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Chancellor suggests top 5 ways new graduates can use their education for good

Acknowledging that their Vanderbilt degrees will grant 2018 graduates a wide range of options, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos offered up five specific ways to use their educations for good when he addressed them during Commencement exercises May 11.


Vanderbilt honors 2018 Founder’s Medalists

Vanderbilt recognized the top-graduating student from each undergraduate and professional school during Commencement May 11.


Student-athletes cap their careers with Vanderbilt degrees

Vanderbilt awarded graduate and undergraduate degrees to current and former Commodore student-athletes during Friday’s Commencement celebration on campus. Vanderbilt boasted a graduation success rate of 92 percent during the past academic year.


University honors 22 as emeriti faculty

Twenty-two retiring faculty members were recognized during Vanderbilt’s Commencement ceremony May 11, when the university honored their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty.


Clooney: ‘Be courageous. Challenge orthodoxy. Stand up for what you believe in’

In a Senior Day speech May 10 that brought a packed Memorial Gym to its feet, Amal Clooney took the crowd through historic examples of courage, including Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumnus the Rev. James Lawson.


Class of 2018 leaves its mark through Senior Class Fund

More than 1,360 members of the Class of 2018 participated in giving to this year’s Senior Class Fund, setting a new record. By reaching 85 percent class participation, this year’s seniors were the first to secure a $100,000 challenge donation.


Vanderbilt wins NASA rocketry championship for fifth time

The Vanderbilt Student Launch team won the NASA University Student Launch Competition for an unprecedented fifth time—following up on their eighth Payload Design Award—the space agency announced Friday.


‘Triumph’ film celebrated at historic Woolworth on 5th

Vanderbilt celebrated the inclusion of “Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace” in this year’s Nashville Film Festival at an event May 12 at the historic Woolworth on 5th restaurant—a key site in Nashville’s and the nation’s civil rights history.


Working group recommends new data sciences institute, faculty and educational programs

A data science institute, new faculty and technical staff, and expanded educational offerings are the key investments recommended by the Data Science Visions Working Group.


VUToday: Amal Clooney, opioid epidemic, gun debate in weekly roundup of VU news

The Vanderbilt University Division of Communications publishes “VUToday,” a compilation of Vanderbilt mentions in the media, three times per week. Read a selection of Vanderbilt news stories for the week of May 7.


Employee picnic is tomorrow

Vanderbilt University’s Employee Appreciation Picnic: Under the Big Top is set for Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Magnolia Lawn.


Nominations welcome for Chancellor’s Heart and Soul Staff Appreciation 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.


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.


Vanderbilt hosts digital humanities workshop

Vanderbilt’s Slave Societies Digital Archive hosted scholars from around the world for its third Digital Humanities and the History of Slavery workshop at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library.


30th anniversary of Vanderbilt finance conference explores the rise, 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.


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.


Blair students continue wins at prestigious national competition

For the second year in a row, Blair undergraduates won national honors at the 2017-18 Music Teachers National Association annual competition in Orlando, Florida.


Final Open Dore on Location of spring at Central Library today

The final Open Dore On Location of the spring 2018 semester is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, May 14, in the Central Library Community Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this informal discussion session with Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.


Employee Assistance Program open house for faculty and staff is 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.


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.


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.


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Expert: Autonomous vehicles could help traffic, but not anytime soon

Engineer Dan Work says his promising research shows adding autonomous vehicles to roadways could end the stop-and-go traffic that drives commuters insane.


Take Note

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

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