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  Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022  
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Board of Trust to host investiture of Chancellor Daniel Diermeier
The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust will host a series of events April 8–9 as part of the investiture of Vanderbilt’s ninth chancellor, Daniel Diermeier, including a formal investiture ceremony.
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Chancellor’s Lecture Series hosts Billie Jean King and Candice Lee discussing a new era of equality in sports
Sports icon and champion of equality Billie Jean King will discuss the past, present and future of sports as part of the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series and the university’s yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX. The virtual event on Tuesday, March 1, at 4 p.m. CT will feature Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee in conversation with King.
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Black History Month celebration continues
Vanderbilt University is celebrating 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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Engineering senior represents Vanderbilt in Jeopardy! National College Championship airing today
Sam Blum, a senior engineering science major, is representing Vanderbilt University in the Jeopardy! National College Championship currently airing on ABC. His episode airs at 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Feb. 16, one of the quarterfinals dates.
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Center for Student Wellbeing offers academic and well-being coaching
The Center for Student Wellbeing offers academic and well-being coaching for students to gain tangible skills and strategic insight for meeting their academic and personal well-being goals.
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Campus Dining celebrates reopening of Common Grounds with contest for students
After an extended closure due to COVID-19 and recent staffing shortages, Campus Dining announces the reopening of Common Grounds coffee shop, located in The Commons Center Munchie Mart. To celebrate the reopening, Campus Dining is giving students who visit a chance to win a limited-edition Cheetos Mac & Cheese bike.
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The Pub at Overcup Oak to reopen for limited service in February
After more than a year, the popular Pub at Overcup Oak will reopen for limited service in February, starting with a series of pop-up events.
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The Wond’ry to host a hybrid Renaissance Women’s Summit tomorrow
The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s center for innovation, will host its first women’s entrepreneur summit in partnership with the Renaissance Marketing Group and Boss Talks Network on Thursday, Feb. 17. The event is for female entrepreneurs at all stages of their business journeys, with local entrepreneurs and marketers sharing tips on all aspects of growing or starting a business.
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‘Inside the Box: Innovative Within Constraints’ virtual event featuring David Owens scheduled for Friday
The Enabling Innovation Initiative will host David Owens, professor of the practice of management and innovation and Evans Family Executive Director of the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, for “Inside the Box: Innovative Within Constraints” on Friday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. CT.
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2022 Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference set for Friday
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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‘Black Excellence in Research and the Future of Diversity in Academia’ virtual event scheduled for Feb. 22
In recognition of Black History Month, the School of Medicine Basic Sciences’ monthly virtual Lab-to-Table Conversation will celebrate Black excellence in research and discuss the future of diversity in academia. The event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. CT. 
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Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy to host virtual discussion on new approaches to climate change Feb. 24
Vanderbilt Law School professor Michael Vandenbergh will discuss bipartisan efforts to address climate change and sustainability with environmental activist Benji Backer in a virtual event on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 12:30 p.m. hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy.
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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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Plan ahead for updates to Oracle Cloud Feb. 18-19
Vanderbilt’s Oracle Cloud environment will undergo its next quarterly upgrade during the weekend of Feb 18-19. This update is scheduled to begin on Friday at 9 p.m. and end on Saturday. Please plan ahead for this period when the system will be unavailable.
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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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Dashboard Update: COVID-19 positive cases among VU community members
See the latest updates to VU’s COVID-19 dashboard. Vanderbilt maintains this dashboard to inform the university community about the number of positive COVID-19 test results for the spring 2022 semester.


COVID-19 Updates

Prescription benefit now covers over-the-counter COVID-19 tests

Vanderbilt to provide KN95 masks for all students, faculty, postdocs and on-campus staff

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know


Take Note

Campus Dining’s Farm to Campus Menu Series kicks off Feb. 16

2022 REDCap Day virtual event is Feb. 16–18

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


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  Sheryl Crow, Rivers Rutherford headline Shade Tree Benefit
· FEB ·
  Vanderbilt Microbiome Innovation Center offers analytics workshop
Feb. 22–23
· MAR ·
  Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp March 10, 11
· MAR ·
  Brain Blast 2022


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Guardian: ‘Every move scrutinized’: Facebook’s rocky road to the metaverse
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
CNN: COVID-19 vaccine authorization for younger children delayed as FDA seeks more data
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, and Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, are quoted.
Reuters: Class counsel want to pay objector $25K to ditch appeal. Ted Frank is in their way.
Brian Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
Retail Dive: What the Amazon union do-over in Alabama means for the future of retail
Dan Cornfield, professor of sociology, is quoted.
Associated Press: Study: COVID booster effectiveness wanes but remains strong
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Financial Times: Stablecoin firms should be regulated like the banks they are
Morgan Ricks, professor of law, is quoted.
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