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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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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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Quality of Life survey launching over winter break; help shape student experience
All undergraduate students are invited to participate in Vanderbilt’s annual Quality of Life Survey, launching the week of Dec. 20. The data gathered through the survey helps the university understand students’ experiences and needs.
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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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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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Last day to nominate outstanding faculty for annual teaching awards
Undergraduate students are invited to nominate faculty members for two university awards recognizing excellence in teaching: the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. Nominations must be received by Dec. 15.
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Apply now for Data Science for Social Good program
Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for Data Science for Social Good, a 10-week experience where participants work as part of a data science team on a pre-selected project for a not-for-profit organization, Vanderbilt group or government organization.
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Registration open for 2022 Global Health Case Competition
Registration is now open for the 2022 Global Health Case Competition, an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and professional students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to collaborate in developing innovative solutions to a global health problem.
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Initiative for Race Research and Justice seeks applicants for Graduate and Professional Student Board
The Initiative for Race Research and Justice is seeking Vanderbilt graduate and professional students to join its inaugural Graduate and Professional Student Board. The board will commence spring 2022 for a one-year term. 
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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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Student Care Network offers support near and far
Students can access support during the upcoming winter break, even while away from campus. The Student Care Network offers a host of self-directed tools that students can utilize on their own time to support their health and well-being.
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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.


COVID-19 Updates

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

COVID-19 testing center closures for winter holidays

Vanderbilt offers reminders about COVID-19 safety during the holidays


Take Note

VUPS offers residential, holiday safety reminders for Vanderbilt community

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

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


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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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