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What’s On My Mind: Student-athletes—classes, competition and championships

It’s the season for exams, Commencement and championships. In this week’s column, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos congratulates our successful teams and the student-athletes who perform on and off the field.


New report aims to elevate Vanderbilt, amplify faculty research

A report just released by the Committee for Enhancing Faculty Voices in the Public Sphere offers a trio of proposals to elevate Vanderbilt’s national and global profile while helping inform a public hungry for expert knowledge.


Vanderbilt moves forward in planning process for future academic capital investments

Vanderbilt University has taken the next step in the discovery and planning processes for future capital investments in science and engineering, and humanities and the Arts and Science historic core.


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.


Sitaraman named Carnegie Fellow to support research into democracy

Law professor Ganesh Sitaraman was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow—the university’s third in four years—and awarded $200,000 to support his research. Thirty-one fellows were named nationally.


Todd Weinman to lead new University Counseling Center

Provost Susan R. Wente announced Tuesday that psychologist Todd Weinman, a seasoned mental health administrator, has been named as the inaugural director of the new University Counseling Center.


Vanderbilt education faculty honored for scholarship

Five Peabody College professors were honored at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference.


From fresh drone batteries to clean water, Design Day presents solutions

Sixty teams of graduating seniors packed the Student Life Center for the School of Engineering’s annual Design Day, inviting hundreds of advisers, professors and fellow students to see their work.


Nashville charities benefit from Vanderbilt philanthropy class

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos helped undergraduates distribute donation checks totaling $59,000 to four Nashville charities as part of a unique class that teaches undergraduates the importance and value of philanthropy.


Hinkel named Postdoc of the Year at annual symposium; Disney named Mentor of the Year

Postdoctoral scholar Natalie Hinkel has been named Postdoc of the Year by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for her exceptional scholarship. Assistant Professor of Psychology Anita Disney was honored as Mentor of the Year at the 12th annual Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association Symposium April 12.


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.


Class of 2018: Briana Francois wants to make content that resonates and entertains

The only thing Briana Francois enjoys more than watching TV and digital content is creating it. Her double majors in psychology and cinema and media arts have allowed her both to examine human behavior and represent it authentically on film.


Class of 2018: Alexandra Doten wants to help young students reach for the stars

Alexandra Doten’s passion for blending science, education and outreach was born from a failure. Doten took an astronomy class her first semester freshman year and failed the first test. But with encouragement from a professor, she turned the experience into a lesson in perseverance.


Bike-sharing pilot continues through summer; preferred pricing available for VU, VUMC

Vanderbilt’s six-month dockless bike-share pilot enters a new phase this Friday, marking the end of the first month of the launch designed to bolster the university’s mobility and transportation strategy.


Vanderbilt’s Humphrey Fellows experience the Smokies

Vanderbilt’s ninth cohort of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows traveled recently to the Great Smoky Mountains for learning and reflection.


Employee Appreciation Picnic will bring food trucks to Magnolia Lawn

This year’s Vanderbilt University Employee Appreciation Picnic will feature multiple food trucks offering a variety of cultural foods for employees to enjoy.


Provost’s Open Dore on Location at Peabody Library today

The next Open Dore On Location is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Peabody Library’s Fireside Reading Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this informal discussion session with Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.

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Ancora inaugural request for proposals announced

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Deerfield Management announce the inaugural request for proposals for Ancora Innovation, LLC, with a due date of June 4. An RFP information session is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Sarratt Student Center, Room 325.


GetPreCiSe Center’s annual workshop features top genomic privacy researchers April 30

The Center for Genetic Privacy and Identity in Community Settings (GetPreCiSe) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has set its annual workshop exploring privacy and genomics for April 30.


Vanderbilt-Ingram 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 annual event, which features leading cancer investigators from the National Cancer Institute and several prominent universities, will be held Thursday, May 3, at the Student Life Center.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

» Limited Submission Opportunity: Pew Biomedical Scholars Award

» Limited Submission Opportunity: 2019 Pew-Stewart Scholars Program

» Funding Opportunity: American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant

» SECURITY NOTICE: Sexual assault on campus

HR News

» Employee Health and Fitness Day is May 2

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

» Celebrate Global Employee Health and Fitness Month in May

» Take a Mindful Break: Watch video, complete survey

» Wellcast: Raising awareness of male survivors of sexual assault

» 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 26 — 11 a.m.
America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

April 26 — 4 p.m.
Flexner Discovery Lecture: Terry Orr-Weaver, Ph.D.

April 26 — 4 p.m.
Senior Art Show 2018: SPICY

April 26 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session - Schulman Center

April 27 — 3 p.m.
Kit Building Workshop

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