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  Friday, Dec. 20, 2019  
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Vanderbilt University Turkey Toss is TODAY in new location
Vanderbilt University’s 2019 Turkey Toss is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 20, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event for university employees will be held in a new location this year: the E. Bronson Ingram College Dining Hall.
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Janelle Monáe and Yusef Salaam to appear at Vanderbilt’s 2020 MLK Commemorative Series
Janelle Monáe, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, performer, producer and actor, and Yusef Salaam, one of the Exonerated Five, formally known as the Central Park Five, will speak at Vanderbilt University on Jan. 19 as the featured panelists for the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series keynote event in Langford Auditorium.
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Bowen, prominent Renaissance scholar at Vanderbilt, has died
Barbara C. Bowen, professor of French, emerita, and a distinguished Renaissance scholar who was the first woman to chair a College of Arts and Science department, has died.
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Read about recent faculty, staff, student and alumni awards, appointments and achievements.
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Vanderbilt’s MNPS Youth Safety and Well-being Study releases early findings
The goal of the study is to create a multi-year data set that allows teachers, youth workers, researchers and policymakers to promote safety and well-being for Nashville’s young people.
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Faculty invited to submit Discovery, Research Scholar Grant proposals
Faculty applications are now being accepted by the Office of the Provost for the next round of Discovery and Research Scholar grants.
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Top LGBTQ researcher to speak at School of Nursing Jan. 14
Tonda Hughes, an international authority on addiction and mental health in sexual minority women, will present “From Gay Bars to Marriage Equality: Building a Program of Research Focused on a Stigmatized and Marginalized Population” on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
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Submit biweekly time cards, report holiday time in advance of Winter Break
Biweekly employees and student workers are strongly encouraged to submit their time cards, and their managers are encouraged to approve those time cards, as soon as work is completed on Friday, Dec. 20, unless the employee will be working over the weekend or during the Winter Break.
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Make note of changes to W-4 form in 2020
The 2020 Form W-4, “Employee’s Withholding Certificate,” is very different from previous versions due to the federal tax law changes that took place in 2018. Certain employees will be required to use the new form: those hired in 2020, and anyone who makes withholding changes during 2020.
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Get your W-2 form electronically; update your preference by Jan. 3
Active Vanderbilt University employees can opt out of receiving paper W-2 forms by mail and instead access it electronically through Oracle.
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Don’t forget to power down before leaving for Winter Break
Remember to power down before you leave the office or your home for an extended period over Winter Break. Your reductions in energy use can have a large impact when aggregated across the entire university.
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Music takes engineering major into the lab and across the country
When biomedical engineering major Brett Koolik first started learning piano as a child, he wasn’t motivated solely by his love of music. He also wanted to figure out how a piano works.
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I Am Vanderbilt: Yasmine Mukahal
With both Nashville and Vanderbilt on skyrocketing trajectories, the university finds itself competing with a host of global organizations for the best workforce possible. Yasmine Mukahal says Vanderbilt offers potential employees something more.


Take Note

Paycheck availability during the holiday break

MLK Series: ‘A Dream for Excellence in Research, Practice and Education’ Jan. 20

Nominate faculty, staff for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Office for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness launches new website

Save on taxes, impact Vanderbilt with year-end giving

Blair Academy at Vanderbilt spring registration now open

Programs for Talented Youth announces summer 2020 courses

Online scheduling now available for all Occupational Health Clinic locations

Health Plus offers prenatal classes for expectant employees or spouses

Employee discount offered for hearing aids through Jan. 31

Limited Submission Opportunity: AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship

Limited Submission Opportunity: AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Connections for Cardiovascular Health

SEA Lab seeking pregnant mothers for paid research study


Coming Up

· JAN ·
  LGBTQI Life to host welcome back brunch
· JAN ·
  Next Caregiver Support Group meeting
· JAN ·
  Registration now open for Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference
· JAN ·
  Vanderbilt to host children’s cheer and dance opportunity
· JAN ·
  Flexner Dean’s Lecture: ‘Organization and System-based Approaches to Promote Well-being’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: 76 percent of Tennesseans want Confederate bust removed from Capitol, Vanderbilt Poll finds
The latest Vanderbilt Poll is highlighted.
The Washington Post: Republicans face political risks on impeachment. But history shows not all is lost.
Jon Meacham, Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in American Presidency and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science, and Vanderbilt Ph.D. candidate Michael Shepherd write about the history of political courage and its implications for today.
Smithsonian: A massive new database will connect billions of historic records to tell the full story of American slavery
Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities and professor of history, is quoted.
CNN: Cold and flu won’t attack you simultaneously, study says
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Conversation: The science of gift wrapping explains why sloppy is better
Postdoctoral fellow Erick Mas writes about research on the effects of gift-wrapping presentation on gift recipients’ satisfaction.
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