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  Monday, Feb. 10, 2020  
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Open Mind: Many voices make our One Vanderbilt stronger
Feedback in the form of surveys, town halls, listening sessions and frank conversations makes our university stronger and elevates the voices of all members of the Vanderbilt community, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in her latest “Open Mind” column.
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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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Jill Stratton named assistant provost for experiential learning
Jill Stratton, an experienced university leader at Washington University, will join Vanderbilt June 1 as assistant provost for experiential learning and associate dean for Residential Colleges.
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Spring staff listening tour kicks off Friday
Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. André L. Churchwell, Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for People and Business Services Laura Nairon and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety and Special Initiatives August Washington will continue a series of listening sessions for Vanderbilt University staff beginning Friday, Feb. 14.
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, WHO bring global project to improve health care through social science to Vanderbilt
A $600,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  will fund a three-year project with the World Health Organization, led by anthropology professor Ted Fischer, to develop a new model for health care that incorporates the consideration of cultural attitudes and practices that affect health in the United States.
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Survey on Vanderbilt foreign relationships open 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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Nasir, Love to speak at Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series
Forging connections between identity and learning will be the focus of the next two installments of the Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development.
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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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Leading evolutionary biologist Jonathan Losos to deliver 2020 Darwin Day Lecture
Jonathan Losos, a world-renowned evolutionary biologist whose discoveries have shed light on how organisms diversify, will deliver the 2020 Darwin Day Lecture at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
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Anthony Abraham Jack to give 12th annual Murray Lecture
Anthony Abraham Jack, a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is the featured speaker for the 12th annual Murray Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Sarratt Cinema on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
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Center for Teaching’s fourth annual Celebration of Learning is Thursday
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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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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Work near intersection of Edgehill and 19th avenues to begin in February
Work is planned near the intersection of Edgehill Avenue and 19th Avenue later this month due to infrastructure upgrades in the Peabody Neighborhood. The plan will allow for both 19th and Edgehill avenues to remain open during the work, with periodic single-lane closures.
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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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Get discount on tickets to Nashville Soccer Club’s MLS debut Feb. 29
The Nashville Soccer Club will open its inaugural Major League Soccer season against Atlanta United on Saturday, Feb. 29, in Nashville. Vanderbilt staff, faculty and students can get a discount on tickets by using the promo code “VANDY.”
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VU students have front-row seat for international climate change negotiations
As part of its continuing commitment to understanding and combating climate change issues through education and action, Vanderbilt University is now an accredited, official observer of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change.


Take Note

Women’s Center seeking nominations for 2020 awards

Make your voice heard! Provide feedback on Nashville’s transportation challenges at upcoming public listening sessions

Register for two-day Crucial Conversations workshop

Staff WAVE Council to host listening sessions, workshops this spring

Unconscious bias training workshops for faculty Feb. 13, 17, 21, 24

Data Science Institute Postdoc Seminar Series: ‘Machine Learning for Ultrasound Imaging Applications’ Feb. 14

Hot Chocolate 15/5k will close roads near campus Feb. 15

Flexner Dean’s Lecture: ‘Global and Local Impact of Mass Violence’ Feb. 17

Screening of ‘Remand’ Feb. 17 as part of Curb Center’s Form of Reform exhibit

Vandy Cooks: ‘Eating Right for a Good Night’s Sleep’ Feb. 25

Vanderbilt to host ‘Stirring the Waters Across America’ Feb. 28 

Kefi Collective seeking artwork for ‘Fire’ exhibition through March 14

Report 2019 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

Limited Submission Opportunity: V Foundation 2020 V Scholar Award in Adult Cancer Research

Limited Submission Opportunity: V Foundation 2020 V Clinical Scholar Program


Coming Up

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  Elder care lunch and learn
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  Next Caregiver Support Group meeting
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  Engineering’s Hall Lecture will discuss ‘shapeshifting’ next-generation materials
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  Flexner Dean’s Lecture: ‘The Patient as our Teacher’
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  [IM]Perfection Project First Year Speak-Out


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: John Bolton, Susan Rice to speak at Vanderbilt on Feb. 19
Vanderbilt’s upcoming Chancellor’s Lecture Series event featuring Former National Security Advisers John Bolton and Susan Rice is highlighted.
The Conversation: Civility in politics is harder than you think
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, writes about civility in U.S. politics.
USA Today: When will the threat of coronavirus end? It might return every winter
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Conversation: Trump’s excess and extravagance turned the State of the Union into an action movie
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs, dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, writes about President Trump’s State of the Union address.
Nashville Scene: What to do about Nashville’s growing trash problem
FutureVU and Vanderbilt’s sustainability efforts are mentioned.
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