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  Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022  
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Important update about spring 2022 semester start and health and safety protocols
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost C. Cybele Raver and Vice Chancellor Eric Kopstain provide important updates about the spring 2022 semester’s start as well as health and safety protocols.
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Join leaders for faculty, staff spring town halls focusing on COVID updates, community support
Vanderbilt University campus leaders will host virtual town halls on Friday, Jan. 7, to share updates about the university’s plans for the spring semester, including its COVID-19 operations and community support resources. 
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School of Medicine invests in future of health care with Dean’s Scholarship Challenge
The School of Medicine has launched a $5 million Dean’s Scholarship Challenge to help ensure that tomorrow’s leaders in medicine are educated at Vanderbilt. Through a combination of donor contributions and a university match, the school hopes to raise a total of $10 million.
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Poet Nikky Finney to speak at virtual keynote event for 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Renowned poet, professor and author Nikky Finney will deliver a keynote address as part of Vanderbilt University’s 2022 commemoration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Finney is scheduled to speak Jan. 17 as part of a virtual program that will begin with a vigil and include remarks by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier.
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Research: Classroom observation scores for Tennessee teachers vary by race and gender
New research by the Tennessee Education Research Alliance at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College reveals that gaps among race and gender remain even when comparing similarly qualified teachers who perform the same according to other metrics, such as their value-added to student achievement.
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REGISTER: Bishop Michael Bruce Curry and Jon Meacham to talk religion and politics
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham will discuss the intersection of religion and politics in the U.S. during a Jan. 13 discussion hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy and Vanderbilt Divinity School.
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Office of Global Safety shares CDC guidance for travelers returning to U.S.
Prior to the start of the winter break, the Office of Global Safety has shared guidance from the CDC for travelers returning to the U.S. Vanderbilt community members who will travel abroad during the winter break should familiarize themselves with these procedures. 
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EDI Taskforce on Belonging to conduct focus groups with VU community
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce on Belonging invites all faculty, staff and students to participate in a series of focus groups to assist in the development of an instrument for measuring a sense of belonging among Vanderbilt University community members.
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Give the gift of learning by joining Vanderbilt partnership to tutor Metro Nashville Public Schools students
Vanderbilt community members looking for a way to share the gift of learning with children in Metro Nashville Public Schools are invited to join the more than 150 Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff who are already part of the “Accelerating Scholars” online tutoring program. Sign-ups to volunteer are open now through Jan. 17.
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Human Resources to launch new, comprehensive HR|Anchored newsletter
Human Resources announces HR|Anchored, a new monthly newsletter. The Human Resources team has thoughtfully designed the newsletter to keep faculty and staff informed about all things HR.
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Review personal information in preparation for W-2s
As the end of the year approaches, the Payroll Department encourages all employees to review their personal information to ensure their W-2 will be accurate.


COVID-19 Updates

Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson booster shots available to Vanderbilt faculty, students, staff and postdocs

COVID-19 vaccination leave available for employees accompanying children to get vaccinated

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center produces videos on COVID-19 vaccine and individuals with intellectual disability

Archive project seeks Vanderbilt community stories to document COVID-19 pandemic experience

Vanderbilt resets COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, increases eligible salary to $150,000


Take Note

Nominate a faculty or staff member for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award

Applications for Seeding Success, Scaling Success internal funding programs due Feb. 2; register for Jan. 12 virtual town hall

Master’s in data science program hosts recruitment event Jan. 12

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Enneagram Workshop’
Jan. 13

Babies and You meets
Jan. 20

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘The Vanishing Half’ March 2

Registration for spring semester of VKC Virtual Reading Clinic now open

VERA soft launch phase 3 underway with expanded system-to-system submission capabilities

Expanded data storage system for faculty rolling out through ACCRE

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant

Participants sought for study on consumption of nuts to reduce abdominal obesity, metabolic risk

Study seeks African American adults for Alzheimer’s disease storytelling research

Health Plus Mindful Stretch Breaks offered every Wednesday

Nutrition Corner: Satisfy your sweet tooth with health in mind


Coming Up

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Vanderbilt in the News
The Hill: I-95 traffic snarl sparks questions on impacts to highway system
Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
MarketWatch: The impending Y2K you probably never heard of: A new interest rate used to price everything from mortgages to car loans
Yesha Yadav, professor of law, is quoted.
The New York Times: They lost three daughters to sickle cell. Can they save a fourth?
Michael DeBaun, J.C. Peterson, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: Moderna says COVID-19 booster dose works against omicron variant in lab tests
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Online: Anti-government group Three Percenters hold ‘recruitment’ meeting at Miller’s Ale House
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
MarketWatch: Cigna’s use of adjusted revenue in quarterly earnings does not conform with SEC rules, experts say
Paul Chaney, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Accounting, is quoted.
The Boston Globe: Democrats should apply Supreme Court’s abortion decision to firearms
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, co-authored this piece.
HealthLeaders: CDC funds Vanderbilt School of Nursing informaticist’s research of the nation’s PPE supply
Kelly Aldrich, associate professor of nursing, is quoted.
Contemporary Clinic: Expert: Improving medical training on intersection between medicine, psychiatry, neurology remains critical
Lea Davis, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
STAT News: How medicine erased Black women from a ‘white man’s disease’
Paras Karmacharya, instructor in medicine, is quoted.
HuffPost: Private equity is gobbling up hospice chains and getting involved in the business of dying
David Stevenson, professor of health policy, is quoted.
ABC News: With pediatric COVID cases surging, millions of children remain unvaccinated
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Reuters: Blood thinner drug Xarelto tied to higher rate of major side effects—study
Wayne Ray, professor of health policy, is quoted.
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