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  Friday, Jan. 22, 2021  
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The Open Dore: Lessons learned from the fall 2020 semester
From the past fall semester, there are many lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that we’ll carry forward as a community into the spring, writes Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in the January edition of “The Open Dore.”
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Ashley Brown named director of Student Center for Social Justice and Identity
Ashley Brown, who has strong experience in social justice education and student engagement, has been named the new director of the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity.
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Vanderbilt faculty expertise sought by global media on unity and new presidential administration
On the heels of the launch of The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, several Vanderbilt University faculty have been tapped for their expertise relevant to the Biden administration’s transition, the presidential inaugural address and the predominant theme of unity in America.
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Vanderbilt Child Health Poll: Tennessee parents concerned about education, kids’ mental health as COVID-19 presses on
The latest Vanderbilt Child Health Poll finds that many Tennessee parents are worried about the mental health of their children during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more than 80 percent of parents had concerns about their children attending school remotely.
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Vanderbilt researchers find value in comparison of multiple strategies for mathematics teaching and learning
A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development and Harvard University’s graduate school of education explored how using a basic learning process—comparison—could lead to stronger outcomes for K-12 students in mathematics, and analyzed different approaches for incorporating comparison into curriculum.
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Alumni co-founders of Leaf Global Fintech to discuss social entrepreneurism Jan. 27
Two Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management alumni will discuss the company they created to provide banking services to refugee populations. The event, “Vanderbilt Changemakers: Leaf Global Fintech,” will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to noon CT.
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USAC sponsors virtual food drive to donate 10,000 meals
Vanderbilt’s University Staff Advisory Council is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to raise $2,500 and provide 10,000 meals before the end of February.
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Employees enrolled in dental or vision plans should expect new ID cards
Vanderbilt University employees who enrolled in the DeltaDental or DeltaVision plan during Open Enrollment should expect to receive new ID cards in the mail. The current set of ID cards do not have an alternate ID listed on them, which leads providers to ask plan participants for their full social security number as their plan ID.
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View your 2020 W-2 in Oracle Cloud
Vanderbilt University employees can now view, download and print their 2020 W-2 forms in Oracle Cloud.
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Employees encouraged to update profile in Oracle to further career goals
Human Resources is excited to announce that “Job Search” and “Postings” have moved to Oracle Recruiting, and the new “Profiles” feature will help employees further their careers at Vanderbilt.
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Watch: Vanderbilt senior introduces Vice President Kamala Harris as part of inauguration celebration
Vanderbilt senior student-athlete Sarah Fuller, the first woman to play and score points on a Division I football team in the Power 5, played a prominent role in a presidential inauguration event on Jan. 20.


Take Note

Connect with colleagues at USAC’s next Virtual Coffee Break

Healthier You presentation: ‘A New Year, A New Start’ Jan. 27

‘Eliminating Bias in Letters of Recommendation’ topic of Women in the Academy talk Jan. 28

‘Mental Health, Involuntary Treatment, Legal Capacity and Human Rights’ Feb. 5

Vanderbilt behavioral health experts offer free webinar on cyberbullying and internet safety Feb. 11

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

Cell and Developmental Biology hosts weekly seminar series

Ideator and Builder offerings at the Wond’ry

Registration is open for 2021 Global Health Case Competition

Submit abstracts for 2021 Global Health Symposium

Occupational Health provides COVID-19 FAQ for faculty, staff

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

Benefits apps make access and use easier

Get help submitting tuition benefit applications for spring 2021

VUIT implements text for help option


Coming Up

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  ‘Control is the Goal’ blood pressure management program starts
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  Vanderbilt offers free math club fun for middle, high schoolers


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Vanderbilt in the News
USA Today: ‘I solemnly swear’: 5 things Biden needs to do as he takes office amid historic turmoil
Samar Ali, co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy and research professor of political science and law, is quoted.
NBC: ‘Accountability for lies and lawbreaking’: Biden’s bipartisanship will be tested
Jon Meacham, Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in the American Presidency and distinguished visiting professor of political science, is quoted.
BBC News: Capitol riots: Are U.S. militia groups becoming more active?
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
Newsweek: Joe Biden’s options for dealing with Donald Trump are worse than Watergate
Robert Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Nashville chamber urges Metro Schools, mayor to lay out a vision for the school district
Ryan Balch, senior lecturer in leadership, policy, and organizations, is quoted.
The Tennessean: How Sarah Fuller became part of Joe Biden-Kamala Harris inauguration
Vanderbilt senior student-athlete Sarah Fuller’s participation in the 2021 presidential inauguration celebration is highlighted.
USA Today: COVID-19 vaccine rollout hasn’t worked, but change is coming, vaccine panel predicts
William Schaffer, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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