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  Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021  
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Diermeier: Thank you for stepping up and supporting each other
Each member of the Vanderbilt community has faced the continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in their own ways. Now, it is vital that we take time for ourselves over the winter break to reflect, restore, recharge and reconnect with loved ones, writes Chancellor Daniel Diermeier in a message to the VU community. In addition, watch the 2021 Vanderbilt Year in Review video.
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Raver: Reflecting on a semester of achievement
As the fall 2021 semester concludes, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver expresses confidence in Vanderbilt’s potential to set transformative new benchmarks for research, scholarship and creative expression in this message to the university community. In addition, watch the 2021 Research in Review video.
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Poet Nikky Finney to speak as part of multiday MLK Commemorative Series
Renowned poet, professor and author Nikky Finney will deliver a keynote address as part of Vanderbilt University’s 2022 series honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Finney is scheduled to speak Jan. 17 as part of a broader virtual program that will begin with a vigil and include remarks by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier.
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A COVID-19 update from Provost Raver ahead of winter break
The university is carefully monitoring the data and metrics regarding all COVID-19 variants and will continue to meticulously assess the situation throughout the winter break, working closely with trusted experts and colleagues at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, writes Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver in a message to faculty.
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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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Vanderbilt extends its longest ongoing drug discovery agreement with pharmaceutical company through 2023
Vanderbilt has extended its longest ongoing drug discovery agreement with Osaka, Japan-based Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., a research and development-oriented pharmaceutical company that is committed to creating innovative medicines in specific areas, through November 2023.
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Five alumni join 2021 class of Student Media Hall of Fame
A trailblazing attorney, a celebrated sports journalist unafraid to ruffle feathers, a gifted storyteller and communications innovator at Vanderbilt University, an entrepreneur whose interest in media and data fueled success in business, and a sportswriter-turned-investigative producer are the latest inductees in the Vanderbilt Student Media Hall of Fame.
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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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Humphrey Fellowship Program seeks Friendship Families for international leaders
Vanderbilt’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is seeking Friendship Families for the 2022 spring semester. The Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-career educational leaders from developing nations and emerging democracies to the United States for an academic year of leadership and professional development.
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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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Submit biweekly time cards, report holiday time in advance of winter break
Biweekly employees and student workers are strongly encouraged to submit their time cards, and their managers are encouraged to approve those time cards, as soon as work is completed and prior to departure for the winter break, unless the employee will be working during the break.
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Make note of closings, modified hours over winter break
Vanderbilt undergraduate colleges and schools are observing winter break Dec. 19–Jan. 7, with classes for undergraduates resuming Monday, Jan. 10. The university’s winter break for employees will run from Dec. 24 through Jan. 3. The university will return to full operating status on Tuesday, Jan. 4.
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VU employees can get free tickets to Vanderbilt basketball in December
In the spirit of the holiday season, Vanderbilt Athletics is offering free basketball tickets as a thank you to all Vanderbilt University faculty, staff and postdocs for their hard work within the campus community.
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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.
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Dashboard Update: COVID-19 positive cases among VU community members
See the latest updates to VU’s COVID-19 dashboard. Vanderbilt maintains this dashboard to inform the university community about the number of positive COVID-19 test results for the fall 2021 semester.


COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 testing center closures for winter holidays

Vanderbilt offers reminders about COVID-19 safety during the holidays

Pfizer 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


Take Note

VUPS offers residential, holiday safety reminders for Vanderbilt community

HR offers resources for navigating well-being during the holidays

A Healthier You: ‘Compassion Amidst Holiday Stress’

VERA soft launch phase 3 begins Jan. 1 with expanded system-to-system submission capabilities

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

Expanded data storage system for faculty rolling out through ACCRE

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

Babies and You meets
Jan. 20

Registration for spring semester of VKC Virtual Reading Clinic now open

EAT convenes students, scholars and hosts for food, friendship and cultural exchange

Engineering school, BME department launch campaign to rename design lab in professor’s honor

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant

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


Coming Up

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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: Long after the courts shut down for COVID, the pain of delayed justice lingers
Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: New Tennessee poll shows some slippage of support for Gov. Lee, sharp divisions over abortion law
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, and Josh Clinton, Abby and Jon Winkelried Professor of Political Science, are quoted.
Bloomberg Law: Are abortion rights just for privileged careerists?
Joni Hersch, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of law and economics, is quoted.
Reuters: As omicron threatens a global surge, some countries shorten COVID-19 booster timelines
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Morning Consult: The midterms are looking very dim for Democrats. Could an economic revival boost their chances
John Sides, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Why there are so many vacancies in the Biden administration
The research of David Lewis, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, is cited.
The Tablet: To Mary through Jesus: The Virgin in feminist theology
Bonnie Miller-McLemore, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture, Emerita, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Mental health practitioners confront a crisis in families: Parental alienation
William Bernet, professor of psychiatry, emeritus, co-authored this opinion piece.
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