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  Friday, Dec. 17, 2021  
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Turkey Toss 2021 happening now
Vanderbilt University faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars are invited to participate in Turkey Toss 2021 on Friday, Dec. 17, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The drive-through event will take place in Lot 5A at the corner of 21st Avenue South and Terrace Place.
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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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Nashville high school to be named after civil rights leader Rev. James Lawson
Nashville’s newest public high school will be named in honor of the Rev. James Lawson, a civil rights icon and Vanderbilt University Distinguished Professor, emeritus.
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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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Search committee announced to find senior director of Career Center
Vice Provost for Career Advancement and Engagement and Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center Alex Sevilla has appointed a committee to conduct a national search for the senior director of the Career Center. The committee includes a group of faculty and staff members, an alumna and a current student.
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Vanderbilt Poll 2021: Approval drops for TN’s elected leaders and second Trump run, but Dems and Republicans find unity on education, redistricting
Support for Gov. Bill Lee is down among Tennessee voters, fueled in part by his controversial stances on vaccine and mask requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest statewide Vanderbilt Poll.
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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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Vanderbilt Public Safety seeks feedback 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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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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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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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: Connecting to public networks and devices
Although the free Wi-Fi at coffee shops, malls, airports and other public spaces may be convenient, a lack of security controls can put users at risk of an attack. Learn some actions you can take when accessing public Wi-Fi.
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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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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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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

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

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

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

Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson booster shots available to Vanderbilt faculty, students, staff and postdocs who meet eligibility requirements

Vanderbilt offers reminders about COVID-19 safety during the holidays

COVID-19 testing center closures for Thanksgiving, winter holidays


Take Note

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

VUPS offers residential, holiday safety reminders for Vanderbilt community

HR offers resources for navigating well-being during the holidays

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

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards

Limited Submission Opportunity: AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship

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

Health Plus Mindful Stretch Breaks offered every Wednesday

Play Health Plus Wellness Bingo for a chance at prizes

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

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

Expanded data storage system for faculty rolling out through ACCRE

Evolutionary Studies Initiative offers travel and pilot grants

Nutrition Corner: Satisfy your sweet tooth with health in mind


Coming Up

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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: How this Vanderbilt law professor and his students are helping Iraqis handle thousands of ISIS cases
Mike Newton, professor of the practice of law, and students Cait Martins and Emily Webb are quoted.
ABC News: Daunte Wright case: How seemingly minor traffic stops can turn deadly
Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
Bloomberg: Your cold brew won’t survive a hot world
Amanda Little, writer in residence in English, authored this piece.
Salon: A study on how genetics affects suicide risk is causing a scientific quarrel
Douglas Ruderfer, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Ars Technica: You asked. Ars answers. Here’s how to give an electric eel an MRI
Ken Catania, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences, is quoted.
Boston Review: Classical music and the color line
Douglas Shadle, associate professor of musicology, authored this piece.
The Tennessean: Racial disparities persist in Metro Schools’ advanced classes. Efforts are underway to change it.
Bethany Rittle-Johnson, Antonio M. and Anita S. Gotto Chair in Child Development and professor of psychology, is quoted.
Chicago Tribune: Op-ed: Benjamin Rush’s idea of ‘civic virtue’ is still a prerequisite of true democracy
Eli Merritt, research assistant professor of political science, authored this piece.
Religion News Service: Americans are furious about vaccinations. It’s not helping.
Samar Ali, research professor of political science and law and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, is quoted.
The Tennessean: ‘Not your typical police call’: Williamson County police train to respond to mental health crises
Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
NBC News: Doctors expected MIS-C cases to surge after the delta wave. They didn’t.
Buddy Creech, Edie Carell Johnson Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Verywell Health: Some sources of saturated fats may actually lower heart disease risk, study finds
Jared O’Leary, assistant professor of medicine, is quoted.
Health: Pfizer says its COVID pill is effective in protecting against severe disease—here’s what we know so far
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
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