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  12 things you need to know this week  
1.   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. [ Read More ]
2.   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. [ Read More ]
3.   Vanderbilt staff prepare campus for spring semester, step up during winter weather
    As faculty and students planned for the start of spring classes, Vanderbilt University staff worked diligently to prepare for the semester as well as ensure that members of the campus community were as safe as possible during winter weather earlier this month. [ Read More ]
4.   Story Photo 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. [ Read More ]
5.   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.” [ Read More ]
6.   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. [ Read More ]
7.   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. [ Read More ]
8.   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. [ Read More ]
9.   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. [ Read More ]
10.   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. [ Read More ]
11.   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.  [ Read More ]
12.   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. [ Read More ]
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