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  Monday, Aug. 3, 2020  
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Return to Campus Update: Vanderbilt Phase II continues with readiness for further on-campus activities
Vanderbilt has continued to successfully implement Phase II of its Return to Campus Plan and, as of Aug. 10, will have the criteria and systems in place to begin on-campus classes on Aug. 24 for all undergraduates and many graduate and professional students.
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Wente relaunching ‘Open Dore on Location’ series, invites faculty to discuss Return to Campus plans
“Open Dore on Location” will be held in a new digital form due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will initially focus on the university’s Return to Campus Plan and addressing faculty questions in a small, open-forum format. The second week of sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4, and Friday, Aug. 7.
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Get to know Vanderbilt’s residential faculty: Professor Celso Castilho
As the new academic year approaches, Vanderbilt’s faculty heads of house are revealing some things about themselves in this special portrait series. Meet Celso Thomas Castilho, associate professor of history and faculty head of Memorial House.
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The Tennessean: Discrimination and disparities in health – examination of racial inequality in Nashville
Dr. André Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at VU and VUMC, and former Sen. Bill Frist, founder of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, write about the importance of addressing health equity and health disparities in Nashville communities in this opinion piece.
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Vanderbilt Divinity School conference to address impact of COVID-19
The Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative will host “Medical Apartheid Revisited: Pandemic, Politics and Priorities,” an online social justice conference Aug. 5-7, to explore increasing racial and ethnic health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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16th annual Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Symposium set for Aug. 6
The 16th annual Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. CST. The event is sponsored by Ancora Innovation through Vanderbilt’s partnership with Deerfield Management and will be broadcast remotely.
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Faculty webinar: ‘Department of Defense 101’ Aug. 12
Experts from Lewis-Burke Associates LLC will highlight how the Department of Defense funds science and technology research and development. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 12, and will be broadcast remotely.
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Save the date: Open Enrollment set for Oct. 17-31
Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to elect the benefits that best meet your needs. All benefits-eligible employees should complete Open Enrollment Oct. 17–31 for calendar year 2021 benefits.
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HR workshop: ‘The Four Frames of Leadership’ Aug. 18
In this workshop, managers will learn the theory of the “Four Frames of Leadership,” which can help you develop multiple approaches to a situation, go beyond your natural strengths, and aid you in becoming more effective as a worker, manager and leader.
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‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshop now available every weekday through Sept. 30
In this two-hour online instructor-led workshop, participants will learn the skills to disrupt the impact of bias in their interactions, behaviors and decision-making and the various ways unconscious bias can impede the development of a diverse and inclusive work environment. August dates are currently available for registration in Oracle Learning. 
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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

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Michael Kosson–3D print cement

Institute in Critical Quantitative and Mixed Methodologies holds inaugural virtual symposium Aug. 3–4

Virtual information sessions will discuss breastfeeding Aug. 4–6

Next Single Parent Group virtual meeting is Aug. 6

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center shares disabilities research in plain language through new podcast series

HR announces new professional development tool, employee perks program

Submit tuition benefit applications for fall 2020

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

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

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

Pick-up service now available from all libraries

CampusPrint adds mobility enhancements

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offers Professional Development in Mindfulness Facilitation course

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course offered by Osher Center for Integrative Medicine


Coming Up

· AUG ·
  Inclusive Book Group to discuss ‘The Person You Mean to Be’ Aug. 5
· SEP ·
  Faculty can learn ‘Finance Fundamentals’ in new series presented by Finance and Faculty Affairs


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Vanderbilt in the News
The Tennessean: Vanderbilt athletics director Candice Lee on executive committee of new Black AD Alliance
The appointment of Candice Storey Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, to the executive committee of the newly formed Black AD Alliance is highlighted.
Bloomberg: Big Tech’s antitrust hearing: What you need to know
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
The Washington Post: How a secretive Pentagon agency seeded the ground for a rapid coronavirus cure
Vanderbilt is mentioned as one of four participants in DARPA’s Pandemic Prevention Platform, or P3. James Crowe, Ann Scott Carell Chair and professor of pediatrics and of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
CNN: Why some people who haven’t had COVID-19 might already have some immunity
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Your questions around hybrid teaching answered
Derek Bruff, director of the Center for Teaching and principal senior lecturer in mathematics, is quoted.
Good Morning America: Interest in homeschooling spikes amid coronavirus pandemic: Here are parents’ biggest questions answered
Joseph Murphy, Frank W. Mayborn Professor of Education, is quoted.
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