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  Friday, Jul. 17, 2020  
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Vanderbilt shares classroom health and safety protocols for upcoming academic year
In close collaboration with faculty leaders, a team of subject-matter experts charged with researching and developing classroom protocols in response to COVID-19 has released a list of requirements and recommendations for classroom instruction for starting the 2020-21 academic year. The full list of protocols includes guidelines for in-classroom physical distancing, face mask/coverings, room entrances and exits, as well as recommendations regarding seating arrangements, equipment and technology.
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VU, VUMC medical experts to host town halls about the medical aspects of COVID-19
Medical and public health experts from Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center will host two virtual town halls focused on the medical aspects of COVID-19 on Saturday, July 18. They will address the latest understanding of the virus, best practices and the science behind public health protocols designed to slow the spread, as well as the university’s plans for testing and contact tracing. The town hall for faculty and staff will take place from noon to 1 p.m. The town hall for student and families will take place from 2 to 3 p.m.
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Provost Wente and Faculty Senate to co-host town hall on classroom safety July 20
Provost Susan R. Wente and the Faculty Senate will host a virtual town hall for faculty focused on classroom safety—including classroom protocols—July 20. The live webinar from 11 a.m. to noon will also include a moderated question-and-answer session.
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Chancellor Emeritus Zeppos named trustee of Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital
Chancellor Emeritus Nicholas S. Zeppos, a longtime advocate for education and research on mental health, is a new trustee of McLean Hospital, a world leader in treatment of psychiatric disorders.
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New caregiver online forums now available for Vanderbilt community members with children
The University Working Group on Schools and Childcare has announced that the new Vanderbilt caregivers online forums launched this week for VU community members to connect and exchange ideas and resources regarding child care solutions and arrangements beyond Vanderbilt’s campus.
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John Vrooman, revered professor of sports economics, has died
Vanderbilt emeritus professor of economics John Vrooman, who had a passion for all things sports and taught one of the most popular classes at Vanderbilt focusing on sports economics, passed away on July 5. Before he passed, Vrooman asked that he not have an official obituary, but fellow economics professor Robert Driskill wrote this remembrance of Vrooman, who had a teaching career that spanned almost five decades.
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Vanderbilt bolsters support services for international students
Vanderbilt ISSS bolsters efforts to support the university’s international students, who are navigating challenges ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to rapidly changing government directives.
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HR announces new workshops focusing on remote work, employee engagement
Vanderbilt Human Resources will launch three new virtual workshops hosted by Employee Learning and Engagement this month as the university continues to add training and resources for employees and leaders who are working remotely.
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Visit Faculty Q&A page on Return to Campus website
Vanderbilt faculty are encouraged to visit the Faculty Q&A page, which includes answers to questions asked by faculty at recent Return to Campus town halls. The page continues to be updated regularly.


Take Note

Rafat receives Young Investigator Grant from Breast Cancer Alliance

Wireless network security update takes effect July 8

‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshop now available every weekday through Sept. 30

Submit tuition benefit applications for fall 2020

Vanderbilt’s EasyRide program expands to offer free regional bus, train rides

Monthly benefit spotlight: Supplemental life insurance

Take a virtual group Mindful Break with Health Plus

Limited Submission Opportunity: The Memorial Foundation Grant

Limited Submission Opportunity: 2020 Greenwall Faculty Scholars

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Andrew Naclerio–Exceptional properties of 2D materials

Respite Breaks for Family Caregivers

COVID-19 federal funding opportunities and guidance webinar

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop on July 27

There’s Never Been a More Important Time to Focus on Your Health! Take the First Step with Go for the Gold.

CampusPrint adds mobility enhancements


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


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Vanderbilt in the News
Associated Press: Vanderbilt opposes new visa rules for international students
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
Bloomberg Businessweek: Foreign students in the U.S. can breathe easier—for now
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
MarketWatch: Big Tech’s latest reckoning is coming as it continues to rack up record valuations
Rebecca Allensworth, professor of law, is quoted.
Forbes: Exclusive: Endpoint health launches to bring targeted therapies to critically ill patients
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Wired: Don’t talk about Covid-19’s ‘waves’—This isn’t the spanish flu
Loren Lipworth-Elliot, research professor of medicine, is quoted.
CBS News: Trump’s threat to cut school funding does little to sway state, local officials
Sean Corcoran, associate professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
NBC News: As coronavirus cases soar, doctors and patients wonder: Is it possible to get reinfected?
Buddy Creech, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
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