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  Friday, Feb. 14, 2020  
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Chancellor’s Lecture featuring America Ferrera canceled; series continues with John Bolton, Susan Rice Feb. 19
The Chancellor’s Lecture Series event on Feb. 17 with America Ferrera is canceled. Ferrera had to withdraw from the event due to unforeseen circumstances.
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Make your voice heard: Take the Staff Engagement Survey through Feb. 21
There’s still time for Vanderbilt University staff to participate in the 2020 Staff Engagement Survey, a confidential way for university leaders to collect feedback in order to recognize what Vanderbilt is doing well and where improvements are needed. The survey remains open through Friday, Feb. 21.
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Faculty Senate to host community conversation Feb. 20 to follow up Bolton, Rice CLS event
The Faculty Senate will host a community conversation for faculty, staff and students from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, to discuss themes from the Chancellor’s Lecture Series event with John Bolton and Susan Rice taking place the prior evening. The conversation will be held in Sarratt Student Center, Room 327.
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GlobalVU workshop to examine impact of crises in West African Sahel
“Terrorism, Healthcare and Displacement in the West African Sahel,” the second event in a series of workshops hosted by the GlobalVU initiative, will take place Feb. 21 at the Student Life Center.
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French Ambassador Philippe Étienne to visit Vanderbilt Feb. 21
Philippe Étienne, the French ambassador to the United States, will discuss “French-American Relations in 2020” at a lunch-and-learn event open to all Vanderbilt faculty, students and staff on Friday, Feb. 21.
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VU Theatre performs classic ‘Uncle Vanya’ with modern twists Feb. 14-22
Vanderbilt University Theatre will perform an acclaimed translation of Anton Chekhov’s tragicomedy “Uncle Vanya” Feb. 14-22 at Neely Auditorium.
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GPS co-creator is E-Week speaker at School of Engineering
Hugo Fruehauf, the chief engineer for design and development of the Global Positioning System and its atomic clocks, will visit the School of Engineering as part of 2020 National Engineers Week events Feb. 17-21.
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Fourth Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium set for Feb. 18
Finalists for the 2020 Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship Program will present their Ph.D. research from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Alumni Hall, Room 206. The presentations are open to the Vanderbilt community.
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Provide feedback on Nashville’s transportation challenges at upcoming public listening sessions
The Mayor’s Office of Transportation is hosting a series of public listening sessions in January and February to determine Nashville’s transportation priorities for the city’s next transportation plan. Creating an effective transportation plan begins with collecting valuable input from everyone who touches the transportation system—including Vanderbilt students, staff and faculty.
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Transportation and Mobility Office to host MoveVU open houses; first session Feb. 26
Those who wish to learn more about Vanderbilt’s transportation and mobility efforts are invited to attend a series of MoveVU open house sessions this spring.
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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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Benefit Spotlight: Discounts for Vanderbilt faculty and staff
As a Vanderbilt employee, you can take advantage of hundreds of additional perks, benefits, events and discounts throughout the year.
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Work near intersection of Edgehill and 19th avenues is underway
Work is planned near the intersection of Edgehill Avenue and 19th Avenue 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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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.


Take Note

Women’s Center seeking nominations for 2020 awards

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

Staff WAVE Council to host listening sessions, workshops this spring

‘The Netflix-ization of Israeli and Middle Eastern Cultures’ presented Feb. 20

‘Negotiating self-care within your professional identity’ topic of work-life workshop Feb. 25

Love Your Heart Expo is Feb. 26

2020 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Workshop set for Feb. 28

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

Get discount on tickets to Nashville Soccer Club’s MLS debut Feb. 29

Vanderbilt Software Carpentry boot camp set for March 5–6

Report 2019 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

Form 1095-C now available online at My VU Benefits

Get free access to ‘New York Times,’ ‘Wall Street Journal’ through VU Libraries’ ‘News Desk’ portal

VWell Connect: Connect with others at VU who share your activity interests

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant


Coming Up

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  Hot Chocolate 15/5K will close roads near campus
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  Myriam Moscona, award-winning Mexican poet, to give CLAS Distinguished Lecture
· FEB ·
  Flexner Dean’s Lecture: ‘Global and Local Impact of Mass Violence’
· FEB ·
  Screening of ‘Remand’ as part of Curb Center’s Form of Reform exhibit
· FEB ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘Eating Right for a Good Night’s Sleep’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: The first African American woman to serve as athletic director in the Southeastern Conference
The appointment of Candice Storey Lee as Vanderbilt’s interim vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and interim athletic director is highlighted.
Business Insider: Trump said people think the coronavirus will go away in April. Some experts say that could happen—but it’s not purely a good thing.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted
The New York Times: Sudan’s ex-ruler may face war crimes trial, official says
Mike Newton, professor of the practice of law and professor of the practice of political science, is quoted.
The Huffington Post: How to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing chronic pain
David Edwards, associate professor of anesthesiology and assistant professor of neurological surgery, is quoted.
Nashville Post: VU names associate dean for residential colleges
The appointment of Jill Stratton as assistant provost for experiential learning and associate dean for Residential Colleges is highlighted. Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs, dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
FiveThirtyEight: You’ll never know which candidate is electable
Cindy Kam, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
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