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  Monday, Feb. 3, 2020  
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America Ferrera to discuss ‘Life Between Cultures’ at Chancellor’s Lecture
A candid conversation with America Ferrera—an award-winning actress, producer and activist—will be the focus of a signature Chancellor’s Lecture Series event at Langford Auditorium Feb. 17.
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VU launches new hub to encourage sustainable commute options
The Transportation and Mobility Office has launched the MoveVU Commute Hub as a one-stop commuter information resource for the Vanderbilt community. The hub includes a new app and website that tracks users’ commuting behavior, allowing staff, faculty and students to better understand their commute options beyond driving alone.
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Tellock appointed deputy general counsel
Michelle Tellock, an accomplished attorney whose practice has focused on a range of issues affecting colleges and universities, has been named deputy general counsel at Vanderbilt University.
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Make your voice heard: Staff Engagement Survey launches Wednesday
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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Survey on Vanderbilt foreign relationships opens for all federally funded faculty
Vanderbilt’s Office of Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost is asking all university-employed principal investigators to complete the online Foreign Relationships and Sources survey to assist university compliance and federal disclosure obligations.
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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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CLAS to host fourth annual Haiti Week Feb. 3–6
Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies, along with several collaborating departments and centers across campus, will host the fourth annual Vanderbilt Haiti Week Feb. 3–6.
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Last day to submit proposals for Research Scholar Grants; Discovery Grants due 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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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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Center for Teaching’s fourth annual Celebration of Learning set for Feb. 13
The Center for Teaching will host its fourth annual Celebration of Learning, an exhibition of students as producers, on Thursday, Feb. 13. The event will feature students from across campus sharing what they have learned, created, designed and discovered.
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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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Vanderbilt to host ‘Stirring the Waters Across America’ Feb. 28 
“Stirring the Waters Across America,” a multimedia production highlighting the Civil Rights Movement through captivating music, spoken word and dance, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 in Langford Auditorium.
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Blasting, line drilling begins in West End Neighborhood
Line drilling in the West End Neighborhood is currently underway and expected to continue for approximately three months, and blasting for Residential College B is tentatively set to begin the week of Feb. 17.
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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

Learn about progress in West End Neighborhood in latest newsletter

Cooling towers to be installed on Peabody campus

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

Holocaust Lecture Series gallery talk with Thomas Altmeyer Feb. 4

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

‘Halfway,’ short play documenting citizens’ return to society, performed Feb. 6–7

Elder care lunch and learn set for Feb. 11

Kids and emotions topic of Parenting Group meeting Feb. 13

VCFC Summer Camp Fair is Feb. 20

REDCap Day set for Feb. 25; registration now open

Diabetes Prevention Program info sessions Feb. 25-28

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


Coming Up

· FEB ·
  ‘Traveling Stanzas: Poets for Science’ exhibit Feb. 3–5
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  Integrating humanities with STEMM focus of Vanderbilt town hall
· FEB ·
  Faculty Senate to host town hall discussing Athletics strategic plan
· FEB ·
  Research Ethics Grand Rounds Lecture: ‘Sharing the Truth in Research Advertising’
· FEB ·
  Next Caregiver Support Group meeting


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Do masks offer protection from new virus? It depends
Mark Denison, Edward Claiborne Stahlman Professor of Pediatric Physiology and Cell Metabolism, is quoted.
The New York Times: Trump administration unveils a major shift in Medicaid
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: Does Iowa really matter?
John Sides, professor of political science, is quoted.
The Scientist: Africans have more Neanderthal DNA than previously thought
Tony Capra, associate professor of biological sciences and biomedical informatics, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: Women reject the cult of niceness in ‘Postcards From the Gerund State’
A collection of short stories written by Lorraine López, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, is highlighted.
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