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  Monday, May 4, 2020  
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Open Mind: Taking a moment to celebrate
While still focusing on the difficulties of the most recent couple of months, it’s more important now than ever to reflect on the strides the Vanderbilt University community has made throughout the 2019-20 academic year, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in her latest “Open Mind” column.
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Class of 2020 celebrations underway
Vanderbilt’s Class of 2020 is being celebrated through a series of special videos and messages from across the campus community, including web stories and social media posts spotlighting graduates’ achievements. All content is being posted to the Commencement website and the university’s social media channels, culminating in a special message from Interim Chancellor Susan R Wente on Friday, May 8.
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Vanderbilt faculty deliver strong support for 2019-20 fellowship candidates
During the 2019-20 academic year, more than 40 faculty and campus members contributed their time, attention and energy to the process of supporting and nominating exceptional student and alumni candidates for prestigious national awards.
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Giving Tuesday Now is tomorrow
On May 5, you are invited to participate in Giving Tuesday Now, a global day of giving and unity held in response to COVID-19. Your meaningful gift of any size will help to strengthen Vanderbilt University’s Student Hardship Fund, COVID-19 Research and Innovation Fund, or any school or program.
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Vanderbilt students compete in inaugural Map the System competition at the Wond’ry
More than 50 Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and Nashville community members participated virtually in the inaugural Map the System global social entrepreneurship and social impact competition hosted in mid-April by the Wond’ry and the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures.
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Special edition Zoom backgrounds available for Class of 2020 celebrations
Class of 2020 graduates, their friends, family members and supporters can now download university-, school- and Commencement-themed virtual backgrounds for their Zoom meetings, meetups and online celebrations. Giphy stickers also are available for Instagram Stories by searching #VU2020.
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Deadline to apply for Voluntary Staff Departure Incentive Program is today
As the university continues its planning to address the extreme financial challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to apply for the Voluntary Staff Departure Incentive Program has been extended through today, May 4, at 5 p.m.
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Nominations open for fall 2020 faculty awards recognizing research, service
Nominations are now open for Vanderbilt’s top faculty awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in research and service to the university and demonstrate Vanderbilt’s appreciation for and commitment to excellence.
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Webinar: ‘Federal Funding Outlook and Opportunities in Computational Health’ May 6
A webinar discussing federal funding for research in computational health is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, from 10 to 11 a.m CST. The webinar, presented by Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC, will be broadcast remotely.
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Campus Dining offers flex meal plan for summer 2020
Beginning Monday, May 4, faculty and staff will be required to use a meal plan or credit card if they wish to dine on campus. Similar to regular flex meals, the new Summer Flex Meals will be available for purchase in blocks of five meals for $35, plus tax.
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Class of 2020 dedicates memorable books to Bronson library
A tribute to seniors living in the E. Bronson Ingram Residential College has taken on special significance now that students are away from campus.


Take Note

Single Parent Group virtual meeting May 7

Talisse’s gallery talk at Frist Art Museum moves online May 8

Paving work to begin in West End Neighborhood May 12

Vanderbilt, Metro Nashville Public Works pilot automatic pedestrian crosswalk signals at major campus intersections

Play Move in May Wellness Bingo with Health Plus

Reach your health goals with a personal lifestyle coach from Health Plus

Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering Graduate Trainee Fellowship Program accepting applications

Blair Academy to offer online music lessons this summer

CARES Act includes penalty-free distributions, changes to participant loan provisions and repayment requirements

Aetna waives co-pays for COVID-19 screenings

CARES Act allows retirement hardship withdrawals

COVID-19 project funding opportunities captured on two VU websites

Business of VU preparing for fourth cohort in fall 2020

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


Coming Up

· MAY ·
  Application deadline extended to May 15 for Peabody master’s programs
· MAY ·
  Master’s in Data Science program application deadline extended for 2020 VU graduates


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Vanderbilt in the News
ABC News: For tribes, casinos fund what the government doesn’t. Now, they’re closed.
Michael Burcham, senior lecturer of entrepreneurship, is quoted.
Forbes: What do U.S. universities risk if they reopen this fall?
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
Vox: Many world leaders have seen double-digit polling surges amid coronavirus. Trump isn’t one of them.
John Sides, professor of political science, is quoted.
CNN: Read this before you venture out in public
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Professor of Medicine and director of VUMC’s Division of Infectious Diseases, is quoted.
NBC News: ‘What is it about their immune system?’ Rare complication seen in some kids with COVID-19
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The Conversation: Can your community handle a natural disaster and coronavirus at the same time?
Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering, writes about communities dealing with response and recovery from natural disasters amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bloomberg: A pork panic won’t save our bacon
Amanda Little, writer-in-residence in English, writes about the potential ramifications of forcing meat-processing plants to reopen prematurely.
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