Message from the Dean
Dear graduate students and postdoctoral fellows,
Let me extend my warmest holiday wishes to each of you! I hope you find some rest and rejuvenation with family and friends.
To postdoctoral fellows, it has been a couple of months since the announcement of our newly formed postdoctoral office in the Graduate School. Irene McKirgan, Program Manager for the Postdoctoral Office, has been hard at work gathering resources and developing a robust program to support all fellows and trainees. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also excited to continue working with the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) and hope that you attend their holiday luncheon on Thursday, December 8 at 12pm (see below).
To graduate students, I have personally enjoyed the engaging conversation centered around the graduate reading, Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast & Slow. These discussions have highlighted how connections and contributions can be made across disciplines, and have served to bring together students from a number of different schools and programs. I hope that you’re able to join me for our next discussion on Thursday, January 26 from 4-6pm in the Alumni Hall Lounge. We will cover Part 2 (up to page 195) and look forward to the always lively discourse. Please register to participate as we will provide refreshments.
Safe travels to all.
Dean Mark Wallace
In this issue…
Career & Professional Development
Wednesday, December 7, 2-3pm, Student Life Center LL Rooms 1 & 2
Attendance at a CPT and/or OPT workshop will now be required before applying for employment authorization for international students. For those looking to begin OPT or CPT in the Spring 2017 semester, this is your last chance to attend a workshop this fall. Spots are limited! Sponsored by International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS).
LinkedIn Is Your Friend
Wednesday, December 7, 4:30-5:30pm, Alumni Hall 010
Learn how to effectively use LinkedIn for your job search, even for those with advanced degrees. There are many good tools that LinkedIn can provide that makes connecting and finding jobs easier. We will demystify these and highlight its best uses for graduate students and postdocs. Sponsored by Graduate School Career Development.
BOLD Fellows Program
Applications are due Monday, December 12
The BOLD Fellows program at the Center for Teaching is designed to help graduate student/faculty teams build expertise in developing online instructional modules grounded in good course design principles and our understanding of how people learn. This two-semester program is divided into a “design and development” semester, in which Fellows receive training and support as they develop their module, and an “implementation and assessment” semester. The Center for Teaching is currently recruiting Fellows to begin the program in January for implementation and assessment in Fall 2017. The Fellowship carries a modest stipend as well as the opportunity to apply for travel funds to share this work at a conference.
CIRTL Evidence-Based Teaching Workshop
January 5-6, 2017, 8am-5pm; application deadline January 3
The Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) will be holding its Spring Semester Evidence-based Teaching Workshop on January 5-6, 2017. The free workshop is designed for future faculty in STEM fields with no experience with teaching as research however graduate students, post docs, faculty, and staff are welcome. Workshop topics include how people learn, challenge-based learning, course design, assessment, classroom management, classroom technology, and scholarly resources. Please contact Andrea Gardiner for more information and to submit your application.
Paying Uncle Sam: Understanding Taxes for Stipends, Grants, and Fellowships
January 10, 2017, 6-7:30pm, location TBD
So you have a fellowship that doesn’t take out any federal tax. Do you have to pay it during tax season? What about the other funding that is taxed? What tax credits and deductions should you take advantage of? Back by popular demand, CPAs Briana Mullenax and Cindy Anderson, senior managers of Lattimore, Black, Morgan, & Cain, will answer your tax questions. They will cover issues about how to file taxes for both domestic and international students and postdocs. Sponsored by Graduate School Career Development.
Health & Wellness
Stress Less Yoga Event
Wednesday, December 7, 5-6pm, Vanderbilt Recreation Center
Come join Active Minds at Vanderbilt for a yoga session in order to de-stress before you head into studying for finals. Free healthy snacks will be served!
From Dreams to Realities: Performing History in the Assassin’s Creed® Video Game Series
Friday, December 9, 12-1:30pm, Buttrick Hall 344
Join the Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities on as they host Maxime Durand, the Assassin’s Creed series historian, to discuss historical design methods applied at Ubisoft from 2007 to present, including major intellectual, ethical, and design issues that have emerged and how the Assassin’s Creed design team addresses them.
Wednesday, December 7, 7:30pm, Sarratt Cinema
An American circus artist who, after giving birth to a black baby, immediately becomes a victim of racism and is forced to stay in the circus. She finds refuge, love and happiness in the USSR. Her black son is embraced by friendly Soviet people. Presented in collaboration with the Department of German and Slavic Languages by Jason Strudler, Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian. Sponsored by iLENS.
State of the Word
Saturday, December 10, 7pm, Ingram Hall
The Blair School welcomes the Ninth Annual State of the Word, featuring the region’s top college and high school writers, poets, emcees, and spoken-word artists. Participating writers have received standing ovations at TEDxNashville, MNPS School Board, Leadership Nashville, and Child Advocacy Day. Tickets: $10 general admission, $3 students with ID, available through southernword.org.
Community & Social Events
Postdoctoral Association Holiday Luncheon
Thursday, December 8, 12-2pm, Alumni Hall 202
All Vanderbilt postdocs are invited to join the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) for their Holiday Luncheon! Please RSVP to let them know you plan on attending.
OBGAPS Annual Holiday Soiree
Friday, December 9, 7:30pm, Bourbon Street Boogie & Blues Bar
Join OBGAPS for their Annual Holiday Soiree for friends, food and fun. Attire is grown and sexy. Featuring live performances by Brian James & the Revival and Al Green & the Hard Times. Dinner will be served.
Welcome Back Brunch
Monday, January 9, 11am-1pm, KC Potter Center
Join LGBTQI Life, International Student and Scholar Services, and the Center for Student Wellbeing for a pancake bar and mocktails on the first day of the Spring semester! All are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will have all sorts of pancake toppings and yummy mocktail creations. Don’t miss out!