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Vanderbilt University appoints new vice chancellor for communications

Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos today announced the appointment of Steve Ertel as the university’s vice chancellor for communications.


Robert and Diane Levy announce $10 million gift to support Vanderbilt financial aid program

Longtime Vanderbilt University supporters Robert M. Levy, BA’72, and his wife, Diane, have announced a new gift of $10 million to continue support for their scholarship fund.


Chancellor’s committee seeks feedback regarding mental health, well-being

The Chancellor’s Strategic Planning Committee on Mental Health and Wellbeing invites staff, faculty and students to share their thoughts at a series of targeted town hall-style listening sessions in February and March focusing on how the university can create a holistic and inclusive approach to supporting mental health and well-being at Vanderbilt.


EDI office launches new webpage on unconscious bias

Vanderbilt’s Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has launched a new webpage and series of workshops to support a campuswide initiative to combat unconscious bias.


Schulman Center namesake celebrates centennial birthday at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt celebrated the 100th birthday of alumnus Ben Schulman at venues across the university’s campus in late January, including a Shabbat dinner with more than 300 guests at the Schulman Center for Jewish Life, which he helped endow.


Join provost for Open Dore On Location at Central Library Feb. 14

The next Open Dore On Location, informal discussion sessions with Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Central Library’s Community Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.


Search launched for Ingram Scholarship Program faculty director; nominations and applications sought

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has announced an institutional search for the next faculty director of the Ingram Scholarship Program.


VU BreakThru blog highlights faculty accomplishments, showcases possibilities of internal funding programs

A new blog site provides Vanderbilt faculty involved with the university’s internal funding programs—Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs), University Courses, Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants—a platform from which they can communicate some of the most relevant aspects of their projects.


International collaboration is preserving the history of Syriac Christianity in the Middle East

An international collaboration that includes Divinity scholar David Michelson has published three new reference works to help preserve Syriac, an endangered Middle East language and culture.


Podcast on evidence law and proof started by Vanderbilt professor

A podcast about evidence law and proof has been created by Ed Cheng of Vanderbilt University. It’s titled “Excited Utterance.”


New AAU energy research webpage features VU research

Vanderbilt researchers who “MacGyvered” high-performance batteries from junkyard scraps are featured in a new webpage on energy research created by the Association of American Universities.


Annual conflict of interest disclosure process begins March 1

The Office of Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management will launch the FY2017 conflict of interest disclosure process March 1. All faculty and staff are required to complete a conflict of interest disclosure each year, regardless of whether you have changes to report.


Deadlines approaching to use 2016 FSA funds

Vanderbilt University employees with funds remaining in 2016 health care or dependent day care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) have until March 15, 2017, to use their funds and must submit all claims by April 15, 2017.


Annual Credit Union membership open house is March 2

Please join the Vanderbilt University Credit Union staff and board of directors at the annual membership meeting to learn more about the past year and what the Credit Union has planned for 2017 and beyond.


Take Note

» VKC workshops to discuss disability resources related to health care, HS transition, accessing services

» Hot Chocolate 15/5k will close roads near campus Feb. 11

» Bhattacharya reads from ‘Good Girls Marry Doctors’ Feb. 15

» Babies and toddlers needed for language development studies

» Registration for Sarratt Summer Youth Art Institute now open

» Re:VU brochures for 2017 now available

» Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research at public forum

» Get discount on tickets to Southern Women’s Show

HR News

» Life Phase Series: ‘Container Gardening – Tips and Trends’ Feb. 9

» Add excitement to your edible Valentine’s Day treats

» Celebrate Heart Month with Health Plus Count on Your Heart events

» Attend diabetes prevention program info sessions in February

» VRWC offers Biggest Winner beginning in February

» Take the Recreational Sports and Fitness Day Instagram challenge

» Hoop it up with women’s basketball at Feb. 19 Employee Appreciation game and Fan Fest

» Verify that names and Social Security numbers are correct for Form 1095-C

Research News @Vanderbilt


Feb. 19 — 7 p.m.
Ninth Annual Walter Murray Lecture featuring Dr. Harry Edwards

Feb. 21 — 2:30 p.m.
Drinking Water Justice: What Can We Learn from Flint, Michigan and the Standing Rock Protests?

Feb. 21 — 4 p.m.
Both One and Many: Becoming Colette

Feb. 22 — 3 p.m.
Supervisor Ratings as Measures of Principal Job Performance: Evidence from the TEAM Evaluation System in Tennessee

Feb. 24 — 1 p.m.
Faith Leaders Respond: Crises in Immigrant and Refugee Communities

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