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  Friday, Dec. 4, 2020  
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New reading days on spring academic calendar to promote student well-being
The Office of the Provost has approved four additional in-class reading days for the spring 2021 semester to encourage self-care and avoid burnout during these extraordinary times.
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Deans’ Diversity Designates to serve as liaisons to Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence
The deans of Vanderbilt’s 10 colleges and schools each have named liaisons to work directly with the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence. These Deans’ Diversity Designates will serve as advocates for inclusive excellence as well as equity-, diversity- and inclusion-related initiatives at their respective schools and in their specific areas across the Vanderbilt campus.
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Vanderbilt microscopist receives Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant to expand access to imaging technologies
Bryan Millis, research assistant professor of cell and developmental biology and biomedical engineering, has been awarded a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Imaging Scientists program. The proceeds will go toward building an immersive virtual education platform to expand instruction and accessibility of high-end microscopy techniques within and beyond the Vanderbilt research community.
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Mahadevan-Jansen and Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center resume lab activity with renewed purpose during Research Ramp-up
When in-person research ramped down in mid-March due to COVID-19, Anita Mahadevan-Jansen and her team did not know when they’d be back in the lab, so they methodically preserved experiments. While preparing the lab for closure was not difficult, the team’s two-month absence created complex academic and financial challenges that they continue to work to overcome.
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F. Hamilton Hazlehurst, pioneering Vanderbilt History of Art chair, has died
F. Hamilton Hazlehurst, a professor of fine arts, emeritus, whose longtime leadership helped transform the Department of History of Art and Architecture, died on Nov. 12. He was 95.
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Gender Affirmation Toolkit supports inclusivity for Vanderbilt employees
Vanderbilt University has launched the Gender Affirmation Toolkit to reinforce its commitment to providing a safe and inclusive working environment for all employees.
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Creative use of virtual learning platforms increases Blair Academy engagement
Blair Academy at Vanderbilt, the  music education program for children, youth and adults at Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, has developed creative new approaches to build curriculum and share music, despite the challenges of music instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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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Faculty, staff get additional 10 percent discount at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt today
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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Sign up for ‘Rooted in Learning,’ new weekly newsletter from Employee Learning and Engagement
Each issue of “Rooted in Learning” contains accessible opportunities for you to invest in your professional development. Resources include podcasts, books, TED talks, webinars, articles, virtual workshops, Skillsoft courses available through Oracle Learn and much more.
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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.


Take Note

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

Vanderbilt Blair’s Molly Barth presents ‘Ineffable’ online 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

Submit abstracts for 2021 Global Health Symposium

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

Nurturing your mental health during the holidays

A Healthier You: ‘Having Compassion Amidst Holiday Stress’

Health Plus Nutrition Corner: Satisfy your sweet tooth


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Vanderbilt in the News
CNN: Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller tells young girls ‘the path to success is a lot of ups and downs’
Senior Sarah Fuller’s historic debut as the first woman student-athlete to play in a Power 5 and Southeastern Conference football game is highlighted.
Associated Press: AD: Vandy coaching search chance to show winning commitment
Candice Storey Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, held a press conference as a follow-up to this past weekend’s announcement that Vanderbilt would part ways with head football coach Derek Mason.
Associated Press: U.S. panel: 1st vaccines to health care workers, nursing homes
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
CNBC: How the CDC is working on the most equitable COVID vaccine distribution plan
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: The grit and glory of Dolly Parton
Emily Lordi, associate professor of English, profiles music legend and philanthropist Dolly Parton.
The Washington Post: Health care workers and nursing home residents should be the first to get coronavirus vaccines, CDC advisory group says
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, and Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, are quoted.
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