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Vanderbilt University and Medical Center announce support for mayor’s transit initiative

Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have jointly announced their official support for Mayor Megan Barry’s efforts to expand Nashville’s transit options. Vanderbilt hosted a forum on the transit initiative Tuesday that drew a capacity crowd; the next one is scheduled for Feb. 23.


What’s On My Mind: Celebrating our staff

Integral to Vanderbilt’s mission of teaching, discovery and service is its staff, a remarkably diverse and talented team of 4,200 people. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos recognizes the recent winners of the university’s highest staff honors and all those who make the institution great in this week’s edition of “What’s On My Mind.”


Three receive university’s highest staff honors at Service Award Ceremony

Two Vanderbilt University staff members received the 2017 Commodore Award, and the inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Distinguished Leadership Award was handed out at the annual Service Award Ceremony Tuesday at the Student Life Center.


Black History Month activities kick off today; see full schedule of events

Black History Month activities kick off at noon Feb. 1 with food, music, fellowship and fun at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. Visit the BCC website for a full schedule of events throughout the month of February.


Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and GOP presidential candidate, to discuss leadership, civic virtue 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.


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.


School of Engineering offers new master of risk, reliability and resilience engineering

The RRR program will train practitioners with the skills they need to engineer solutions that are safer, more durable and more responsive to stress—whether that stress is malware or a hurricane.


Digital slavery archive set to reach wider audience through multi-institutional data hub

A digital hub to be housed at Michigan State University will link Vanderbilt’s Slave Societies Digital Archive to eight other digital collections of slave records around the country.


Celebration of Learning provides snapshot of immersive student learning at Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching hosted a Celebration of Learning Jan. 29 that featured 34 student projects, posters and presentations from across campus. Students from six colleges and schools exhibited their works celebrating immersive student learning.


VU BreakThru: Human milk as a source of narrow spectrum antimicrobial agents

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Steven Townsend explores the role that human breast milk can play as a source of narrow spectrum antimicrobial agents in this VU BreakThru blog. Townsend brought together members of the Vanderbilt Pre-3 Initiative, a 2015 Trans-Institutional Program, to assist with his research.


Vanderbilt wins top prize in first round of DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

The DARPA challenge seeks to uncover efficient solutions to our increasingly connected world’s equally growing appetite for bandwidth.


Vanderbilt selects new property management firms

New property management contracts have been awarded to CBRE and Lincoln Property Company for buildings in the Vanderbilt University Real Estate portfolio.


SSMV student named Tennessee’s only Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar

Youli Yao, a member of the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt’s senior class, is the only student from Tennessee named a semifinalist in a premiere precollegiate science competition.


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.


Famed Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet returns to Blair Feb. 3

The renowned Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet will perform a free concert at the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall Feb. 3 as part of its continuing collaborative relationship.


Tenth annual Murray Lecture is Feb. 5

Linda Gordon, a professor at New York University and the author of “The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition,” will discuss the themes of her book Monday, Feb. 5, at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. The event is the 10th annual Murray Lecture at Vanderbilt.


Stephanie Carlson delivers Educational Neuroscience talk Feb. 5

The University of Minnesota’s Stephanie M. Carlson will deliver the talk “Executive Function: Development and Relevance for Education” as part of the Educational Neuroscience Speaker Series.


Seigenthaler Series: Pulitzer Prize winner to discuss cost of war Feb. 6

C.J. Chivers, a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer who specializes in military coverage, will discuss “War and Its Costs” Feb. 6 at the John Seigenthaler Center.


African American history spotlighted at Central Library Feb. 7

A lecture related to little-known African American sports history on Feb. 7 will lead off a series of events celebrating African American History Month at the Central Library.


Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat to discuss Haiti and works Feb. 8

Author Edwidge Danticat, considered a voice of both Haiti and the United States on topics of immigration and citizenship, is a strong advocate for issues affecting Haitians abroad and at home.


Faculty input sought at Big Data town halls Feb. 8 and 9

In partnership with the Faculty Senate, the Data Science Visions Working Group seeks to gather input from faculty colleagues through a series of town hall-style conversations.


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, former Federal Reserve chair, presents Steine Lecture March 14

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.


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.


SkyVU in-person support now available

From Jan. 8 through mid-February, the SkyVU team will offer weekly support meetings designed for specific roles.


W-2 forms have been mailed; also available in C2HR

On Jan. 19, W-2 forms were mailed to current and former employees who earned money during 2017 from Vanderbilt University. This form contains important information about your income, taxes withheld from your paychecks, and some benefits information that you will need to complete your 2017 income tax return.


Re:VU brochures for 2018 now available

The annual Re:VU brochure of Vanderbilt University’s most commonly requested facts and figures is now available for 2018. Request your copies today.


Watch Video

VU Inside: Students dig into super-massive volcanic eruptions

A dozen Vanderbilt students went on a monthlong science adventure of a lifetime, studying super-eruptions, glaciers and earthquakes in New Zealand.


Take Note

» Register students grades K-6 for Vandy Spirit Game Day Experience

» Johns Hopkins’ Dionna Williams to give Emerging Scholars Lecture Feb. 1

» CRP Presents: National Health Care for the Homeless Council Feb. 2

» Enabling Innovation Initiative: ‘David Black, Accidental Entrepreneur’ Feb. 2

» Register by Feb. 2 for 2018 Global Health Case Competition

» Hot Chocolate 15/5k will close roads near campus Feb. 17

» Get discount to upcoming performances by Nashville Ballet

HR News

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

» Wear Red Day lunch and learn is Feb. 2

» Vandy Cooks: ‘Dishes from Costa Rica’ Feb. 7

» Life Phase Series: ‘Getting Older – Tips on Legal Planning’ Feb. 8

» Diabetes Prevention Program info sessions Feb. 14, 15 and 20

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

» Eating healthier this year? Health Plus brings CORE Nutrition to your department

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

Research News @Vanderbilt


Feb. 1 — Noon
The Kneel-In Movement: Race, Religion and the Second Reconstruction

Feb. 1 — 4 p.m.
Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series: Monique Morris

Feb. 1 — 4:10 p.m.
The Third Reich as Supernatural Project: The Role of Folklore, Occultism and Border Science in Nazi Empire-Building

Feb. 1 — 6 p.m.
Lecture by Ruth Erickson and Performance by Intermission Arts and New Dialect

Feb. 1 — 7 p.m.
Employee Appreciation: Symphonie Fantastique

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