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  Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020  
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André Christie-Mizell named vice provost for graduate education and dean of Vanderbilt’s Graduate School
Esteemed sociologist and child and adolescent psychologist C. André Christie-Mizell has been named vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University, effective Jan. 1, 2021, pending Board of Trust approval.
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Special virtual event with coronavirus expert Mark Denison set for Dec. 14
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will host a special presentation with coronavirus expert Dr. Mark R. Denison on Monday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to noon Central time. Denison’s presentation, “Preparing for the COVID-19 Pandemic … for 36 Years,” will explore why COVID-19 emerged, his lab’s discoveries, and where we go from here.
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Clark Foundation establishes Vanderbilt engineering school endowment
The A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation has established a $1 million endowment at the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering to support its faculty. This investment honors Courtney Clark Pastrick’s service on Vanderbilt’s Board of Trust from 2010 to 2020.
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Cortez named interim chair in Biochemistry; York named Impossible Foods chief science officer
David Cortez, Richard N. Armstrong Chair for Innovation in Biochemistry and professor of biochemistry, has been named interim chair in the Department of Biochemistry beginning Jan. 1. This follows the departure of John York, who was recently named chief science officer of California-based food technology startup Impossible Foods.
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Goldfarb elected fellow of National Academy of Inventors
Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.
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Engineering school’s three new endowed fellowships support researchers, faculty recruitment
Sally Baker Hopkins, BE’78, and David L. Hopkins, Caroline and Jack P. Williams Jr., BE’86, and Laura J. and William W. Hoy Jr., BA’64, have provided support for faculty fellowships that will receive a match from the Chancellor’s Faculty Challenge, established in 2018 to help recruit and retain the teachers and scholars who will become the next “legendary” members of the Vanderbilt University faculty.
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Center for Teaching shares ideas for faculty to make the most of in-class reading days
Derek Bruff, director of the Center for Teaching and principal senior lecturer in mathematics, shares ideas for Vanderbilt instructors to make the most of the recently announced additional in-class reading days, scheduled for Feb. 23-24 and April 7-8, 2021.
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Gragg aims to amplify opportunities for student-athletes as new head of NCAA’s inclusion efforts
Derrick Gragg, a former student-athlete on the Vanderbilt football team, is the NCAA’s new senior vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement.
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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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Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory to host events in December
Learn how federal policy shapes space exploration, observe a once-in-a-lifetime planetary conjunction and more this month with Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory.
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Emergency tabletop exercise scheduled for Dec. 17
Vanderbilt’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, Fire and Workplace Safety will host representatives from across the university who play a key role in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for an emergency tabletop training exercise on Thursday, Dec. 17.
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Annual report on crime statistics, security and fire safety
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report provides information on security-related services offered by the university. The 2020 report will be available after Dec. 14.
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Cook along at home with Campus Dining’s video series
The webcasts are short instructional cooking videos that showcase the diverse talents of Campus Dining’s culinary team and will feature holiday-inspired dishes, global flavors and the chefs’ go-to meals designed to spice up your dinner rotation.
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W-2 forms for 2020 available electronically
Active Vanderbilt University employees can opt out of receiving paper W-2 forms for 2020 by mail and instead access them electronically through Oracle. Update your W-2 delivery preference by Jan. 4.
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Review your personal information in preparation for W-2s
As the end of the year approaches, the Payroll Department encourages you to review your personal information to ensure your W-2 form will be accurate.
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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

MNPS school choice topic of Parenting Group meeting Dec. 10

Healthier You webinar: Top coronavirus questions answered by an expert Dec. 16

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Keefer Rowan–time-dependent phenomena in atoms

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

Submit abstracts for 2021 Global Health Symposium

VCFC continues support for Vanderbilt parents with school-age children

Sign up for ‘Rooted in Learning,’ new weekly newsletter from Employee Learning and Engagement

Human Resources announces well-being initiatives

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

Play Wellness Bingo with Health Plus for chance to win prizes

Work/Life Connections: Are you really doing OK?

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
The New York Times: Of death and consequences
Leor Halevi, professor of history and associate professor of law, is interviewed by philosopher George Yancy about how various religious traditions deal with death.
Bloomberg: U.S., states poised to sue Facebook for monopoly abuse
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
The Tennessean: What Tennesseans can expect as CARES Act programs sunset in December
Marybeth Shinn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of human, organizational and community development, is quoted.
The Hill: Focus on cabinet nominees’ effectiveness and expertise, not just ideology
Alan Wiseman, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of political science, co-writes this opinion piece.
Associated Press: As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom
M. Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management and professor of operations management, is quoted.
ABC News: Even with Biden’s win, many organizers are continuing the fight for equality
Michael Eric Dyson, Centennial Chair, University Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: Exposed to COVID-19 during the holidays? Here are safe tests and practices
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
Associated Press: Years of research laid groundwork for speedy COVID-19 shots
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
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