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  Monday, April 22, 2019  
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Vanderbilt outlines major plans to reduce environmental footprint
Vanderbilt University unveiled a comprehensive long-term strategy to significantly reduce its environmental footprint, in part by powering its campus entirely through renewable energy, putting the university on track to be carbon neutral by 2050.
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Vigil at noon today for victims of Sri Lanka attacks
A vigil for the Vanderbilt community for the victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka will begin at noon today on the grassy area near the Rand Wall.
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Zeppos honored by Board of Trust, faculty, students, alumni, lawmakers
Resolutions have been approved by the Board of Trust, Faculty Senate, Vanderbilt Student Government, Alumni Board of Directors and the Tennessee General Assembly that commend Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos for his leadership and accomplishments as chancellor.
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Board of Trust names 4 new members, reappoints 6
The Vanderbilt Board of Trust elected four new members and re-elected six others at its April 18 meeting.
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Dallas couple commits $5M to endow inaugural Dean’s Chair at College of Arts and Science
Vanderbilt University alumni Ginny Searcy, BA’96, and Conner Searcy, BA’97, of Dallas have committed $5 million to create a new Dean’s Chair at the College of Arts and Science.
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Former astronaut, congressman to join Zeppos for discussion on STEM education April 30
Science advocacy and innovation will be the theme of the final Chancellor’s Lecture of the 2018-19 season, set for Tuesday, April 30, in Langford Auditorium. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will host Mae Jemison and Rush Holt, two scientists with storied careers in government and public service.
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Zeppos hosts NFL executive for special campus visit Tuesday and Wednesday
National Football League executive and Vanderbilt Board of Trust secretary Adolpho A. Birch III will visit campus for a series of engaging lectures and activities April 23-24. The events are part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series.
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Campos-Pons strengthens Vanderbilt-Cuban cultural ties through art exhibition
A longtime dream has come true for Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, who is connecting Nashville to her Cuban hometown through a satellite art exhibition under the auspices of the Havana Biennial.
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Senior Design Day is today
The School of Engineering’s Senior Design Day 2019 will showcase some 70 projects by teams in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science. This year’s open house is Monday, April 22, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Student Life Center.
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Volunteers needed for Commencement
Vanderbilt’s Commencement 2019 is May 8–10, and your help is needed to make the event a success. This year, volunteer registration will take place through InItLive, a cloud-based volunteer management system that allows you to sign up, manage shifts and communicate with key staff before, during and after Commencement.
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Employee Health and Fitness Day celebration is May 1
All Vanderbilt employees may enjoy free one-day access to the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center, with various activities planned throughout the day, for the annual Employee Health and Fitness Day celebration on May 1.
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Save the date: Employee Appreciation Picnic is May 14
Enjoy food trucks, games, prizes, baking contests, a craft fair, line dancing, a livestock petting zoo and more at the annual Employee Appreciation Picnic set for May 14.
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Flying on to Medical School: Riley Ferguson, BA’19
A Facebook query seeking Vanderbilt students who were pilots led Riley Ferguson to two of her closest friends and the founding of AviaDORES, a campus organization with the mission of making aviation accessible to VU students.


Take Note

Learn about progress in Peabody Neighborhood in April newsletter

Nominations open for faculty awards recognizing research, service

Ambassadors of Autism art exhibit opens April 26

Join Team Vanderbilt in Nashville Commuter Challenge April 27-May 3

VUIT to implement new wireless options in May

Data network services temporarily unavailable May 21

‘Business of VU’ program to welcome third cohort this fall; applications due June 1

Outlook/Exchange email moving to cloud

Individuals with Type 1 diabetes needed for feedback opportunity

Typical children ages 3-17 needed for research study

Veterans with GERD needed for research study

Limited submission opportunity: Grants for Youth Education and Scientific Education

Limited submission opportunity: Ornamental Horticulture Grants

American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant funding opportunity

Join the Health Plus ‘Fuel Up Challenge’


Coming Up

· APR ·
  Cell and Development Biology Spring Seminar
· APR ·
  McGee Public Policy Lecture to feature Northwestern’s Joel Mokyr
· APR ·
  Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture: ‘Synthetic Genome Regulation for Cell and Tissue Engineering’
· APR ·
  Graduate School presents author Andrea Wulf
· APR ·
  Vanderbilt to host on-site Global Entry enrollment event April 30-May 1


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Vanderbilt in the News
CNBC: Restoration of the Notre Dame cathedral could take years and cost upward of $1 billion, experts say
Kevin Murphy, professor of history of art, is quoted.
Religion News Service: Black women cracking ‘stained-glass ceilings’ with Jesus’ 7 last words
Dean Emilie Townes is quoted.
Axios: How Medicare may encourage higher drug costs
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
NPR: Saving the story of grits, a dish born of poverty now on fine-dining menus
Alice Randall, writer-in-residence in African American and diaspora studies, is quoted about the cultural and historical journey of grits.
CNN: Israeli flight attendant in coma after getting measles
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
The Chronicle Review (opinion): Professionalism in the face of skepticism
Ebony McGee, associate professor of teaching and learning, writes about racism faced by high-achieving black students in STEM.
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