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  Friday, June 5, 2020  
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Transition to Vanderbilt Phase 2 of Return to Campus Plan begins June 8
Vanderbilt University will begin transitioning to Phase 2 of its  Return to Campus Plan on Monday, June 8. The major change that will occur during Vanderbilt’s Phase 2 includes on-campus research ramp up to no more than 50 percent capacity. Those who conduct research activities will receive follow-up information with details on Monday. 
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Statement from William H. Robinson regarding violence against Black people
The death of George Floyd has served as a “clarion call”—an unmissable sign that indicates an urgent need for action—and it’s up to each of us to hear the call and channel our knowledge, experience and compassion for others accordingly, writes William H. Robinson, vice provost for academic advancement and executive director of the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence.
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Discussions for faculty on racial injustice, inclusion scheduled for June 5 and 9
Discussions open to all faculty on the issues of racial injustice in America, and on the challenges and inequities that emerge at the intersection of identity and crisis, are scheduled for Friday, June 5, and Tuesday, June 9.
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Staff listening sessions on racial justice continue next week
The university has scheduled additional listening sessions for staff next week to provide a space for discussion about how Vanderbilt can meaningfully respond and take tangible next steps for action in the wake of George Floyd’s death and subsequent protests for racial justice in a number of cities.
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Register for upcoming virtual gatherings with Incoming Chancellor Daniel Diermeier
Incoming Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will host a series of virtual gatherings for members of the Vanderbilt community, during which he will discuss what he believes sets Vanderbilt apart and share his vision for positioning the university for even greater success in the future.
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Divinity School hosts ‘Reclaiming Breath’ conversations June 17, 23
Join Vanderbilt Divinity School and local and regional community members for a series of virtual conversations to process, organize and act. All who are committed to listening, learning and organizing for action are welcome to attend.
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NEH grant expands the humanities for Vanderbilt’s aspiring scientists
Helping Vanderbilt’s budding scientists develop the best tools to communicate their discoveries to diverse audiences is the focus of National Endowment for the Humanities funding awarded to the College of Arts and Science.
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Markel named SEC Brad Davis Community Service Leader of the Year
Former football student-athlete Cody Markel has been named the 2020 SEC Brad Davis Community Service Leader of the Year. Markel earned national attention last year after creating Turner’s Heroes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the memory of  Vanderbilt classmate and fellow tight end Turner Cockrell.
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Data Science Institute welcomes 18 undergraduate fellows for virtual summer research
The DSI Summer Research Program engages students who are interested in carrying out data science-related research with a Vanderbilt faculty member and integrates them into the institute’s community of data science scholars.
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Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops
Learn about the various ways unconscious bias may have an impact on decision-making involving hiring, promotion, performance, communication and leadership during the upcoming “Disrupting Everyday Bias” workshops.
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Office of LGBTQI Life to offer P.R.I.D.E. training June 11 via Zoom
The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Life will offer its Pursuing Respect, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity training program on Thursday, June 11, via Zoom. The program is open to all Vanderbilt staff, students, faculty and postdoctoral scholars.
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Faculty can learn ‘Finance Fundamentals’ in new series presented by Finance and Faculty Affairs
The Division of Finance, in partnership with the Office of Faculty Affairs, has launched a new faculty educational initiative called “Finance Fundamentals” to offer learning opportunities for academic faculty leadership, including detailed information specific to the tools and resources most relevant to faculty.
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Ask an Expert: How could COVID-19 change traffic patterns?
Dan Work, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses how COVID-19 could affect traffic patterns as people return to work.


Take Note

Vanderbilt Libraries roll out print material pick-up service

WeGo Public Transit implements enhanced service plan as Nashville reopens

Parenting Group virtual meeting set for June 11

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Searle Scholars

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 NEH Summer Stipends

VUPS creates COVID Ambassadors program to help promote health, safety of Vanderbilt community

IRS allows Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account mid-year changes

8 tips for building resilience during Mental Health Awareness Month

Participate in Health Plus’ Spring into Summer weight maintenance program

Become a Health Plus Wellness Commodore

Enroll in Babies and You prenatal education program; virtual sessions offered

Vanderbilt launches streamlined process for employee accommodation requests due to COVID-19

Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering Graduate Trainee Fellowship Program accepting applications

Blair Academy to offer online music lessons this summer

Fidelity confidential consultations available by phone


Coming Up

· JUN ·
  Blair School offers Kindermusik classes via Zoom June 3-July 23
· JUN ·
  Vanderbilt Athletics to host virtual 5K; proceeds benefit Feed Our Heroes


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: An undercurrent of the protests: African Americans are struggling more economically from this pandemic
William Collins, Terence E. Adderley, Jr. Chair in Economics, is quoted.
FiveThirtyEight: Have Americans’ views on race relations and police brutality changed since Ferguson?
John Sides, professor of political science, is quoted.
The New York Times: After 6 months, important mysteries about coronavirus endure
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
CNN: ICUs become a ‘delirium factory’ for COVID-19 patients
Pratik Pandharipande, professor of anesthesiology and professor of surgery, is quoted.
The Week: Childhood after coronavirus
Justine Bruyère, lecturer in reading education, is quoted.
Science: A mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling
Matthew Semler, assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of biomedical informatics, is quoted.
The Scientist: First antibody trial launched in COVID-19 patients
James Crowe, Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics and professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
The Tablet (UK): Archbishop condemns Trump visit to JPII shrine
James Hudnut-Beumler, Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, is quoted.
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