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  Monday, Aug. 17, 2020  
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Return to Campus Update for Aug. 17
It’s officially move-in week, and we are pleased to be welcoming back students for the semester. While this fall will look different than in years past, we remain steadfast in the constant pursuit of our mission and ideals outlined in our Academic Strategic Plan. As the university prepares to welcome more students, faculty, staff and postdocs back to campus over the coming weeks, it’s important for all to closely follow all campus protocols.
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2020 Fall Faculty Assembly to be virtual on Aug. 27
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier will share his vision and priorities for the new academic year and present many of the university’s highest honors at the Fall Faculty Assembly—to be held virtually—on Thursday, Aug. 27.
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Vanderbilt, Nashville commemorate 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment
The national centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which opened the door for a woman’s right to vote, is Aug. 26. Tennessee played a critical role in its passage by being the state that just barely passed the ratification resolution on Aug. 18, 1920.
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Get to know Vanderbilt’s residential faculty: Professor Douglas McMahon
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 Douglas McMahon, professor of biological sciences and faculty head of Crawford House.
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Vanderbilt shares updates to masking requirements
Face masks/coverings must be worn by all individuals on campus at all times in public indoor settings. Based on CDC guidance and recent updated studies, the university has made updates to its face masks/coverings guidelines.
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Symptom assessment tool mandatory for students returning for in-person classes
Individuals who have been authorized to return to campus, including all undergraduate, graduate and professional students, must conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall room. A symptom assessment tool has been created within the existing VandySafe app to aid those coming to and living on campus. The tool is also recommended for faculty, staff and postdocs coming to campus.
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Vanderbilt to launch COVID-19 surveillance testing program
Undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, faculty, staff and postdocs who are authorized to be on campus, and are engaged in on-campus, in-person activities, will be included in the institution’s ongoing COVID-19 surveillance testing program which will begin by Sept.1.
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VCFC to launch Art Adventures Enrichment Program for Vanderbilt parents with school-age children
The Vanderbilt Child and Family Center will launch a recreational art enrichment program for Vanderbilt University community members with school-age children entering first through fifth grades. The new Art Adventures Enrichment Program will run Aug. 24–Nov. 25. 
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Public Health AmbassaDores prepare for community’s return with new hotline
When you return to Vanderbilt this week, you may notice some community members decked out in Public Health AmbassaDore shirts or buttons. These PHAs help educate the community on the new Return to Campus protocols and provide resources that help create a safe environment. If you notice COVID-19 protocols are not being followed, report it by calling the PHA hotline at 615-343-1352.
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Researchers can update on-campus research ramp-up plans during Phase II+
In Phase II+, lead researchers have the opportunity to update their on-campus research ramp-up plans if needed. The new RedCAP forms for Phase II+ are now available. For faculty who would like to mentor VU undergraduate students in a research project that involves in-person activities, as is customary, faculty should work with the undergraduate student to plan the research activities they propose to undertake. During Phase II+, these plans must be reviewed and approved before they can be implemented.
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Vanderbilt implements emergency relief fund, extended sick leave to help employees manage challenges related to 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, Vanderbilt 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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Vanderbilt offers new daily parking option; annual permit registration now available
In response to feedback from the campus community about the desire for more commute options and flexibility when parking, the university is piloting a new daily parking option for up to 1,400 faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate and professional students. Those who are selected for the program will have access to the Terrace Place, Wesley Place and Sony garages and will pay to park only on the days they drive to campus.
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VUIT to host additional classroom technology training sessions Aug. 17–21
Vanderbilt University Information Technology will host additional informational sessions Aug. 17–21 on the audio/video installations in classrooms and teach faculty how to leverage the technology to facilitate adaptive teaching for the fall semester.
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Managing difficult conversations, manager responsibilities for compliance topics of new HR workshops
Vanderbilt Human Resources is launching two new virtual workshops hosted by Employee Learning and Engagement as the university continues to add training and resources for managers and leaders.
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Employee Appreciation: Become a Music City Platinum Ambassador
Vanderbilt Employee Appreciation is teaming with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp to offer a series of online training webinars for university employees from Aug. 17 through Sept. 14.
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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

Submit tuition benefit applications for fall 2020

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

Retirement savings workshop Aug. 17

Music for Seniors virtual presentation Aug. 20

VINSE Spotlight Podcast: Guanyu Lu–capturing waste heat to use in optical communication

Limited Submission Opportunity: Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program

CampusPrint adds mobility enhancements

Pick-up service now available from all libraries

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

HR announces new professional development tool, employee perks program

Save the date: Open Enrollment now set for Oct. 19–Nov. 2

COVID-19 project funding opportunities captured on two VU websites

Onboard personal smart devices before returning to campus following wireless network security update

HR announces new workshops focusing on remote work, employee engagement

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


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
· SEP ·
  Webinar: ‘Federal Funding for Early Career Faculty’ Sept. 22
· NOV ·
  Save the date: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day set for Nov. 13


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Vanderbilt in the News
Politico (Europe): History lessons: 17 women on Kamala Harris’ VP chances
Amanda Clayton, assistant professor of political science, is quoted.
Vox: The COVID-19 pandemic could be the last straw for high drug costs
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
The New York Times: Health experts warn about perils of new virus data collection system
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
Newsweek: Child coronavirus cases spiked by 90 percent. It’s likely down to two key reasons
Robert Carnahan, associate professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
The New York Times: Fortnite creator sues Apple and Google after ban from app stores
Rebecca Allensworth, Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence and professor of law, is quoted.
Time: Struggling to focus? How to improve your attention span when ‘the world is sick’
Gordon Logan, Centennial Professor of Psychology, is quoted.
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