-time Vanderbilt faculty member during the summer. The goal of DSI–SRP is to encourage and enhance student-faculty mentoring and joint research efforts in data science.
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Apply now for Data Science for Social Good program
Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for Data Science for Social Good, a 10-week experience where participants work as part of a data science team on a pre-selected project for a not-for-profit organization, Vanderbilt group or government organization.
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Excellence in Podcasting Competition underway; students invited to submit applications by April 1
The second annual Excellence in Podcasting Competition will recognize exceptional student creations. This competition is open to current undergraduate, graduate and professional students at Vanderbilt University.
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Vanderbilt celebrates Black History Month with events in February
Vanderbilt University will celebrate Black History Month—a time to acknowledge and appreciate the history, experience and accomplishments of Black people on the Vanderbilt campus, across the country and globally—with a series of events and activities throughout February.
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Vanderbilt Divinity School highlights works by Nashville portrait artist Donna Woodley for Black History Month
“Enter Exit Enter,” a Vanderbilt Divinity School art exhibition celebrating Black History Month, opens virtually Feb. 1. The portraits and photographs by visual artist Donna Woodley can be viewed online.
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Explorations in Research scheduled for Feb. 7
Registration is open for the fourth annual Explorations in Research networking event. Hosted by the Office of Immersion Resources in partnership with Scientific Immersion and Mentorship, the event convenes Vanderbilt researchers from all disciplines to present their research and network with students to discover possible new collaborations.
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2022 Satcher Lecture: ‘Reducing Racial Inequity in Health’ is Feb. 8
David R. Williams, the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will discuss “Reducing Racial Inequity in Health: The Fierce Urgency of Now” on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. CT. The virtual event is the 2022 Satcher Lecture sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Master of Public Health Program.
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2022 Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference set for Feb. 18
The Center for Entrepreneurship will host the fourth annual Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday, Feb. 18, with attendees participating both in person and virtually. Students interested in pursuing a career in the startup field, as an entrepreneur, and within the investor/venture capital space are encouraged to attend. 
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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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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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New email security enhancements prevent spoofing, increase deliverability
On Jan. 31, Vanderbilt University implemented an email security enhancement to help ensure that VU email accounts stay safe and secure by preventing spoofing, a practice used to forge the “from” address of an email message. The enhancement also will increase email deliverability by verifying that all messages are from an authentic VU email address.


COVID-19 Updates

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

All you need to know about student COVID-19 testing

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know


Take Note

Campus Dining celebrates Black History Month; Chicken Shack Express serving at Rand Feb. 4

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Creative Ways to Solve Conflict’ Feb. 9

‘MicroBe My Valentine’ event will allow participants to paint with bacteria Feb. 10

2022 REDCap Day virtual event is Feb. 16–18

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

Security Notice: Sexual assault


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  VBI seminar: ‘Cognitive Neuroscience and the Age of Discovery’
· FEB ·
  Sheryl Crow, Rivers Rutherford headline Shade Tree Benefit
· MAR ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp March 10, 11
· MAR ·
  Save the date: Brain Blast 2022


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: Inflation and deficits don’t dim the appeal of U.S. bonds
Yesha Yadav, professor of law, is quoted.
Al Jazeera: The great upgrade: Making the most of the Great Resignation
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: Vanderbilt study finds Black and male teachers receive lower evaluation scores
Jason Grissom, Patricia and Rodes Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is quoted.
The Tennessean: How U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s retirement signals a seismic shift in Nashville’s political landscape
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
USA Today: In a break with federal guidelines, San Francisco allows second COVID-19 booster for all J&J takers
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Politico: How the Biden presidency became a cultural black hole
Courtney Travers, senior lecturer in communication studies, is quoted.
Live Science: Do other viruses have as many variants as SARS-CoV-2?
Suman Das, research associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: Fever? Sore throat? They just check ‘no’
Keith Meador, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Washington Examiner: Trump early Tennessee House race endorsement a test of his political potency
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
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