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  Friday, Dec. 6, 2019  
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Vanderbilt community welcomes Incoming Chancellor Daniel Diermeier at campus reception
Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members gathered at the Student Life Center on Wednesday afternoon to greet Daniel Diermeier, who was named as Vanderbilt’s ninth chancellor earlier in the day. Diermeier’s term as chancellor will begin on July 1, 2020.
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Chancellor’s Lecture panelists Little, Pinker and Zimmer explore why divisions persist in age of abundant data
Amanda Little, Steven Pinker and Carl Zimmer joined moderator Jon Meacham for the final Chancellor’s Lecture Series event of 2019. The panel discussed how expanded access to data has changed human approaches to every part of our lives.
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Anita Mahadevan-Jansen elected fellow of National Academy of Inventors
Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Orrin H. Ingram Professor of Engineering and director of the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.
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Vanderbilt alumna awarded 2020 Rhodes Scholarship
Sarena Martinez, a 2016 Vanderbilt graduate who majored in psychology and minored in French, was recently named a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. She is one of only 32 scholars selected from across the United States for 2020.
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Vanderbilt hosts satellite meeting of Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education’s first public summit
The Office for Inclusive Excellence and the Office of Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost hosted a satellite meeting on the Vanderbilt campus Nov. 19 for the first public summit of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.
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LAPOP receives $10M USAID grant to support AmericasBarometer survey
Vanderbilt’s Latin American Public Opinion Project has received a $10 million, five-year USAID grant to support its influential AmericasBarometer survey and related activities.
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Play commissioned by Vanderbilt helps kids grapple with complexities of immigration
Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies and the Nashville Children’s Theatre co-commissioned a children’s play based on Julia Alvarez’s award winning book “Return to Sender.” The Nashville Children’s Theatre hosted the play’s world premiere in October.
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Commodore Award nominees announced
The Commodore Award, Vanderbilt’s highest staff honor, will be presented to two full-time regular staff members who have made significant contributions to Vanderbilt University’s pursuit of excellence in education, research and community service.
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2020 VUSRP applications now open
Applications are now open for the summer 2020 cycle of the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program, which provides awards of $5,000–$6,000 to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors engaged in 10 weeks of full-time research with a Vanderbilt faculty member. Students can use their VUSRP experience to satisfy Immersion Vanderbilt.
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‘Trash Heap of History’ exhibit spotlights 1989 fall of Communism in Romania
Previously trashed items that offer insight into Romanian life during the overthrow of its totalitarian dictatorship in 1989 comprise a new exhibit at the Divinity Library.
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Review your personal information in preparation of W-2s
As the end of the year approaches, the payroll department encourages you to review your personal information to ensure your W-2 will be accurate. Log in to Oracle by Jan. 3 to make sure your data is up to date.
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Extra discount at Barnes & Noble for faculty and staff today
Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day is slated for Friday, Dec. 6. Vanderbilt University 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

Online scheduling now available for all Occupational Health Clinic locations

Get your W-2 form electronically; update your preference by Jan. 3

Register for the Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference on Jan. 10

Vanderbilt to host children’s cheer and dance opportunity Jan. 11

Employee discount offered for hearing aids through Jan. 31

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2020 Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards

Limited Submission Opportunity: The Graham Foundation Production and Presentation Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: Braitmayer K-12 Innovative Practices Grants


Coming Up

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  ‘A Co-Learning Model for Community Engaged Program Evaluation’
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  School choice topic of Parenting Group meeting
· DEC ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘Healthy Holiday Appetizers’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Vanderbilt University names new chancellor
Board of Trust Chairman Bruce R. Evans and Incoming Chancellor Daniel Diermeier are quoted.
The New York Times: The danger of traveling light
John Wellons, professor of neurological surgery and professor of pediatrics, writes about the downside of packing light when traveling.
Bloomberg: Retailers ditch cashiers and trust shoppers to pay before leaving
Kelly Goldsmith, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Opinion: PrEP would cap and drive down HIV rates in Tennessee, but not enough people know about the drug
Jeffrey Bennett, associate professor of communication studies, writes about the benefits of PrEP, a pill that prevents HIV infection.
National Review: A counterintuitive and compelling case for class-action lawsuits
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, and his book, The Conservative Case for Class Actions, are mentioned.
WKRN: Vandy completing first semester without the use of plastic bottles
Vanderbilt University’s initiative to eliminate all single-use plastic water and soda bottles from dining facilities, markets and vending machines on campus is highlighted.
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