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  Monday, March 30, 2020  
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Open Mind: Keeping Vanderbilt running—with heart and soul
Staff at Vanderbilt University have made the transition to online and alternative learning and remote work possible for many, all while prioritizing the safety, productivity and well-being of those in our university community, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in her latest “Open Mind” column.
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VU engineers and VUMC doctors team up for open-source ventilator design
As COVID-19 continues to push unprecedented challenges on medical communities, one of the most pressing threats for hospital staff across the country is a dwindling supply of ventilators. Now, an interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty is taking on the challenge by way of a fabricated, open-source ventilator design.
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Message from the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence
Vanderbilt continues to be committed to fostering a safe and welcoming community that is inclusive and respectful of differences. As a university, Vanderbilt condemns expressions of hate, bias and discrimination in all forms.
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Deadline for Immersion plan proposals extended to Sept. 7; online resources available
Students whose Immersion Vanderbilt plan proposals were due on April 1 now have until Sept. 7, 2020, to submit a proposal, and students whose proposals are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak will have until Sept. 7 to update their proposals.
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Summer 2020 schedule of undergraduate classes, registration now available
All undergraduate classes for summer 2020, including those offered in Maymester, will be offered through online instruction. Registration for undergraduate students for the summer 2020 term will begin on Monday, March 30.
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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 recent weeks, 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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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

WeGo Public Transit modifies services in response to COVID-19

Resources for students, others on campus through end of semester

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 active in April with Health Plus

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2020 Conservation, Food and Health Grants

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

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  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
Newsweek: School closures due to coronavirus could widen education inequality among students
Douglas Fuchs, Nicholas Hobbs Professor of Special Education and Human Development and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Surprisingly few voters think Trump cares about ‘people like me’
John Sides, professor of political science, writes about voters’ perceptions of President Trump.
The Week: How parents can use coronavirus to teach kids about compassion
Marcy Singer-Gabella, professor of the practice of education, and Justine Bruyere, lecturer in teaching and learning, are quoted.
The Conversation: Coronavirus: A new type of vaccine using RNA could help defeat COVID-19
Postdoctoral fellow Sanjay Mishra and Robert Carnahan, associate professor of pediatrics, write about efforts to create a COVID-19 vaccine using RNA-based antibodies.
Forbes: Timeline shows 3 paths to COVID-19 treatment and prevention
James Crowe, Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
The New York Times: Attention, working writers: Lorrie Moore admires what you do
Lorrie Moore, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, is featured.
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