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  Friday, Dec. 11, 2020  
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Vanderbilt University shifts to 10-day quarantine based on CDC guidance
Vanderbilt University has revised its quarantine policy based on CDC guidance released last week. Those determined to be a close contact will now be quarantined for a 10-day period, which has been updated from the previous 14-day quarantine period.
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Faculty brainstorm creative approaches to spring course planning
As Vanderbilt continues planning for the spring semester, faculty members have started brainstorming additional ways to support students amid an altered academic calendar designed to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
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Fleming, professor of pediatrics and vice president of VUMC Continuous Professional Development, has died
Geoffrey Fleming, professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and vice president of Vanderbilt University Medical Center Continuous Professional Development, died Dec. 8. Fleming was diagnosed with metastatic cholangiocarcinoma in August 2019.
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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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Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture to discuss Americans at odds with their own health needs
Why do some Americans put their health at risk in allegiance to a political policy, issue or leader? What can health care practitioners do for these patients? Medicine, health and society and sociology professor Jonathan Metzl will address these questions in the first Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture of 2021 on Monday, Jan. 11.
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Ask an Expert: How can you make better food decisions during the holidays?
Kelly Haws, the Ann Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Professor of Marketing at the Owen Graduate School of Management, discusses strategies for making food decisions during the holidays that can lead to better health outcomes.
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Applications open for Owls early education developmental kindergarten program
Applications are now being accepted for fall 2021 for kindergarten-ready children interested in the Owls early education developmental kindergarten program at the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center.
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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.
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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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December events at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
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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Accellion Secure File Transfer to be retired Jan. 1
Accellion Secure File Transfer will be retired beginning Jan. 1, 2021, for Vanderbilt University users. In preparation for the retirement, VUIT recommends using OneDrive for Business for securely sharing or transferring files.
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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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Jason Isbell to lead a Vanderbilt show of gratitude Dec. 17
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.


Take Note

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

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

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

Submit abstracts for 2021 Global Health Symposium

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

Health Plus Nutrition Corner: Satisfy your sweet tooth


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: Vanderbilt chancellor really is a sports fan, wants to prove he’s committed to winning in football
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, are interviewed.
National Public Radio: 4 teams head into finals of collegiate a cappella championship
Finalists in the UpStaged National Collegiate Performing Arts A Cappella Championship, including Vanderbilt students, are featured.
Associated Press: Studies suggest AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safe, effective
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics, 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.
CNBC: The psychology behind a new iPhone release—and why it’s so hard to resist
Kelly Goldsmith, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.
NBC News: Trump administration has yet to launch promised effort to get Americans to trust COVID-19 vaccines
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt adds graduate school dean
The appointment of C. André Christie-Mizell as vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School is highlighted.
Los Angeles Review of Books: Grounded in the flesh: A conversation with Colin Dayan
Colin Dayan, Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities and professor of English, is interviewed about her new book, Animal Quintet.
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