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  Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020  
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Update for faculty on spring semester COVID-19 testing
Guided by the lessons learned this fall, Vanderbilt is updating its spring semester testing program and adjusting quarantine guidelines based on new CDC guidance.
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Godchaux family’s transformational legacy continues with $6.6 million in gifts to Vanderbilt School of Nursing
The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing received gifts this year totaling $6.6 million from the estates of Agnes G. Kirkpatrick Godchaux and Frank Godchaux III, BS’49, and Charles Godchaux, BA’52. These are among the largest scholarship gifts that the nursing school has ever received.
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Coronavirus expert Mark Denison shares COVID-19 research and insights
One of the world’s foremost experts on coronaviruses, Dr. Mark R. Denison, shared his research and insights into COVID-19 during a webinar on Dec. 14. A video of the webinar is now available for viewing.
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Vanderbilt taps Lea to lead Commodores
Vanderbilt has named Clark Lea as the 29th head football coach in program history, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Lee announced Monday. Lea, a two-time Vanderbilt graduate and former student-athlete, will be introduced officially at a news conference next week.
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The Open Dore: Academic Affairs highlights from the fall 2020 semester
Despite the incredible challenges the semester has brought, we must not forget to reflect on and celebrate our achievements and the progress we continue to make as we face these times together, writes Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in the December edition of “The Open Dore.”
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Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence and identity centers wrap fall programming in support of VU community
Vanderbilt’s Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence and identity centers coordinated a number of initiatives and events during the fall 2020 semester to support the university community—in particular, those members with systemically nondominant identities—amid the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing social and political unrest in the country.
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American Chemical Society appoints Lindsley editor in chief of ‘Journal of Medicinal Chemistry’
Craig Lindsley, William K. Warren, Jr. Chair in Medicine and university professor of chemistry, pharmacology and biochemistry, has been named editor in chief of the “Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.” His appointment will begin Jan. 1. 
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VUIT to offer faculty training sessions on classroom technology
VUIT will offer training for faculty Jan. 7–20 on using audio-visual technology in the classroom. Both remote and in-person group sessions will be offered based on room and physical-distancing capacity. One-on-one training sessions also will be available on an as-needed basis.
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Vanderbilt alumnus named Schwarzman Scholar
Bryan Stromer, BS’17, has been chosen from more than 3,600 applicants to be one of 154 Schwarzman Scholars for the Class of 2022. The Schwarzman Scholars Program is one of the world’s most prestigious graduate fellowships and was designed to bring together the best minds from around the world to study the economic, political and cultural landscape of China.
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Blick named interim senior director of Contract and Grant Accounting
Jana Blick, assistant controller for Vanderbilt University, has been selected to lead the Office of Contract and Grant Accounting as the interim senior director beginning Jan. 1, 2021.
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Computer science team wins global contest with AI model that translates English to code
IBM will use a Vanderbilt model as the end-user scripting assistant in its open-source Command Line AI Project.
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Vanderbilt University Turkey Toss is Friday
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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Vanderbilt Opera Theatre animates Ravel’s opera ‘L’Enfant et les Sortilèges’
Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music and Vanderbilt Opera Theatre present an animated production of Ravel’s beloved one-act opera ‘L’enfant et les Sortilèges’ streaming on Blair’s livestreaming page and on YouTube beginning Dec. 15.
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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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Zoom cloud recording storage cleanup to start Jan. 11
Beginning Jan. 11, 2021, Vanderbilt will save Zoom cloud recordings for a maximum of 90 days. As a result, on Jan. 11 all cloud recordings made prior to Oct. 13, 2020, will be deleted from Zoom’s cloud storage, and recordings will continue to be deleted on a 90-day rolling basis.
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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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Jason Isbell to lead a Vanderbilt show of gratitude tomorrow
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

Info session for Ancora request for applications focused on rare genetic disease research is Jan. 21

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross

Submit abstracts for 2021 Global Health Symposium

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Daniel Shae–cancer vaccine that enhances body’s immune response to tumor cells

Annual report on crime statistics, security and fire safety

W-2 forms for 2020 available electronically

Review your personal information in preparation for W-2s

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

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

Human Resources announces well-being initiatives

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


Coming Up

· DEC ·
  Emergency tabletop exercise
· DEC ·
  Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory hosts virtual viewing of Jupiter and Saturn conjunction
· JAN ·
  Nursing Dean’s Diversity Lecture to discuss Americans at odds with their own health needs


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Vanderbilt in the News
NBC News: Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to score in Power 5 football
Senior Sarah Fuller made history again on Saturday, when she became the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game.
CNN: There are 9.9 million Americans who are not up to date on their rent or mortgage payments. Here’s how you can get help now
Marybeth Shinn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of human, organizational and community development, is quoted.
CNBC: 27 percent of teachers are considering quitting because of COVID, survey finds
Richard Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of education, is quoted.
Bloomberg: If Santa’s not essential, which workers get vaccines?
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is cited.
Nashville Post: Hospitals statewide are running out of room
Melissa McPheeters, research professor of health policy, is quoted.
CNN: The 126 Republicans who signed on for ‘an act of cynical, unpatriotic, undemocratic hypocrisy’
The research of Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Professor of Public Policy and Social Science, is cited.
Diverse: Report: Universities with more racial segregation by major graduate fewer black students into high-paying fields
Ebony McGee, associate professor of teaching and learning, is quoted.
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