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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.


University Courses program wraps up successful first year

Students participating in the inaugural University Courses gave the initiative high marks, noting that the cross-campus curriculum creates unique opportunities for students to tackle important subjects.


Design Day features bulletproof vest that calls for backup, bridge for Hondurans in need

A bulletproof vest that calls for backup when injured officers can’t emerged as one of the School of Engineering’s annual Design Day’s most fascinating offerings, holding promise to move from undergraduate project to life-saving purchase.


Lorrie Moore named 2017 Cullman Center fellow

Distinguished fiction writer and professor Lorrie Moore has been awarded a prestigious fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.


Curb Center measures public opinion on federal funding for arts

A significant majority of U.S. adults oppose eliminating federal funding for arts and culture, according to survey questions fielded by the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy.


Philosophy on the run: Vanderbilt professors host ‘Philosophy 15’ video podcast

Got 15 minutes? Rob Talisse and Scott Aikin say that’s enough time to get philosophical with the help of their podcast, “Philosophy 15.”


VUToday: The ‘whiteness’ of math education in weekly roundup of VU news stories

Vanderbilt news stories for the week of April 24 include research on the way in which race can affect a student’s math education, as well as a look at the bizarre star-nosed mole.


Time Machine: Old technology finds new life in first-year student programming

When first-year students arrived last August at Stambaugh House, a residence hall on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, no doubt much of what they encountered was brand new. But a relic from the past awaited them in the Stambaugh lobby.


Class of 2017: Oren Burks is a leader on and off the field

Oren Burks is not afraid to step up when called upon, even when stepping up requires stepping out of his comfort zone.


Class of 2017: Kate Sborov gets a taste of life in the emergency department

A busy hospital emergency room—filled with life and pain and death—is not where you’d expect to find a Vanderbilt undergrad taking a class. But that is where you find Kate Sborov.


Class of 2017: Marc Chen studies transportation’s role in improving communities

Marc Chen wants to use data to make cities work better for everyone. Chen, a math and economics major, believes there’s a wealth of untapped data out there waiting to be mined that could help public policymakers understand how their decisions affect the well-being of city residents.


Winner of Hamblet Award, top student art prize, named for 2017

Conor G. Bloomer, a senior from Watertown, Massachusetts, is this year’s recipient of the Department of Art’s prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award. The Senior Show installation is on display until May 12.


Global Education Office announces study-abroad scholarship recipients

The Global Education Office has awarded 41 scholarships to students for the purpose of studying abroad during 2017 summer or Maymester terms.


Expanded, Earth-friendly donation and recycling options offered for move-out

Just in time for student move-out and spring cleaning, Earth-friendly donation and recycling locations on campus are being expanded April 20 through May 13.


New Medical Center visitor wireless network now available

Vanderbilt University Medical Center unveiled its new guest wireless network, VUMCGuest, May 1.


Diversity expert speaks May 3 on going beyond rhetoric of equity and opportunity

Rumay Alexander, interim chief diversity officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present a lunchtime lecture on Wednesday, May 3.


Vanderbilt Program for Music, Mind & Society to host free event May 3

The Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt will present research and perform music at its upcoming “Scientific Salon: A Soiree of Science and Song” on May 3.


Human Resources to host Workplace Communication Skills Workshop May 4

The Human Resources Learning and Organizational Development team is hosting a Workplace Communication Skills Workshop on May 4.


Adult Summer Chamber Music Institute applications due May 15

Adult amateur string players are invited to the Blair School of Music for the Adult Summer Chamber Music Institute, June 22-25. Applications are due May 15 for the four-day institute.


Check out the menu for this year’s Employee Appreciation Picnic May 16

Enjoy fun activities and food at the 2017 Employee Appreciation Picnic on May 16.


Volunteers needed for Commencement 2017

Vanderbilt’s Commencement 2017 is scheduled for May 10–12, and your help is needed to make the event a success.


Take Note

» ‘The Science of Violence and Compassion’ set for May 4

» VICC Annual Scientific Retreat slated for May 4

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

» Heart valve disease research earns grad student a young investigator award

HR News

» Celebrate Employee Health and Fitness Day May 3

» Learn about estate planning from Fidelity Investments May 4

» Vandy Cooks: ‘Korean Cuisine’ May 19

» Get discount to Nashville Sounds game May 24

» Fidelity two-factor authentication implemented

Research News @Vanderbilt


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

May 4 — 11 a.m.
Know Your Numbers - Law School

May 5 — 7 p.m.
Meet the Astronomer: Dr. Susan Stewart

May 6 — 8 p.m.
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