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  Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020  
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Make your voice heard: Staff and faculty surveys launching in February
Vanderbilt University staff and faculty are encouraged to participate in a pair of surveys launching in February. Staff members are invited to complete the 2020 Staff Engagement Survey Feb. 5–21. Faculty will participate in the national COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey beginning the week of Feb. 10. The goal of both surveys is to create a stronger workplace.
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Washington appointed senior associate vice chancellor for public safety and special initiatives
In his new role, August Washington will oversee all aspects of Vanderbilt University Public Safety while working directly with Vice Chancellor Eric Kopstain on Division of Administration initiatives focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion as well as workforce development. Washington also will direct efforts to recruit the university’s next chief of police.
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University monitoring coronavirus outbreak
Vanderbilt University officials are actively monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. At this time, there are no reports of coronavirus cases on the Vanderbilt campus, and there are no confirmed cases in Tennessee.
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Deadline to submit proposals for Research Scholar Grants Feb. 3, Discovery Grants Feb. 10
Faculty applications are now being accepted by the Office of the Provost for the next round of Discovery and Research Scholar grants.
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Explorations in Research networking event today
The Office of Immersion Resources and the Scientific Immersion and Mentorship student organization have partnered to organize Explorations in Research, an event designed to convene researchers from all disciplines for an evening of networking and discovery.
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Integrating humanities with STEMM focus of Vanderbilt town hall Feb. 4
A Feb. 4 town hall focused on the importance of integrating the arts and humanities with science, engineering, mathematics and medical curriculums will feature a panel with four College Arts and Science professors.
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Faculty Senate to host town hall discussing Athletics Strategic Plan
Feb. 5
The Faculty Senate is partnering with Vanderbilt Athletics in its effort to develop a new Athletics Strategic Plan. The senate will host a town hall on Wednesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 1 p.m. at the School of Nursing’s Frist Hall, Room 140.
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Engineering’s Hall Lecture will discuss ‘shapeshifting’ next-generation materials Feb. 12
University of Michigan distinguished professor Sharon Glotzer will discuss “Engineering Colloidal Matter and the Entropic Bond” at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Featheringill Hall’s Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium. Her talk is the School of Engineering’s spring 2020 John R. and Donna S. Hall Lecture.
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Five graduate students named Eisenhower Fellows
Five engineering Ph.D. students have received prestigious Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships, and one of them has been named the top Eisenhower Fellow in the United States.
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Voter registration deadline for Tennessee primary is Monday
The deadline to submit a registration form to vote in the 2020 presidential primary is Feb. 3. Vanderbilt University strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to register to vote and participate in the democratic process.
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Register for two-day Crucial Conversations workshop
If you’d like to increase your skills for dealing with conflict, Crucial Conversations provides a model that will grow your capacity to skillfully address emotionally and politically risky issues to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome. The next two-day workshop will be conducted on non-consecutive days—Friday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 21.
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Vanderbilt Magazine: Backyard Boom
Nashville has emerged as a cultural hotspot—with plenty of Vanderbilt alumni taking part in the city’s transformation.


Take Note

American Historical Association, Modern Language Association directors to discuss ‘Humanities for the Next Generation’ Jan. 29

Financial planning seminars for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars Feb. 3-4

‘Traveling Stanzas: Poets for Science’ exhibit Feb. 3–5

Staff WAVE Council to host work-life conversations Feb. 4, 6, 12

Research Ethics Grand Rounds Lecture: ‘Sharing the Truth in Research Advertising’ Feb. 6

Next Caregiver Support Group meeting is Feb. 12

Flexner Dean’s Lecture: ‘The Patient as our Teacher’ Feb. 12

Unconscious bias training workshops for Faculty Senate senators Feb. 13, 17, 21, 24

REDCap Day set for Feb. 25; registration now open

Diabetes Prevention Program info sessions Feb. 25-28

Celebrate National Heart Month with Health Plus’ Count on Your Heart events

Women’s Center seeking nominations for 2020 awards

Faculty and staff invited to attend inaugural Inclusion and Diversity Summit

Provide feedback on Nashville’s transportation challenges at upcoming public listening sessions

Register for 2020 Global Health Case Competition


Coming Up

· JAN ·
  P.R.I.D.E. training with LGBTQI Life
· JAN ·
   ‘The Future of American Orchestra’ is focus of guest lecture
· JAN ·
  VKC lecture: ‘Paradigm Shifts in Approaches to Early Detection and Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder’
· JAN ·
  Want to get more out of your health savings account?


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: Lamar Alexander, set to leave office, Is GOP wild card on witnesses
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
USA Today: A ‘transformation’ for some. Meh for others: What it’s like to share a name with 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg
Cindy Kam, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
NBC News: How does coronavirus spread?
Mark Denison, Edward Claiborne Stahlman Professor of Pediatric Physiology and Cell Metabolism, is quoted.
USA Today: Drugmakers are rushing to create and test a coronavirus vaccine. Here’s how they’re doing it
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times: Op-Ed: Alexander Hamilton would have led the charge to oust Donald Trump
Eli Merritt, visiting scholar in the Department of History, writes about how Alexander Hamilton’s views on impeachment might have impacted the present-day impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
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