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  Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020  
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Jason Isbell to lead a Vanderbilt show of gratitude to university community
Grammy-winning musicians Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will lead a lineup of entertainment in a special “show of gratitude” for the Vanderbilt community on Thursday, Dec. 17.
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70 Vanderbilt Strong Faculty Grants awarded to date; applications still being accepted
The Vanderbilt Strong Faculty Grant Program has funded 70 rapid-response and gap grants with applicants across five schools and colleges following the opening of the grant application portal in October.
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VU awarded NIH grant to continue mentoring, career training among biomedical research graduate students from underrepresented groups
The Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences has won continued funding from the National Institutes of Health for its Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity program supporting the success of biomedical graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds.
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Engineering professor awarded in Rising Stars of Light global competition
Justus Ndukaife, assistant professor of electrical engineering, was among the 10 finalists to present research during the live online competition Rising Stars of Light, a global campaign for the most talented young scientists in optics-related fields.
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Last day for nominations for faculty awards recognizing research, service
Nominations for Vanderbilt’s top faculty awards, which demonstrate the university’s appreciation for and commitment to excellence, close on Wednesday, Dec. 2.
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Vanderbilt University Turkey Toss set for Dec. 18
Turkey Toss, a longstanding Vanderbilt holiday tradition in which the university expresses thanks to faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the year, will look a little different for 2020. Due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, the university will host Turkey Toss in a drive-through format this year.
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‘A Conversation on Eliminating Racial Disparities in Public Safety’ is today
Vice Chancellor André Churchwell, Vice Provost William H. Robinson and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor August Washington will discuss Vanderbilt University’s role in eliminating racial disparities in public safety in an online event on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 7 p.m.
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Faculty, staff get additional 10 percent discount at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt this Friday
Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and staff can receive an additional 10 percent discount at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt on Friday, Dec. 4, during the bookstore’s annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. 
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Take Note

Inclusive Book Group to discuss Tara Westover’s ‘Educated’ Dec. 2

Vanderbinge 2020 set for Dec. 3

Vanderbilt Blair’s Molly Barth presents ‘Ineffable’ online Dec. 4

‘Pandemic Parenting Check-in’ topic of Parenting Group meeting on Dec. 4

‘The History of African Americans in Medicine’ topic of two-part Flexner Deans’ Lecture Dec. 7, 14

Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture: Christina Termini Dec. 8

MNPS school choice topic of Parenting Group meeting Dec. 10

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross

VCFC continues support for Vanderbilt parents with school-age children

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

Human Resources announces well-being initiatives

VU/VUMC shared Exchange Outlook address book to be separated in early 2021

A Healthier You: ‘Having Compassion Amidst Holiday Stress’

Nurturing your mental health during the holidays

Health Plus Nutrition Corner: Satisfy your sweet tooth


Coming Up

· DEC ·
  Inaugural conference on race justice to feature internationally known scholars
· DEC ·
  Connect with colleagues at USAC’s Virtual Coffee Break


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Vanderbilt in the News
NBC News: Vanderbilt University senior Sarah Fuller makes college football history as kicker
Sarah Fuller, a senior goalkeeper for the Vanderbilt soccer team, joined the football team as kicker for the Nov. 28 game against Missouri, becoming the first woman student-athlete to play in a Power 5 and Southeastern Conference football game.
The Tennessean: Derek Mason fired as Vanderbilt football coach
Candice Storey Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, has announced that the university would parts ways with head football coach Derek Mason.
Forbes: The new STEM gap: Study confirms gay men are less likely than straight men to be in STEM fields
Kitt Carpenter, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Economics, is interviewed.
CNN: Coronavirus hospitalizations hit another record as experts warn Thanksgiving gatherings could worsen the pandemic
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Forward: New data suggest Birthright effect on Jewish marriage, connection to Israel lasts up to 2 decades
Shaul Kelner, associate professor of sociology and Jewish studies, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Trump, Carson tout covid-19 treatments as lifesavers. But regular people find them harder to get.
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Coronavirus thrust uncertainty on Nashville families. How it weighs on public school students and their future.
Nicole Cobb, associate professor of the practice of human and organizational development, is quoted.
Salon: In fallout over polls, ‘margin of error’ gets new scrutiny
Joshua Clinton, Abby and Jon Winkelried Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
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