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Chancellor invites Vanderbilt community to join transportation working groups

A series of working groups comprising students, faculty and staff is launching at the Wond’ry, the university’s new innovation center, to generate recommendations about the future of transportation on the Vanderbilt campus.


Zeppos named to AAU board

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos has been named to the 11-member board of directors of the Association of American Universities, a nonprofit organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.


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

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


TIPs pre-proposals due Nov. 28; University Courses proposals due Dec. 12

The Office of the Provost is issuing a call for proposals for Trans-Institutional Programs and University Courses for the 2017 fiscal year. TIPs awards and University Courses are open to university- and Vanderbilt University Medical Center-employed faculty.


Open Enrollment ends tonight

Open Enrollment for 2017 benefits ends at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31. As a reminder, Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to choose or update the benefit options that best meet your and your family’s needs for 2017.


Vanderbilt by the Numbers 2016

Here’s a look at Vanderbilt 2016 by the numbers—statistics, rankings, student information and more.


Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down 11 percent in one year

Vanderbilt’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have dropped 11 percent in one year and 27 percent from their 2008 peak, according to an updated inventory of the university’s GHG emissions released by Vanderbilt Facilities.


Vanderbilt Television News Archive launches new website

Visitors to the Vanderbilt Television News Archive website can enjoy major enhancements to the video, thanks to a complete redesign and updated infrastructure.


Students in University Course ‘Historic Black Nashville’ visit Fort Negley

Students from the University Course “Historic Black Nashville” visited Fort Negley on Oct. 26 to gain a deeper understanding of the social, political and military forces central to Nashville and Middle Tennessee during the Civil War.


Library hosts viewing of death mask for Baudelaire, ‘twin soul’ to Edgar Allan Poe

The W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies hosted a viewing of Charles Baudelaire’s death mask on Oct. 28. Baudelaire was an important 19th-century French poet whose translations of Edgar Allan Poe into French are still considered the best to date.


Pre-K expansion, minority students in STEM featured in weekly roundup of VU news stories

New research from Peabody faculty Dale Farran and Mark Lipsey was the focus of an “Atlantic” story about pre-K expansion in the United States, while professor Ebony McGee and sociology doctoral student Stacey LaMar were featured in a “Christian Science Monitor” story about minority students in STEM graduate programs. Read a selection of Vanderbilt news stories for the week of Oct. 24.


Learn about SkyVU updates on its blog

SkyVU has launched a blog on its website. Posts capture updates regarding business processes and SkyVU programs, along with Q&A sessions with key project team members.


Rooted Community Health Lecture Series to address sustainability, ecology and health

Lectures scheduled for November 2016 and January and March 2017 will highlight the intersections of human health and environmental sustainability through the common bond of food.


Guidelines on taking time off to vote

The U.S. Presidential and State General Election Day is Nov. 8. Vanderbilt supports its faculty and staff in their right to participate in the electoral process. If you are entitled to vote, the Hours of Work policy has guidelines on taking time off to do so.


Early voting ends Thursday

Early voting for the Nov. 8 presidential and Tennessee general elections will be available at 12 locations across Davidson County from Wednesday, Oct. 19, through Thursday, Nov. 3. Early voting is easy and convenient, so avoid the long lines on Election Day.


Watch Video

VU Inside: Giving surgical robots a human touch

Bioengineer Nabil Simaan is taking robotic surgical tools to the next level by making them incredibly flexible and situationally aware.


Take Note

» Workshop: Can there be common ground in Palestine–Israel?

» Vandy Cooks: ‘Happy Hour’ Nov. 3

» WOW Nov. 9: ‘Water and Food Security in Sri Lanka and the United States’

» Life Phase Series: Celebrating Native American heritage

» Vandy Cooks Nov. 18: ‘Simple and Healthy Meals in a Snap’

» ‘Spook Show’ exhibition open at Ingram Art Center

HR News

» Need help with Open Enrollment? Here are some tips

» How to handle different Open Enrollment periods

» Don’t get fooled by fake Open Enrollment emails

» Save money by enrolling in FSAs during Open Enrollment

» Vanderbilt couples have options for health coverage

» Learn to make the most out of Social Security at Fidelity luncheon in November

Research News @Vanderbilt


Oct. 31 — Noon
Vandy Walks: Ghost Trees and Urban Legends

Nov. 1 — 9 a.m.
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory open house day

Nov. 1 — Noon
Accessing Iraqi Tribal Law

Nov. 1 — 7 p.m.
Noah Warren reading: 'The Destroyer in the Glass'

Nov. 2 — 5:30 p.m.
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