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  Monday, Feb. 7, 2022  
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Art, science, history converge in exhibit examining racial issues in STEM
The intersection of science and society is the foundation of a multi-institutional collaboration of students and faculty in a virtual and physical art exhibit titled “Nested Knowledge: Disentangling History, Truth and Race in STEM Experiences.” The exhibit can be experienced online and at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, through February 2022 in honor of Black History Month.
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Vanderbilt students attend COP26 to observe climate diplomacy in action
Fourteen undergraduates and two graduate students represented Vanderbilt University in Glasgow, Scotland, as official delegates to the United Nations international climate change negotiations—dubbed COP26.
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Vanderbilt to celebrate 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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Explorations in Research is today
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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Utility boring, soil testing for campus utility upgrades to start Feb. 8
As part of a multiyear Central Utility Infrastructure project, geotechnical company TTL Inc., under the direction of the Campus Planning and Construction office, will conduct exploratory soil testing and boring on campus starting Feb. 8.
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’Dores in Dialogue: A conversation on the past, present and future Black experience at Vanderbilt 
The next installment of the ’Dores in Dialogue series will explore decades of the Vanderbilt Black experience through the lens of alumni memories, current student life and new leadership initiatives for the future. The Feb. 10 event is presented by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association in partnership with the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni.
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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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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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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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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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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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Ask an Expert: Is getting COVID-19
a moral failure?
Graham Reside, executive director of the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions and assistant professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School, discusses how the evolving pandemic has challenged views on illness as a moral issue.


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

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

2022 REDCap Day virtual event is Feb. 16–18

Women’s Center presents ‘Demystifying the Science of Sexuality’ Feb. 17

Vanderbilt Divinity School highlights works by Nashville portrait artist Donna Woodley for Black History Month

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


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
Arts Engines: Jay Clayton talks about the arts and healing
Jay Clayton, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and director of The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt, was featured on the Arts Engines: Aaron Dworkin and… blog, where he discusses the vital role of the Curb Center in the arts and the role of the arts in healing.
Bloomberg: Sarah Palin takes on ‘New York Times’ in a trial targeting press protections
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Marketplace: Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drug Company offers discounted drugs, but can it change the pharmaceutical industry?
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
International Business Times: 192 human spines skewered on sticks found in Peru
Tiffiny Tung, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology, is quoted.
Scientific American: Agonizing cough of croup rising in kids with COVID
Christian Rosas-Salazar, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Forbes: Economic toll of opioid epidemic: $1.3 trillion a year
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management, is quoted.
Live Science: Top 10 things that make humans special
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
Chalkbeat: Schools got $190 billion in COVID relief from the feds. What’s happened to it?
Christopher Candelaria, assistant professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Tennessee’s COVID-19 infections drop for the first time in omicron wave
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Tennessee Ledger: Top athletes finally cashing in on name, image, likeness change
John Koch, senior lecturer in communication studies, is quoted.
The Daily Express (U.K.): COVID booster: The ‘taste’ reported after the third shot that may ‘linger’ for many days
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
CNN: COVID-19 vaccine for younger children will face an ‘odd’ authorization process
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: Blood supplies run low as omicron limits donations
Jennifer Andrews, associate professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
Washington Examiner: What democracy means
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, is quoted.
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