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  Monday, Jan. 31, 2022  
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Vanderbilt to celebrate Black History Month with events in February
Vanderbilt University’s annual celebration of 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—will kick off Tuesday, Feb. 1, with a virtual program coordinated by the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
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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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Housing Law Clinic students, faculty support national call to action to address eviction crisis
Vanderbilt is one of 99 law schools that responded to Attorney General Merrick Garland’s call to action to work in their local communities to address the housing and eviction crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Nashville, students in the Housing Law Clinic directed by Associate Clinical Professor Jennifer Prusak worked with tenants facing eviction proceedings and through a coalition of community partners to advocate for tenants’ rights.
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Vanderbilt launches new group for Asian American and Pacific Islander alumni 
Vanderbilt has launched a new alumni affinity group for Vanderbilt’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, supporting the diaspora and beyond. The AAPI Association of Vanderbilt Alumni (AAVA) aims to connect alumni with one another as well as with current students and the broader Vanderbilt community.  
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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine to deliver Law School’s 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture today
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 is today
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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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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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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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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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 

School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt fosters unique research opportunities for promising teen scientists

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
Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee’s university leaders lobby Congress to make Pell Grants relevant again
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
The Washington Post: Thinking of permanently ditching the office? Here’s what to consider before going fully remote.
Jennifer Shinall, professor of law, is quoted.
Vox: Why do we remember what we remember?
Lisa Fazio, associate professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
Reuters: Flawed forensics in criminal trials overlooked in push to reform expert witness rules
Edward Cheng, Hess Professor of Law, is quoted.
Deseret News: Both parents and policies play a role in helping young kids thrive. Here’s how
Cynthia Osborne, professor of leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Can Mark Cuban help you pay less for prescription drugs?
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
E&E News: How Stephen Breyer changed FERC and clean energy
Jim Rossi, Judge D.L. Lansden Professor of Law, is quoted.
The Presbyterian Outlook: Making real the promises of democracy
Juan Floyd-Thomas, research associate professor of divinity, is mentioned.
The Washington Post: Positive coronavirus tests could end Olympic dreams before athletes leave for Beijing
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Project Syndicate: How much has the pandemic cost?
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management, is quoted.
The 19th: ‘Those dollars and cents add up’: Full-time trans workers face a wage gap, poll finds
Kitt Carpenter, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Economics, is quoted.
Salon: Omicron variant of COVID may be the most contagious virus to ever exist, scientists say
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine; Jeremy Warner, associate professor of medicine; and postdoctoral scholar Sanjay Mishra are quoted.
Clinical Advisor: AANP president’s message to clinicians on frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic
April Kapu, professor of clinical nursing, is quoted.
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