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  Monday, May 11, 2020  
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Open Mind: A thoughtful, reasoned approach for returning to campus
In her latest “Open Mind” column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente discusses Vanderbilt’s Return to Campus plan and how the university is considering next steps for resuming on-campus activities.
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Next steps for Vanderbilt campus as Nashville enters Phase 1 of reopening
Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente details how Vanderbilt is carefully approaching the first steps in bringing faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students back to campus for specific functions by following the university’s Return to Campus plan, available at
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Wente, Kopstain to host virtual town hall May 13 to discuss reopening of campus
Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente and Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain will host a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 13, to discuss the phased reopening of Vanderbilt’s campus. The online meeting via Zoom will begin at noon CST, and registration is required to attend.
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Nashville salutes the Class of 2020
A downtown Nashville landmark was lit in Vanderbilt University colors the evening of May 8 to cap a day of celebration for the Class of 2020.
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2020 Vanderbilt Divinity School and GDR Distinguished Alumni/ae named
A professor who pushed the boundaries of feminist theology, a community social justice activist, and an advocate for women’s health issues are the 2020 Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion Distinguished Alumni/ae.
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Documenting the pandemic: Heard Libraries launch COVID-19 Archive
The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries invite the Vanderbilt community to document their experience with the COVID-19 pandemic for a new archive to benefit historians and future generations.
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Plan ahead for updates to Oracle Cloud May 15–16
Vanderbilt’s Oracle Cloud environment will undergo its next quarterly upgrade the weekend of May 15–16. The scheduled downtime begins at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 15, and will end on Saturday, May 16. Please plan ahead for this period when the system will be unavailable.
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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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Ask an Expert: How can health care leaders support compassion in the workplace?
As COVID-19 strains hospitals and doctors’ offices, it’s more important than ever for health care leaders to model, cultivate and support compassion among their staff. Professor of management Tim Vogus distills some best practices for health care leaders.


Take Note

Vanderbilt lights up athletic fields in tribute to VUMC frontline workers

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

Campus Dining offers flex meal plan for summer 2020

Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering Graduate Trainee Fellowship Program accepting applications

Blair Academy to offer online music lessons this summer

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

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


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
Associated Press: Vanderbilt University gets $20M grant for drug research
The announcement that Vanderbilt has received $20 million from The William K. Warren Foundation to establish the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery is highlighted.
Business Insider: You’re most likely to catch the coronavirus in a poorly ventilated space. That makes offices very risky.
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: When Nashville reopens, should older people go to restaurants and return to work?
James Powers, professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Atlantic: ‘COVID-19 is a delirium factory’
Jim Jackson, research professor of medicine and research professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Wesley Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine, are quoted.
Education News: Should identity politics dictate vaccine research?
Mark Denison, Edward Claiborne Stahlman Chair in Pediatric Physiology and Cell Metabolism, is quoted.
USA Today: To find a coronavirus vaccine, can we ethically infect people with a disease with no cure?
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted.
The Tennessean: ‘I’m grieved. I’m disappointed’: Recent uptick in cases worries Nashville’s mayor as city seeks to reopen economy
Melinda Buntin, Mike Curb Professor of Health Policy, is quoted.
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