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What’s On My Mind: America’s partnership with its research universities fuels our common future

The lasting impact of the historic partnership between the federal government and America’s research universities is the topic of this week’s column from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos.


Sealy, Stassun honored for mentorship efforts by AAAS

Professor Linda Sealy has won the AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement for her continued efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM Ph.D. programs, and astrophysicist Keivan Stassun has been named mentor of the year by AAAS for his efforts in increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM Ph.D. programs.


Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and GOP presidential candidate, to speak Feb. 20

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will host a discussion Tuesday, Feb. 20, featuring former Hewlett-Packard Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina and Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham.


Implementation Planning Group named to develop, launch Counseling Center

The new Implementation Planning Group, made up of faculty and staff, will provide recommendations on Vanderbilt’s network of care as well as guidance on the strategic development of the University Counseling Center.


VU BreakThru: University Course goes to the state capitol

Assistant Professor of Health Policy Gilbert Gonzales took several students from his University Course “The Nation’s Health: From Policy to Practice” to the state capitol late last month to watch Gov. Bill Haslam’s final State of the State Address. This VU BreakThru blog post, written by Gonzales, highlights some of the governor’s remarks that are pertinent to the course. Read more about University Courses and other internal faculty funding programs—including TIPs, Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants—at the VU BreakThru blog.


Interdisciplinary approach yields new insights into human evolution

Vanderbilt biologist Nicole Creanza is the guest editor of a new themed issue of “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B” highlighting interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human evolution.


Design competition makes Vanderbilt libraries more meaningful for students

Developing a formal plan to bring more librarians’ expertise into the undergraduate research experience was among the winning ideas in the Wild Bunch Library Design Challenge for Vanderbilt students.


African American history ‘transcribe-a-thon’ honors Frederick Douglass

Vanderbilt students and faculty came together to transcribe digitized handwritten records from the 19th century about African American history Feb. 14 at the Center for Digital Humanities.


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.


Role of Syriac culture in religious history focus of exhibit

The rich Syriac culture, which has faced continued threats of extinction due to ongoing strife in nations such as Syria and Iraq, is featured in an exhibit at Cohen Memorial Hall through March 2.


Medieval architectural historian to deliver Goldberg Lecture

Lisa Reilly, a medieval architectural historian and leading proponent of digital humanities technology, will deliver the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History Feb. 15.


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, will be performed by Vanderbilt University Theatre Feb. 16–24 at Neely Auditorium.


Celebration of life for Perry Wallace scheduled for Feb. 19 at Vanderbilt

A public celebration of the life of Vanderbilt alumnus Perry Wallace, who integrated Vanderbilt athletics and SEC varsity basketball, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at Benton Chapel.


Provost’s Open Dore On Location at Law School Feb. 19

The next Open Dore On Location is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Vanderbilt Law School, Room 105. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this informal discussion session with Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.


Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer to discuss Haiti and health care Feb. 19

Physician, anthropologist and UN adviser Paul Farmer discusses HIV, Haiti and other global health issues at Langford Auditorium Feb. 19.


Second Academic Pathways symposium set for Feb. 23

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 set for Feb. 23

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


Employee Appreciation Women’s Basketball Fan Fest set for Feb. 25

Vanderbilt University employees and their families are invited to cheer on the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team as they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks Sunday, Feb. 25. The free Employee Appreciation event begins with a Fan Fest at 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Practice Gym, followed by the game at 2 p.m.


Ben Bernanke presents Steine Lecture March 14; new location, tickets required

Ben Bernanke, former chair of the Federal Reserve, will participate in “A Conversation with Ben Bernanke” March 14 as part of the Steine Lecture Series.


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 have until March 15 to use their funds and must submit all claims by April 15.


Registration now open for Vanderbilt Event Coordinator and Planner conference

The Vanderbilt Event Coordinator and Planner (VECAP) organization is hosting its first event planner conference March 6 and 7 at the Student Life Center.


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.


USAC sponsoring February food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank

The University Staff Advisory Council is working with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to collect food items around campus during the month of February.


Take Note

» Curb Center boot camp will explore mindfulness in creative practice Feb. 16

» WOW: ‘Mysticism in Iran: Yesterday and Today’ Feb. 21

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

» CampVandy 2018 registration now open

» Summer Camp Fair Feb. 23 makes summertime planning easy

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

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

» SECURITY NOTICE: Aggravated robbery off campus

HR News

» Diabetes Prevention Program info sessions Feb. 15 and 20

» Celebrate Recreational Sports & Fitness Day with VandyRec

» 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

» Vandy Cooks features Indian cuisine March 21

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

» Work/Life Connections-EAP offers resources for financial health

» Work/Life Connections–EAP offers guidance on talking about sexual assault and harassment

Research News @Vanderbilt


Feb. 15 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session - Schulman Center

Feb. 15 — 8 p.m.
Blair Big Band with Guest Composer and Conductor Socrates Garcia

Feb. 16 — 10 a.m.
USAC Blood Drive

Feb. 16 — Noon
Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar with Haerin Shin

Feb. 16 — Noon
Mark Zuckerberg's War on Free Will: How Big Tech Threatens the Individual

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