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WATCH: Billie Jean King and Candice Lee discuss progress made and challenges remaining for equality in sports
Sports icon and champion for equality Billie Jean King joined Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, for “Game, Set, Match: A New Era of Equality in Sports” on March 1. The conversation, part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series, was presented in partnership with the Nashville Public Library Foundation’s Votes for Women.
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Ben Jordan, esteemed professor for generations of engineering students, has died
Benjamin Thomas Jordan Jr., associate professor of the practice of engineering management, died Feb. 21 in Nashville following a brief illness. He was 79. Jordan was an active faculty member in the Division of General Engineering and had been teaching three engineering management courses this semester.
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Student proposals now being accepted for spring Undergraduate Research Fair April 14
The second annual spring Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair is scheduled for Thursday, April 14. Students who have completed research while undergraduates at Vanderbilt are encouraged to apply.
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Vanderbilt University professor Kimberly Welch awarded prestigious 2022 Dan David Prize
Kimberly Welch, associate professor of history and assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt University, has been awarded a 2022 Dan David Prize. The internationally renowned annual award, headquartered at Tel Aviv University, gives prizes of $300,000 each to nine early- to mid-career history scholars whose outstanding contributions expand knowledge of the past, enrich society in the present and promise to improve the future of the world.  
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Government and Community Relations establishes Community Engagement Collective
The Division of Government and Community Relations has convened the Community Engagement Collective to serve as a campus-wide forum to establish shared knowledge, structures, processes and guidelines to inform Vanderbilt’s work in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities.
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Vanderbilt Communications and Marketing wins three Emmy Awards
Vanderbilt University’s Communications and Marketing team was honored with three Emmy Awards from the Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during the organization’s livestreamed ceremony on Feb. 26.
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REGISTER: Experts to discuss what comes next in the COVID-19 pandemic
Registration is now open for a special panel discussion about the future of COVID-19, featuring some of Vanderbilt University’s leading experts in COVID vaccines, infectious disease and public health. The virtual discussion will be on Thursday, March 10, at noon CT.
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Vanderbilt celebrates Women’s History Month in March
Vanderbilt University is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of events in March. Women’s History Month honors the struggles and achievements of women of all nations and cultures.
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‘First Woman of Color in Congress: Patsy Takemoto Mink, the Intersectional Feminist Behind Title IX’ is tomorrow
“First Woman of Color in Congress: Patsy Takemoto Mink, the Intersectional Feminist Behind Title IX” is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at 4 p.m. CT as part of Vanderbilt’s celebration of Women’s History Month.
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2 Chainz, Miguel headline Rites of Spring; tickets on sale now
Rites of Spring is scheduled for Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, on Alumni Lawn. Tickets for Vanderbilt students, staff and faculty are on sale now.
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Student Care Network offers drop-in services
Student Care Network drop-in and satellite services provide a quick and convenient way for students to consult privately and one-on-one with a staff member regarding a current concern, explore support options and establish connections with resources on the student’s schedule.
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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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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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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

University announces updates to COVID-19 protocols

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know


Take Note

Local Java reopens in Sarratt Student Center

Vanderbilt researcher calls for dismantling racism in STEM fields in newly published commentary

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

Evolutionary Studies Initiative hosts Elisabeth Bik for virtual J.T. Scopes Lecture March 2

Flexner Deans’ Lecture Series presents students Evan Mercer and Somtochukwu Ukwuani March 7

Data Science Institute hosts ‘AI Fridays’


Coming Up

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  Vanderbilt Software Carpentries boot camp March 10, 11
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  Brain Blast 2022
· MAR ·
  Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day


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Vanderbilt in the News
Sports Business Journal: Lee-way to success
Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, is featured.
The Hill: Systemic racism is rooted in immigration laws—it can no longer be ignored
Karla McKanders, clinical professor of law, co-authored this piece.
The New York Times: Judge Jackson’s rulings: Detailed, methodical and leaning left
Tracey George, Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty, professor of law and vice provost for faculty affairs, is quoted.
New York Magazine: The Other First: What it means to nominate a veteran public defender
Sara Mayeux, associate professor of law, is quoted.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Chattanooga megachurch to host Republican mayoral forum on Sunday
Phillis Sheppard, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture, is quoted.
NBC News: Indoor mask use no longer necessary across most of the U.S., CDC says
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
CNN: ECMO therapy cuts COVID-19 patients’ chance of dying by half, if they
can get it
Whitney Gannon, assistant in medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: Pfizer shot is far less effective in 5- to 11-year-olds than in older kids, new data show
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 booster shots are slowing as omicron surge fades
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
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