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  Monday, Aug. 10, 2020  
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Return to Campus Update for Aug. 10
The university is on track to continue welcoming students back to campus over the next two weeks. In-person classes for several professional degree programs have already launched, and undergraduate, graduate and many professional programs will begin in-person classes on Aug. 24.
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VU implements emergency relief fund, extended sick leave to help employees manage challenges of COVID-19
Vanderbilt University has established the Employee COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to assist employees with financial burdens that have been incurred as a result of COVID-19. In addition, VU will provide eligible staff members who are required to work on campus access to a one-time bank of up to two weeks of pay to recover from a diagnosed COVID-19 illness or to stay home for required quarantine or isolation periods.
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Faculty Senate to co-host town hall on new VERA system tomorrow; submit questions in advance
The Vanderbilt Faculty Senate and Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan will co-host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to discuss the progress of the new Vanderbilt Electronic Research Administration (VERA) system and its implications for university research.
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Faculty prepare for fall semester through participation in CFT’s Online Course Design Institute
This summer more than 400 faculty and other instructors completed the Online Course Design Institute offered by the Center for Teaching, learning about effective practices in online education and jump-starting their planning for summer and fall online courses.
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VUIT to host adaptive teaching training sessions for faculty Aug. 10–11
Over the next two weeks, VUIT will host informational sessions on audio/video equipment installations in classrooms and teach faculty how to leverage the technology. In-person sessions for a limited number of participants as well as Zoom options are available.
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Get to know Vanderbilt’s residential faculty: Professor Audrey Bowden
As the new academic year approaches, Vanderbilt’s faculty heads of house are revealing some things about themselves in this special portrait series. Get to know Audrey Bowden, associate professor of biomedical engineering and electrical engineering and faculty head of Zeppos College.
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Faculty webinar: ‘Department of Defense 101’ Wednesday
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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Librarians work to broaden Vanderbilt’s research reputation with Wikidata tools
A team of Vanderbilt librarians is using Wikidata tools and other best practices to promote awareness of faculty scholarship and make it discoverable and accessible to researchers.
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Postdoctoral scholars invited to immigration update session Wednesday
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with International Student and Scholar Services and the Office of Employee Immigration Services, will host an online information session on Wednesday, Aug. 12, for Vanderbilt’s postdoctoral scholars to learn more about recent updates to immigration policies.
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Open Enrollment 2021 is an active enrollment year
All fully benefits-eligible faculty and staff are required to make an active plan selection during October’s Open Enrollment for 2021 coverage. Employees will not automatically default into their current plan if no action is taken.
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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.
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Who do you mask up for?
Anchor Down. Step Up. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Share your mask photos with us on social media using #AnchorDownStepUp and tell us: Who do you mask up for?


Take Note

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Jenna Dombroski–Progress toward a breast cancer vaccine

HR announces new workshops focusing on remote work, employee engagement

Blair Children’s Chorus online auditions set for Aug. 10

Next Parenting Group virtual meeting is Aug. 12

Retirement savings workshop Aug. 17

Save the date: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day set for Nov. 13

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

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

Pick-up service now available from all libraries

CampusPrint adds mobility enhancements

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


Coming Up

· AUG ·
  ‘Real Conversations: Coaching Up Employee Performance’ Aug. 11
· AUG ·
  HR workshop: ‘The Four Frames of Leadership’ Aug. 18
· SEP ·
  Faculty can learn ‘Finance Fundamentals’ in new series presented by Finance and Faculty Affairs
· OCT ·
  Save the date: Open Enrollment set for Oct. 17-31


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Vanderbilt in the News
CNN: Tennessee picks Trump-backed Bill Hagerty to be Senate Republican nominee
John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science, is quoted.
Bloomberg Law: The paradigm of billing time: How lawyers are not like investors
Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.
NBC News: Work on hydroxychloroquine delayed promising studies of convalescent plasma
Todd Rice, associate professor of medicine, and Allison Wheeler, assistant professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology and assistant professor of pediatrics, are quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: Early coronavirus vaccine supplies likely won’t be enough for everyone at high risk
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
Associated Press: Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat
Tim Meyer, professor of law and director of the International Legal Studies Program, is quoted.
Forbes: COVID-19 might lead to a ‘mental health pandemic’
Wesley Ely, Grant W. Liddle Professor of Medicine, about the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on survivors’ mental health.
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