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  Friday, Nov. 30, 2018  
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Global tennis champion Venus Williams to deliver Senior Day address
Venus Williams—an international tennis champion, entrepreneur and author—will receive the Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal in May 2019, when she addresses graduating seniors at Vanderbilt and their families.
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Grandin rejects low expectations, insists workforce critically needs people with autism in VU lecture
Temple Grandin—inventor, speaker, author and perhaps the autism community’s best-known advocate—encouraged her audience at Vanderbilt on Thursday to embrace the diagnosis of autism for what it can do: add diverse thinkers to a workforce that not only can accommodate them, but desperately needs them.
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Celebration honors 10 new endowed chair holders
Vanderbilt’s 10 newest endowed chair holders, who come from six schools and colleges across campus, were lauded for their exemplary teaching and scholarship at a Nov. 27 ceremony .
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Emeritus Divinity professor who turned faith into activism dies
The Rev. Don Beisswenger, a Divinity School emeritus professor who lived out his faith as a dedicated community activist—serving six months in federal prison for a nonviolent protest—has died.
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Learn about faculty roles in residential colleges at Dec. 4 event
Faculty who are interested in serving in residential or programmatic roles within the university’s residential college system are invited to an open house Dec. 4 at the dean’s residence on The Ingram Commons.
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Fans invited to Bowl Celebration on campus Sunday
Commodore fans can join head football coach Derek Mason and his team for Vanderbilt’s bowl celebration this Sunday, Dec. 2, at the program’s indoor practice field, the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility.
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Cutting honored with NIH Merit Award and Leadership Award of Women in Cognitive Science
Vanderbilt educational neuroscientist and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator Laurie Cutting has received a rare $3 million National Institutes of Health Merit Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She also has been selected to receive the Leadership Award of Women in Cognitive Science.
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Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center collaboration seeks earlier diagnosis of throat cancer
Vanderbilt researchers in the schools of engineering and medicine are exploring the feasibility of using Raman spectroscopy for early detection of HPV-related cancers of the throat in order to reduce the need for biopsies and to offer less intensive therapies.
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Clark Scholars honored at reception
The first- and second-year cohorts of the A. James Clark Scholars at the School of Engineering met with members of the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation at a reception on Nov. 7.
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VandyVans stop relocated, parking and roadways to close in West End Neighborhood
The VandyVans stop on 24th Avenue will relocate to the lot in front of Carmichael Towers East, effective Friday evening, Nov. 30, and many parking lots within the West End Neighborhood will close permanently over winter break, including fraternity and sorority lots, as the area transforms to become more accessible and pedestrian-centric.
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Research software engineer-for-hire core service available
Do you need a programmer? The Office of the Vice Provost for Research sponsors a research software engineer-for-hire core service. All research projects are welcome.
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Controls Group wins 2018 football ‘greenest group on campus’ award
The Facilities department’s Controls Group has been named winner of the 2018 Vanderbilt football sustainability competition.
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Turkey Toss set for Dec. 14
Vanderbilt University’s 2018 Turkey Toss is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, from 6 a.m. to midnight in the Langford Auditorium Lobby. Employees can choose either a free turkey, tofurkey or Vanderbilt apron.
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Vanderbilt Public Safety seeks community feedback
Vanderbilt University Public Safety is requesting participation in a short survey that will allow the community to provide feedback about safety enhancements, programming, ideas for further improvements and safety concerns.
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I Am Vanderbilt: Shaneithia Lewis
Cpl. Shaneithia Lewis patrols her assigned zone each day with the mission of keeping the campus safe. But she does so with a unique partner riding along.


Take Note

Emergency preparedness tabletop exercise scheduled for Dec. 4

Memorial service honoring graduate student Ziliang Zhang set for Dec. 6

Healthier You: ‘The NEAT Part of Exercise’ Dec. 6

Caregiver Support Group to meet Dec. 12

‘Navigating School Choice’ topic of Parenting Group meeting Dec. 13

Walkway closure at School of Nursing, Central Library

Nominate faculty or staff for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Limited Submission Opportunity: Braitmayer K-12 Innovative Practices Grants

Pregnant women needed for paid research study exploring brain development in early life

Executive Education: Cyber Week helps you jumpstart your 2019 goals


Coming Up

· DEC ·
  Stanford’s Athey to give Economics’ Steine Lecture
· DEC ·
  One-Minute Stage and Screen Festival
· DEC ·
  Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture: Angelina Hernandez-Carretero
· DEC ·
  Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day at Barnes & Noble
· DEC ·
  Vanderbilt Eye Institute Glasses Trunk Show and Sale


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Vanderbilt in the News
NBC: NASA’s successful Mars landing means we have to consider what to do about potential life there
David Weintraub, professor of astronomy, discusses the effect human contact is likely to have on the microscopic life that may exist on Mars.
The New York Times: The wasp wants a zombie. The cockroach says ‘no’ with a karate kick.
Ken Catania, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences, researches how cockroaches fight off the emerald jewel wasp. Catania is quoted.
The Atlantic: A reckless and needless use of gene editing on human embryos
Ellen Clayton, Craig-Weaver Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted.
The New York Times: Does the Ninth Circuit have the highest reversal rate in the country?
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted regarding President Trump’s critique of the Ninth Circuit.
Associated Press: 50 years after fists: Who would listen, who would care?
John Koch, senior lecturer of communications studies, is quoted about the evolution of athlete protests.
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