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Political scientist discusses growing social gap between rich and poor at Chancellor’s Lecture

Some 40 years ago, children born to families belonging to the upper third of American society and those born to families on the lower third of the economic scale had roughly equal chance of achieving success in life. Not so any more, said Harvard University political scientist Robert Putnam Monday evening at the Student Life Center.


November issue of provost’s ‘Open Dore’ newsletter now available

Read the November issue of “The Open Dore,” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente’s newsletter, which is now available online.


Williamson retiring after three decades in Vanderbilt athletics

More than 33 years after Rod Williamson first arrived at Vanderbilt University, times have changed in college athletics. But one thing hasn’t changed at Vanderbilt: Williamson’s passion for the Commodores.


Vice Chancellor David Williams recaps a great weekend for Vanderbilt Athletics

Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director David Williams recaps a great weekend for Vanderbilt Athletics and his excitement for the future.


Course and teaching evaluations launch Dec. 2

Course and teaching evaluations for the fall semester launch on Friday, Dec. 2, for the Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Science, Divinity School, School of Engineering, Graduate School, and Peabody College. The evaluations will remain open for eight days and end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9.


Tennessine approved as name of newly discovered element

Tennessee joins California to become only the second American state memorialized in the periodic table of elements.


Unique premed program provides tools to understand social contexts for health

Seniors who completed the program were as likely as traditional pre-med students to be accepted into medical school.



Read about the latest faculty, staff and student awards, appointments and achievements.


Relevant Religion class strives to restore hope, build justice

A Divinity School Relevant Religion class Dec. 3 will explore the reality of experiencing spiritual trauma while doing the work of justice and sharing stories and practices for restoring hope.


Vanderbilt tennis center at forefront of solar energy technology on campus

When the sun shines on the rooftop at Vanderbilt’s Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center, it means a little more to Marie Casares, a member of the Commodore women’s tennis program from 2011-15. Two years ago, Casares proposed the installation of solar panels atop the center, greatly reducing the building’s energy consumption.


Recording time for Thanksgiving holiday

The recent Thanksgiving holiday is the first to take place since VU’s enhanced PTO program took effect. Staff who took these days off should record the time as “Holiday,” not PTO.


Direct deposit of pay becomes mandatory for VU employees in 2017

Beginning Jan. 1, all non-union VU employees (including faculty, staff, post-docs, temps and student workers) will need to enroll in direct deposit of their pay. This requirement is intended to make our payroll process more efficient for both employees and Vanderbilt.


Lost in VUMC? The new WalkWays app can help with that

Thanks to a new mobile application called WalkWays, navigating Vanderbilt University Medical Center is now a bit easier.


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Mood ring materials – a new way to detect damage in failing infrastructure

“Mood ring materials” constitute a new type of smart sensing technology that could play an important role in minimizing and mitigating damage to the nation’s failing infrastructure.


Take Note

» SECURITY NOTICE: Burglary off campus

» Emerita professor signs memoir about son’s struggle with bipolar disorder Dec. 3

» ‘Addressing Stigma and Promoting Mental Health for LGBT Communities’ Dec. 12

» Employee appreciation discount available at Barnes & Noble Dec. 16

» Conference will explore ‘Chronic Consequences of Global Infectious Diseases’

» VU cheerleading and dance teams host annual Game Day Experience Feb. 4

HR News

» Is it time for in-home care assistance? Find out Dec. 7

» Annual employee Holiday Gift Giveaway is Dec. 9

» Vandy Cooks: Holiday bread making workshop Dec. 9

» Health Plus comes to you

» Wellcast: What is EAP, anyway?

» Some campus services available during upcoming holidays

Research News @Vanderbilt


Dec. 1
Commodore Award Nominations

Dec. 1 — 10 a.m.
Working Through It: 'Visualizing Hope and Recovery Through Art'

Dec. 1 — 10 a.m.
Annual Sarratt Holiday Arts Festival

Dec. 1 — 8 p.m.
Blair Big Band

Dec. 2 — 2 p.m.
VPRAD Graduation

Dec. 2 — 8 p.m.
Blair Student Chamber Ensembles Showcase

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