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  Wednesday, May. 13, 2020  
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Wente, Kopstain to host virtual town hall today 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 today to discuss the phased reopening of Vanderbilt’s campus. The online meeting via Zoom will begin at noon CT, and registration is required to attend.
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Wente commends staff, outlines phased reopening of campus in USAC address
Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente commended Vanderbilt staff for their dedication to the university and discussed the framework for carefully reopening campus in an address to the University Staff Advisory Council on May 12.
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New webpage shares stories of myriad ways Vanderbilt community is helping address COVID-19
The university has launched Vanderbilt Responds to COVID-19, a webpage designed to share how the VU community is providing support, expertise and care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Collaborative project from VU and VUMC improves intubation box safety for COVID-19 caregivers
A collaborative project from clinicians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering demonstrates a simple, low-cost retrofit solution that improves the safety of intubation boxes used while treating COVID-19 patients.
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Nursing dean says practices instituted by Florence Nightingale are key to COVID-19 fight
Practices developed by Florence Nightingale are still relevant today, and in fact, are major weapons in the fight against COVID-19, says Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean Linda D. Norman.
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New braille phonetic system opens doors for classical singers with visual impairments
A Vanderbilt professor has devised a new phonetic system for braille readers that promotes inclusive learning for aspiring classical singers with visual impairments.
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Vanderbilt joins national and regional councils to increase supplier diversity across the university
Vanderbilt has joined two organizations, the TriState Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, as part of the university’s efforts to increase engagement with diverse suppliers.
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Vanderbilt to host first installment of Vision Zero Nashville Speaker Series with virtual meeting May 19
City, state and industry experts will discuss a strategy for eliminating traffic fatalities in Nashville while increasing access to safe, healthy and equitable mobility options during a Vanderbilt-hosted virtual event on Tuesday, May 19.
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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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Business of VU preparing for fourth cohort in fall 2020
The Business of VU program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance, is now accepting applications for its fourth cohort in fall 2020. The program offers Vanderbilt community members an opportunity to learn about the business operations of the university and the higher education landscape.


Take Note

Vanderbilt lights up athletic fields in tribute to VUMC frontline workers

Paving work to begin in West End Neighborhood May 12

Parenting Group virtual meeting rescheduled for May 15

Women's Center to screen 'Period. End of Sentence' May 19

Day of Wond’ry virtual event set for May 22

Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering Graduate Trainee Fellowship Program accepting applications

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

Campus Dining offers flex meal plan for summer 2020

Blair Academy to offer online music lessons this summer

Fidelity confidential consultations available by phone

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

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


Coming Up

· MAY ·
  Master’s in Data Science program application deadline extended for 2020 VU graduates to May 15
· MAY ·
  Application deadline extended to May 30 for Peabody master’s programs


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Vanderbilt in the News
Women’s Health: Is it safe to see friends and family once stay-at-home orders lift?
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
MarketWatch: ‘It is part of self-care in a weird way’: The looming recession hasn’t stopped people from making crazy impulse purchases
Kelly Goldsmith, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.
The New York Times: When the New York Philharmonic fought over Santa Claus
Douglas Shadle, associate professor of musicology, writes about the importance of diverse representation on the concert stage in the wake of COVID-19.
The Hill: U.S. Treasury market structure is fragile—we urgently need to strengthen it
Yesha Yadav, professor of law, writes about the weakened financial state of the U.S. Treasury market structure.
The Tennessean: Not all cloth masks are created equally. How good are the free ones from Tennessee?
David Aronoff, Addison B. Scoville Jr. Chair in Medicine and director of VUMC’s Division of Infectious Diseases, is quoted.
Wired: How much is a human life actually worth?
Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management, is quoted.
STAT: Routine vaccinations for U.S. children have plummeted during the COVID-19 pandemic
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pediatrics, is quoted.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Universities are freezing tenure clocks. What will that mean for junior faculty of color?
Ebony McGee, associate professor of teaching and learning, is quoted.
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