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Open Mind: Giving thanks to our Vanderbilt community

Nov. 18, 2019—Ahead of Thanksgiving, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente expresses gratitude for the faculty, staff, students and all members of the Vanderbilt community who bring the university's mission to life each day, she writes in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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Discovery in ferroelectric material reveals unique property, promising application potential

Nov. 18, 2019—A discovery from a team of physicists and other researchers is breaking new ground in the study of ferroelectricity, a characteristic of certain dielectric materials that are used in high-technology applications.

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Jiang named Vanderbilt’s 2019 Outstanding Senior

Nov. 18, 2019—With a passion for science, business and education, Troy Jiang works to serve and empower others in a way that makes a lasting difference. Community members recognized Jiang’s impact throughout his time at Vanderbilt when he was named Outstanding Senior on Oct. 19.

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Here’s how a Vanderbilt astrophysicist plans to observe a black hole ‘symphony’ using gravitational wave astronomy

Nov. 18, 2019—New research led by Vanderbilt astrophysicist Karan Jani presents a compelling roadmap for capturing intermediate-mass black hole activity.

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Engineering + empathy lead VU students to help kids with special needs

Nov. 18, 2019—Inspired to make a child’s life better through engineering and design, students from Vanderbilt, occupational therapists and professional engineers worked for three days to build inventions that would make life a little easier for children with special needs at the third annual TOM Makeathon.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony set for Nov. 20 at Scarritt Bennett

Nov. 18, 2019—Vanderbilt community members are welcome to attend a vigil in honor of International Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at Scarritt Bennett Center.

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Vanderbilt Campus Dining announces meal swipe partnership with Athletics

Nov. 18, 2019—Vanderbilt Campus Dining has announced a new partnership with Athletics that will allow students, faculty and staff with a Campus Dining meal plan to use a meal swipe at men’s and women’s basketball games at Memorial Gym. The program launches Nov. 20.

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Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture features Chantell Evans Dec. 3

Nov. 18, 2019—Dr. Chantell Evans, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “The Role of Optineurin in Neuronal Mitophagy” beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Preston Research Building, Room 206. Mitophagy, the selective removal of damaged mitochondria, is thought to be critical to maintaining neuronal homeostasis.

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University administrators to host third staff listening session Nov. 25

Nov. 18, 2019—The third stop in a staff listening tour planned for the 2019-20 academic year will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the Blair School of Music's Turner Recital Hall. All university staff are invited to attend.

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Extra discount at Barnes & Noble for faculty and staff Dec. 6

Nov. 18, 2019—Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day is slated for Friday, Dec. 6. Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and staff will receive a 10 percent discount in addition to their regular 10 percent discount when they present a Vanderbilt ID at time of purchase.

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Vanderbilt-wide Limited Submission Opportunity: St. Baldrick’s Foundation Research Grants

Nov. 18, 2019—Vanderbilt may submit Research Grant and Supportive Care Research Grant proposals for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation spring grant cycle. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization raising funds for childhood cancer research.

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Caregiver Appreciation Celebration set for Dec. 4

Nov. 18, 2019—Join the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center as we honor those who care for others on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in The Living Room of the Godchaux Nursing Annex.

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New VURC Subcommittee for International Research and Engagement formed

Nov. 18, 2019—Faculty have been named to a new subcommittee formed by the Vanderbilt University Research Council to provide governance for the GlobalVU initiative.

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Philosophy professor to discuss research on political polarization Nov. 21

Nov. 18, 2019—Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Put Politics in its Place, at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.

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Heard Libraries survey responses due Dec. 1

Nov. 18, 2019—The deadline is Dec. 1 to respond to a survey on library use and research that will help set future priorities for the Heard Libraries.

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