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  Monday, May 6, 2019  
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Venus Williams, chancellor’s final address highlight three days of Commencement activities
Vanderbilt’s Class of 2019 will party with a purpose, hear from a woman who changed tennis forever and bid farewell to the university’s eighth chancellor, Nicholas S. Zeppos, who will deliver his final Commencement address at its greenest graduation ceremony during Vanderbilt’s 2019 Commencement exercises May 8-10.
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Vanderbilt faculty provide essential support to 2018-19 fellowship recipients
Over the course of the 2018-19 academic year, 31 faculty and other members of campus contributed their time, attention and energy to the process of supporting and nominating exceptional student candidates for prestigious national awards.
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Nominations open for Chancellor’s Heart and Soul staff awards
Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos has announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 2019-20 Chancellor’s Heart and Soul Staff Appreciation Awards. The awards celebrate Vanderbilt staff members’ dedication to the campus community.
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Fred Westfield, emeritus professor of economics, has died
Fred Westfield, a Vanderbilt graduate who went on to become a professor of economics at the university and teach microeconomic theory to a generation of Ph.D. students, died April 24 in Nashville. He was 92. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m. at The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom, 5015 Harding Road in Nashville.
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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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Pedestrian bridge to temporarily close after Commencement
The pedestrian bridge and walkway at 21st Avenue South and Edgehill Avenue will undergo routine maintenance this summer.
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Employee Appreciation Picnic: Deadline to register for baking contest, craft fair is May 10
This year’s Employee Appreciation Picnic will include food trucks and fun new events, such as a baking contest and craft fair. The event is set for Tuesday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Magnolia Lawn.
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Vanderbilt Osher Lifelong Learning summer classes announced
A harmonica learning lab, nutrition and health, and the history of Fisk University are among the topics offered in June and July by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt.
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Runner’s high: Evan Suzman, BS’19
Evan Suzman, a cross country runner for the Commodores, likes to clear his mind with long, winding runs across campus. Off the course, the native New Yorker is a double major in history and child development, with a focus on the history of science.
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Did you take the Nashville Commuter Challenge last week?
The challenge invited Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students to try one new transportation mode other than driving alone April 27-May 3.


Take Note

Academic Strategic Plan Spring 2019 Progress Report published

Equal Employment Opportunity Office relocates to Loews Vanderbilt Plaza

‘The Iris at Vanderbilt and Peabody’ topic of new exhibit at Vanderbilt’s Special Collections

Single Parent Group, Parenting Group set summer meeting schedules

Blair Children’s Chorus to hold auditions in May, August

VUIT to implement new wireless options in May

Outlook/Exchange email moving to cloud

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

Free skin cancer screening June 15

Save the date: VICB Annual Symposium is Aug. 8

Know Your Numbers during Employee Health and Fitness Month

Men 35-64 needed for weight-loss study


Coming Up

· MAY ·
  Vanderbilt Vaccine Center Seminar Series: Brandon DeKosky
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  Register by May 6 for Regression Modeling Strategies short course
· MAY ·
  Informational meeting for MacArthur 100 & Change proposals
· MAY ·
  Babies and You: ‘Basics of Infant Safety at Home and in the Car’
· MAY ·
  Data network services temporarily unavailable


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Vanderbilt in the News
U.S. News & World Report: Device spots lymphedema early in breast cancer patients, to help stop it
Sheila Ridner, professor of nursing, is quoted regarding a new cancer detection device.
The Guardian: How the news took over reality
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, is quoted.
Time: A device that heats tobacco, but doesn’t burn it, can now be sold in the U.S. Here’s what to know about IQOS
Erin Calipari, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Antibiotics aren’t profitable enough for big pharma to make more
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
USA Today (opinion): Death by organ donation: Euthanizing patients for their organs gains frightening traction
E. Wesley Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine, writes about the ethics of combining organ donation with euthanasia.
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