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What’s On My Mind: Commencement is the first page of a new chapter

In this week’s column, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos shares the range of emotions—excitement, anticipation, optimism—evoked by Commencement as Vanderbilt’s newest alumni start their next journey.


Chancellor Zeppos, Amal Clooney to address graduating seniors

All members of the Vanderbilt community are invited to hear international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney speak today at 11 a.m. in Memorial Gym. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will give his Commencement address to about 3,100 graduates tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. on Alumni Lawn.


Class of 2018: Kelly Perry uses storytelling to connect and heal

Kelly Perry believes in the power of stories—writing them, collecting them and sharing them to strengthen community.


Class of 2018: Joshua Forges creates art that reflects his life

Joshua Forges has been inspired to make art ever since his second-grade teacher complimented his drawing of an alligator.


Philanthropy expert named Peabody College distinguished alumna

Veteran nonprofit strategist and social venture entrepreneur Laura Ponte Chauvin will be honored with the 2018 Peabody College Distinguished Alumna Award during Commencement.


‘Welcome table’ key to understanding the South’s dominant religion

Extending “Southern hospitality” to everyone—including strangers—is a priority shared by most Christian congregations in the South, according American religious historian James Hudnut-Beumler.


Ultrasound helmet would make live images, brain-machine interface possible

Vanderbilt professor Brett Byram plans to use a grant from the National Science Foundation to utilize machine learning for the delivery of better real-time brain images, an advance decades in the making.


NSA Lablet at Vanderbilt to make sure America keeps moving after hacks

It’s not a question about whether cyber-physical systems connecting humans and technology are hackable—it’s how to keep them running after inevitable hacks occur. The National Security Agency is giving a Vanderbilt University team and their collaborators five years and several million dollars to figure out how to make that happen.


Deadline for Digital Learning faculty/staff grants and working-group awards May 10

The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning announces deadlines for application submissions for its MacroGrant awards for faculty and staff members, as well as its Faculty Working Group awards. In addition, VIDL invites applications for its 2018-19 graduate fellowships.


Donation, recycling options expanded for Earth Friendly Move-Out

Just in time for student Move-Out and spring cleaning of offices, donation and recycling locations on campus will be expanded until May 12.


Perry Wallace’s story to reach new audiences through Nashville Film Festival

“Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace” will be featured at this year’s Nashville Film Festival on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, at 3:15 p.m.


Final Open Dore on Location of spring at Central Library May 14

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.


University-wide picnic is Tuesday, May 15

The first Vanderbilt University-only Employee Appreciation Picnic is right around the corner, scheduled for Tuesday, May 15. The picnic has a new theme, new location and new complimentary food options for university employees.


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.


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.


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.


Watch Video

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

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

» Department of Cell and Developmental Biology hosts Cell Dynamics Symposium May 24–25

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

» Get discount on tickets to ‘Waitress,’ Andrew Lloyd Webber at TPAC

HR News

» Expecting a baby? Health Plus supports your healthy pregnancy

» Boomers, Elders and More: ‘The Many Emotions of a Family Caregiver’ May 16

» De-stress with yoga on Library Lawn May 17

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

» Video: Six body weight exercises to do at work or home

Research News @Vanderbilt


May 10 — Noon
America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

May 10 — 2 p.m.
Commencement Event - Faculty Seminars

May 10 — 4 p.m.
Senior Art Show 2018: SPICY

May 11 — 9 a.m.
Main Commencement Ceremony

May 11 — 9 a.m.
VUSN Commencement and Investiture

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