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  Monday, April 13, 2020  
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Open Mind: What comes next
In her latest “Open Mind” column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente shares how multiple groups are contributing to potential strategies and planning related to the university’s response to COVID-19.
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Commencement 2020 Graduating Student Committee announced
Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente has appointed a new advisory group composed of students from the Class of 2020 to provide feedback and engage in planning their postponed Commencement ceremony and related events that will now take place in May 2021.
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Vanderbilt Health Policy COVID-19 model finds evidence of flattening curve, recommends distancing policies continue
Vanderbilt researchers find that social distancing policies have slowed the spread of COVID-19, but caution that continued distancing is needed to keep the rate of spread low, and that any future rollback of such policies must be contingent on widely available testing and contact tracing.
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New residential faculty announced for Zeppos College, The Ingram Commons
Three new residential faculty have been appointed to help enrich the Vanderbilt educational experience beyond the classroom and build supportive and diverse communities on campus.
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College of Arts and Science converts thriving academic programs to departments
The College of Arts and Science will convert four programs and one center into full departments, following approval from the Board of Trust.
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IRIS Center provides vital online resources for educators during outbreak
As teaching has moved online in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, more and more educators are turning to the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt Peabody College for reliable information on evidence-based practices and interventions.
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Acorn School teachers develop innovative ways to engage Vanderbilt’s youngest learners during social distancing
Teachers at The Acorn School, part of the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center, are using innovative ways to support and engage with Vanderbilt’s youngest learners and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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‘A Conversation with Jaquira Díaz’ moves online April 16
A conversation with Jaquira Díaz, whose March talk on campus for the Harry C. Howard Lecture was canceled, has been moved online April 16 by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.
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Virtual Gatherings: Vanderbilt Divinity School offers sacred gathering spaces
Online guided meditations, worship services and tea time are being offered in virtual gathering spaces for the Vanderbilt Divinity School community.
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Enroll in multi-factor authentication to protect Vanderbilt systems and data
As the Vanderbilt community continues to engage in new modes of online collaboration for remote teaching, learning and work, VUIT is asking everyone in the Vanderbilt community to enroll in the multi-factor authentication solution DUO.
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Want professional development while working remotely? Visit VUIT’s Microsoft Office 365 training page
In response to requests from the Vanderbilt community for Microsoft Office training, Vanderbilt University Information Technology has added a Microsoft Office 365 training page to its website.
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Passwords now required for Zoom meetings
In response to the rise of “Zoombombing,” VUIT, in consultation with Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching, has enabled a security feature on Vanderbilt Zoom accounts that will require a password when scheduling new meetings.
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Ask an Expert: How do you get sleep in the midst of a pandemic?
VUMC sleep expert Beth Malow provides useful tips for staying rested despite stress and concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.


Take Note

Virtual screening of documentary ‘The Vote’ in commemoration of suffrage centennial set for April 16

Campus Dining now offering virtual nutrition counseling for students

Resources and tips for supporting your mental health during COVID-19

VU offers activity pages, resources to support community members with young children at home

Updated information regarding campus services available to Vanderbilt community

Cyber safety while working remotely: VUIT, VUPS offer best practices for avoiding scams

Aetna waives co-pays for COVID-19 screenings

CARES Act allows retirement hardship withdrawals

Resources for autism assessment and care amid COVID-19 pandemic

Health Plus Well-being Navigator provides resources during COVID-19

Health Plus: How to stay healthy and productive while working remotely

Limited Submission Opportunity: Council on Library and Information Resources Recordings at Risk

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grant

Funding Opportunity: American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant

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


Coming Up

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  Webinar on federal funding for humanities research
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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
Voice of America: 82,000 COVID-19 deaths projected in U.S. by early August
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
Bloomberg: A fast-moving virus pits treating patients against finding a cure
Mark Denison, Edward Claiborne Stahlman Professor of Pediatric Physiology and Cell Metabolism, is quoted.
The Washington Post: The dark side of ventilators: Those hooked up for long periods face difficult recoveries
Wesley Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine, and James Jackson, research professor of medicine, are quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: A very Trump response
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs, dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
USA Today: How to home-school during coronavirus quarantine: Moms, teachers share ideas, advice
Bethany Rittle-Johnson, Antonio M. and Anita S. Gotto Professor of Child Development, is quoted.
Business Insider: Trump is creating a ‘dangerous situation’ by promoting an unproven coronavirus treatment, according to an expert on misinformation
Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Tennessee companies pivot, innovate in the warlike effort to defeat coronavirus
Robert Webster, Richard A. Schroeder Chair in Mechanical Engineering; Kevin Galloway, research assistant professor of mechanical engineering; and Duke Herrell, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, are quoted.
The Tennessean: Opinion: Safer at home? What if your home is not safe?
Claire Sisco King, associate professor of communication studies, writes about Tennesseans coping with both the March tornadoes and the coronavirus crisis.
The New Yorker: Experiencing the coronavirus pandemic as a kind of zombie apocalypse
Lorrie Moore, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in English, writes about the comparison of the coronavirus pandemic to a zombie apocalypse.
The Scientist: Skulls from the Yucatán Peninsula a clue to early American settlers
Tom Dillehay, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, is quoted.
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