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  Monday, Nov. 21, 2022  
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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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Employee Critical Support Fund to provide expanded services, funding; support fund through AmazonSmile, Kroger Community Awards 
The Employee Critical Support Fund, previously known as the Employee Hardship Fund, will provide expanded services and funding to eligible Vanderbilt University employees. There are several ways to support the Employee Critical Support Fund, including with Kroger Community Rewards and AmazonSmile.
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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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Managing progress
As student managers for Vanderbilt Athletics, Katelyn Parham and Rhylee Tucker bring out the best in their teams. As young Native Americans, their voices make Vanderbilt better.
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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.
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Join VSG Angel Tree initiative, make the holidays brighter for local children
Vanderbilt Student Government’s annual Angel Tree initiative helps provide gifts to local children from Metro Nashville Public Schools during the holiday season. VSG invites all Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and campus organizations to participate.
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REGISTER: ‘The Future of the U.S. Supreme Court’ with CBS’ Jan Crawford, two former White House counsels Nov. 29
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host an in-person event on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Student Life Center to examine the potential impact of recent Supreme Court decisions on the perceived politicization of the federal courts.
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Vandy Cooks: ‘Biryani and Raita for the South Asian Soul’ Nov. 29
The Vanderbilt David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center presents the next installment of Vandy Cooks featuring South Asian Cultural Exchange leaders Gayatri Aluri and Min Kalasikam and Culinary Club leader Mark Raj on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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Lab-to-Table Conversation: ‘The Impact of Obesity on Health’ Nov. 30 
What are the scientific mechanisms by which obesity impacts the body? What are the genetic components of why some individuals struggle more with weight gain and loss? Join Professor Alyssa Hasty and panel as they explore these topics in the next Lab-to-Table Conversation from the School of Medicine Basic Sciences on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. CT.
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Getting There Sustainably: MoveVU to offer training for Lyft passes and excursion planning for classes, clubs, more Dec. 6
Vanderbilt has a preferred partnership with Lyft to offer a flexible transportation option for faculty, staff and students using ridehail services while conducting official university business. Program leaders must attend a training session hosted by VU staff about the Lyft dashboard.
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Save the Date: Turkey Toss is Dec. 16
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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Skype services will end Dec. 15
Vanderbilt’s current primary voice services platform, Skype for Business, is being retired by Microsoft. The university recently transitioned to Microsoft Teams, a more advanced voice services offering. As a last step in this transition, VUIT will remove Skype for Business services as of Dec. 15, 2022.


Health & Safety Updates

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

Davidson County COVID community level low


Take Note

Diermeier announces two paid administrative closure days to precede winter break

Annual commute survey ongoing

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

New Research IT Voucher Program offers up to $5K for faculty, staff to advance digital projects; first application deadline is Nov. 30

SPA offers VERA office hours, reporting/data training sessions throughout fall semester

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Graham Foundation Production and Presentation Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Dr. Scholl Foundation Grant Program

AI deep learning class open to graduate students, seniors

Programs for Talented Youth announces return of WAVU immersive academic experience for 7th-12th graders

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

Hold the Stuffing returns with choice of three wellness options


Coming Up

· NOV ·
  VUSM Flexner Deans’ Lecture: Dr. Qaali Hussein
· NOV ·
  ‘The Musician’s Perspectives on Memory’ featuring Blair School’s Ji Hye Jung
· NOV ·
  Center for Spiritual and Religious Life hosts Gratitude Challenge through Nov. 30
· DEC ·
  ‘Detecting Colliding Black Holes: AI Deep Dive’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Axios Nashville: Historic tree on Vanderbilt campus falls
James Moore, university landscape architect, is quoted.
NBC News: FDA warns of rise in reports of child poisonings linked to cough medicine
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
BBC: Small firms have a big role fighting climate change
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Amazon starts widespread layoffs in corporate ranks
Josh White, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
NBC News: Smoking marijuana can raise risk of lung disease, chest scans indicate
Thomas McLaren, assistant professor of clinical radiology and radiological sciences, is quoted.
Bloomberg: A truly unfathomable darkness at the heart of Thanksgiving
Amanda Little, writer-in-residence in English, authored this opinion piece.
Scientific American: Why did flu season start so early this year?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: 13 test prep tips for SAT and ACT takers
Douglas Christiansen, vice provost for university enrollment affairs and dean of admissions and financial aid, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Blood tests for Alzheimer’s are here. Here’s what you need to know.
Matthew Schrag, assistant professor of neurology, is quoted.
The Conversation: What to watch for when you are watching the World Cup: Essential reads for on and off the field
John Sloop, professor of communication studies, is quoted.
Chapter 16: Not just another word
Jefferson Cowie, James G. Stahlman Professor and professor of history, is featured.
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