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  Monday, March 28, 2022  
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Celebrate investiture weekend with Vanderbilt 
Vanderbilt University will host a series of events April 8–9 in honor of Chancellor Daniel Diermeier’s investiture. Surrounding the ceremony will be opportunities for the VU community to learn more about the university’s past and future, and enjoy a grand family-friendly celebration. 
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Get inside look TODAY at making of Vanderbilt’s new visual identity
Vice Chancellor for Communications and Marketing Steve Ertel and Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee will share a behind-the-scenes look at how Vanderbilt University’s new visual identity was developed in a virtual event on Monday, March 28, at 4 p.m. CT.
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Vanderbilt Blair student musicians win at prestigious MTNA national competition
Vanderbilt Blair’s Eunoia String Quartet, coached by Carolyn Huebl, professor of violin, won the 2022 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music String competition. They and another Blair student ensemble, the Arsevi Trio, competed as two of only seven national finalists.
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‘MBA Ladies’ podcast discusses lack of women in the c-suite
Vanderbilt MBA candidates Emily Brennan and Nora Sultan, both MBA’22, have made it their mission to bring awareness to the disparities women face in the working world. Through their podcast, “The MBA Ladies,” Brennan and Sultan have created a safe space for dialogue surrounding these difficult and sometimes controversial topics.
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Registration open for 2022 Graduate Recognition Ceremonies
Vanderbilt’s graduating seniors are encouraged to participate in this year’s Graduate Recognition Ceremonies for specific identity groups as part of the university’s 2022 Commencement celebrations.
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Annual survey of undergraduate seniors open now through May 9 
The annual VU Senior Survey provides graduating seniors with an opportunity to evaluate Vanderbilt in detail, evaluate their experience in their own major and report on their plans for the future.
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Watch free screening of ‘LFG’; panel discussion is March 28
Vanderbilt will host a virtual panel discussion of the documentary film “LFG” on Monday, March 28, beginning at 5 p.m. CT. The event is part of Vanderbilt’s Women’s History Month celebration.
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Center for Effective Lawmaking hosts ‘Race and Political Representation: Inside and Outside of Congress’
March 31
Join the Center for Effective Lawmaking for a roundtable discussion touching on questions of race, representation and policymaking in the contemporary Congress. The event will be Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m. CT at the Student Life Center Commodore Ballroom.
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Free screening of documentary ‘In a Different Key’ is March 31
Vanderbilt will host an exclusive pre-release screening of the documentary “In A Different Key” on Thursday, March 31. The film is the story of a mother who tracks down the first person ever diagnosed with autism, now an elderly man in rural Mississippi, to learn if his life story holds promise for her own autistic son.
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Rescheduled 2022 MLK Joint Day of Service set for April 2
The annual MLK Joint Day of Service brings together hundreds of student volunteers from Nashville-area colleges and universities to continue the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service. This year’s event will be on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 10 a.m. at Tennessee State University’s Gentry Center. Following the opening program, volunteers will go to different service sites. Lunch will be provided.
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Raver to present School of Medicine’s annual Simpson Lecture April 4
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver will discuss “Science and Social Impact: A Path From Early-stage Career to University Leadership” on Monday, April 4, at noon in Light Hall, Room 208.
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Inaugural ECE Day is April 4
The Vanderbilt Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will present its inaugural ECE Day on Monday, April 4, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Student Life Center. This one-day event will bring together alumni, faculty, students and staff to celebrate scientific breakthroughs, discuss curriculum innovations and recognize achievements.
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Student Care Network offers advice on supporting students in distress
Between academics, life transitions and personal relationships, it’s understandable that students may sometimes feel overwhelmed. The Student Care Network offers resources and training for peers, faculty and staff members when concerned about a student’s well-being.
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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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I Am Vanderbilt: Lorena Infante Lara
For the last three years, Lorena Infante Lara has served as science writer, editor and social media manager for the Office of the Dean of Basic Sciences. But she first joined the VU community in 2013 as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biochemistry.


COVID-19 Updates

Vanderbilt will no longer require indoor masking in line with newest CDC guidance

To mask or not to mask?

COVID symptoms and safety: What you need to know


Take Note

Donate gently used professional clothing to Graduate School Career Closet

Flexner Deans’ Lecture to feature ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ executive producer Zoanne Clack March 28

Women’s Center hosts salary negotiation workshop
March 29

‘Managing Money Confidently’ is March 30

Divinity lecture: ‘Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of John: A Case of Textual Suppression?’ March 30

Panel: ‘Imagining a Digitally Equitable Future’ April 1

Tour De Hawkins 5K set for April 2

WeGo Public Transit bus service changes take effect April 3 

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Hamnet’ May 4


Coming Up

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  ‘From Broadway to the White House—Who’s Hiring Humanities Grads?’
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  Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease
Research Day
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  Vanderbilt Nonprofit Speaker Series: ‘Change Begins with You’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Fox Business: Vanderbilt University offers employee bonuses for ‘diligent’ service during COVID-19 pandemic
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
The 74: More productivity or ‘zombied out’ students? Congress ponders permanent Daylight saving time, but sleep experts say they’ve got it backwards
Beth Malow, Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development and professor of neurology, is quoted.
The Skimm: How the ‘chilling’ spike in anti-LGBTQ+ bills impacts kids
Kirsty Clark, assistant professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
The Times of Israel: Jews in the U.S. military
Philip Ackerman-Lieberman, associate professor of Jewish studies, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Moderna says its coronavirus vaccine for young children is safe, but efficacy is a more complicated picture
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
The Tennessean: We’ve been looking up to the stars and taking stock for centuries
Dennis G. Hall, professor of physics, emeritus, authored this piece.
Forbes: Leadership lessons from Madeleine Albright, the first female secretary of state
Barbara Bell, adjunct instructor in leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.
The Conversation: Lo que cuenta la literatura clásica sobre los refugiados que huyen de la Guerra
Robert Barsky, professor of French and comparative literature, authored this piece.
NBC News: Bird flu cases surge in the U.S. What we know so far.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Conversation: When Putin says Russia and Ukraine share one faith, he’s leaving out a lot of the story
Kathryn David, Mellon Assistant Professor of German, Russian and East European Studies, authored this piece.
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