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  Wednesday, May. 8, 2019  
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What’s On My Mind: Reflections on 2019, and the years ahead
Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos looks ahead to his final Commencement ceremony as chancellor in this week’s column.
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Robinson to lead Office for Inclusive Excellence; Thomas-Hunt named Airbnb head of global diversity and belonging
William H. Robinson, associate dean for academic success at the School of Engineering, will lead the Office for Inclusive Excellence as interim vice provost for strategic initiatives beginning June 1. Robinson takes on this new role following the departure of Melissa Thomas-Hunt, who has accepted a position with the executive team at Airbnb in San Francisco as their head of global diversity and belonging.
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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.
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Two students awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships
Vanderbilt University sophomore Aakash Basu and junior Eric Zhang have been named Goldwater Scholars. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier award for undergraduate STEM students who show exceptional promise of becoming the nation’s next generation of research leaders.
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Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music Big Band named best student jazz ensemble
Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music has been recognized by “DownBeat” magazine’s 42nd Annual Student Music Awards. The Blair Big Band was named best undergraduate large jazz ensemble.
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Broker-philanthropist named Peabody College distinguished alumna
Shaiza Rizavi, a veteran money manager known for her commitment to social enterprise, will be honored by Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development with the 2019 Distinguished Alumna Award during Commencement on May 10.
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Reusable water bottles and hydration stations to reduce plastic waste at Commencement
As part of its sustainability initiative, Vanderbilt University will distribute 2,000 reusable water bottles and offer hydration stations for guests to fill their own reusable containers at its main Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10.
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Technology better than tape measure for identifying lymphedema risk
New research by School of Nursing professor Sheila Ridner finds that a special scan measuring lymphatic fluid volume is significantly better than a tape measure at predicting which women undergoing treatment for breast cancer are at risk of developing a common complication resulting from damaged lymph nodes.
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ANA president to give Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture May 13
Ernest J. Grant, the 36th president of the American Nurses Association and the first man elected to that office, will give the School of Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture on Monday, May 13. Grant’s lecture, “Nursing at the Crossroads: The Future of Health Care,” is open to the Vanderbilt community.
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Employee Appreciation Picnic: Baking contest deadline approaching
Wow the judges with your decadent cookies, cakes and pies in the Employee Appreciation Picnic baking contest. The deadline to enter online is this Friday, May 10.
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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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I Am Vanderbilt: Randy Smith
The Vanderbilt campus hums with a particular energy in the days leading up to Commencement. Randy Smith, a supervisor in Plant Operations, manages a team of housekeeping staff tasked with getting buildings ready to accommodate the more than 25,000 friends and family members who will be on campus celebrating graduates.


Take Note

Blair School Dean Mark Wait to speak at this year’s Phi Beta Kappa ceremony

New head of Nursing’s highly ranked nurse-midwifery program appointed

Nominations open for Chancellor’s Heart and Soul staff awards

Equal Employment Opportunity Office relocates to Loews Vanderbilt Plaza

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

Know Your Numbers during Employee Health and Fitness Month

Men 35-64 needed for weight-loss study

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

Academic Strategic Plan Spring 2019 Progress Report published

Single Parent Group, Parenting Group set summer meeting schedules

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

VUIT to implement new wireless options in May

Outlook/Exchange email moving to cloud

Save the date: VICB Annual Symposium is Aug. 8


Coming Up

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  National Science Foundation lecture: Inclusive and Diverse Computing Community
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  Boomers, Elders and More: ‘Caregiving During Work Hours’
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  Informational meetings for MacArthur 100 & Change proposals
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  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
The Washington Post: Microbes called extremophiles might combat superbugs, biowarfare agents
Seth Bordenstein, associate professor of biological sciences, is quoted.
The Washington Post: The Trailer: What we learned about 2020 Democratic candidates so far
Vanderbilt research is mentioned.
Pacific Standard: What does chalking tires have to do with the Fourth Amendment?
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted about whether chalking tires constitutes a warrantless search.
UPI: Beta blocker may lower risk for prostate cancer
Sam Chang, Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair in Urologic Surgery, is quoted.
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