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Chancellor shares letter with federal lawmakers regarding Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Vanderbilt University, through the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Federal Relations, today shared an official letter with members of the Tennessee delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos outlining the university’s deep concerns with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the current tax reform plan under consideration in Washington by federal lawmakers.


Provost’s Open Dore on Location at Owen School Thursday

The next Open Dore On Location is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Owen Graduate School of Management’s Averbuch Auditorium. All faculty and staff are invited to attend the informal discussion session with Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.


Reminder: University Courses proposals due from faculty today

Faculty proposals for the 2018 cycle of University Courses, which promote new and creative trans-institutional learning, are due Monday, Nov. 13.


New LGBT Policy Lab off and running with TIPs funding

The new TIPs-supported Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab is just five months old and has already launched an Internal Seminar Series and presented at a prestigious national conference. The lab brings together faculty from five schools and 10 departments and is focused on research to understand the causes and consequences of LGBT-targeted public policies. Read more about the lab and other internally funded projects at the VU BreakThru blog.


Nominations for Commodore Award, EDI Distinguished Leadership Award due Wednesday

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 Commodore Award, Vanderbilt University’s highest staff honor, and the inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Distinguished Leadership Award is this Wednesday, Nov. 15.


Parking changes to start Dec. 18 to accommodate West End neighborhood utility work

Members of the Vanderbilt community who park near the West End neighborhood will likely see changes beginning Dec. 18 due to construction and utility work.


Participate in survey gathering feedback on pedestrian and cyclist safety

Faculty, students and staff can access and fill out a five-minute survey created by Vanderbilt Public Safety until Dec. 15.


Owen School’s Fassinger receives inaugural EMBA Council Spirit of Innovation Award

Tami Fassinger, chief recruiting officer at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, received the inaugural Spirit of Innovation Award at the EMBA Council’s 2017 Annual Meeting held Oct. 24 in Seattle. The award acknowledges innovative contributions to the Executive MBA industry and community.


WilSkills named 2017 football ‘Greenest Group on Campus’

WilSkills, Vanderbilt’s student-led wilderness skills course, was named winner of the 2017 Vanderbilt Football Sustainability Competition. The group celebrated its title of “Greenest Group on Campus” at the home football game Nov. 4.


VUToday: Danger of connecting gun violence to mental health in weekly roundup of VU news

University News and Communications publishes “VUToday,” a compilation of Vanderbilt mentions in the media, each weekday. Read a selection of Vanderbilt news stories for the week of Nov. 6.


Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 13-17

International Education Week, scheduled for Nov. 13-17, will feature a roster of diverse programs across campus.


Notable women scientists focus of edit-a-thon at the Wond’ry Nov. 14

Increasing public awareness and coverage of outstanding women scientists are the goals of a Wikipedia edit-a-thon with Alice White, a historian of science, at the Wond’ry Nov. 14.


Vanderbilt presents ‘Food for Thought’ lunchtime conversation at Frist Center

In partnership with The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Vanderbilt University presents “Food for Thought,” a three-part series of lunchtime conversations with Vanderbilt professors, Frist Center curators, and other members of the Nashville community. The next event is Nov. 14 at noon.


‘Knowledge on Demand’ topic of Engineering’s Schmidt Lecture Nov. 15

David E. Wilson, who leads a global team at National Instruments responsible for defining and promoting the software technologies of the company’s platform in education and industry, will deliver the School of Engineering’s annual Schmidt Family Educational Technologies Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 15.


HR workshop Nov. 16: ‘Workplace Communication Skills’

Improve your workplace communication skills and gather tools to increase your effectiveness at this HR workshop Nov. 16.


Making connections in autism research across VU and VUMC focus of Nov. 17 event

“Surprising Connections in Autism and Innovation,” a day of presentations, poster sessions and cross-discipline conversations, will be held Friday, Nov. 17, at The Commons Center, rooms 237 and 235.


Commodore Giving: Donate tickets for final home football game to Nashville youth

Following a successful first year of giving the next generation of Commodore fans the opportunity to experience Vanderbilt game day, the athletic department is continuing the program for its final home game this season against Missouri on Nov. 18.


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Career ended by devastating crash, cyclist turns toward curing sepsis

Sinead Miller was headed for the Olympic games. Now, thanks to a Department of Defense grant to find new sepsis treatments, the Vanderbilt Ph.D. has developed a device that cleans the blood.


Take Note

» ‘Explore Azerbaijan, the Land of Fire’ Nov. 15

» Owen School hosts Creativity Carnival Nov. 16

» Lung cancer survivors and caregivers invited to VUMC event Nov. 16

» Special evening InsideOut of the Lunchbox event: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Nov. 28

» My Southern Health: Staying healthy during the holidays

HR News

» Babies and You: ‘Caring for Your Family and Yourself’ Nov. 16

» Vandy Cooks: ‘Fall, a Time for Sharing the Harvest’ Nov. 17

» Celebrate good health with Hold the Stuffing challenge

» Fall session of Weight Watchers at Work now underway

Research News @Vanderbilt


Nov. 13 — 4 p.m.
Digital Initiatives in Community Engagement

Nov. 13 — 4:15 p.m.
Chemistry Colloquium Series: Prof. Jeffrey Gustafson

Nov. 13 — 5 p.m.
Student Research Workshop

Nov. 13 — 7 p.m.
The Art of Resistance

Nov. 13 — 7 p.m.
McTyeire Fireside Chat: An Archaeological Perspective on Social Problems of the Modern World

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