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  Friday, Dec. 18, 2020  
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A message from Chancellor Diermeier about our common purpose
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier reflects on reaching the end of a historic semester at Vanderbilt as well as a year of unprecedented challenges around the world, and conveys his sense of pride and gratitude in serving as the university’s chancellor, in a message to the VU community. 
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VUMC deploys initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccine approved under an emergency use authorization and, consistent with the Vaccination Plan for the State of Tennessee, is giving first priority to its health care workforce, health professions learners in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing who provide direct patient care, and Vanderbilt University Public Safety officers who are first responders. 
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Vanderbilt researchers take leadership role in COVID-19 vaccine development
Moderna, remdesivir, AstraZeneca. VUMC’s experts have played an integral role in the development of these marquee COVID-19 therapeutics behind the scenes. 
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Vanderbilt Poll: Unprecedented partisanship divides Tennesseans on COVID-19 vaccine, election results
The deep partisan divide in Tennessee has never been more apparent than on the questions of whether citizens will get the COVID-19 vaccine and curb holiday travel at the height of the global pandemic, according to the latest Vanderbilt Poll-Tennessee. The poll also found a deep chasm among registered voters on the legitimacy of the results of the presidential election.
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Vanderbilt community salutes retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander
Members of the Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center communities pay tribute to retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, BA’62, for his influential roots as a Vanderbilt undergraduate, his many years of dedicated public service, and his legacy of support for higher education, research and innovation.
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Jason Isbell, entertainers and university leaders come together to thank Vanderbilt community
Members of the Vanderbilt community joined Grammy-winning musician Jason Isbell and his band, The 400 Unit, and other entertainers for a “show of gratitude” hosted by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier to honor the hard work and dedication shown by staff, faculty and students during this unparalleled year.
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Purcell to step down as director of LGBTQI Life; Nelson named interim director
Chris Purcell, director of Vanderbilt’s Office of LGBTQI Life since 2013, will leave the position Dec. 31 to become assistant dean of students at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Rob Nelson, assistant director of LGBTQI Life, will serve as the interim director while a national search is conducted to fill the role.
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Teets named permanent director of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
Billy Teets has been promoted to director of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, after serving as interim director since July 1, 2020.
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Vanderbilt researchers discover strong correlation between partisanship, social mobility during pandemic
Vanderbilt political scientist Joshua Clinton led a team of researchers to analyze data from more than 1 million U.S. adults, determining that partisanship is more closely related to social mobility—defined here as social contact and travel within and among communities—during the COVID-19 pandemic than the incidence of COVID-19 cases or deaths in the community.
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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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Peabody College adds master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis
Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development is offering a new master’s degree program in Applied Behavior Analysis for licensed special education teachers who want to practice ABA in educational settings or are specifically interested in training focused on school-based applications that integrate best ABA and special education practices.
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Vanderbilt medical student uses ‘design thinking’ to help overcome racial discrimination in health care
A Vanderbilt medical student credits the strong focus on design thinking in the Medical Innovators Development Program with his leadership role in an international competition to promote racial equity in health care.
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Students surprise professor with special act of gratitude
On the last day of fall classes, Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies Shaul Kelner received a heartwarming surprise from his class of mostly first-year students.
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Submit biweekly time cards, report holiday time in advance of winter break
Biweekly employees and student workers are strongly encouraged to submit their time cards, and their managers are encouraged to approve those time cards, as soon as work is completed and prior to departure for the winter break, unless the employee will be working during the break.
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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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Vanderbilt University Turkey Toss is TODAY
Turkey Toss 2020 is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Lot 5A, located at the corner of 21st Avenue South and Terrace Place across from the Baker Building and adjacent to the University Counseling Center.


Take Note

Nutrition webinar: ‘Eat Well, Live Well’ Dec. 18

VUMC hosting blood drive for the American Red Cross

‘Life Lessons from a Joke-telling Ophthalmologist’ Jan. 12

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

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: Braitmayer Foundation K-12 Innovative Practices Grants

Vanderbilt Diabetes Center seeks pilot and feasibility proposals to study interaction of SARS-CoV-2, diabetes

Submit abstracts for 2021 Global Health Symposium

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

Nurturing your mental health during the holidays


Coming Up

· 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
Associated Press: Notre Dame DC Clark Lea hired as Vanderbilt head coach
Clark Lea, a two-time Vanderbilt graduate and former student-athlete, was named head football coach.
Today: How Ugg is making a major comeback 20 years after its heyday
Kelly Haws, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Professor of Marketing, is quoted.
The Conversation: Racial stereotypes drive students of color away from STEM, but many still persist
Ebony McGee, associate professor of teaching and learning, writes about structural racism in the STEM fields.
HuffPost: Sarah Fuller’s football career comes to unexpected end
Sarah Fuller is quoted about the end of her football career following the cancellation of Vanderbilt’s game against Georgia scheduled for Saturday.
MarketWatch: ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’: America’s nurses share their hope and relief as first colleague gets COVID-19 vaccine
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
NBC News: Moderna’s vaccine is highly effective, FDA says, clearing way for second vaccine
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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