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  Monday, Dec. 20, 2021  
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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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The Churchwell family's prescription for success
Inspired by their family and community while growing up in segregated Nashville, brothers André, Kevin and Keith Churchwell have succeeded against the odds, excelling as top physicians and administrators.
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Leading scholar of early childhood public policy to join Vanderbilt faculty
Nationally renowned early childhood education researcher Cynthia Osborne will join Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, bringing with her a $10.5 million research center geared at human development in the first three years of life.  
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Public theology fellow leaves legacy of community building and support
The Rev. Teresa L. Smallwood, who helped launch Vanderbilt’s Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative as associate director in 2017, is moving to Pennsylvania’s United Lutheran Seminary in January. Over Smallwood’s four years at the Divinity School, the Collaborative has hosted nearly 30 workshops and more than 20 fellows and scholars to advance racial justice in areas ranging from medical apartheid to food equity.
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Vanderbilt survey on hybrid/remote work shows overall positive results, areas for continued improvement
Vanderbilt University has released the initial findings of its survey on hybrid and remote work to determine how various work arrangements influence employees’ engagement, productivity and quality of life.
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Turkey Toss 2021 brings holiday cheer
More than 1,100 turkeys, 28 tofurkeys and 650 cutting boards were given to Vanderbilt University faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows during Turkey Toss 2021. Also, more than 450 turkeys and tofukeys were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.
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Kirkland bells to chime in memory of clock caretaker Paul Young
The chimes of Kirkland Hall’s clock tower will ring five times on Dec. 21 in memory of Paul Wynn Young, who devoted more than 40 years to keeping Kirkland Hall’s signature clock and chimes in good working order.
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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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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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Final day to give feedback of VUPS through community survey
Vanderbilt University Public Safety is requesting feedback from community members on service and satisfaction. The short survey will allow the VU community to provide feedback about safety enhancements, programming, ideas for further improvement and safety concerns.
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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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Prepare for upcoming email security enhancement
Vanderbilt University will implement an email security enhancement in January 2022. Users of email campaigns will need to move to the university’s MyEmma solution in order to ensure their messages continue to be delivered.
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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

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

COVID-19 testing center closures for winter holidays

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

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

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

Vanderbilt offers reminders about COVID-19 safety during the holidays


Take Note

VUPS offers residential, holiday safety reminders for Vanderbilt community

HR offers resources for navigating well-being during the holidays

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

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

Evolutionary Studies Initiative offers travel and pilot grants

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


Coming Up

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Vanderbilt in the News
Axios Nashville: Poll: Gov. Bill Lee’s support slips
The results of the latest Vanderbilt Poll are cited.
The Conversation: The best way to protect personal biomedical data from hackers could be to treat the problem like a game
Bradley Malin, Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics; Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and professor of law; and Zhiyu Wan, postdoctoral research fellow, co-authored this piece.
Forbes: Moderna, Pfizer COVID vaccines should be given over Johnson & Johnson’s, CDC says
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Why bugs must be a bigger part of the human food chain
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this piece.
The Washington Post: Should healthy, vaccinated pro athletes who test positive play on? Not yet, experts say.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: Talk Tool: Teletherapy vital for kids’ speech skills during COVID-19
Stephen Camarata, professor of hearing and speech sciences, is quoted.
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