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  Wednesday, Jan. 26, 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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More than 65 TN college and university leaders urge members of Congress to double maximum Pell Grant award
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Daniel Diermeier led 66 other leaders of Tennessee’s colleges and universities today in sending a letter to the Tennessee congressional delegation urging them to make an affordable, high-quality college education more attainable for students by doubling the maximum Pell Grant award and permanently indexing the grant to inflation to ensure that its value will no longer diminish over time.
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Ideator program at the Wond’ry receives endowment from Sullivan family
Ideator, a highly rated program designed to help faculty, students and staff members from Nashville-area colleges and universities evaluate promising ideas, has been endowed by Eric Sullivan, CEO of Quantum Technology, and his wife, Teri Steele, in honor of their family.
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Ph.D. student mentors undergrads on weeklong STEMSEAS expedition
Miguel Moravec, a Vanderbilt Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering, recently helped introduce a group of community college students from Washington to a wide range of NSF-funded research at sea, including geoscience, oceanography and engineering, through the STEMSEAS program.
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Seven Vanderbilt faculty elected as AAAS fellows in 2021
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver joins six others at Vanderbilt as 2021 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.
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Seven awards given in inaugural Evolutionary Studies Initiative pilot grant program
The Evolutionary Studies Initiative has awarded seven grants to researchers in the initiative to seed new projects and collaborations.
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iDialogues program accepting applications through Jan. 31
The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity’s iDialogues program is a 10-week educational series that creates an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to engage in intergroup dialogue through the lens of social group identity, power dynamics, conflict and community.
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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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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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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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Research conversation to explore relationship between urban communities, schools, student outcomes Feb. 11
Vanderbilt Peabody College professor Maury Nation will discuss his research on the relationship between urban communities and schools and how urban social problems affect student outcomes during a virtual event on Friday, Feb. 11. The talk is open to all, but advance registration is requested.
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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.


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

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

Alcohol drinkers sought for research study

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


Coming Up

· 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 Hechinger Report: A state-funded pre-K program led to ‘significantly negative effects’ for kids in Tennessee
Dale Farran, research professor of teaching and learning, is quoted.
ABC News: How does COVID-19 cause people to lose sense of smell? And how many regain it?
Justin Turner, associate professor of otolaryngology, is quoted.
The Atlantic: Why a three-dose vaccine for young kids might actually work out
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
CNN: What it’s like to cruise during omicron
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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