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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.


Former defense secretary Gates talks presidents he’s served, relations abroad

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates demonstrated his encyclopedic knowledge both of presidents since Lyndon B. Johnson and of U.S. relations around the world, sharing his views with Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and a crowd at Langford Auditorium April 24.


Crowd honors eight new endowed chair recipients

Colleagues, friends and family gathered April 25 to honor eight Vanderbilt University faculty named to endowed chairs.


Ferrini family establishes scholarships at law, medical schools to honor son’s memory

Two new scholarships at Vanderbilt University—one at Vanderbilt Law School, the other at the School of Medicine—have been named in honor of alumnus Rick Ferrini, JD’11.


April issue of provost’s ‘Open Dore’ newsletter now available

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente provides updates on the many academic working groups, task forces and strategy planning committees putting finishing touches on drafts of their reports, proposals and plans, and discusses next steps in the process of implementing them.


Emley named director of real estate

Margaret Emley, interim director of real estate at Vanderbilt, has been appointed director of real estate for the university.


Vanderbilt sees increase in Fulbright U.S. Student Program awardees and alternates

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has recognized 18 Vanderbilt students for the 2018-19 academic year, marking a successful finish to the Career Center’s first year facilitating the application process for prestigious fellowships and scholarships for undergraduate and professional students and alumni.


Class of 2018: Christian Motyczka helps build a virtual reality app for struggling addicts

School of Engineering senior Christian Motyczka has found his passions in and out of the lab. He is one of two computer science undergraduates who developed a virtual reality program to help addicts stay clean.


Class of 2018: Sami Chiang champions hands-on learning

Sami Chiang was conducting experiments and using critical thinking long before she knew what those things were. The daughter of a school administrator and an engineer, the Berkeley, California, native’s life was immersed in experiential learning from the start.


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.


VUToday: Cybersecurity research, continuing dog–cat brain debate in weekly news roundup

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 23.


Schumaker named fellow of American Mathematical Society for 2018

Stevenson Professor of Mathematics Larry Schumaker has been named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society for 2018. In addition, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Vaughan Jones has been named an honorary fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.


Igo places today’s privacy concerns in historical context

Sarah Igo, associate professor of history and author of “The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America,” explores the roots of modern privacy issues in America.


Campus Dining to receive The Arc of Tennessee’s Inclusive Employer Award

Vanderbilt University Campus Dining has been named this year’s recipient of The Arc of Tennessee’s Inclusive Employer Award.


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.


Cancer Center’s annual scientific retreat set for May 3

The potential link between the body’s microbiome and cancer is the topic of this year’s Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Scientific Retreat. The event will be held Thursday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.


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.


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.


Fun and games featured at Employee Appreciation Picnic May 15

This year’s Vanderbilt University Employee Appreciation Picnic will feature lots of fun and games to enjoy with colleagues.


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.


Recipient of a workplace kindness? Share your story

The C.A.R.E. (Civility, Appreciation and Respectful Environments) Committee is seeking stories from faculty and staff about instances when they’ve witnessed or received an expression of kindness involving a co-worker at Vanderbilt.


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E. Bronson Ingram College’s two halls named for distinguished alumni

Astronomer Edward Emerson “E.E.” Barnard and journalist Christine Sadler Coe will be memorialized on campus as the halls of the new E. Bronson Ingram College are named in their honor.


Take Note

» Bike Too VU initiative sets Bike to Vanderbilt Day for May 2

» 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

» My Southern Health: A Q&A with a Nashville Predators team physician

HR News

» Employee Health and Fitness Day is May 2

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

» Take a Mindful Break: Watch video, complete survey

» Register for group and private swim lessons at the Rec

» Register for AquaDores summer swim team at the Rec

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

Research News @Vanderbilt


April 30 — 9 a.m.
Department of Art's Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award Recipient 2018

April 30 — 11 a.m.
America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

May 1 — 8 a.m.
American Red Cross Blood Drive

May 1 — 9 a.m.
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory Daytime Open House

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