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  Wednesday, Feb. 9, 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 an increase in cases due to the omicron variant.
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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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Holley-Bockelmann receives Mentor Award from AAAS for contributions to science and society
Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Stevenson Professor of Astrophysics, has received the 2022 Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award is for individuals who have mentored significant numbers of underrepresented students who are working toward doctorates in STEM.
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Oskay named chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Çağlar Oskay, professor of civil and environmental engineering with a secondary appointment as professor of mechanical engineering, has been named chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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Vanderbilt wins renewal of Beckman Scholars Program in chemistry and biological sciences
Vanderbilt University is one of 14 institutions awarded the 2022 Beckman Scholars Program from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, receiving $146,000 to renew Vanderbilt’s program through 2025. The award will support a total of six Beckman Scholars over the next three years, with two scholars named each year.
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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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Emily Nagoski to speak on the science of sexuality Feb. 17
Author and sexuality educator Emily Nagoski will be a featured presenter on Thursday, Feb. 17, during Sex Ed and Healthy Relationships Week. Nagoski will discuss “Demystifying the Science of Sexuality” beginning at 5 p.m. CT via Zoom.
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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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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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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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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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‘ON THE HILL’ government relations report now available
Vanderbilt’s Division of Government and Community Relations has published the eighth issue of its ON THE HILL government relations report. The biannual report summarizes Vanderbilt’s activities over the past six months at the federal, state and local levels of government.
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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.


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

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to host 2022 Educate to Advocate workshop Feb. 9

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s ‘Applying Foundational AI Models to Research’ workshop is Feb. 10

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

2022 REDCap Day virtual event is Feb. 16–18

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center research ethics discussion on applied behavior analysis is Feb. 24

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
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  Vanderbilt Microbiome Innovation Center offers analytics workshop
Feb. 22–23
· MAR ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: Waffle House shooting trial: Travis Reinking guilty on all counts
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
NBC News: CDC advisers weigh delaying second COVID shots to 8 weeks
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Students of color persist in STEM despite racial stereotypes, my research shows
Ebony McGee, associate professor of teaching and learning, authored this piece.
The Wall Street Journal: The world is likely sicker than it has been in 100 years
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina): Columbia schools spend more on salaries, administrative costs than larger districts
Christopher Candelaria, assistant professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
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