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  Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022  
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Chancellor invites all staff to Dec. 15 virtual workshop on reputation management
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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Vanderbilt University, VUMC faculty named Highly Cited Researchers, rank in top 1 percent by citations
Experts from the Institute for Scientific Information identified 13 faculty at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center as among the top one percent of cited researchers worldwide.
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New biological safety team supports VU researchers, institutional biosafety committee
As a next step in the university’s ongoing drive to establish its Environmental Health and Safety department, Vanderbilt has created a new biological safety team and has transitioned all biological safety support from Vanderbilt University Medical Center as of Nov. 30.
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S&P upgrades Vanderbilt to highest possible AAA bond rating
S&P Global Ratings has raised its long-term rating on Vanderbilt University’s bonds to AAA, the highest possible rating. Vanderbilt joins only 10 other universities and colleges that currently have a AAA rating from S&P.
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Nominations open for spring 2023 faculty awards recognizing research, service
Nominations are now open for Vanderbilt’s top faculty awards, which demonstrate the university’s appreciation for and commitment to excellence. All faculty are eligible to submit nominations, which are due Tuesday, Dec. 20.
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Annual postdoc symposium showcases research, promotes community
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association’s 16th annual symposium, featuring a keynote seminar, poster sessions and presentations and research talks by postdoctoral scholars from Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was held in late October.
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VU graduate student examines Aspergillus genus virulence as part of multi-university study
Annie Hatmaker, along with a team of researchers including her adviser, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences Antonis Rokas, recently published a study identifying the differences in virulence among Aspergillus species, a common human-pathogenic genus of fungi.
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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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Women and Working Moms EAG to meet Dec. 7
The Women and Working Moms Employee Affinity Group will meet in person on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Sarratt 189. Vanderbilt employees who identify as women and mothers are encouraged to attend.
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Turkey Toss is Dec. 16; sign up to volunteer now
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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Reevaluate your needs with updated parking calculator; apply for daily parking by Dec. 20 for January garage access
Commuting needs change over time. MoveVU’s updated parking calculator, with the added feature of specifying your number of weeks on campus, can help determine which parking option may be best for you.
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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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Reminder: New employee wellness and mental health programs start January 2023
Vanderbilt University is transitioning to new wellness and mental health programs for its employees in January 2023. The new programs, which are part of a wider investment in the health of faculty, staff and postdocs, will expand service offerings and make resources available to employees’ families.
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Vanderbilt launches online holiday gift guide; shop now
Let the online Vanderbilt Holiday Gift Guide be your one-stop shop for treating everyone on your “nice” list this season.


Health & Safety Updates

Davidson County COVID community level medium

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


Take Note

Memorial for Emily Sotelo is Dec. 7

MNPS school choice topic of Parenting Group meeting Dec. 7

William T. Grant Foundation President Adam Gamoran to discuss equity and youth in social research Dec. 8–9

Data Science Institute offers AI Winter Intensive Workshop Jan. 3–6

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

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

Diermeier announces two paid administrative closure days to precede winter break

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

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

MLAS spring and summer 2023 course offerings announced

Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery image collection now available on Wikimedia

AI deep learning class open to graduate students, seniors

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

Participants sought for brain-based learning enhancement research

Hold the Stuffing returns with choice of three wellness options


Coming Up

· DEC ·
  Master of Public Health program information session
· DEC ·
  Wellons to give Flexner Deans’ Lecture
· DEC ·
  Skype services
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Vanderbilt in the News
The Guardian: The sleep switch: The hormone supplement sending Australian children to sleep
Beth Malow, Burry Professor and professor of neurology, is quoted.
USA Today: Where did mpox go? Here’s what brought down cases of disease formerly known as monkeypox.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
HuffPost: Three ways the new primary calendar could change the nominating process
Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Professor and University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Barron’s: How far should you walk to improve your health? You won’t like the answer.
Evan Brittain, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Education Week: Incarcerated LGBTQ youth are struggling. Here’s how bad it is
Kirsty Clark, assistant professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
The New York Times: How to spot flu symptoms in children
James Antoon, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Jimmy V Classic more than game for Iowa’s Patrick McCaffery
Vivian Weiss, assistant professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
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