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  Monday, Apr. 6, 2020  
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Open Mind: VU and VUMC—stronger together
In her latest “Open Mind” column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente reflects on the ways Vanderbilt is supporting VUMC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Behind the computer screen: VUIT enhances resources for remote work, learning
From protecting data to training on Zoom to ensuring systems function properly to answering phones for the university and Medical Center, more than 280 staff members behind computer screens are working diligently to keep the university running smoothly online.
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Commons Reading announced for 2020-21 academic year
The Commons Reading for the 2020-21 academic year will be “The Person You Mean to Be” by award-winning author Dolly Chugh. The book will be distributed to all incoming first-year undergraduate students as well as incoming transfer students.
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Resources and tips for supporting your mental health during COVID-19
To support Vanderbilt community members, the Office of Student Care Coordination, the University Counseling Center, the Center for Student Wellbeing and the Employee Assistance Program have compiled tips on ways individuals can take care of their mental health and well-being throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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VU offers activity pages, resources to support community members with young children at home
Vanderbilt University has developed a few printable activity pages, including Vanderbilt-related coloring activities and word searches, that children can engage with at home.
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Resources for students planning to attend graduate, professional school in the near future
The Office of the Provost has organized a series of online Q&A sessions for students planning to attend graduate or professional school. Students can attend the live virtual sessions, and recordings will be made available for each.
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Tips to secure your Zoom meetings, avoid ‘Zoombombing’
“Zoombombing” happens when uninvited guests join Zoom meetings and share their screens to bombard real attendees. Vanderbilt University Information Technology offers tips for Zoom hosts to help secure their meetings.
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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 increased 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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Ask an Expert: Can masks stop you from getting COVID-19?
Vanderbilt University faculty are sharing their expertise on a range of topics related to COVID-19.
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Residential college connections stay strong online
Across Vanderbilt’s residential colleges, students, RAs and faculty heads of house are creating virtual spaces to share the highs and lows of transitioning to life away from campus.


Take Note

Book discussion of ‘A Well-Behaved Woman’ moves online April 7

‘COVID-19 Update Through a Public Health Lens’ featuring Dr. William Schaffner April 10

Updated information regarding campus services available to Vanderbilt community

Zoom online conferencing platform available; Add a VU virtual background

Employee Assistance Program ConnectCARE offers teleconsulting sessions via phone, Zoom

WeGo Public Transit modifies services in response to COVID-19

CARES Act allows retirement hardship withdrawals

Aetna waives co-pays for COVID-19 screenings

Resources for autism assessment and care amid COVID-19 pandemic

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


Coming Up

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  Single Parent Group virtual meeting
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  Parenting Group virtual meeting
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  Deadline for Community Scholars Award applications


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Vanderbilt in the News
ABC News: What we know and don’t about asymptomatic transmission and coronavirus
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed: Here we are … yet again
Chancellor Emeritus Nicholas S. Zeppos writes about the financial fallout higher education institutions face as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. News & World Report: Can democracy survive coronavirus?
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
The Atlantic: The economy is collapsing. So are Trump’s reelection chances.
Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Chair in Public Policy and Social Science, is quoted.
The Guardian: YouTube profits from videos promoting unproven COVID-19 treatments
Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: African Americans must carry on Barbara Smith’s fight against Alzheimer’s
Renã Robinson, associate professor of chemistry, writes about the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s disease on African Americans.
Good Housekeeping: 7 healthy ways to manage your coronavirus anxiety, according to psychologists
Autumn Kujawa, assistant professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
Mashable: Engineers built a homemade ventilator that can serve as ‘last resort’ for people in need
A team of Vanderbilt engineers have built a functional ventilator from household items that can be used as critical medical supplies dwindle.
Associated Press: Dolly Parton donates $1 million to coronavirus research
Entertainer Dolly Parton’s $1 million donation to Vanderbilt’s coronavirus research efforts is highlighted.
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