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  Wednesday, May. 6, 2020  
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Vanderbilt receives $20 million from The William K. Warren Foundation to further treatments for brain disorders
Vanderbilt University has received $20 million from The William K. Warren Foundation, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to establish the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery to support pharmaceutical breakthroughs.
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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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Living through history, Class of 2020 reacts to COVID-19
As the world responds to COVID-19, Vanderbilt’s Class of 2020 reflects on reaching the milestone of college graduation during such a tumultuous time.
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Update on remote work for staff
Unless staff are required to be on campus at the explicit request of their manager, they should continue to work remotely beyond Friday, May 8. Due to the need to reduce the density of people and enable physical distancing on campus, remote work is likely to continue for the foreseeable future for most staff whose role and workload enables them to do so effectively.
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Next Steps at Vanderbilt celebrates first four-year class, 10th anniversary
As Next Steps at Vanderbilt marks its 10th anniversary throughout 2020, the year also brings another significant milestone: The first class of Next Steps at Vanderbilt students will graduate from its expanded four-year program.
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Songwriting seminar inspires personal tributes to Class of 2020
Some students participating in a Blair School of Music songwriting seminar planned on penning songs about graduating from college. Then the novel coronavirus pandemic hit. The students left campus, and the desire to process their emotions through song increased exponentially.
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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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Faculty development workshops for May 2020 announced
Vanderbilt faculty are invited to a series of professional development workshops to be held throughout May hosted by the Office of Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost. All sessions will be presented via Zoom.
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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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Campus Dining offers flex meal plan for summer 2020
Faculty and staff are now 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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Ask an Expert: How do we fix the food supply chain?
Mumin Kurtulus, associate professor of operations management at the Owen Graduate School of Management, addresses ways to fix the food supply chain.


Take Note

Single Parent Group virtual meeting May 7

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

Women’s Center to host May 11 conversation, May 19 film screening

Paving work to begin in West End Neighborhood May 12

Parenting Group virtual meeting May 13

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

Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering Graduate Trainee Fellowship Program accepting applications

Blair Academy to offer online music lessons this summer

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

Health Plus offers virtual Nutrition Corner

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


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 to May 15


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Vanderbilt in the News
Yahoo! News: Why the simple act of gardening can boost your mental health
Craig Smith, associate professor of psychology and human development, is quoted.
CNBC: Trump’s tendency to deny his past statements has become more glaring during coronavirus
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
The Tennessean: ‘Regular’ mom builds a million followers by posting a simple prayer on Facebook each night
James Hudnut-Beumler, Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, is quoted.
The Hill: Five ways the coronavirus could change American politics
Joshua Clinton, Abby and Jon Winkelried Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
The New York Times: How Remdesivir, new hope for COVID-19 patients, was resurrected
Mark Denison, Edward Claiborne Stahlman Professor of Pediatric Physiology and Cell Metabolism, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Inside the extraordinary race to invent a coronavirus vaccine
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
USA Today: Fact check: Vitamins C and D are not used in ‘conventional treatment’ of coronavirus
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Vanderbilt sports medicine pro Kayla Fiveash wears different hats—and a mask—in COVID-19 fight
Vanderbilt Athletics trainer Kayla Fiveash is featured.
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