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  Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022  
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Important update about spring 2022 semester start and health and safety protocols
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost C. Cybele Raver and Vice Chancellor Eric Kopstain provide important updates about the spring 2022 semester’s start as well as health and safety protocols.
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Join leaders for student spring town halls focusing on COVID updates, student support
Vanderbilt University campus leaders will host virtual town halls for students and their families to share updates about the university’s plans for the spring semester, including its COVID-19 operations and student support resources. 
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School of Medicine invests in future of health care with Dean’s Scholarship Challenge
The School of Medicine has launched a $5 million Dean’s Scholarship Challenge to help ensure that tomorrow’s leaders in medicine are educated at Vanderbilt. Through a combination of donor contributions and a university match, the school hopes to raise a total of $10 million.
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Poet Nikky Finney to speak at virtual keynote event for 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Renowned poet, professor and author Nikky Finney will deliver a keynote address as part of Vanderbilt University’s 2022 commemoration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Finney is scheduled to speak Jan. 17 as part of a virtual program that will begin with a vigil and include remarks by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier.
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Make your voice heard! Help shape student experience through Quality of Life survey
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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REGISTER: Bishop Michael Bruce Curry and Jon Meacham to talk religion and politics
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham will discuss the intersection of religion and politics in the U.S. during a Jan. 13 discussion hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy and Vanderbilt Divinity School.
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Office of Global Safety shares CDC guidance for travelers returning to U.S.
Prior to the start of the winter break, the Office of Global Safety has shared guidance from the CDC for travelers returning to the U.S. Vanderbilt community members who will travel abroad during the winter break should familiarize themselves with these procedures. 
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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.
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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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Registration open for 2022 Global Health Case Competition
Registration is now open for the 2022 Global Health Case Competition, an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and professional students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to collaborate in developing innovative solutions to a global health problem.
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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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Applications for 2022 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program ongoing
Applications for the 2022 Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program are being accepted through Jan. 11. VUSRP provides a unique opportunity to develop valuable skills by working closely with a faculty member on joint research efforts.
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Give the gift of learning by joining Vanderbilt partnership to tutor Metro Nashville Public Schools students
Vanderbilt community members looking for a way to share the gift of learning with children in Metro Nashville Public Schools are invited to join the more than 150 Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff who are already part of the “Accelerating Scholars” online tutoring program. Sign-ups to volunteer are open now through Jan. 17.


COVID-19 Updates

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

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center produces videos on COVID-19 vaccine and individuals with intellectual disability

Archive project seeks Vanderbilt community stories to document COVID-19 pandemic experience


Take Note

Nominate a faculty or staff member for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Master’s in data science program hosts recruitment event Jan. 12

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Enneagram Workshop’
Jan. 13

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’ March 2

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


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Hill: I-95 traffic snarl sparks questions on impacts to highway system
Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
MarketWatch: The impending Y2K you probably never heard of: A new interest rate used to price everything from mortgages to car loans
Yesha Yadav, professor of law, is quoted.
The New York Times: They lost three daughters to sickle cell. Can they save a fourth?
Michael DeBaun, J.C. Peterson, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: Moderna says COVID-19 booster dose works against omicron variant in lab tests
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Online: Anti-government group Three Percenters hold ‘recruitment’ meeting at Miller’s Ale House
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
MarketWatch: Cigna’s use of adjusted revenue in quarterly earnings does not conform with SEC rules, experts say
Paul Chaney, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Accounting, is quoted.
The Boston Globe: Democrats should apply Supreme Court’s abortion decision to firearms
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, co-authored this piece.
HealthLeaders: CDC funds Vanderbilt School of Nursing informaticist’s research of the nation’s PPE supply
Kelly Aldrich, associate professor of nursing, is quoted.
Contemporary Clinic: Expert: Improving medical training on intersection between medicine, psychiatry, neurology remains critical
Lea Davis, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
STAT News: How medicine erased Black women from a ‘white man’s disease’
Paras Karmacharya, instructor in medicine, is quoted.
HuffPost: Private equity is gobbling up hospice chains and getting involved in the business of dying
David Stevenson, professor of health policy, is quoted.
ABC News: With pediatric COVID cases surging, millions of children remain unvaccinated
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Reuters: Blood thinner drug Xarelto tied to higher rate of major side effects—study
Wayne Ray, professor of health policy, is quoted.
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