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  Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020  
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2020 Commencement postponed a year due to COVID-19 outbreak
Vanderbilt University has taken the extraordinary action—in order to protect the health and safety of the community—of postponing Commencement and all of its related festivities originally scheduled for May 6-8. The Class of 2020 will be formally celebrated next spring.
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Vanderbilt University names new dean of Blair School of Music following international search
Vanderbilt University has tapped Lorenzo Candelaria, dean and professor of music at Purchase College, State University of New York, as the next dean of Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music following an extensive international search.
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Physics grad student embraces ‘dissertation-at-home’ format for creative presentation
For graduate students nearing the end of their programs, COVID-19 has created an unexpected challenge: remotely presenting an effective and engaging dissertation defense. That was the new reality for Kyle Godbey, a graduate student of physics at Vanderbilt studying nuclear reactions.
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Cyber safety while working remotely: VUIT, VUPS offer best practices for avoiding scams
As the number of Vanderbilt employees working remotely has risen during the last week, so has malicious activity by cybercriminals attempting to take advantage of vulnerabilities in technology. Vanderbilt University Public Safety and Vanderbilt University Information Technology offer best practices for avoiding scams.
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Zoom online conferencing platform available; Add a VU virtual background
Vanderbilt has made Zoom online conferencing software available for all university faculty, students and staff. Are you missing the sights of Vanderbilt while living, learning or working off campus? Bring the university home by downloading campus images to use as virtual backgrounds for your next Zoom meeting.
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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

Beware of new phishing scam

Employee Assistance Program ConnectCARE offers teleconsulting sessions via phone, Zoom

Listen: ‘Coping and Emotional Health during COVID-19’

Aetna waives co-pays for COVID-19 screenings

Resources for autism assessment and care amid COVID-19 pandemic

Get Health Plus’ Tip of the Day

Due dates for library materials extended to May 8

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2020 Conservation, Food and Health Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

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

Get free access to ‘New York Times,’ ‘Wall Street Journal’ through VU Libraries’ News Desk portal


Coming Up

· MAR ·
  Webinar on education research federal funding for early career faculty set for March 25
· APR ·
  Report 2019 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1
· APR ·
  Deadline for Community Scholars Award applications is April 24


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Vanderbilt in the News
CNN: You want a coronavirus test—here’s why your doctor probably won’t give you one
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
Politico: Why the push for a quick coronavirus vaccine could backfire
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted.
The American Prospect: Unsanitized: Seven lessons from the Great Recession
Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, co-writes about lessons from a past economic crisis that can be applied during the coronavirus outbreak.
The New York Times Magazine: His immune system went out of whack. The usual treatment didn’t work. Why?
Madan Jagasia, professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: How to practice social distancing as the coronavirus spreads
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted.
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