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CAS - Compass E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

February 2016

Dean Lauren BentonDear Arts and Science community:

Welcome to Compass, the monthly newsletter for Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science. It replaces Ampersand, our former email publication, and now reaches Arts and Science undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the College.

The new name plays in part on my passion for the history of exploration and the study of cross-cultural encounters. Its more important referent is the journey that individual students undertake at Vanderbilt, with our guidance, in pursuing a liberal arts education.

The compass also symbolizes a central mission of the College of Arts and Science: charting new directions in research. And it recognizes Vanderbilt’s attraction to students and faculty from around the world and their shared interest in advancing debate about pressing global issues.

Compass will serve as a guide to initiatives and accomplishments of the Arts and Science community. Your input and questions are always welcome—use the links below or reply to this email. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing news with you in the months ahead.

Dean Benton Signature

Lauren Benton
Dean, College of Arts and Science
Nelson O. Tyrone, Jr. Chair in History


Cast of playHow to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (with 179 people you may or may not know)
Bring your ideas and leave your shyness at the door to Neely Auditorium. The next VU Theatre production engages the audience in dialogue about poverty in Nashville. The interactive experiment in collective decision-making features student performers in vignettes and scenes. The audience decides which local nonprofit receives $1,000 at the end of each performance. Tickets are available now for the Feb. 24-28 shows.

Chancellor Zeppos and Jackson VaughtWhen does he sleep?
Jackson Vaught estimates he’s been involved with 25-30 organizations on campus. His fellow students noted his service by giving him the Outstanding Senior Award.
Dan Morgan on iceA&S in the Media
Earth and environmental sciences’ Dan Morgan had the coolest (or should we say coldest?) news story when Good Morning America flew him to Iceland to provide expert commentary for a segment on glaciers. The start of a presidential election year means more media demand for A&S political science faculty—this month it was USA Today, Reuters and the British press. Economics’ John Vrooman was seemingly everywhere ( CNN, CNBC, the International Business Times) talking about football’s Rams moving back to LA.

Derek GriffithCongratulations
Five highly accomplished A&S professors have been named 2016 Chancellor Faculty Fellows. Above: Derek Griffith.

Giving Day
Get ready for Vanderbilt’s first Giving Day April 21. Give, show your A&S pride and volunteer. #give4thegold

Troland Award
Psychology’s Geoffrey Woodman is one of only two investigators nationwide to receive the 2016 Troland Research Award.

Haerin ShinTeaching awards
Arts and Science students and faculty peers selected 2015 outstanding teachers and mentors. Above: Haerin Shin.

Robert GrajewskiNew center director
Startup veteran Robert Grajewski has been chosen as the first executive director of Vanderbilt's soon-to-open Innovation Center.

Ernest JonesTwo professors emeriti die
Ernest Jones, professor of physics, emeritus (above), and Laurence Lerner, Edwin Mims Professor of English, Emeritus, have passed away.


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