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  Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021  
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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.
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Shane Callahan named chief information security officer
Shane Callahan, an experienced leader in technology and information security, has been named Vanderbilt University’s first chief information security officer. He will join the university on Jan. 4.
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Stephen Taylor receives NSF CAREER award to study gravitational waves from supermassive black holes
Stephen Taylor, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program award to further his efforts to probe ultra-low-frequency gravitational waves.
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VERA implementation making progress, meeting challenges through teamwork, partnerships
The Vanderbilt University research community is now more than two months into the phased soft launch of the new Vanderbilt Electronic Research Administration system to replace the university’s outdated Coeus and PEER systems. To launch VERA, the implementation team has collaborated for the past two years across all schools and colleges and between research administrators and faculty.
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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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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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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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Turkey Toss 2021 is Friday
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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10th Annual Surgery, Intervention and Engineering Symposium features expert in AI-powered computational cardiology
Learn about artificial intelligence and how developing a “digital twin” for the heart has improved human health during the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering annual symposium on Dec. 15.
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Learn about beer’s role in biomedical research with Vanderbilt experts and alumni
Vanderbilt alumni and the founders of Jackalope Brewing Co. and Yazoo Brewing Co. will join Vanderbilt researchers for a Dec. 16 virtual discussion about beer and fermentation science.
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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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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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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

COVID-19 testing center closures for winter holidays

Vanderbilt offers reminders about COVID-19 safety during the holidays

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

VUPS offers residential, holiday safety reminders for Vanderbilt community

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

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2022 Ono Pharma Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards

Limited Submission Opportunity: AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship

Evolutionary Studies Initiative offers travel and pilot grants

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

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

VU employees to receive Open Enrollment confirmation statement via email

HR offers resources for navigating well-being during the holidays

Play Health Plus Wellness Bingo for a chance at prizes

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
Forbes: Texas abortion law: Here’s what happens next after Supreme Court refuses to block it
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.
HuffPost: Insulin prices could be in for a pretty big change if Democrats get their way
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
Yahoo! News: A tale of 2 pandemics: Some universities halt mask, vaccine mandates while others require booster shots
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Raw Story: Why they fight: It’s not just about Trump—the insurrectionists believe ‘their version of America is under threat’
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
Los Angeles Review of Books: Van Gogh Experiences: Immersive art in the COVID era
Rachel Teukolsky, professor of English, authored this essay.
Upworthy: The climate crisis has led to a strange new animal hybrid. Meet the ‘pizzly bear.’
Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of biological sciences, is quoted.
NerdWallet: Avoid going overboard and over budget on kids’ holiday gifts
Kathryn Humphreys, assistant professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
PolitiFact: The Build Back Better Act ‘includes $34.5 billion in cuts’ for charity care funding to hospitals
Melinda Buntin, Mike Curb Professor of Health Policy, is quoted.
HealthDay: New drug a good treatment option for severe asthma in kids
Leonard Bacharier, Janie Robinson and John Moore Lee Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
Clinical Advisor: Creating healthy work environments for NPs during the COVID-19 pandemic
April Kapu, professor of clinical nursing, is quoted.
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