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What’s On My Mind: Courage to change the world

Reflecting on Commencement week, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos shares his thoughts in this week’s column about how each person can make a positive difference in the world.


VU Poll: Early count suggests competitive Tennessee Senate, gubernatorial races

As Tennessee looks to elect a new governor and U.S. senator in 2018, new polling figures suggest Republicans in those races may be facing real competition from Democrats, according to the most recent Vanderbilt Poll.


Student body president, vice president reflect on Vanderbilt experiences for ‘Zeppos Report’

Before Class of 2018 graduates Jami Cox and Ryan Connor walked across the Commencement stage May 11, they joined Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos for one last conversation as Vanderbilt undergrads.


Beasley to lead new residential college organization

Vanessa Beasley, dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, has been promoted to a new role leading a redesigned residential college organization aimed at more fully enriching the student experience.


10 faculty proposals funded through new Library Collections Initiative

Ten projects involving 25 faculty and staff members have been awarded nearly $750,000 through the internally funded Library Collections Initiative to strategically bolster collections.


FutureVU releases comprehensive vision for development of campus

A holistic vision for the physical development of campus over the next 20 to 30 years is now available on the FutureVU website.


Emeritus English professor who wrote Jane Austen biography dies

John W. Halperin, Centennial Professor of English, emeritus, died this spring at his home in La Jolla, California, from heart failure. He was 76.


Four from Vanderbilt named as SEC Academic Leadership fellows

Four Vanderbilt University faculty members have been named as SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellows for 2018-19. The program is a professional growth initiative that seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond.


New leadership at the Central Library

Kasia Gonnerman is the new director of Vanderbilt University’s Central Library.


VU BreakThru: TIPs grant funds innovative research into the microbiome

Right under your nose but unseen by the human eye is the microbiome—the totality of microbes in an environment. The Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative, funded by a TIPs grant, is coordinating basic, translational and clinical scholarship to help unlock the mysteries of these bacteria, viruses and more. Learn about the initiative and its new website in this VU BreakThru blog post. Read more about TIPs grants and other internal faculty funding programs—including University Courses, Research Scholar Grants and Discovery Grants—at the VU BreakThru blog.


Thousands participate in Vanderbilt University Employee Appreciation Picnic

Thousands of faculty and staff members attended Vanderbilt University’s first independently hosted Employee Appreciation Picnic: Under the Big Top Tuesday on Magnolia Lawn.


Vanderbilt University to replace AccessVU

As Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center continue to restructure into distinct entities, many shared technical systems must be reconfigured. Beginning June 25, Vanderbilt University will move to a new identity management tool called VU Identity.


Campus Dining offers faculty and staff meal-plan discounts for limited time

Vanderbilt Campus Dining is offering Vanderbilt University faculty and staff members a limited-time discount on meal plans.


Submit nominations for Chancellor’s Heart and Soul staff awards

Nominations are open for the Chancellor’s Heart and Soul Staff Appreciation Awards, which recognize everyday dedication and contributions. The deadline is July 31.


Slides can help faculty with Ancora proposal submissions

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization have posted informational slides for faculty preparing pre-proposal submissions in response to the inaugural Ancora request for proposals.


30th anniversary of Vanderbilt finance conference explores the rise—and risks—of exchange-traded products

As index funds and other financial tools gain in popularity, finance scholars and industry professionals are starting to ask if they may include hidden risks for investors.


Employee Assistance Program open house for faculty and staff May 21

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Vanderbilt’s Work/Life Connections–Employee Assistance Program has planned an open house for university faculty and staff May 21.


Faculty invited to apply for micro-grants to explore connections between sports, society

Faculty proposals for micro-grant funding are due May 21 to support research and curricular enrichment on topics related to sports and society in areas including race, law, gender and more.


External funding database to transition June 30; training session set for May 23

The database through which Vanderbilt faculty, staff and graduate students can learn about external funding opportunities is transitioning from ProQuest Pivot to InfoEd Global SPIN, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Corporate and Foundation Relations has announced.


Vanderbilt Libraries to host ‘Cultural Heritage in the Age of Big Data’ symposium June 1

Vanderbilt University Libraries’ annual cultural heritage symposium June 1 will explore the ethical dimensions of digital scholarship.


Faculty invited to apply by June 1 for SEC travel grant program

Vanderbilt faculty are encouraged to apply by June 1 to the 2018–19 Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program. Grants typically run from $1,500 to $3,500.


Diversity lecture on pregnancy and cardiovascular health set for June 4

Pregnancy, cardiovascular disease and maternal mortality will be the topics when the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Mulubrhan F. Mogos speaks Monday, June 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Nursing Annex, Room 162, as part of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series.


Vanderbilt Giving Day set for June 5

Vanderbilt’s third annual Giving Day is scheduled for June 5 and will offer the entire Vanderbilt community a chance to join together to “give for the gold” and make the university stronger.


Guidance on flexible summer schedules

As summer begins, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos would like to remind staff of the university’s flexible schedule opportunities, which support work-life balance.


Watch Video

What does it take to conduct a reliable poll?

The statewide Vanderbilt Poll is typically conducted just before the start of each legislative session and at the end of each session, in part to determine how closely the results of the session align with voters’ expectations and priorities.


Take Note

» Register for Outdoor Rec adventure trips beginning May 17

» Levine to sign ‘The Marvelous Mustard Seed’ at Parnassus Books May 19

» Vanderbilt Eye Institute trunk show and sale June 1

» Register now for free VU Public Safety teen driving awareness course June 2

» Cloud-based solution to simplify process for creating SharePoint sites

HR News

» Wellcast: ‘FutureVU and a Healthier You’

» De-stress with yoga on Library Lawn May 17

» Vandy Cooks: ‘Delicious Dishes from Thailand’ May 18

» Vandy Walks: ‘Annuals and Perennials in Bloom’ May 22

» Expecting a baby? Health Plus supports your healthy pregnancy

» Complete Go for the Gold Step 1: Compass Health Assessment

Research News @Vanderbilt


May 17 — Noon
Babies and You: Preparing for Labor and Birth

May 17 — Noon
America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

May 17 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session - Schulman Center

May 18
Sports-Related Concussion: An Update for Clinicians

May 18 — Noon
Health Policy Grand Rounds with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams

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