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On 10th anniversary, Zeppos reflects on progress, creating a more civil society

As Nicholas S. Zeppos embarks on his second decade as Vanderbilt’s chancellor, he envisions the university taking a more active role in strengthening democracy. Learn more about the decade of progress under Zeppos’ leadership.


Infographic: A Decade of Progress

From applications to Opportunity Vanderbilt, from diversity to student satisfaction, from external funding to internal investment to rankings, Vanderbilt University has made significant strides over the past 10 years.


What’s On My Mind: Working together to end sexual harassment

Women are essential to the success of Vanderbilt, and sexual harassment and sexual assault will never be tolerated here, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos says in this week’s column.


CNN: Slow food? Let’s try slow college

For years, the slow food movement has made the case for meals as a catalyst for community: the right ingredients plus sufficient time equals something much greater than the sum of its parts. The same equation holds true when it comes to educating our nation’s future citizens, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this op-ed on CNN.com.


Kennedy, Zeppos to discuss mental health and addiction advocacy March 13

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will host a discussion with former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy on Tuesday, March 13. “A Common Struggle: Making Mental Health Essential Health” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Langford Auditorium.


Sexual misconduct task force continues focus on prevention as standing provost committee

Formed in 2009 and charged with reviewing and recommending campus strategies for preventing sexual misconduct, the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault’s continuing contributions are reflected in a name change for the group.


Evans shares entrepreneurial fundraising advice at Engineering’s Chambers Lecture

School of Engineering alumnus and Board of Trust Chairman Bruce Evans discussed his journey from Vanderbilt to the venture capital industry and offered some fundraising advice during the spring 2018 Chambers Lecture.


VU BreakThru: Undergraduates get immersive experience in new VINSE cleanroom

Last fall, TIPs funding allowed the VINSE cleanroom to support laboratories for four courses, covering a broad range of topics spanning traditional semiconductor materials processing to cutting-edge synthesis of two-dimensional materials. Cleanroom Immersion Leader Alice Leach writes about the wide range of immersion opportunities for undergraduate students. 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.


Vanderbilt Poll-Nashville preview: Barry approval at 61 percent

A limited early release of data shows that Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s approval is still high. Full poll results will be released Sunday, March 4.


Vanderbilt scholars honored for supporting women in sport

Anjali Forber-Pratt and Sharon Shields will be honored at the SHAPE America National Convention and Expo March 20–24 in Nashville.


SEC Academic Conference to focus on cyber security

The 2018 SEC Academic Conference, scheduled for April 8-10 at Auburn University, will focus on cyber security and includes a keynote address by Adm. Michael S. Rogers, United States Navy; commander, United States Cyber Command; director, National Security Agency; and chief, Central Security Service.


Credit Union annual membership meeting and open house is today

Please join the Vanderbilt Credit Union staff and board of directors at the annual membership meeting to learn more about the past year and what the credit union has planned for 2018 and beyond.


Celtic Celebration at Blair launches Music City Irishfest

Fiddlers, pipers and dancers, including Blair faculty and top-level guest performers, will pay tribute to their Irish and Scottish musical roots Saturday, March 3, at the Celtic Celebration.


Center for Latin American Studies to host 65th annual SECOLAS conference March 8-11

Several Vanderbilt faculty and students will present papers and serve on panels at the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies conference, scheduled for March 8-11 at Vanderbilt.


Shared Governance town halls are March 22 and 27

The Shared Governance Committee will host a pair of town hall meetings in March to discuss and receive feedback on its report regarding shared governance at Vanderbilt.


Fine Arts Gallery presents portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

The Fine Arts Gallery presents its exhibit “America Creative: Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler” beginning March 23.


Employees celebrated at Fan Fest, followed by women’s basketball victory

An enthusiastic crowd came out to enjoy the festivities at the Employee Appreciation pre-game Fan Fest Feb. 25, prior to the Vanderbilt women’s basketball game against the Arkansas Razorbacks.


Protect yourself from phishing scams during tax season

This year the Internal Revenue Service has reported an increase in scams through phishing emails and fake phone calls. Remember, the IRS will never contact you by phone.


Deadline to use 2017 FSA funds is approaching

Vanderbilt University employees with funds remaining in 2017 health care or dependent day care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) have until March 15, 2018, to use their funds and must submit all claims by April 15, 2018.


VUIT wants to hear from you: Take survey for chance to win $100 Amazon gift card

Vanderbilt IT has released its annual Faculty and Staff Satisfaction Survey. This online survey is confidential and should take about five minutes to complete.


Take Note

» Duke’s Gustavo Silva to give Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture March 1

» School of Medicine presents Flexner Dean’s Lectures March 5 and 12

» Caregiver support group to meet March 7

» SENSE Theatre presents ‘HATS’ March 9-10

» High school cheer and college/pro dance team workshops offered April 14

» Limited submission opportunity: Pathway to Stop Diabetes Awards

» Get discount on Nashville House Concerts, ‘Black Violin’ at TPAC

HR News

» Wear Blue March 2, decorate your work area for colon cancer awareness

»Nutrition Month events kick off March 2

» Life Phase Series: ‘Flower Gardening – Tips and Trends’ March 8

» Vandy Cooks features Indian cuisine March 21

» Tips for coping with reactions to recent school shootings

» Changes to Vanderbilt University Retirement Plan’s investment lineup

» CPR/AED/first aid certification course available at the Rec

Research News @Vanderbilt


March 1 — 4:10 p.m.
Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year

March 1 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session - Schulman Center

March 2 — 8:30 a.m.
Female Faculty Writing Workshop

March 2 — 3 p.m.
Kit Building Workshop

March 2 — 7 p.m.
Meet The Astronomer: Dr. Michael Lund

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