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  Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022  
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New Immersion Vanderbilt process provides increased flexibility and support for students and faculty
In response to student and faculty feedback, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has redesigned the forms students use to submit their plans to fulfill the Immersion Vanderbilt degree requirement. This change applies for the Class of 2024 and classes beyond.
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WATCH: Poet Nikky Finney honors the wisdom of Black women at virtual MLK Day keynote event
Acclaimed poet and activist Nikky Finney paid tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by honoring the generations of Black women who nurtured, educated and inspired King and countless others through what she calls the “motherload of knowledge.” Finney was the keynote speaker at Vanderbilt University’s Jan. 17 virtual commemoration.
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WATCH: Bishop Michael Bruce Curry and Jon Meacham call for positive change in discussion of religion, politics
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham discussed the complex intersection of religion and politics in American democracy on Jan. 13 as part of a virtual event hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy and Vanderbilt Divinity School.
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Vanderbilt receives $3M from National Science Foundation to launch cutting-edge astronomy graduate program
Vanderbilt University researchers from the departments of physics and astronomy, math, electrical engineering, and history have received a $3 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Award to establish a graduate certificate program in the emerging field of multimessenger astronomy.
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Self-powered wildfire detection plan earns CEE team national runner-up
A team of Vanderbilt undergraduate engineering students took the second spot in a national Jump Into STEM challenge to develop holistic solutions that improve the resilience of the built environment.
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Quality of Life survey closes Friday
All undergraduate students are invited to participate in Vanderbilt’s annual Quality of Life Survey. The data gathered through the survey helps the university understand students’ experiences and needs.
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Virtual info session for undergraduate data science minor is tomorrow
Students interested in the undergraduate data science minor are invited to a virtual information session on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. CT. Requirements for the minor and opportunities for involvement will be discussed.
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Applications open for Map the System competition
Students may now apply to participate in Map the System, the Wond’ry’s global systems thinking competition that prepares students to understand and help resolve complex social and environmental problems confronting our communities.
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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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Health experts to discuss COVID perspectives and vaccination hesitancy
The School of Nursing will host a webinar featuring a panel of public health and prevention experts on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. CT to discuss “COVID Perspectives, Values and Vaccination Hesitancy.” The event is free, but registration is required.
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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine to deliver Law School’s 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture
Jan. 31
Karl A. Racine, attorney general for the District of Columbia, will deliver Vanderbilt Law School’s 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Monday, Jan. 31, beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT via Zoom. The lecture is free, but advanced registration is required to attend.
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‘The Science of Flavor’ virtual event to take place Jan. 31
Join taste experts, scientists and a Nashville chef to learn about the science behind flavor in a virtual event on Monday, Jan. 31, at noon CT.
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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.


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

Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson booster shots available to Vanderbilt faculty, students, staff and postdocs


Take Note

Share your feedback on Nashville’s action plan for transportation and pedestrian safety 

Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp
March 10, 11

Alcohol drinkers sought for research study

Participants sought for study on consumption of nuts to reduce abdominal obesity, metabolic risk


Coming Up

· JAN ·
  VICB webinar: University of Michigan’s Jim Shayman
· JAN ·
  VKC to host ‘Risks of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome and Introduction to a Research Study’
· FEB ·
  Sheryl Crow, Rivers Rutherford headline Shade Tree Benefit
· MAR ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Wired: The antitrust case against Facebook draws blood
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Almost all teens needing ICU care for COVID are unvaccinated
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Associated Press: Nevada candidate seeks Trump’s favor with Florida TV spot
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Scientific American: Some COVID patients need amputations to survive
Wes Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessee Tribune: Tax expert Moran testified at the House
Beverly Moran, professor of law, emerita, is quoted.
Healthline: Here’s when to go to the ER with omicron surging and hospitals full
Wesley Self, associate professor of emergency medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: In praise of Henry Kissinger’s Middle East legacy
Tom Schwartz, Distinguished Professor of History, authored this review.
Shape: What does it mean to be neurodivergent?
David Caudel, associate director of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, is quoted.
The New York Times: Doctors debate whether trans teens need therapy before hormones
Cassie Brady, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, is quoted.
Voice of America: Under Biden, press given respect but not access
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
Reuters: Analysis: U.S. built ‘textbook’ case of sedition charges for Capitol attack—legal experts
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Why the nation’s top Episcopal bishop and a Vanderbilt historian talked democracy and religion
Jon Meacham, Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Professor of American Presidency and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
Health: How soon after having a COVID breakthrough infection should you get a booster shot?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Guardian (U.K.): Southern U.S. hospitals grapple with staff shortages amid record COVID cases
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
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