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  Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020  
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A message to faculty on fulfilling our mission as we return to campus
The Vanderbilt community will come together, continue to make adjustments, embrace debate and discussion, and focus on how best to ensure we take care of one another while fulfilling our scholarly missions as a residential research university, write Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente in a message to faculty.
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Vanderbilt announces new digital tools to support adaptive teaching
Vanderbilt University has secured licensing for new digital tools to support hybrid and online instruction for the 2020-21 academic year. The new tools and platforms will help meet the acute needs of faculty and students and will complement existing campus-wide technologies.
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Get to know Vanderbilt’s residential faculty: Professor Christoph Zeller
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 Christoph Zeller, associate professor of German studies and of European studies and faculty head of West House.
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Vanderbilt Magazine: Vanderbilt Brain Institute emerges as hub of discovery as neuroscience’s influence expands
The VBI recently marked its 20th anniversary, a span that has seen the institute’s wide-ranging missions—including administering the university’s Neuroscience Graduate Program, as well as postdoctoral training and community outreach—steadily coalesce under a single umbrella.
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Postdoctoral scholars invited to immigration update session today
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, at 3:30 p.m. CT for Vanderbilt’s postdoctoral scholars to learn more about recent updates to immigration policies.
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Save the date: Open Enrollment now set for Oct. 19–Nov. 2
Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to elect the benefits that best meet your needs. All benefits-eligible employees should complete Open Enrollment Oct. 19–Nov. 2 for calendar year 2021 benefits.
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HR announces new workshops focusing on remote work, employee engagement
Vanderbilt Human Resources’ Employee Learning and Engagement continues to host virtual workshops in August that provide training and resources for employees and leaders who are working remotely.
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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.
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Ask an Expert: What are warning signs of COVID-19 stress in young adults?
Autumn Kujawa, assistant professor of psychology and human development, discusses the warning signs of COVID-19 related stress in young adults.


Take Note

HR announces new professional development tool, employee perks program

Retirement savings workshop Aug. 17

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

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

COVID-19 project funding opportunities captured on two VU websites

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

Submit tuition benefit applications for fall 2020

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


Coming Up

· 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


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Vanderbilt in the News
ABA Journal: Millions have been invested in the emerging field of neurolaw. Where is it leading?
Owen Jones, the Glenn M. Weaver, M.D. and Mary Ellen Weaver Professor of Law, Brain and Behavior and professor of biological sciences, is quoted in this feature article about the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, an interdisciplinary initiative based at Vanderbilt Law School that he directs.
The Guardian (U.K.): Instagram Reels: Facebook’s history of ‘adapting’ competitors’ familiar features
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
Axios: 97,000 children test positive for coronavirus in two weeks
Tina Hartert, Lulu H. Owen Professor of Medicine, is quoted.
The New York Times: New York is positioned to reopen schools safely, health experts say
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
The Guardian (U.K.): Bolivia protesters bring country to standstill over election delays
Carwil Bjork-James, assistant professor of anthropology, is quoted.
Good Morning America: New study finds 1 in 9 women reported drinking alcohol while pregnant
Katherine Hartmann, Lucius E. Burch Professor of Reproductive Physiology and Family Planning and professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted.
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