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  Friday, Nov. 18, 2022  
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Diermeier announces two paid administrative closure days to precede winter break
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier announced today that Vanderbilt University will grant two administrative closure days during the month of December in acknowledgment and celebration of employees’ hard work during the year.  
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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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Vanderbilt’s Monteggia and Kavalali are awarded the Anna-Monika Prize
Lisa Monteggia, Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and professor of pharmacology, and Ege Kavalali, chair of the Department of Pharmacology and William Stokes Professor of Experimental Therapeutics, have been awarded the first prize by the Anna-Monika Foundation.
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Reynolds, emeritus professor of pharmacology, has died
Albert “Al” Reynolds, a celebrated and respected professor of pharmacology, emeritus, passed away earlier in November. He had retired in August after 26 years at Vanderbilt University.
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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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Compassionate care drives alumna Anana Upton to pursue pediatric nursing career
Growing up, Anana Upton, BS’21, spent endless hours in hospitals as her younger brother underwent care. That experience spurred a passionate drive in her to elevate the quality of health care available to underserved communities while also educating them about their medical choices and affording them the dignity they deserve.
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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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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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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

Davidson County COVID community level low

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


Take Note

Annual commute survey now open

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

‘Detecting Colliding Black Holes: AI Deep Dive’ Dec. 2

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

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

Participants needed for family-centered diet study

Study seeks participants for brain-based reading comprehension enhancement research

Participants sought for brain-based learning enhancement research

Hold the Stuffing returns with choice of three wellness options


Coming Up

· NOV ·
  VUSM Flexner Deans’ Lecture: Dr. Qaali Hussein
· NOV ·
  Vandy Cooks: ‘Biryani and Raita for the South Asian Soul’
· NOV ·
  Center for Spiritual and Religious Life hosts Gratitude Challenge through Nov. 30


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Vanderbilt in the News
CNBC: Gauging Sam Bankman-Fried’s fraud liability with Vanderbilt’s Yesha Yadav
Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
The New York Times: University presses are keeping American literature alive
Vanderbilt University Press is mentioned.
Inside Climate News: These rich nations are finally committing cash to climate reparations. The U.S. isn’t among them
Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Professor and professor of law, is quoted.
ABC News: Flu cases continue to rage across the U.S. while vaccination rates lag
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Association of American Medical Colleges: Racial resentment hurts white people too, physician tells colleagues
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor, professor of sociology and professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Time: AstraZeneca Evusheld: The 200 best inventions of 2022
The research of James Weimer, assistant professor of computer science, is featured.
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