Happy Hanukkah!
As we begin an important holiday week, I’d like to wish our friends of Jewish faith a very happy Hanukkah. I hope this year’s celebration of lights will be particularly meaningful, and brighten our world when we need it most. Many may not be able to gather for the traditional games, gift giving and dinners, but I am hopeful you’ll find joy and happiness in new and meaningful ways. Hanukkah Sameach!

-Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President of Health Sciences
Announcements
GUMC Community Meeting Wednesday, December 9
Please join Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia and Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH, executive vice president of health sciences for GUMC, for a discussion about the ongoing work of the Health and Health Sciences Strategy Initiative. We’ll also present the annual C.A.R.I.S. Award and recognize our recent retirees.

Wednesday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Join via Zoom.
Virtual Staff and AAP Community Forum: Thursday, December 10
The last Staff and AAP Community Forum of 2020 will cover updates about Spring 2021 planning and more information about the newest mental health resources available through One Medical. RSVP and submit questions for the forum here.

Wednesday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m.
Join via Zoom.
GUMC Stories
This month, Myles Sheehan, SJ, MD, became director of the Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, taking up the legacy of leadership set in motion by its legendary namesake.
On Dec. 1, the DC Council voted in favor of a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis. Georgetown faculty and students testify in support of the resolution in October. Also, find our response to the resolution on social media.
Press Release
Despite the increase in use of e-cigarettes among adolescents, cigarette and smokeless tobacco prevalence declined more rapidly between 2012 and 2019 than in previous periods.
Other News and Announcements
The 2020 Global HIV Policy Report, published Nov. 30, 2020, tracks laws and policies in 194 countries and finds no country in the world has policies fully in line with WHO, UNAIDS, and other international standards. Through highlighting the gaps in HIV-related laws and policies, this report aims to ensure accountability for a more inclusive, effective, rights-based and science-based HIV policy response. The report was published by the HIV Policy Lab, led Matthew Kavanagh, director of the Global Health Policy & Politics Initiative at Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and assistant professor of International Health at NHS.
Commentary: CNN The other pandemic that we must cure by Mark Dybul

Commentary: The Guardian This World Aids Day the global response to HIV stands on a precipice by Matthew Kavanagh
Recognizing the continuing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, graduate students may apply for funding through the COVID-19 Relief Fund. The COVID-19 Relief Fund provides grants to assist with emergency expenses not already met by financial aid the applicant is receiving. Learn more here and apply by December 8.
MCGSO Food Drive Follow-Up
The organizers of the MCGSO fundraiser benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank would like to thank all of those who donated. Your generosity will make the holiday season more enjoyable for families throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Thank you for your support and best wishes for a happy holiday season!
Those approved to be on campus during the winter holidays are expected to continue receiving COVID-19 tests. Beginning the week of December 21 through January 1, Main Campus testing sites will be open. The schedule is now online.
Get in the holiday spirit with a festive playlist, Hoya-themed wrapping paper patterns, Dahlgren gingerbread house templates, seasonal coloring pages, holiday Zoom backgrounds and more here.
GUMC In The News

Commentary: Harvard Business Review: Put Doctors at the Center of Health Care Tech (Daniel Marchalik)

The New York Academy of Sciences eBriefing Solutions to Reduce Systemic Inequities in Academia (Susan Cheng, Kristi Graves, Caleb McKinney)




Calendar of Events
Tuesday, December 8
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to obtain, manage and manipulate citations using RefWorks. Register.
Tuesday, December 8
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Blythe D. Shepard, PhD, of Georgetown’s Department of Human Science, presents “Elucidating the Hepatoprotective Effects of SGLT2 Inhibition in Diabetic TallyHo Mice.” Sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry. Join via Zoom.
Wednesday, December 9
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to access and use point of care tools that provide quick, efficient access to the latest evidence-based information for patient care. Register.
Wednesday, December 9
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Hani Goodarzi, PhD, assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco, presents “The RNA Structural Code Underlying Pathological Regulation of RNA Splicing in Metastasis.” Join via Zoom.
Thursday, December 10
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
Via Zoom

This Human Rights Day webinar celebrates the launch of the Oxford University Press textbook “Foundations of Global Health & Human Rights” with presentations by the contributing authors and discussions about the rising imperative for health and human rights education. Sponsored by the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Register.
Thursday, December 10
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Featuring Juanita Merchant, MD, PhD, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology, professor of medicine, University of Arizona Tucson. Via Zoom.
Thursday, December 10
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Online

Featuring presentations from Sean Carey, PhD candidate; Chaz Hinzman, PhD candidate; and Sarra Djemil, PhD. Email Emily Bujold, TL1 Program Administrator, to register.
Friday, December 11
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Discuss four articles focused on “Health Professions Education in the Time of COVID,” facilitated by MedStar physicians Chagai Mendelson, MD, and Beje Thomas, MD, and Kelly Thompson-Brazill, DNP, director of Georgetown’s Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. Register.
Tuesday, December 15
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Online

“How Education Scholarship Gets Made, Scene 1: Reaching Out” is the first session in a series providing a look behind the scenes at education scholarship to provide the knowledge and motivation to become involved in the field. Co-sponsored by UCSF School of Medicine; Georgetown University School of Medicine; Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell; the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Register.
Wednesday, December 16
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to upload your CV, add your personal website information, upload a syllabus, publications and more. Register.
Thursday, December 17
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Eran Elinav, MD, PhD, professor, department of immunology, Weizmann Institute of Science, presents “Host Micro Biome Interactions in Health and Disease.” Via Zoom.
Support for Virtual Instruction
See the Instructional Continuity @GU website for information about office hours, web resources, training webinars and other forms of assistance.
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.;
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CETS is offering individual Zoom assistance. Meet with a member of the CETS staff via Zoom (meeting ID: 995-332-8350).
CNDLS Instructional Continuity Virtual Office Hours
Monday - Thursday,
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.;
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CNDLS holds instructional continuity office hours virtually in this Zoom room. Please stop by if you need help or dial 646-558-8656
(meeting ID: 386 980 1070).
After hours, email cndls@georgetown.edu.
Tuesday, December 8 - Thursday, December 10
11:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Via Zoom

Each day begins with an hour-long plenary session covering lessons learned from the Fall semester and planning for the Spring. Afternoons feature 45-minute concurrent workshops on balancing the use of digital tools with the pedagogical needs of students. Each workshop is offered twice. Co-sponsored by CNDLS, UIS, ARC, and the GU Library. Register.
Thursday, December 10 or 17
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Online office hours with UIS EdTech provide faculty and staff with assistance and answers to Canvas questions and assistance with all Canvas needs. Register 12/10 or 12/17.
Friday, December 11 or 18
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Online office hours with UIS EdTech provide faculty and staff with assistance and answers to questions about instructional continuity tools: Panopto, Zoom, Voicethread and Canvas. Register 12/11 or 12/18.
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