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  Wednesday, June 10, 2020  
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Diermeier discusses confronting challenges, embracing opportunity in virtual gatherings with students, staff and faculty
Incoming Chancellor Daniel Diermeier reflected on the extraordinary challenges presented by COVID-19 as well as racial injustice in our society—and discussed the university’s role in confronting these challenges—during a series of virtual gatherings with the Vanderbilt community.
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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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Partisanship shapes Tennesseans’ coronavirus views: Vanderbilt Poll
The partisanship of Tennesseans strongly influences their views on COVID-19, according to the latest statewide Vanderbilt Poll. The poll also found that economic worries abound as Tennesseans feel the financial effect of the safer-at-home order.
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Class of 2020 celebrated with virtual toast June 17
Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente will be joined by other campus leaders and members of the Vanderbilt community when they salute the Class of 2020 with a virtual toast on Wednesday, June 17.
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Luce Foundation grant bolsters Divinity School’s relief efforts after tornado, COVID-19
A rapid response grant by the Henry Luce Foundation will continue the intensive humanitarian efforts of Vanderbilt Divinity School after tornadoes wreaked havoc across Tennessee, followed by COVID-19.
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Warren Center and OLLI partner to offer cultural history of pandemics
Vanderbilt professor and author Holly Tucker will teach an online summer course focused on pandemics, thanks to a new partnership between the Robert Penn Warren Center and OLLI at Vanderbilt.
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Office of LGBTQI Life to offer P.R.I.D.E. training tomorrow 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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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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Wireless network security update set for July 8
VUIT will update the vuNet and eduroam wireless networks on July 8. After the updates occur, all VU-managed devices will be automatically reconnected to the networks. However, personal smart devices or other non-Vanderbilt issued devices will need to be reconnected to the networks by the user.
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Ask an Expert: How to maintain sobriety during a pandemic
Addiction thrives in isolation, so sheltering in place and social distancing during COVID-19 can be challenging for people in recovery as well as for those who are susceptible to substance misuse, says Andrew Finch, an addiction expert and Vanderbilt Peabody College professor.


Take Note

CampusPrint adds mobility enhancements

Vanderbilt Libraries roll out print material pick-up service

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

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

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

COVID-19 project funding opportunities captured on two VU websites

Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering Graduate Trainee Fellowship Program accepting applications

WeGo Public Transit implements enhanced service plan as Nashville reopens

Monthly benefit spotlight: Short- and long-term disability

First two steps of Go for the Gold now available

IRS allows Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account mid-year changes

Fidelity confidential consultations available by phone

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


Coming Up

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


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Vanderbilt in the News
Vox: The WHO has new guidelines on face masks to fight COVID-19
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Tennessee has one of the least deadly coronavirus outbreaks in the nation. But why?
Melissa McPheeters, research professor of health policy, is quoted.
Science Magazine: Something in the water: Environmental pollutant may be more hazardous than previously thought
Nancy Carrasco, Joe C. Davis Chair in Biomedical Science, is quoted.
The Hans India: Zoom fatigue: Why is video calling that exhausting right wow?
Brian Wind, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.
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