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Melissa Thomas-Hunt named vice provost for inclusive excellence

In this role, Thomas-Hunt will help advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the trans-institutional research and educational missions of the university, building on the numerous efforts currently underway in the provost’s office and across academic affairs to create a welcoming environment for students, faculty and academic staff.


‘Open Dore’: Affirming our values and welcoming all to a new academic year

Vanderbilt stands with its colleagues and friends at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville and reaffirms its deep and unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion, mutual respect and civility, writes Provost Susan R. Wente in the August issue of “The Open Dore.”


Provost invites students, faculty and staff to celebrate eclipse at events next Monday

Vanderbilt University will celebrate the rare total solar eclipse Aug. 21 with an open house at the Wond’ry, a viewing party on Alumni Lawn and a weather balloon carrying research sensors and cameras into the stratosphere.


Fall Faculty Assembly is Aug. 24

Professor Ebony O. McGee will open the 2017 Fall Faculty Assembly with a presentation, and Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will deliver his bi-annual address and present several of the university’s highest honors to faculty.


VU travelers can access health, safety assistance through new 24-hour service

Vanderbilt faculty, administrators, staff and students pursuing education-related opportunities away from campus can get help with health or safety issues that might arise by calling a new 24-hour service.


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs launches online postdoctoral appointment management system

Beginning Aug. 16, postdoctoral appointments will be managed in REDCap and processed through the Graduate School.


Stark wins Star-Nelkin Award

Associate Professor Laura Stark of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society has won the prestigious Star-Nelkin Award.


Dayan’s ‘Legal Sorcery’ to be screened at international art blowout

The influence of Haitian vodou rituals on Colin Dayan’s research on marginalized populations and the law is depicted in a performance monologue that she recorded for an international art exhibition.


VUToday: Genetically engineered humans in weekly roundup of VU news stories

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 July 31.


Check out these tips for an Earth-friendly Move-In experience

Check out these tips for minimizing waste and recycling during Move-In.


21st Avenue pedestrian bridge, associated stairs, walkways to undergo repairs Aug. 12-17

The 21st Avenue South pedestrian bridge and associated stairs and walkways connecting the bridge to MRB III and Medical Center North will be partially obstructed for emergency repairs.


Fidelity offers ‘Taking Care of Older Loved Ones’ webcast Aug. 15-16

Fidelity invites you to join the “Role Reversal: Taking Care of Older Loved Ones” webcast, which will explore the financial impact that caring for older loved ones can have and how to address your needs while helping those you care for most.


Employees invited to football open practice Aug. 22

Vanderbilt football will host an open practice for university faculty and staff and Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The event will be held at the outdoor practice field adjacent to the McGugin Center.


HR workshop Aug. 23: ‘Dealing with Change’

In this Human Resources workshop, you will gain helpful tools and strategies for dealing with the stress and anxiety that change can produce.


Employees enjoy free frozen treats at Vandy Chills

Nearly 3,700 frozen treats were given out to Vanderbilt University employees during the Aug. 10 “Vandy Chills” event.


New application will enhance protection against email phishing attacks

VUIT will launch a new security program Monday, Aug. 28, to provide more protection to Vanderbilt email users from external phishing attacks.


Wireless network changes coming to Medical Center buildings Sept. 5

Beginning Sept. 5, the university’s wireless network, vuNet, will no longer be available in Vanderbilt University Medical Center buildings.


Nominations sought for Levi Watkins awards; annual Levi Watkins lecture set for Oct. 10

The School of Medicine announces the date of the 16th Annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., Lecture and also seeks nominations for the annual faculty and student awards named in his honor.


Support first-year School of Medicine Ph.D. students through ‘Simple Beginnings’

Sponsor a lab coat for a new biomedical sciences doctoral student in the School of Medicine through the Simple Beginnings program.


Watch Video

Upcoming total solar eclipse is the first visible across the United States in 99 years

Vanderbilt University astronomer Billy Teets explains the historic path of the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Teets says the eclipse will only be viewable along a 70-mile-wide path from the West Coast to the East Coast.


Take Note

» My Southern Health: Download a free eclipse day activity book for kids

» Verizon announces new discount rates for Vanderbilt University employees

» Learn songwriting from the pros at Blair

» Blair offers music for all ages

» Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum set for Oct. 13

» World on Wednesdays seeks presenters for fall 2017

HR News

» Make a change for life: Attend upcoming Diabetes Prevention Program info sessions

» Boomers, Elders and More: ‘Family Dynamics in Caregiving’ Aug. 16

» Babies and You: ‘Caring for Your Newborn’ Aug. 17

» Outdoor Rec Center used equipment sale Aug. 26

» Track your activity to win great prizes with the Start! physical activity program

» All steps of Go for the Gold 2017 now available

Research News @Vanderbilt


Aug. 14 — 1 p.m.
American Modernism at Mid-Century: The Work of Morris Davidson

Aug. 14 — 2 p.m.
American Artists and the Legacy of the Grand Tour, 1880-1960

Aug. 15 — 8 a.m.
Nutrition Minute: Satisfying Toast Toppings

Aug. 16 — 9 a.m.
2017 Teaching Assistant Orientation

Aug. 17 — 1 p.m.
2017 Teaching at Vanderbilt: New Faculty Orientation

Aug. 17 — 2 p.m.
The Nashville Farmers' Market at Vanderbilt

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