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Emilie M. Townes reappointed dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School

Emilie M. Townes, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society, has been reappointed as dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.


Senior Day address by Amal Clooney open to all VU students, faculty and staff

The entire Vanderbilt community is invited to hear British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney speak beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10, in Memorial Gym. Clooney will receive Vanderbilt’s prestigious Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal when she addresses graduating seniors, their families and other members of campus during Senior Day.


Provost-appointed committee releases programmatic vision for residential colleges

A renewed programmatic vision for Vanderbilt’s residential college system broadens and enriches the residential education experience for students, faculty and staff.


New integrated library system to make searches faster, more robust

Library users will find searches faster and easier when a new system debuts this summer in the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries.


A disturbing find in Peru, our obsession with Mars, more in weekly roundup of 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 April 30.



Read about the latest faculty, staff and student awards, appointments and achievements at Vanderbilt.


Class of 2018: Samantha Long sings with body and soul

Samantha Long, who is majoring in musical arts (voice) at Blair School of Music, came to Nashville with many interests, not certain if music would be her path. But after doing a bit of searching, she found that singing was still her passion.


Class of 2018: Josh Fleck is giving greater mobility to people with disabilities

As a high school student, Josh Fleck knew he wanted to research and develop robotic prosthetic devices. At Vanderbilt, the mechanical engineering major has spent the past three years in Assistant Professor Karl Zelik’s Biomechanics and Assistive Technology Lab immersing himself in research.


Volunteers needed for Commencement 2018

Vanderbilt’s Commencement 2018 is scheduled for May 9–11, and your help is needed to make the event a success.


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.


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.


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

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


Food-truck menus revealed for Employee Appreciation Picnic

This year’s Vanderbilt University Employee Appreciation Picnic, set for May 15, features food trucks offering a wide variety of cultural foods. See the menus now.


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.


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.


Applications now being accepted for ‘Business of VU’ course

After a successful launch last fall, the Business of VU program is preparing to welcome the next cohort in fall 2018. Learn more about the program and apply now for participation this fall.


Vanderbilt Osher 2018 summer term features Fisk courses

A survey of world art featuring Fisk collections, Nashville’s diverse musical history, and cast-iron cooking are among summer classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt.


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

» Vanderbilt libraries offer Open Journal Systems training May 9

» Join the Vanderbilt Athletics ‘Coaches Caravan’ May 9 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House

» 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

» Registration open for the 2018 Center for Quantitative Sciences Summer Institute

HR News

» De-stress with yoga on Library Lawn May 17

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

» Join the Rec’s summer intramural softball and basketball leagues

» Celebrate Global Employee Health and Fitness Month in May

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

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

Research News @Vanderbilt


May 7 — 4 p.m.
Senior Art Show 2018

May 7 — 7:30 p.m.
Curb Youth Symphony

May 8 — 8:30 a.m.
USAC May 2018 Meeting

May 8 — Noon
America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

May 8 — 7:30 p.m.
Nashville Youth Repertory Orchestra, Youth Strings Orchestras, Reading Orchestra and Beginning Reading Orchestra

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