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Chancellor Zeppos, Ken Burns to address graduating seniors

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will deliver Vanderbilt University’s traditional Commencement address May 12, the day after documentary filmmaker Ken Burns accepts a prestigious Vanderbilt award and offers his advice.


2017 omnibus spending bill reaffirms Congress’ commitment to research

Congress has reaffirmed the partnership between the federal government and American research universities by enacting a bipartisan appropriations spending package for fiscal year 2017 that preserves and increases funding for key federal research agencies—including a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health.


Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion announces 2017 seed grant recipients

Twenty-nine projects have been selected to receive seed grants to support pilot research or developmental projects on equity, diversity and inclusion.


Looking to the 19th century for perspective on race and government

Issues of race and government are explored in law professor Dan Sharfstein’s new book, “Thunder in the Mountains.”


Fifteen recognized by Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fifteen Vanderbilt students and alumni have been recognized by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for 2017-18. The program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and alumni to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.


Thistle Farms turns to the Wond’ry for wrist-saving, wick-installing device

Nashville nonprofit Thistle Farms has teamed up with The Wond’ry to design a custom wick-setting tool for eco-friendly wooden wicks.


Class of 2017: Akaninyene Ruffin becomes an activist—and the Outstanding Senior

When Akaninyene Ruffin was announced as Vanderbilt’s Outstanding Senior for 2016-17 during Homecoming last fall, it marked a long journey from freshman year, when she struggled to make friends and suspected her African American heritage rendered her invisible to some of her peers.


Class of 2017: Ryan Sullivan strengthens villages in Southeast Asia

Moving a mile and a half of PVC pipe along unpaved, winding roads in a small pickup truck—in a foreign country, no less—is no easy task. Ryan Sullivan, known as “Sully” to his professors and friends, knows this firsthand.


Class of 2017: Baseball standout Ro Coleman to become first male in his family to get degree

Ro Coleman would be wise to bring a box of Kleenex with him to Commencement. “When I walk across that stage and see that piece of paper,” Coleman said, “that’s when I might break down.”


Class of 2017: Georgina Sellyn, national tennis champ, eyes medical school

During her pre-med studies as a student-athlete at Vanderbilt, Georgina Sellyn spent hours shadowing doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. That experience helped the fifth-year senior on the Commodore tennis team develop an affinity for surgery.


Read the latest issue of ‘iNCLUSIVE’

The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion presents “iNCLUSIVE,” a biweekly blast of diverse news and events from across campus.


Health care, research and Latino populations subject of lecture today

Nilda Peragallo Montano, dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will speak on culturally appropriate ways for practitioners and researchers to reach out to and work with Latino subjects. The lecture will be Thursday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in Godchaux Nursing Annex, Room 161.


School of Nursing parking lot closing May 15

A parking lot on 21st Avenue South, Lot 7, will close permanently Monday, May 15, as the university begins work on the new 29,947-square-foot addition to the School of Nursing. Lot 7 will be converted to a green space, with a drive that will allow for drop off at the entry of the renovated facility.


Employee Appreciation Picnic hosting new vendors

This year’s Employee Appreciation Picnic, scheduled for May 16, will host a number of new vendors, including Nissan, Mosquito Squad, Moe’s and Hilton. Vanderbilt Athletics, Vanderbilt Credit Union, the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center, Health Plus and SkyVU also will be represented.


Ian Agol to deliver mathematics department’s Shanks Lecture May 17

UC-Berkeley mathematician Ian Agol, who received the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, will deliver this year’s Shanks Lecture.


Mapped drives to be unavailable during VUIT maintenance May 21

The VU1File share service will not be available from 6 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, while Vanderbilt IT performs maintenance. Many university users utilize this service to store files on the server.


University Facilities unveils new Facility Alert Notification (FAN) system

Do you want to be informed of any utility or service outages for your building? Then sign up for FAN, Vanderbilt’s new utility outage notification system.


Watch Video

VU Inside: Cut the noise! New research making hospital alarms smarter and quieter

VUMC anesthesiologist Joseph Schlesinger is teaming up with undergrads in neuroscience and biomedical engineering to make hospital alarms better, quieter and easier to work with.


Take Note

» Vanderbilt Health OnCall now accepting insurance

» New Medical Center visitor wireless network now available

» Adult Summer Chamber Music Institute applications due May 15

» Biomedical science Ph.D. graduates to reunite June 1–2

» VICC limited submission opportunity: Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation awards

» VICC limited submission opportunity: V Foundation Immunology or Immunotherapy Award

HR News

» Free legal advice on estate planning May 17

» Vandy Walks: ‘Annuals and Perennials in Bloom’ May 17

» Babies and You: ‘Coping with the stresses of pregnancy’ May 18

» Vandy Cooks: ‘Korean Cuisine’ May 19

» Get discount to Nashville Sounds game May 24

» Health Plus celebrates Global Employee Health and Fitness Month in May

» Sign up, renew VRWC membership, get discount on massage, personal training

» VRWC offers summer youth boxing classes

Research News @Vanderbilt


May 11
Commencement Event: Faculty Seminars

May 11 — 11 a.m.
Commencement Event: Senior Day Speaker Ken Burns

May 11 — 1 p.m.
Physics & Astronomy Graduation Celebration

May 11 — 2 p.m.
History of Art Graduation Celebration

May 12 — 3 p.m.
Army/Navy Joint Commissioning Ceremony

May 13 — 10 a.m.
School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt to honor graduating MNPS Seniors

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