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  Monday, March 23, 2020  
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Open Mind: Innovative solutions for uncommon times
Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente offers thanks in a video message to the Vanderbilt community, and discusses how students, faculty and staff are harnessing creative and innovative solutions to continue their work and learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic in her latest “Open Mind” column.
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University launches Public Health Advisory Task Force in response to COVID-19
Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente has established a new Public Health Advisory Task Force to serve as a resource for the university during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Room and Board adjustments launching; University invests $1 million in new Student Hardship Fund
Vanderbilt University has announced two initiatives to support students and their families during the global COVID-19 pandemic: housing and dining financial adjustments for the spring 2020 semester, and the launch of a newly established Student Hardship Fund. The university also is committed to preserving the compensation and benefits of its housing, dining and other staff whose roles were affected by the move to alternative and online education this semester.
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Campus Dining feeds, comforts Vanderbilt community
Campus Dining leadership, general managers, chefs and staff are working around the clock to feed the students, residential faculty and support staff who remain on campus amid the challenges presented by COVID-19.
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Vanderbilt reinforces remote work protocol as Metro Public Health issues Safer at Home Order
Vanderbilt University is further reinforcing remote work protocols following the Safer at Home Order issued by the Nashville Metro Public Health Department on March 22. Remote work for faculty and staff will continue through April 11.
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Remote work for staff extended through April 11
Given the unpredictable nature of the ongoing national and local COVID-19 situation, Vanderbilt University leadership has decided that an additional two-week remote work period will be implemented. Remote work will continue through April 11.
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Zoom online conferencing platform now available for all faculty, students and staff
Vanderbilt has made Zoom online conferencing software available for all university faculty, students and staff. Zoom can be used for teaching classes, video conferencing, web conferencing, meetings and more.
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Resources for students, others on campus through end of semester
Vanderbilt student centers and other services will observe modified hours through the end of the semester, and Campus Dining has taken steps to reduce person-to-person contact at dining facilities.
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Watch: Tips for reducing your risk of encountering COVID-19
Dr. William Schaffner provides further tips on how to reduce your risk of encountering the novel coronavirus—such as social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, cleaning surfaces, going to the store during off hours and more.


Take Note

Aetna waives co-pays for COVID-19 screenings

Due dates for library materials extended to May 8

Webinar on education research federal funding for early career faculty set for March 25

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center offers transformative cancer research funding opportunity

Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core seeks mini-grant proposals for spring 2020

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  Report 2019 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1
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  Deadline for Community Scholars Award applications


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Vanderbilt in the News
The New York Times: Can smart thermometers track the spread of the coronavirus?
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Bloomberg Business: Coronavirus forces $600 billion higher education industry online
Analisa Packham, assistant professor of economics, is quoted.
Forbes: Blood donors needed as supplies dwindle amid coronavirus cancellations
Jennifer Andrews, associate professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
The Conversation: 3 smart ways to use screen time while coronavirus keeps kids at home
The research of Georgene Troseth, associate professor of psychology, is cited.
Salon: Dr. Jonathan Metzl: How coronavirus reveals America’s extreme social inequality
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
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