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  Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022  
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Vanderbilt Poll 2022: TN Republicans favor DeSantis over Trump for 2024 presidential nomination; support for abortion rises in state
Tennessee Republicans favor Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over former President Donald Trump to be the party’s presidential nominee in 2024 by double digits, according to the latest statewide Vanderbilt Poll, which also found shifting public attitudes around access to abortion.
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Chancellor invites all staff to Dec. 15 virtual workshop on safeguarding Vanderbilt’s reputation
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier invites all university staff to a virtual workshop on how to protect and enhance Vanderbilt’s reputation. The workshop will be on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. Please register in advance to attend.
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VU joins STEMM Opportunity Alliance; provost attends White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence 
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver represented Vanderbilt at the White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence in Washington, D.C., Dec. 12. The summit marked the launch of the STEMM Opportunity Alliance.  
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Don’t miss Turkey Toss this Friday
Vanderbilt University faculty, staff and postdocs are invited to participate in Turkey Toss 2022 on Friday, Dec. 16. This year’s Turkey Toss will be a hybrid event.
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City to enhance public parking options in January, increase enforcement in Vanderbilt neighborhoods 
The Nashville Department of Transportation will install new electronic meters and mobile payment options and will expand enforcement of meters, residential parking permits and other parking violations beginning Jan. 1, 2023. Please be sure you are not parking in an area marked for residential parking permits only, as you will be ticketed accordingly.
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Campus Dining announces Flex Meal Deal for faculty, staff, graduate and professional students
Campus Dining will offer a winter 2022 Flex Meal Deal for Vanderbilt faculty, staff and graduate and professional students. A convenient option for those who wish to dine on campus, flex meals allow for quick and easy meal payment across Campus Dining’s award-winning network of 20 dining locations.
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New book celebrates 100 years of Vanderbilt football stadium
The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Vanderbilt Stadium, which was originally dedicated as Dudley Field on Oct. 14, 1922. To commemorate the occasion, Vanderbilt Athletics has created a coffee table book featuring photographs and memorabilia celebrating the history of Commodore football.
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Shop the online holiday gift guide now
Let the online Vanderbilt Holiday Gift Guide be your one-stop shop for treating everyone on your “nice” list this season.
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IRS increases 2023 contribution limits; maximize your benefits today
The IRS has increased the overall contribution limit for 2023. Maximize your retirement savings and health savings account by changing your contribution amounts.  
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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 will be accurate.
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Local high schoolers find fossils on ESI-sponsored field trip
Local students from Stratford and Overton high schools got to excavate 70 million-year-old oysters, clams and shrimp at the Evolutionary Studies Initiative fossil search. The event aimed to teach students about food webs and to connect students with ESI grad students, postdocs and faculty to talk about college, science and evolution.


Health & Safety Updates

VU community encouraged to practice healthy behaviors; new omicron-specific boosters available

Davidson County COVID community level low


Take Note

Demonbreun Street Bikeway community meeting is today 

Reminder: New employee wellness and mental health programs start January 2023

Employee Critical Support Fund to provide expanded services and funding; support the fund through AmazonSmile, Kroger Community Awards 

Faculty, staff, students and alumni invited to submit proposals for spring cycle of Vanderbilt Sesquicentennial Grant

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2024 Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2024 Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant

Limited Submission Opportunity: Mathers Foundation Grant Program Spring 2023

Law School announces new online master of legal studies with staff scholarship

MLAS spring and summer 2023 course offerings announced

AI deep learning class open to graduate students, seniors

Participants sought for study on consumption of nuts to reduce abdominal fat, metabolic syndrome

Participants needed for family-centered diet study

Participants sought for brain-based learning enhancement research

Study seeks participants for brain-based reading comprehension enhancement research

Security Notice: Advisory


Coming Up

· DEC ·
  Skype services
will end
· DEC ·
  Lab-to-Table Conversation: ‘Rising Tide–Impact of Climate Change on Human Health’
· DEC ·
  Diermeier announces two paid administrative closure days Dec. 21-22 to precede winter break
· JAN ·
  Data Science Institute offers AI Winter Intensive Workshop Jan. 3–6
· JAN ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘Treasures from Land and Sea’


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Axios Nashville: Researchers zero in on Tennessee’s I-24 to study traffic jams
Dan Work, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Tennessee repair crews prep for winter potholes, learn from last year’s challenges
Janey Camp, research professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
The New York Times: When freedom meant the freedom to oppress others
A new book by Jefferson Cowie, James G. Stahlman Professor and professor of American history, is featured.
Scientific American: How anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric fuels violence
Sophie Bjork-James, assistant professor of anthropology, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Legal Notes: Retired chancellor joins mediation firm
Incoming Vanderbilt Law School faculty member Lauren Sudeall is mentioned.
Daily Mail: Is the U.S. about to be hit by a wave of strep A? Doctors say they are seeing early spike in severe cases as child deaths continue to rise in the U.K.—but CDC insists there’s been ‘no notable increase’
James Antoon, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
NBC News: POTS, a debilitating heart condition, is linked to COVID and, to a lesser degree, vaccines
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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