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NASA’s TESS mission to discover new worlds will use map developed at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt’s Keivan Stassun serves as a deputy principal investigator on the mission and is tasked with identifying the most promising stars to target in its search for habitable nearby planets.


From 3-D printed bones to refueling drones, check out Engineering’s Design Day

This year’s Senior Design Day showcase is Monday, April 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Student Life Center. The event is free and open to the public.


Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to speak at Vanderbilt Tuesday

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will host a discussion on Tuesday, April 24, featuring former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham.


Faculty can learn more about TIPs tomorrow

The provost’s office is hosting a TIPs fair and reception at 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, at the Student Life Center to highlight ongoing trans-institutional projects and encourage faculty to participate.


Open house for faculty interested in Residential Colleges is tomorrow

Vanderbilt faculty who are interested in serving in either residential or programmatic roles within the university’s Residential College system are invited to an open house on Friday, April 20.


How the brain learns a second language is focus of Vanderbilt study

Vanderbilt University has received a four-year, $552,273 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund new research examining how the brain learns a second language.


NPR podcast visits Immersion seminar on literary arts

Eleven students shared stories about their first-year Vanderbilt experiences with Nashville poets, and the conversations were transformed into meaningful poems during a literary arts seminar.


VU BreakThru: Can you do good and make good at the same time?

What’s the most important thing for people just out of prison? What’s the hardest thing to find for people just out of prison? If you guessed “a job” for both, you’re right. A new University Course on social change and social entrepreneurship looks at how local nonprofit Project Return helps bridge the gap between prison and long-term employment. HOD Professor Paul Speer and Associate Professor of Sociology Richard Pitt write about what they are teaching and learning in this VU BreakThru blog post. Read more about University Courses and other internal faculty funding programs—including TIPs grants, Research Scholar Grants and Discovery Grants —at the VU BreakThru blog.


Class of 2018: Elizabeth Lee explores identity through an original web comic

Elizabeth Lee identifies as many things. She’s a mechanical engineering major, a proud Asian American, and a woman working in the STEM fields. To give a clearer voice to these identities, Lee created a web comic called “Existing Quietly, Living Loudly.”


Class of 2018: Yalun Feng combines his passion for the environment with entrepreneurship

Yalun Feng wants to look beyond science—to social solutions and entrepreneurship—to help solve problems affecting the environment.


Vanderbilt sophomore named SEC Co-Golfer of the Week

Vanderbilt sophomore John Augenstein was named the SEC Co-Golfer of the Week after capturing his first collegiate title last weekend at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tennessee.


Dinner in the Dark lets guests experience challenges of vision impairment

Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff gathered for a unique dinner experience designed to challenge participants’ perceptions, build empathy and break down social barriers.


Severe weather at Vanderbilt – do you know what to do?

It’s been 20 years since an F-3 tornado hit Nashville’s urban core in April 1998, making this month a good time for students, faculty and staff to revisit Vanderbilt’s weather safety procedures.


Final transit forum discusses May 1 referendum vote

More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the final Vanderbilt transit forum April 17. Panelists included State Sen. Jeff Yarbro and former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell.


All are invited to April 19 closing celebration for Local OACS DIVE projects

The Office of Active Citizenship and Service invites students, faculty and staff to the April 19 DIVE closing celebration, set for 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at The Commons Center.


Blair, Library honor Violins of Hope project with series of upcoming performances

Twenty-two violins—most of which were played by Jewish musicians interned in concentration camps during the Holocaust—have arrived in Music City from Israel, where they will be heard once more as the Violins of Hope. Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music and the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries have planned several special events in honor of the initiative throughout April.


Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday on Library Lawn April 23

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival will hold the Bard’s Birthday Bash—marking the 454th birthday of William Shakespeare—April 23 on Library Lawn.


Faculty input requested at Research IT town hall April 25

Faculty are invited to a town hall Wednesday, April 25, hosted by the Vanderbilt Research IT Service to share their input on new and planned IT services under development to support researchers.


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.


Save the date for Employee Appreciation Picnic May 15

Save the date for the university-wide Employee Appreciation Picnic, “Under the Big Top,” scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Magnolia Lawn.


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.


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.


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State Legislature honors Vanderbilt athlete, civil rights pioneer Perry Wallace

The Tennessee General Assembly unanimously passed a joint resolution honoring the memory of Vanderbilt alumnus Perry Wallace on April 11. Wallace, who grew up in North Nashville, integrated Vanderbilt varsity basketball in 1966 and made history on Dec. 2, 1967, as the first African American basketball player to compete in a varsity game in the Southeastern Conference.


Take Note

» ‘The Power of Propaganda’ exhibit opens at Central Library April 19

» VICC to host neurofibromatosis event April 21

» ‘Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds’ April 21

» Limited Submission Opportunity: Art Works

» Owen Executive Education: Be the leader others want to follow

» SECURITY NOTICE: Sexual assault on campus

HR News

» Babies and You: ‘Coping with the Stresses and Emotions of Pregnancy’ April 19

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

» Register for AquaDores summer swim team at the Rec

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

» Wellcast: ‘Your Financial Health is Important Too’

Research News @Vanderbilt


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2018 Senior Art Show

April 19 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session - Schulman Center

April 19 — 7 p.m.
Reading: Amy Hempel

April 19 — 8 p.m.
Disabilities and Diverse Identities Affinity Group Meeting

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