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  Friday, Feb. 21, 2020  
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Bolton, Rice offer expert view of U.S. foreign policy process at Chancellor’s Lecture
Ambassadors Susan Rice and John Bolton agreed during the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Wednesday evening that significant improvements are needed in the current decision-making process on national security issues, but the two sharply differed in their opinions on the recent presidential impeachment process.
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Last day! Make your voice heard in the Staff Engagement Survey
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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Vanderbilt, American Talent Initiative mark progress in expanding higher-education access
Vanderbilt University’s efforts to improve access to higher education through its alliance with the American Talent Initiative is showing dividends as the initiative reports that it is on track to enroll 50,000 more lower-income students at top colleges and universities by the year 2025. An annual progress update was released by ATI on Feb. 19.
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Faculty named to Global Voices Fellowship for fall 2020
Erin Calipari, Kelly Haws and Marybeth Shinn have been selected as Global Voices Fellows for the fall 2020 semester.
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Wente, Kopstain launch new Sustainability Advisory Council
Vanderbilt has established a new Sustainability Advisory Council to guide and support the university’s progress toward its comprehensive long-term sustainability strategy. The council will include students, staff and faculty selected by Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente and Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain.
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Rafat receives Young Investigator Grant from Breast Cancer Alliance
The two-year, $125,000 award will allow Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Marjan Rafat and her research group to investigate how radiation influences tumor and immune cell recruitment in triple-negative breast cancer.
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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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InclusAbility initiative presents 'Autism 101' Feb. 25
Vanderbilt’s InclusAbility initiative is expanding its offerings in 2020 through a series of monthly events and programs to engage community members across the university.
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AlertVU test set for Feb. 25
Vanderbilt University Public Safety will conduct a test of the AlertVU emergency notification system on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m. AlertVU rapidly sends notification messages in the event of an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community.
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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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VINSE Colloquium Series: ‘Semiconductor Nanomaterials for Electronics that Dissolve in Your Body’ Feb. 26
John A. Rogers, the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University, will give a VINSE Colloquium Series lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
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Employee Appreciation presents ‘A Night of Music: Moonrise and Aurora’ March 12
Employee Appreciation will host “A Night of Music: Moonrise and Aurora” on Thursday, March 12, at the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall. Vanderbilt University employees and their families are invited to attend a pre-concert reception at 7 p.m. followed by the performance at 8 p.m. by the Vanderbilt University Orchestra and the Vanderbilt University Singers.
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Plan ahead for Oracle Cloud updates this weekend
Vanderbilt’s Oracle Cloud environment will undergo its next quarterly upgrade the weekend of Feb. 21-22.
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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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I Am Vanderbilt: Marybeth Briney
A classroom of curious 4- and 5-year-olds produces a lot of wiggly, exuberant energy. But it’s no match for Marybeth Briney, an early childhood educator at The Acorn School’s 19th Avenue location.


Take Note

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

Unconscious bias training workshops for faculty Feb. 21, 24

Staff WAVE Council to host listening sessions, workshops this spring

Enabling Innovation seminar: ‘Attracting Capital to Fuel Your Biotech/Scientific Startup’ Feb. 27

2020 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Workshop set for Feb. 28

Data Science Institute Postdoc Seminar: ‘Methods and Applications in the Study of Meaning for Political Science’ 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

Healthier You: ‘The Good, the Fad and the Ugly’ March 5

Report 2019 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

Save the date: VU-VUMC Neuroimaging Symposium set for May 22

Become a member of the Vanderbilt Woman’s Club

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Pew Biomedical Scholars Program

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research Program

Limited Submission Opportunity: William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program


Coming Up

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  LGBTQI Life to host conversation with ‘Buzzfeed News Morning Show’ co-host Zach Stafford
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  ‘Negotiating self-care within your professional identity’ topic of work-life workshop
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  Vandy Cooks: ‘Eating Right for a Good Night’s Sleep’
· FEB ·
  REDCap Day
· FEB ·
  Love Your Heart Expo


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: How Vanderbilt’s Candice Storey Lee went from gutsy athlete to interim athletics director
The career of Candice Storey Lee and her appointment as interim vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and interim athletic director are highlighted. Football head coach Derek Mason and men’s basketball head coach Jerry Stackhouse are quoted, among others.
The New York Times: Lots of rich men tweet like the president now
Jon Meacham, Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in the American Presidency and distinguished visiting professor of political science, is quoted.
Slate: Passengers quarantined on two cruise ships were released. Then they tested positive for coronavirus.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Washington Post: As judge weighs dismissing charges in case of missing Hoggle children, their father speaks in court: ‘These are my babies. And Catherine killed them.’
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education: If law allows, nurse practitioners may be answer to U.S. physician shortage
Courtney Pitts, associate professor of nursing, is quoted.
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