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Vanderbilt and civil rights pioneer Perry Wallace’s remarkable life celebrated

The extraordinary courage that Distinguished Alumnus Perry Wallace displayed as the SEC’s first African American basketball player was remembered during a celebration of life service Feb. 19.


What’s On My Mind: A lesson on public discourse from a Wyoming bookstore

Vanderbilt’s role in bringing faculty scholarship, insights and knowledge into the public discourse is the focus of a new university initiative, “Enhancing Faculty Voices in the Public Sphere.” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos discusses the effort in this week’s edition of “What’s On My Mind.”


Fiorina talks leadership, citizen involvement at Chancellor’s Lecture

Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina discussed her views on leadership and issues of the day Feb. 20 as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series.


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

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente discusses fostering a culture of respect for women and for everyone at Vanderbilt in the February issue of “The Open Dore,” now available online.


Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center opens new spaces to serve students

Vanderbilt leaders, students, faculty and staff celebrated the opening of three new dedicated spaces Feb. 16 to serve students and build community at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.


Graduate and professional student housing project moves to next step

The next phase of planning for a graduate and professional student village will engage an advisory firm tasked with identifying the best site, time frame and management model for the project.


Rosenthal awarded Herty Medal for achievements in chemistry, STEM education

Sandra Rosenthal, the Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, is being recognized for her development of nanocrystal probes for neuroscience and white-light emitting nanocrystals, as well as her leadership in the NSF-funded TN-SCORE program.


Weiss, Mahadevan-Jansen honored by OSA; Weiss also named SPIE Fellow

Engineering professors Sharon Weiss and Anita Mahadevan-Jansen have been named fellows of The Optical Society, a leading international association for optics and photonics. In addition, Weiss has been named a fellow of SPIE, the international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.


VU BreakThru: Impact of school choice in affluent districts

School choice is often touted as a way for students in low-income areas to attend better schools. But what benefits does school choice offer for students in affluent areas with access to high-performing schools? As part of Vanderbilt’s Sterling Ranch TIPs program outside of Denver, two Peabody graduate students investigated these high-choice, high-status environments to find out. 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.


Construction projects transforming campus discussed at USAC meeting

At its February meeting, the University Staff Advisory Council welcomed Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Facilities Officer Mike Perez, who gave an overview of the FutureVU initiative. Perez spoke about current projects as well as future areas of focus and provided a vision of what the Vanderbilt campus may look like by 2023.


Register for Friday’s SkyVU community update webinar

SkyVU will host a community update webinar at 1 p.m. Friday with John Lutz, vice chancellor for information technology.


Lim to discuss impact of Reformation on social justice struggles

Associate Professor of the History of Christianity Paul Lim will discuss the significance of the Reformation on struggles over human rights and equality in 2018 when he delivers the Bogitsh Lecture at Vanderbilt Divinity School Feb. 22.


Visionary Italian architect, engineer to show how sensing technologies can reshape cities

Carlo Ratti, director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab and an architect and engineer by training, will deliver the School of Engineering’s John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 22. The lecture also will be streamed live.


Second Academic Pathways symposium set for Friday

This symposium will feature presentations by finalists for the 2018 Academic Pathways Fellowship program, which prepares postdocs to be highly competitive candidates for academic leadership roles.


Panel discussion on Nashville Transit Plan is Friday

The Vanderbilt community is invited to attend a lunch-and-learn panel discussion about the proposed Nashville Transit Plan Feb. 23.


Love and changing gender roles explored in VU Theatre production

“Orlando,” an adaptation of a novel by Virginia Woolf that explores love and changing gender roles, continues at Vanderbilt University Theatre Feb. 23 and 24.


Credit Union annual membership meeting and open house is March 1

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 your credit union has planned for 2018 and beyond.


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.


Changes to Vanderbilt University Retirement Plan’s investment lineup

Vanderbilt University periodically reviews the investments offered by its retirement plan to ensure it continues to help you meet your retirement and financial goals, and that the plan’s offerings represent a variety of options to fit different risk tolerance levels.


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.


Women’s Center seeking nominations for 2018 awards

The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center is seeking nominations for its annual awards that recognize and honor Vanderbilt community members for their contributions to the advancement of university women.


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.


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Religion in the Arts features works by Nashville artist Omari Booker

An exhibition by African American artist Omari Booker, whose works include themes of social justice and changing neighborhoods, is on display at Vanderbilt Divinity School through Feb. 28.


Take Note

» Panel discussion on sexual harassment in the workplace Feb. 22

» Women’s History Month kickoff at Women’s Center Feb. 28

» Women’s Center presents: ‘The Meaning of Money’ March 1

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

» SENSE Theatre presents ‘HATS’ March 9-10

» Research staff with eConsent experience sought for survey

» CampVandy 2018 registration now open

HR News

» Tips for coping with reactions to recent school shootings

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

» Health Plus presents the Love Your Heart Expo Feb. 28 for National Heart Month

» Get $10 off all 60- and 90-minute massages at the Rec through Feb. 28

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

» Vandy Cooks features Indian cuisine March 21

» Work/Life Connections–EAP offers food for thought for Eating Disorders Awareness Month

Research News @Vanderbilt


Feb. 22 — 3:30 p.m.
Capitalism with a Conscience: A Conversation about Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability,and Human Rights

Feb. 22 — 5 p.m.
Master Class: Norman Krieger, piano

Feb. 22 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session - Schulman Center

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