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What’s On My Mind: Building the Class of 2022

Stories about what makes Vanderbilt special combined with the lasting value of a Vanderbilt education drive the university’s strong showing in admissions, says Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week’s column.


Spring Faculty Assembly is today

Vanderbilt’s Spring Faculty Assembly is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Langford Auditorium. All faculty are encouraged to attend.


Three Vanderbilt A&S professors awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships

College of Arts and Science professors Joel Harrington, Antonis Rokas and Edward Wright-Rios have been awarded highly prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships for their research.


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Portraits capture path-forging power of Vanderbilt Pioneers

The Vanderbilt Pioneers program is devoted to keeping a historical record of women and minorities who were the first in leadership roles at the university.


VU marks 50th anniversary of King’s death

Students, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday evening to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Candid conversation with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor inspires students

The U.S. Supreme Court is the most powerful court in the nation. But Justice Sonia Sotomayor turned a lecture at Vanderbilt Law School on Tuesday into an intimate and inspirational chat.


Vanderbilt appoints committees, advisory firm for graduate and professional student village

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has appointed executive and advisory committees to work closely with Brailsford & Dunlavy, the development advisory firm on the project.


BlueSky visioning session lays foundation for carbon footprint reduction

Nearly 50 people attended Vanderbilt’s first BlueSky visioning session to generate bold and creative approaches for reducing the university’s carbon footprint.


Professor and student travel to the bottom of the earth searching for climate clues

Vanderbilt geologist Dan Morgan and undergraduate Andrew Grant took immersion to an extreme, trekking all the way to Antarctica to hunt for the oldest ice ever found.


Travel abroad year will advance seniors’ career options

Vanderbilt University has awarded its 2018 Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship to Peabody College senior Danielle Kitchen and School of Engineering senior Jerom Theunissen. The fellowship aims to develop leaders through world travel and experiential learning.


Vanderbilt Debate hosts Ireland’s top college debaters

Vanderbilt Debate hosted three top debaters from University College Dublin for a spirited exhibition debate at the First Amendment Center on whether social media enhances or undermines democracy.


A&S senior to represent Vanderbilt in ‘Jeopardy!’ College Championship

Carsen Smith, a College of Arts and Science senior from Jacksonville, Florida, will represent Vanderbilt University in the “Jeopardy!” College Championship April 9–20.


Vanderbilt hosts Scholarship Reception for donors, students

Vanderbilt hosted its eighth biennial Scholarship Reception on March 28, celebrating donors and recipients and showing the impact of scholarship support.


VU BreakThru: What can a finch teach us about language?

Is the mystery of human speech hidden in the song of a finch? Vanderbilt researchers in the Music, Mind and Society TIPs program are analyzing the songs of zebra finches to study the development and nuance of spoken language. Learn more in this fascinating VUBreakThru blog post written by Ph.D. candidate Kate T. Snyder. Read more about TIPs grants and other internal faculty funding programs—including University Courses, Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants—at the VU BreakThru blog.


Gender and labor are central themes of VU Theatre spring production

VU Theatre will close its 2017-18 season with “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” a late Victorian-era play by George Bernard Shaw that remains very relevant on issues related to gender and labor.


Inclusive Excellence invites women faculty to next community writing session April 6

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


‘Collaborating with industry to advance basic science research’ topic of April 6 talk

The Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization’s Alan Bentley will discuss emerging initiatives at Vanderbilt to engage industry more effectively, and a team from Deerfield Management will explain its collaborative approach to working with premier academic institutions to catalyze early stage therapeutic development.


Get firsthand look at Nashville’s distant past during Fossils at the Fort April 7

Kids of all ages can find and take home a 400 million-year-old souvenir and learn about the hunt for clues to the ancient past at Fort Negley April 7.


Experience ‘The Sound of Silent Voices’ at Central Library April 10

The Vanderbilt libraries will host “The Silent Voices Project” on Tuesday, April 10, in the Central Library’s Community Room. Under the artistic direction of Blair faculty member Zachary Ebin, the Toronto-based Ton Beau String Quartet will perform trios and quartets by young composers based on poetry written by children of the Holocaust.


‘Work, Family and Life’ topic of April 11 lecture hosted by Inclusive Excellence

The Office for Inclusive Excellence is hosting a lecture by Washington State University’s Kelly Ward as part of “Gender, Work and Money,” a weeklong series of activities April 9-11 organized by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.


Faculty, families invited to Adventure Science Center event April 15

The Office for Inclusive Excellence is hosting an end-of-semester event for faculty and their families at the Adventure Science Center April 15.


All are invited to April 19 closing celebration for local 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.


Faculty can learn more about TIPs at April 20 event

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


Vanderbilt libraries host inaugural Edible Books Festival

The delightful worlds of food and books came together on the Vanderbilt campus April 2 for the Vanderbilt libraries’ first Edible Books Festival.


Faculty invited to submit nominations for top awards

Nominations are due April 15 for the university’s top faculty awards, which demonstrate the university’s appreciation for and commitment to excellence.


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.


Take Note

» ‘Democracy Under Attack: Race, Rights and Resistance’ April 5

» Seventh annual Susan Gray School Golf Tournament is April 19

» NIH requests comments on proposed animal-welfare regulatory changes for laboratories

» Owen Executive Education: personalized learning, 25 percent discount

» Center for Science Outreach introduces summer STEM Exploration Experience for Kids

HR News

» Vandy Cooks features state agricultural specialist Tammy Algood April 6

» Start your spring with the Start! Physical Activity Challenge

» Get your scuba diving certification at the Rec

» Tips for coping with reactions to recent school shootings

» Changes to Vanderbilt University Retirement Plan’s investment lineup

Research News @Vanderbilt


April 5
Passover Exhibit at Central Library

April 5 — 11 a.m.
America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

April 5 — 4 p.m.
Flexner Discovery Lecture: Nobel Prize Winner Brian Kobilka, M.D.

April 5 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session - Schulman Center

April 5 — 8 p.m.
Blair Big Band with Dynamo

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