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What’s On My Mind: Looking ahead at 2018

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos welcomes the campus community to 2018 and looks to the opportunities that the new year brings in the latest edition of “What’s On My Mind.”


Williams named Tennessean of the Year by ‘Tennessee Tribune’

Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director David Williams has been named the 2017 Tennessean of the Year by the “Tennessee Tribune,” Nashville’s African American newspaper.


University launches effort to support faculty public engagement

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has named a committee charged with finding ways to assist Vanderbilt faculty who seek to further the impact of their achievements by communicating their research to broader audiences.


SkyVU’s Oracle Cloud is now live

As of Jan. 3, Oracle Cloud is live. The SkyVU program has replaced the university’s business, financial and administrative systems. In addition, SkyVU in-person support will be available beginning Jan. 8.


Important information about employee parking fee payments

Employee parking fees will become an after-tax deduction effective January 2018 due to new federal tax law.


Vanderbilt University ranks No. 4 on Kiplinger’s ‘best value’ list

Vanderbilt University is ranked No. 4 among private universities on the “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance” list of 300 Best College Values for 2018, behind Princeton, Harvard and Duke.


Mining data in the information age

Zeros and ones are the gold and silver of the information age. Data Science Visions, a TIPs initiative, is laying the groundwork to analyze and extract the data available in this emerging field. Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Andreas Berlind writes of the group’s early efforts, including two fall think tanks on two disparate topics—public schools in Tennessee and Inca settlements in Peru. Read more about TIPs grants and other internal faculty funding programs—including Discovery Grants, Research Scholar Grants and University Courses—at the VUBreakThru blog.


Buchanan gift to endow Vanderbilt Library Fellowship Program @VandyLibraries

A program that creates in-depth learning experiences for undergraduate students with diverse library resources has been endowed with a $1 million gift by alumni Poppy and Richard Buchanan.


Humane dispersal of roosting crows underway

Plant Operations is implementing distress calls and other methods in an effort to drive roosting birds from campus near the Chaffin Place and Lewis House residence halls, the 25th Avenue Garage and the Veterans Affairs Hospital.


Nominate faculty and staff for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award will be presented Monday, Jan. 15, to a faculty or staff member in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing or Vanderbilt University Medical Center who emulates the principles of King through their work.


Advocate for nurses and Americans 50-plus to give VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture Jan. 9

Alicia Georges, a leading nursing advocate and the national volunteer president-elect of the 38 million-member AARP, will be the first speaker in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s 2018 Dean’s Diversity Lecture series.


Learn about MLAS program at open house Jan. 9

Vanderbilt’s Master of Liberal Arts and Science program is now accepting applications for the spring 2018 semester.


Exhibition of Andy Warhol Polaroids opens Jan. 11

Beginning Jan. 11, the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery will present the largest selection of Andy Warhol’s Polaroids exhibited to date from the gallery’s collection of 104 works.


Faculty workshops offered Jan. 18

The Office for Inclusive Excellence announces two faculty workshops on Thursday, Jan. 18, featuring the Cornell Interactive Theater Ensemble.


VKC Science Day to focus on science of development and developmental disabilities

Technology as a tool in research and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be the keynote topic at the 10th annual Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.


Watch Video

Why a VU junior studies squirrels on campus

Vanderbilt junior Dara Craig is studying the squirrel population on campus as a project for an earth and environmental sciences class.


Take Note

» Limited Submission Opportunity: AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship

» My Southern Health: 7 strategies for keeping New Year’s resolutions all year long

» My Southern Health: 11 winter wellness tips you should follow this season

» My Southern Health: Women and heart disease

» Get discounts on ‘Smart People,’ ‘Illusionists,’ ‘Cabaret,’ Robert Cray at TPAC

HR News

» Final weigh-ins for Hold the Stuffing Jan. 10-24

» Watch: ‘No Shame, No Blame – Secrets to Living Well’

» Achieve your New Year’s resolutions with a wellness coach

» Mindful Breaks come to you—just in time for the SkyVU launch

» Occupational Health Clinic offers expanded hours

Research News @Vanderbilt


Jan. 4
Register for Art and Dance Classes for 2018

Jan. 4 — 4 p.m.
Flexner Discovery Lecture: Roger Lewis, M.D., Ph.D.

Jan. 4 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session - Schulman Center

Jan. 4 — 8 p.m.
Vanderbilt Recovery Support

Jan. 5 — 3 p.m.
'Bridging the Gap: Translating Scientific Discoveries into Commercial Ventures'

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