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  Wednesday, Dec. 8, 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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Chancellor shares political science expertise with students in Unity and American Democracy course
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier spoke to students in the Unity and American Democracy course Nov. 30 and used his talk in part to discuss the fundamental purpose of universities: to teach students “not what to think, but how to think.”
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COVID-19 protocols update
The university has determined that for the remainder of the fall semester, it will require all faculty, staff and students to either participate in routine on-campus COVID-19 testing or provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, Vice Chancellor Eric Kopstain writes in an update to the Vanderbilt community.
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McLean elected as 2021 National Academy of Inventors Fellow
John McLean, Stevenson Professor of Chemistry and director of the Center for Innovative Technologies, has been elected a 2021 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. 
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Raver, Lee, Seabolt to speak at TEDxVanderbiltUniversityWomen Friday
TEDxVanderbiltUniversity will host a virtual event on Friday, Dec. 10, featuring C. Cybele Raver, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director; and Kathleen Seabolt, executive director of the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center.
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Nominations open through Monday for spring 2022 faculty awards recognizing research, service
Nominations are now open for Vanderbilt’s top faculty awards, which demonstrate the university’s appreciation for and commitment to excellence. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 13.
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Now open: Application portals for Seeding Success and Scaling Success internal funding programs, virtual town hall registration
The application portals for the new Scaling Success Grant and the Seeding Success Grant are now open. For more information on the application processes for these faculty internal funding programs, register to join a virtual town hall with Vice Provost Padma Raghavan and Research Development and Support staff on Jan. 12 at 10 a.m.
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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: Securing your home network
Your home network refers to the connections among your devices, computers, routers, baby monitors, etc., and the internet. In today’s environment and with the prevalence of remote work, securing your home network is more important than ever.
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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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Faculty, staff get additional discount at Vanderbilt Bookstore Friday
Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty and staff will receive a 10 percent discount in addition to their regular 10 percent discount on Friday, Dec. 10, for a total of 20 percent off regularly priced clothing, general reading books and gifts.
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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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Turkey Toss 2021 set for Dec. 17
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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Final new leader orientation of 2021 is tomorrow
Employees recently hired or promoted to the role of supervisor or manager are invited to participate in New Leader Orientation. The program, conducted by the Vanderbilt University Human Resources Learning and Engagement team, will be held virtually on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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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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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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VU employees to receive Open Enrollment confirmation statement via email
In the coming days, employees should expect to receive a confirmation email from VU’s benefits vendor, Benefit Express. This email contains a link to your Open Enrollment confirmation statement, which contains all of your benefits elections for calendar year 2022.
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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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Ask An Expert: What is multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children?
Dr. Sophie Katz, assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases and associate medical director of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, describes the symptoms and treatment of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C.


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 the winter 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

Golden Dores to discuss employee retirement Dec. 9

Vanderbilt Eye Institute trunk show is Dec. 10

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

VUPS offers residential, holiday safety reminders for Vanderbilt community

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

Evolutionary Studies Initiative offers travel and pilot grants

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

HR offers resources for navigating well-being during the holidays

Health Plus Mindful Stretch Breaks offered every Wednesday

Play Health Plus Wellness Bingo for a chance at prizes


Coming Up

· DEC ·
  Human Resources hosts career fair
· DEC ·
  'The Tenure/
Promotion Process at Vanderbilt: A Guide for New Faculty'
· JAN ·
  HR offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: After Michigan school shooting, experts question what could have prevented it
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
Associated Press: U.S. appeals court to rehear Tennessee abortion ban argument
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.
Well + Good: Neuroscientists explain why future plans always sound fun but can be anxiety-inducing day of
Craig Smith, associate professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
Newsweek: Full schedule for ‘Jeopardy!’ Professor’s Tournament
Gautam Hans, associate clinical professor of law, is mentioned.
Associated Press: Contact tracing revs up in some states as omicron reaches U.S.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Associated Press: Nashville Christmas concert to benefit homeless returns
The Ryan Middagh Jazz Orchestra led by Ryan Middagh, assistant professor of jazz studies, is featured.
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