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  Friday, June 19, 2020  
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Vanderbilt professor shares history of Juneteenth and its significance today
Celebrations of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration in the United States commemorating the end of slavery, will be shaped this year by the 2020 political landscape, according to Brandon Byrd, assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt.
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Vanderbilt receives $5M commitment to honor Chancellor Emeritus Nicholas S. Zeppos
An anonymous foundation has made a $5 million commitment to Vanderbilt University in honor of Nicholas S. Zeppos, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chancellor Emeritus.
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Vanderbilt announces new standardized testing policies for applicants
To support prospective students and their families during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic—which has impacted the availability and accessibility of the SAT and ACT exams—Vanderbilt University will not require scores from these standardized tests for students applying to enter the university in the fall of 2021.
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Wente announces Beasley’s expanded role focused on undergraduate education
Vanessa Beasley’s role as vice provost for academic affairs is expanding with oversight of four additional areas integral to the undergraduate education experience.
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10 faculty members named as 2020 Chancellor Faculty Fellows
Ten outstanding faculty members from across the university have been selected for the 2020 cohort of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. This group is composed of highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from a wide variety of disciplines and areas of expertise.
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Statement from Vanderbilt University regarding Supreme Court ruling on DACA
Read Vanderbilt University’s statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 18, 2020, ruling on the Unites States’ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
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Adaptive Teaching at Vanderbilt: Investing in new classroom technology to support faculty this fall
Vanderbilt University is making substantial investments in classroom technology to support faculty as the fall semester approaches. The strategy includes upgrading classroom technology to support livestreaming and recording in classrooms, building new video recording studios, and training faculty in both new and existing technology available in the classroom.
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Wente, Kopstain to host Return to Campus town hall for staff June 22
Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente and Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain will host a virtual town hall for staff on Monday, June 22, at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the university’s Return to Campus Plan. A second town hall for faculty is planned for Wednesday, June 24, at 11 a.m.
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Overview of Corporate and Foundation Relations services and resources set for June 23
The Corporate and Foundation Relations team helped faculty and staff secure $8.2 million in gifts and grants last fiscal year. Faculty, postdoctoral candidates, grants administrators and support staff are invited to attend a CFR virtual training on Tuesday, June 23.
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Churchwell, diversity officers of SEC present webinar on COVID-19 health disparities, inequities, possible solutions June 24
Chief diversity officers from across the Southeastern Conference will offer a webinar on Wednesday, June 24, exploring the intersection of race and the COVID-19 health crisis. The Vanderbilt-hosted webinar is free and open to the public.
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Apply now for Programs for Talented Youth’s July 2020 Online Academy
Are you looking for an online summer opportunity for an advanced learner in your life? Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth’s Online Academy is providing students going into grades 8–12 with online learning opportunities this July.
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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 can wearable technology help frontline workers?
Karl Zelik, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, discusses how wearable technology can help reduce injuries and assist workers at the frontline of COVID-19.


Take Note

ACCRE launches experimental technologies program ‘ACCREx’

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2020 Procter & Gamble Higher Education Grants

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2021 Sloan Research Fellowships

Developmental research funding opportunity: VICC SPORE in Breast Cancer

Career enhancement funding opportunity: VICC SPORE in Breast Cancer

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

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


Coming Up

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· JUL ·
  Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Washington Post: The pandemic may drive some parents to opt for home schooling this fall, if they can afford it
Joseph Murphy, Frank W. Mayborn Professor of Education, is quoted.
Sports Illustrated: Vanderbilt announces plan for fall semester
Vanderbilt’s Return to Campus Plan is highlighted.
The New York Times: Tulsa officials plead for Trump to cancel rally as virus spikes in Oklahoma
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
NBC News: Is this the second wave of COVID-19 in the U.S.? Or are we still in the first?
Loren Lipworth, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
BBC: Newsday–June 8, 2020
Dominique Béhague, associate professor of medicine, health and society, was interviewed by the BBC World Service about the Brazilian government’s recent removal of COVID-19 trend data and its implications for the pandemic and racial justice. Béhague’s interview begins at the 6:45 mark.
The Conversation: ‘Telepresence’ can help bring advanced courses to schools that don’t offer them
Jennifer Darling-Aduana, a Ph.D. student in Education Leadership and Policy Studies, and Carolyn Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair Professor of Public Policy and Education, write about the educational benefits of the telepresence model.
The Tennessean: Number of COVID-19 patients in Tennessee hospitals is highest ever, Vanderbilt study says
The research of John Graves, associate professor of health policy, Melissa McPheeters, research professor of health policy, and Melinda Buntin, Mike Curb Professor of Health Policy, is highlighted.
The Conversation: What the Supreme Court’s decision on LGBT employment discrimination will mean for transgender Americans
Christopher Carpenter, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Economics and director of Vanderbilt’s LGBT Policy Lab, and Gilbert Gonzales, assistant professor of medicine, health and society, write about the Supreme Court’s decision outlawing LGBT employment discrimination.
The Tennessean: A brief note to the unconvinced about the reason for the protests | Opinion
Anighya Crocker, a rising senior in the Blair School of Music, writes about the motivating causes behind recent protests against racial injustice.
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