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  Monday, Dec. 2, 2019  
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Little, Pinker and Zimmer to discuss global challenges at Chancellor’s Lecture tomorrow
Amanda Little, Steven Pinker and Carl Zimmer will discuss with moderator Jon Meacham “2020 and Beyond: Tackling Global Issues in the Decades to Come” at the Dec. 3 Chancellor’s Lecture Series event.
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FutureVU Advisory Committee announced
A new advisory committee comprising faculty, staff and students from across the university will provide feedback on current plans, concepts and options for FutureVU, the university’s comprehensive campus planning initiative.
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Open house for faculty interested in residential colleges is today
Faculty who would like to learn more about serving in residential or programmatic roles within the university’s residential college system are invited to a Dec. 2 open house.
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Emergency tabletop exercise scheduled for Dec. 3
Vanderbilt’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, Fire and Workplace Safety will host representatives from across the university who play a key role in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for an emergency tabletop training exercise on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
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Staff Women’s Advancement and Equity Council to hold listening session Dec. 4
The Staff Women’s Advancement and Equity Council invites Vanderbilt staff to a listening session on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Calhoun Hall, Room 109. The session will provide an opportunity for staff to learn about the council’s work, meet its members and engage in conversation on the status of women at Vanderbilt.
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Ask Fidelity: Pizza Party Social scheduled for Dec. 4
Do you have questions about your 403(b) retirement account? Are you wondering how to invest your health savings account? Come get your questions answered at the Ask Fidelity: Pizza Party Social on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
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Extra discount at Barnes & Noble for faculty and staff Dec. 6
Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day is slated for Friday, Dec. 6. Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and staff will receive a 10 percent discount in addition to their regular 10 percent discount when they present a Vanderbilt ID at time of purchase.
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Campus Dining offers discount on meal plans for faculty and staff
Dec. 9-13
Campus Dining is offering Vanderbilt University faculty and staff members a limited-time discount on meal plans during the week of Dec. 9-13. Enjoy cuisine from award-winning chefs, all within walking distance of your office, at a special price: 15 meals for the price of 10.
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Vanderbilt will host screening of ‘Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace’ Dec. 12
Vanderbilt will host a screening of the documentary film “Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace” on Thursday, Dec. 12, in Sarratt Cinema. The event is free and open to the public, and free popcorn, soft drinks and hot chocolate will be provided.
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Vanderbilt University Turkey Toss set for Dec. 20 in new location
Vanderbilt University’s 2019 Turkey Toss is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 20, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event for university employees will be held in a new location this year: the E. Bronson Ingram College Dining Hall.
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Improving financial inclusion and community, one experience at a time
A student-led, university-supported initiative called Experience Vanderbilt is working to minimize the monetary constraints associated with participating in extracurriculars and create more financial inclusion at the university.


Take Note

Next meeting of Single Parent Group is Dec. 5

Healthier You: ‘Managing Stress at Work’ Dec. 5

‘A Co-Learning Model for Community Engaged Program Evaluation’ Dec. 6

School choice topic of Parenting Group meeting Dec. 12

Vandy Cooks: ‘Healthy Holiday Appetizers’ Dec. 13

Employee discount offered for hearing aids through Jan. 31

Limited-edition Vanderbilt socks are back

School of Nursing announces recent faculty honors and awards

Vanderbilt Campus Dining announces meal swipe partnership with Athletics

Health Plus offers prenatal classes for expectant employees or spouses

Feedback sought on Emergency Department services


Coming Up

· DEC ·
  Cell and Developmental Biology lecture by Chris Halbrook
· DEC ·
  Heard Libraries, Women’s Center Book Club: ‘Giovanni’s Room’
· DEC ·
  Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture features Chantell Evans
· DEC ·
  Caregiver Appreciation Celebration


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Conversation: Your big brain makes you human—count your neurons when you count your blessings
Suzana Herculano-Houzel, associate professor of psychology and associate professor of biological sciences, writes about how the cellular composition of the human brain differs from that of other animal species.
The Tennessean: Lung cancer stigma consumes conversations about the disease. This teacher wants to destroy it
Christine Lovly, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Hechinger Report: Up to 3.6 million students should be labeled gifted, but aren’t
Gilman Whiting, associate professor of African American and diaspora studies, is cited.
Today: Germs on a plane: Bacteria can linger for days, research finds
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Conversation: Thank fungi for cheese, wine and beer this holiday season
Antonis Rokas, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences, writes about research involving the evolution of fungi into edible molds that are used to produce cheese, wine and beer.
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