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  Friday, Jan. 31, 2020  
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George to oversee university’s environmental health and safety function
Andrea George, director of Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office, has been appointed director of Environmental Health and Safety for the university. In this expanded role, she will oversee environmental, health and safety management services for university research and continue to oversee campus sustainability efforts, which remain a top priority for the university.
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Staff recognized with Commodore Award, Diversity Leadership Award at 2019 Service Award Ceremony
Vanderbilt University recognized employees who reached significant service milestones in calendar year 2019 and awarded two of its highest honors for staff during the 2019 Service Award Ceremony Jan. 28 at the Student Life Center.
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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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Black History Month at Vanderbilt kicks off Feb. 3
Vanderbilt’s annual celebration of Black History Month will kick off Monday, Feb. 3, at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center with the first of many events planned throughout February. The month will include film screenings, lectures, celebratory programs and more.
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‘Molecular Physics’ honors Cummings as a ‘scientific force’ over four decades
While others may have opened somewhat traditional gifts during the 2019 holiday season, Peter Cummings received an extraordinary one: a singular issue of “Molecular Physics” honoring him on his 65th birthday and recognizing him as “a constantly innovating scientific force” in molecular theory and molecular simulation for more than four decades.
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Kidambi receives NSF Early Career Award to support atomically thin membrane research
Piran Kidambi has received a 2020 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant. The five-year, $500,000 grant—”Deconstructing Proton Transport through Atomically Thin Membranes”—begins July 1, 2020.
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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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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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Workshop to examine impact of global marketplace on Western classical music
A workshop hosted by the GlobalVU initiative to examine the impact of the global marketplace on Western classical music will take place Feb. 10-11 at the Blair School of Music and Alumni Hall.
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Unconscious bias training workshops for faculty Feb. 13, 17, 21, 24
The Faculty Senate, in partnership with the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Office for Inclusive Excellence, will host a series of unconscious bias training workshops for all faculty members during February.
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Employee Appreciation Women’s Basketball Family Fest set for Feb. 20
Vanderbilt University employees and their families are invited to cheer on the Commodore women’s basketball team as they take on the Missouri Tigers on Thursday, Feb 20. This free Employee Appreciation event begins with a Family Fest at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Practice Gym, followed by the game at 7 p.m.
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Cooling towers to be installed on Peabody campus
Cooling towers will be installed at the chiller plant located near The Commons Center beginning Monday, Feb. 3. This installation will require 18th Avenue in front of The Commons Center to be closed for short periods of time on Feb. 3 and 4.
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Learn about latest construction progress in Peabody Neighborhood newsletter
Read about recent milestones, upcoming construction work and major installation projects in the January 2020 edition of the Peabody Neighborhood e-newsletter.
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Vanderbilt Software Carpentry boot camp set for March 5–6
The Vanderbilt Software Carpentry two-day boot camp is scheduled for March 5–6.
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Two Vanderbilt students ‘move mountains’ bringing education to war-torn Sudan
Peabody College students Ryan and Jazira Boyette have a goal of improving the lives of Sudan’s Nuba people through the power of education.


Take Note

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

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

Engineering’s Hall Lecture will discuss ‘shapeshifting’ next-generation materials Feb. 12

VCFC Summer Camp Fair is Feb. 20

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

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

Register for two-day Crucial Conversations workshop

Women’s Center seeking nominations for 2020 awards

Faculty and staff invited to attend inaugural Inclusion and Diversity Summit

Register for 2020 Global Health Case Competition

University monitoring coronavirus outbreak

Campus Dining launches instant feedback tool

Campus Dining now serving lunch at Kissam


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  ‘Traveling Stanzas: Poets for Science’ exhibit Feb. 3–5
· FEB ·
  Research Ethics Grand Rounds Lecture: ‘Sharing the Truth in Research Advertising’
· FEB ·
  Next Caregiver Support Group meeting
· FEB ·
  Flexner Dean’s Lecture: ‘The Patient as our Teacher’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: How white identity permeates policymaking outside of Washington
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
The Hill: Coronavirus is spreading—but the flu is a greater threat to Americans
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Science: Can an anti-HIV combination or other existing drugs outwit the new coronavirus?
Mark Denison, Edward Claiborne Stahlman Professor of Pediatric Physiology and Cell Metabolism, is quoted.
Financial Times: Internet of Things: Smart cities pick up the pace
Abhishek Dubey, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering, is quoted.
Popular Mechanics: This hot Jupiter is so hot right now
Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Chair in Physics and professor of astronomy and computer science, is quoted.
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