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What’s On My Mind: Modeling a conversation ethic

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos reflects on the host of notable speakers Vanderbilt has welcomed this academic year, and the university’s role as a convener of critical conversations and facilitator of civil discourse, in this week’s column.


Vanderbilt included among America’s Best Employers by ‘Forbes’

Vanderbilt University has been named to the list of “America’s Best Employers 2018” by Forbes magazine.


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, and Saturday, May 12.


Vaughan Jones named honorary fellow of Learned Society of Wales

Vaughan Jones, Stevenson Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, has been named an honorary fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, the first national academy of science and letters in that country.


Alumni Association Board honors Rosevelt Noble for educational contributions

Rosevelt Noble, BS’97, PhD’03, assistant dean of students and director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, is the recipient of the 2018 Vanderbilt Alumni Education Award.


Study: Transparency, competition key to improving legislators’ performance

Politicians will work harder at their jobs when their performance is reported to constituents early in their terms—but only where there’s a degree of competition from rival parties.


Chancellor Zeppos, Amal Clooney to address graduating seniors

Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will give his Commencement address to about 3,100 graduates Friday, May 11, the day after the students hear from international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.


Class of 2018: Logan Brown has immersed herself in law and justice

At age 12, Logan Brown decided she wanted to become a lawyer. So she pursued and landed an internship at the Douglas County district attorney’s office in Lawrence, Kansas, giving her a front-row seat to the legal system at work.


Class of 2018: Phillip McGloin wants to promote sports as a cultural unifier

Phillip McGloin walked on to the Commodore basketball team as a freshman and played three seasons. But he chose to leave the team during his junior year to begin planning more seriously for his future.


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.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory deputy speaks May 3 about lab’s history and mission

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s deputy for science and technology, Michelle Buchanan, will speak at Vanderbilt May 3 about the laboratory’s 75-year history and its modern mission.


Inclusive Excellence invites women faculty to community writing session May 4

The Office of Inclusive Excellence is hosting writing sessions to help women faculty build community and dedicate time to furthering their scholarly research.


Former Commodore running back to host Down syndrome clinic May 5

Former Commodore All-SEC running back Zac Stacy will host the first annual Zac Stacy/National Down Syndrome Society All-Star Clinic on Saturday, May 5, at the Vanderbilt Recreation Center. The event will feature football drills and games, lunch and a photo and autograph session for children with Down syndrome and other disorders.


Transgender expert Asa Radix to give May 7 VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture

Asa Radix, an internationally recognized medical expert and researcher on the health needs of transgender and LGBTQ people, will give the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture on Monday, May 7.


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.


University picnic adds more food trucks to lineup

This year’s Vanderbilt University Employee Appreciation Picnic, set for Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Magnolia Lawn, has added more food trucks featuring a wide variety of cultural foods for university employees to enjoy.


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.


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.


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.


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

» Next Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture is May 3

» 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

» My Southern Health: What a woman heart attack survivor wants to teach other women

» My Southern Health: The emotional side of being screened for lung cancer

HR News

» De-stress with yoga on Library Lawn May 17

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

» 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

» Register for group and private swim lessons at the Rec

» Register for AquaDores summer swim team at the Rec

Research News @Vanderbilt


May 3 — 9 a.m.
Department of Art's Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award Recipient 2018

May 3 — Noon
America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

May 3 — 4:30 p.m.
Scientific Salon: A Soiree of Science and Song

May 3 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session - Schulman Center

May 3 — 7 p.m.
Barnes and Noble at Vanderbilt: Deontae Henderson

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