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  Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022  
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Akard named associate dean for academic affairs in Graduate School
Associate Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics Terrah Akard, a nationally recognized nurse scientist in pediatric palliative care and end-of-life support, has been named associate dean for academic affairs for the Graduate School.
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Three Ph.D. engineering students win prestigious Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships
Three civil engineering Ph.D. students have received Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships, an honor that highlights Vanderbilt’s position as an epicenter of connected cities and transit research.
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Blending hobbies and academic research is a thought to ‘harp’ on
Second-year Ph.D. student Mayna Nguyen recently combined a longtime hobby with her study of biomedical optics with dazzling results: a playable laser harp that embodies both her love for the instrument and her research into photonics.
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‘Border Wars: How Russia and Ukraine’s Conflict Could Impact the World’ is tomorrow
Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host a panel discussion on the evolving crisis between Russia and Ukraine. The virtual event on Thursday, Feb. 24, is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
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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, will feature Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee in conversation with King.
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Vanderbilt’s celebration of Black History Month 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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Severe weather at Vanderbilt: Do you know what to do?
Feb. 20–26 is National Severe Weather Awareness Week. Vanderbilt’s Office of Emergency Management is sharing information to help prepare the Vanderbilt community in the event of a weather emergency.
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Vanderbilt Haiti Week continues
Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, the Caribbean Students Association and the Center for Second Language Studies will host the sixth annual Vanderbilt Haiti Week Feb. 22–24.
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14th annual Murray Lecture is today
LaWanda W. M. Ward, assistant professor of education and research associate at Pennsylvania State College of Education, will give the 14th annual Murray Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. CT via Zoom. Ward will discuss “Make it Make Sense: Racial Justice, Spirituality and Law” for the event co-sponsored by The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
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Women’s Center seeks nominations for 2022 awards through Friday
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.
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Construction begins on 25th Avenue for Davidson County’s first enhanced crosswalk
Vanderbilt will install Davidson County’s first enhanced crosswalk on 25th Avenue as part of the university’s West End Neighborhood project and FutureVU goal to improve the safety and walkability of campus. Construction will begin the week of Feb. 28 and will last approximately three weeks.
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Undergraduate Data Science Minor social hours to be held this spring
Join the Undergraduate Data Science Minor program for monthly social hours this spring and the opportunity to gather with other students interested in data science. Events are planned for Feb. 24, March 31 and April 8.
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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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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

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know


Take Note

Campus Dining offers flex meal deal for faculty, staff, graduate and professional students

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

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


Coming Up

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  ‘First Woman of Color in Congress: Patsy Takemoto Mink, the Intersectional Feminist Behind Title IX’
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp March 10, 11
· MAR ·
  Brain Blast 2022
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease
Research Day


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Forbes: Education underscores Nashville’s meteoric growth
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
CNN: How Heinz uses a fake number to keep its brand timeless
Kelly Haws, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Professor of Marketing, is quoted.
BuzzFeed News: The deeper questions underlying the Sarah Palin defamation trial
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is quoted.
Agence France-Presse: Unproven claims of masks harming speech development spread online
Stephen Camarata, professor of hearing and speech sciences and professor of special education, and Melanie Schuele, professor of hearing and speech sciences, are quoted.
Associated Press: U.S. virus cases, hospitalizations continue steady decline
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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