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  Friday, Dec. 3, 2021  
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Engineering professor Yaqiong Xu remembered as gifted scholar and devoted mentor
Yaqiong Xu, associate professor of electrical engineering and physics, died Oct. 30 after a long-term illness. A celebration of her life will be held Friday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the School of Engineering’s Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium, 134 Featheringill Hall.
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John Hall, devoted Vanderbilt alumnus and trustee emeritus, has died
John R. Hall, BS’55, a champion for education and trustee emeritus whose deep devotion to Vanderbilt earned him the nickname “Kentucky Commodore,” died Nov. 25 in Lexington, Kentucky.
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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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Vanderbilt engineer leads $1 million DARPA project to enable AI machines to gain, share knowledge
A Vanderbilt engineering professor is leading part of an international initiative to create advanced artificial intelligence programs that will enable machines to learn progressively over a lifetime and share those experiences with each other.
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New study reveals breakthrough tool to show how much exoskeletons reduce back injury risk
A study led by researchers from Vanderbilt University’s Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology reveals a breakthrough tool to assess the effect of exoskeletons on injury risk.
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The Wond’ry aids Vanderbilt student in designing African language learning app to connect with native roots
With help from the Wondr’y, Vanderbilt students and peers have designed an African language learning app to connect with their native roots.
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Nominations open 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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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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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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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: Securing your physical devices
When it comes to ensuring the safety of your digital devices, protecting their physical security is just as important as technology best practices, such as creating strong passwords or updating software.
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Human Resources to host career fairs TODAY, Dec. 8
Vanderbilt University Human Resources will host two upcoming career fairs. The university currently has approximately 400 open positions and is recruiting for all types of roles, including administrative assistants, administrative managers, early childhood teachers, cooks, community service officers and more.
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Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to lead discussion on how to make Congress fight less, compromise more
A panel of experts led by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will discuss “The Keys to Effective Lawmaking in Turbulent Times” on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 12:30 p.m. CT. The virtual discussion hosted by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy is free and open to the public.
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Emergency tabletop exercise scheduled for Dec. 7
Vanderbilt’s Office of Emergency Management will host an emergency tabletop exercise on Thursday, Dec. 7. This exercise will include stakeholders from across the university who could play a key role in response efforts during an emergency or incident affecting campus.
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WeGo Public Transit forum on Dec. 8 to seek input from Vanderbilt community on service changes
WeGo Public Transit and MoveVU are co-hosting a forum open to all—from experienced transit users to those who are considering it as a commute option for the first time—to share transit experiences and learn about new WeGo programs.
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Final new leader orientation of 2021 set for Dec. 9
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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Raver, Lee, Seabolt to speak at TEDxVanderbiltUniversityWomen Dec. 10
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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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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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

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

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

HR offers ‘Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt’

‘Protecting and Enforcing Your Intellectual Property Overseas’ Dec. 7

MNPS school choice topic of Parenting Group meeting Dec. 8

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

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

Programs for Talented Youth announces spring 2022 programs

Evolutionary Studies Initiative offers travel and pilot grants

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

VUPS offers residential, holiday safety reminders for Vanderbilt community

Health Plus Mindful Stretch Breaks offered every Wednesday

Play Health Plus Wellness Bingo for a chance at prizes


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Parents: 6 things to know about charter schools
Claire Smrekar, associate professor of leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.
Well + Good: How to diplomatically avoid unvaccinated family members and friends over the holidays
John Koch, senior lecturer in communication studies, is quoted.
The Tennessean: The tight-knit team behind Vanderbilt’s Moderna vaccine trial fights to stay grounded
Spyros Kalams, associate professor of medicine, nurse Carly Griffin and nurse practitioners Kyle Rybczyk and Katie Crumbo are quoted.
NBC News: Omicron is new, but the old advice to protect yourself still applies.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Dallas Morning News: 3 ways that regular church attendance is good for your health
Marino Bruce, research associate professor of medicine, health and society, is quoted.
Paralelo32: La confianza en la democracia cae en América Latina
Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science and associate director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, is quoted.
The Space Review: A new approach to flagship space telescopes
Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Physics and professor of astronomy, is quoted.
The Hill: Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s own words require her to recuse herself in abortion cases
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, authored this piece.
USA Today: Excess fertilizer washed from Midwestern fields is slowly poisoning the Gulf of Mexico
J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Navigating college admissions during COVID-19 can be daunting for parents. Stay optimistic with these helpful tips
Kelly Slay, assistant professor of leadership, policy and organizations, and Christine Dickason, Ph.D. candidate, authored this piece.
NerdWallet: What to buy (and skip) in December 2021
Kelly Goldsmith, professor of marketing, is quoted.
Psychology Today: Why narcissists can struggle with decision-making
The research of Chris Guthrie, dean of the Law School and John Wade–Kent Syverud Professor of Law, is cited.
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