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  Monday, June 8, 2020  
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Statement from August Washington: Our commitment to your safety
Vanderbilt University Public Safety is committed to keeping the VU community safe while never infringing upon the right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, writes Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety and Special Initiatives August Washington.
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Vernon named engineering school’s interim associate dean for academic success
Julianne Vernon, research assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been appointed interim associate dean for academic success in the School of Engineering.
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Virtual gatherings with Incoming Chancellor Daniel Diermeier scheduled for noon today, tomorrow
Incoming Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is hosting 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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Discussion for faculty on racial justice, inclusion set for tomorrow
A discussion open to all faculty on the issues of racial justice in America, and on the challenges and inequities that emerge at the intersection of identity and crisis, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9.
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Staff listening sessions on racial justice continue this week
The university has scheduled additional listening sessions for staff 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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Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association announces 2020 award winners
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has announced its 2020 award winners.
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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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Monthly benefit spotlight: Short- and long-term disability
If you were in an accident or diagnosed with an illness tomorrow, how far could you go without a paycheck? Vanderbilt covers eligible staff at a no-cost base coverage to a certain dollar amount and also offers buy-up coverage.


Take Note

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

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

Vanderbilt Libraries roll out print material pick-up service

WeGo Public Transit implements enhanced service plan as Nashville reopens

IRS allows Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account mid-year changes

Faculty can learn ‘Finance Fundamentals’ in new series presented by Finance and Faculty Affairs

Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering Graduate Trainee Fellowship Program accepting applications

Blair School offers Kindermusik classes via Zoom June 3-July 23

Blair Academy to offer online music lessons this summer

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Searle Scholars

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 NEH Summer Stipends

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


Coming Up

· JUN ·
  Parenting Group virtual meeting
· JUN ·
  Divinity hosts ‘Reclaiming Breath’ conversations June 17, 23


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: With live concerts on hold, Nashville students perform for music lovers over video conference
Zachary Ebin, senior artist teacher of Suzuki violin, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: A hazardous moment for Black health
Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.
USA Today: A coronavirus vaccine could require you to get two shots. Here’s why.
Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics, is quoted.
PolitiFact: Health misinformation website rebrands as pro-Trump outlet to get around ban from Facebook
Liza Fazio, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.
The Hill: How to solve the vacancies problem that looms over federal government
David Lewis, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, writes about solutions for filling vacancies in critical government job positions.
Science: Ancient DNA reveals diverse origins of Caribbean’s earliest inhabitants
Jada Benn Torres, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Laboratory of Genetic Anthropology and Biocultural Studies, is quoted.
The Conversation: A new hybrid fungus is found in hospitals and linked to lung disease
Graduate student Jacob Steenwyk and Antonis Rokas, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences, write about a new hybrid fungus linked to lung disease.
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