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What’s going on at Vanderbilt on Thursday, March 17, 2016

Owen Graduate School of Management jumps five spots in ‘U.S. News’ rankings

Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management jumped five spots to No. 22 to score its highest ranking yet on a list of top graduate business schools in the nation compiled by "U.S. News & World Report."

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Remembrance service for Vanderbilt graduate student Taylor Force is Friday

Members of the Vanderbilt community will gather March 18 to remember Owen Graduate School of Management student Taylor Force, who was killed March 8 in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, Israel. The service is closed to the public, and because of limited seating in Benton Chapel, priority will be given to members of the Owen community and those who knew Force well. Live video streaming of the service also will be available.

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Robert Birkby, a Vanderbilt student favorite, has died

Vanderbilt is mourning the death of political science professor Robert H. Birkby, a popular teacher and respected administrator.

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Christie-Mizell to lead undergraduate education in Arts and Science

College of Arts and Science Dean Lauren Benton has announced that sociology professor André Christie-Mizell will join her office at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year as the senior associate dean for undergraduate education.

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Research Internet to expand tenfold

As the result of a joint faculty and staff project, Vanderbilt’s digital pipeline to the outside world will expand tenfold in the next few months, making it much easier for campus researchers to send and receive the increasingly large data files characteristic of cutting-edge scientific and medical research.

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Three Vanderbilt faculty, staff nominated for 2016 ATHENA Award

Bonnie Dow, Michele Johnson and Kristy Sinkfield are among the nominees for the 2016 ATHENA Award from Nashville Cable.

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Vanderbilt partners with LaunchTN to support student startup pitch competitions

Five Vanderbilt University student startup pitch competitions have won funding from Launch Tennessee as part of its Statewide University Venture Challenge, designed to support entrepreneurship among college students.

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VIDL calls for student prize nominations

The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning is seeking nominations for two student awards: The Prize for Digital Innovation by an Undergraduate Student and the Prize for Digital Innovation by a Graduate or Professional Student.

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Campus encouraged to participate in Blackboard feedback survey

As the administrative home for Blackboard, the Center for Teaching is conducting an assessment in March to determine the extent to which Vanderbilt’s primary course management system is meeting the needs of campus users.

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Conference to discuss Affordable Care Act, gun control, income differences, more

The complex and often under-addressed political issues facing health and health care in the United States will be tackled March 17-18 during a major interdisciplinary conference at Vanderbilt, "The Politics of Health in the U.S. South." The conference is free and open to the public.

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Vanderbilt to host conference on historic and present-day conflicts in Colombia

To mark Colombia's historic peace accord with rebels, scholars from around the world will gather at Vanderbilt to consider the history of conflict in Colombia and its prospects for peace moving forward.

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Nobel Prize-winning economist will deliver Steine Lecture March 22

Alvin E. Roth, who shared the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, will discuss “Who Gets What and Why: The Economics of Matching and Market Design" March 22. Roth is responsible for re-designing the National Resident Matching Program, through which approximately 20,000 doctors a year find their first employment as residents at American hospitals.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario will come to Vanderbilt

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Peabody College Department of Teaching and Learning will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario to Nashville March 29-30. Nazario will speak about her book "Enrique’s Journey" as well as current issues regarding immigration.

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‘That national park in our backyard’ topic of Williamson Library talk

A Vanderbilt alumnus who has provided strong leadership for the support and protection of the Natchez Trace Parkway will speak at the Williamson County Public Library March 22.

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Kudos: Colin Dayan in conversation with writer Philip Hoare during London book tour

Colin Dayan's new book "Dogs at the Edge of Life" was featured at the London Review Bookshop, where she recently held a conversation with award-winning writer Philip Hoare.

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Volunteers needed for Commencement 2016

Vanderbilt is gearing up for Commencement 2016, and the Office of Commencement and Special Events encourages all university and Medical Center staff and students to register to volunteer.

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Free spring football game, block party means family fun March 25

The Commodore football team will host its annual Black & Gold spring game on Friday, March 25. Kickoff is at 6 p.m., and admission is free.

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Golf tournament April 14 will benefit Susan Gray School

The fifth annual Susan Gray School Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 14, at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin. All proceeds raised will benefit the school, the first nationally recognized early intervention program to include typically developing children in education settings alongside children with disabilities.

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March 17 — 4:10 p.m.
Ulla Haselstein: “Gertude Stein's Portrait of Cezanne”

March 18 — 3:30 p.m.
”On Care For Our Common Home: Engaging Laudato Si, Pope Francis' Ecological Justice Encyclical Part II”

March 18 — 7 p.m.
Berry Lecture in Public Philosophy: “Knowledge in the Age of Big Data”

March 19 — 9 a.m.
Transformative Justice Series: “How Do We Sustain Movements for Social Change?”

March 19 — 6 p.m.
Vanderbilt Opera Theater presents: “Michael Ching's Speed Dating Tonight”

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