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  Friday, Aug. 21, 2020  
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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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Urgent message about start of classes shared with undergraduate students
As the headlines fill with stories of universities forced to suspend in-person classes after reopening due to outbreaks on campus, we write to reiterate the utmost seriousness with which you—and every member of the Vanderbilt community—must take our public health and safety requirements, Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost Susan R. Wente said in an Aug. 19 message to undergraduate students.
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Vanderbilt updates misconduct guidelines
The Office of the Dean of Students has announced a revision to the student accountability sanctions for violations of the university’s COVID-19 policies and protocols. The announcement comes as other universities have suspended in-person classes after reopening due to outbreaks on campus.
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Adaptive Teaching: Supplemental support, resources for faculty continue as academic year begins
As the new academic year begins, supplemental support and resources are still available to faculty to ensure a successful start to the fall semester.
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VUIT to host additional classroom technology training sessions today
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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Lee, Mason, Corbin named to SEC Council on Racial Equity and Social Justice
The Southeastern Conference has announced the creation of the SEC Council on Racial Equity and Social Justice, a league-wide body consisting of a diverse group of student-athletes, administrators, coaches and SEC staff. The council includes Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletic Director Candice Storey Lee, head football coach Derek Mason and head baseball coach Tim Corbin.
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Faculty and staff invited to join inaugural LGBTQI+ Affinity Group
Faculty and staff who identify as LGBTQI+ and their allies are invited to join a virtual launch party and brainstorming session of the new employee LGBTQI+ Affinity Group. The event will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
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Watch: Vanderbilt welcomes students to campus during Move-In 2020
Move-In at Vanderbilt University looks different this year—but the excitement among students, faculty and staff is as strong as ever. Vanderbilt welcomed students back to campus during 2020 Move-In Aug. 17–21.
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Get to know Vanderbilt’s residential faculty: Professor Chalene Helmuth
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 Chalene Helmuth, senior lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese and faculty head of Sutherland House.
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Alumna: How my great-grandfather’s bravery helped secure a woman’s right to vote
The Hon. Claudia Bonnyman, JD’74, discusses the role her great-grandfather, Gov. A.H. Roberts, played in Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th Amendment and the battle for women’s suffrage.
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Women’s Equality Day film screening and virtual discussion set for Aug. 26
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center will sponsor the online screening of a short film followed by a discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 26, to mark Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment.
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Student Care Network launches Headspace for 2020-21 academic year
Beginning Aug. 21, undergraduate, graduate and professional students may obtain free access to Headspace, an award-winning meditation and sleep app designed to reduce stress, improve happiness and increase compassion through guided meditation, sleep content, mindful workouts and focus exercises.
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Clark named director of HR Employee Learning and Organizational Effectiveness
Krystal N. Clark has been named director for Employee Learning and Organizational Effectiveness in Vanderbilt Human Resources. She assumes her new role on Sept. 1.
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Sign up for Osher Lifelong Learning at Vanderbilt fall term
Memoir writing, steel drums, China’s revolutions and topics related to race, gender and sports are among the diverse Osher Lifelong Learning classes to be offered this fall.
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Plan ahead for updates to Oracle Cloud Aug. 21–22
Vanderbilt’s Oracle Cloud environment will undergo its next quarterly upgrade the weekend of Aug. 21–22. Following this update, users will see enhancements to the search bar function.
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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.
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Return to Campus video series launches
A new video series is highlighting Vanderbilt’s Return to Campus Plan and informing members of the campus community what will be different this semester. More videos will be added over the coming weeks.


Take Note

Managing difficult conversations, manager responsibilities for compliance topics of new HR workshops

HR announces new professional development tool, employee perks program

Blair School offers tai chi sessions via Zoom

Blair Academy now open on Zoom

Blair Academy offers Kindermusik on Zoom

Blair offers senior adult classes through ZOOM

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

Limited Submission Opportunity: Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program

COVID-19 project funding opportunities captured on two VU websites

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

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

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


Coming Up

· AUG ·
  Vanderbilt, Nashville commemorate 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment
· SEP ·
  Test of AlertVU system scheduled for Sept. 1
· 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: Postal service pressure turns to prescriptions
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
CNN: White House focus on oleandrin treatment for coronavirus would be ‘nonsense,’ experts say
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of preventive medicine, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report: Navigating online college as a disabled student
Anjali Forber-Pratt, assistant professor of human and organizational development, is quoted.
Nashville Post: AllianceBernstein, Arts & Business Council, city of Columbia, Vanderbilt, Zander announce updates
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is quoted.
Fox News: Are coronavirus rapid tests accurate?
Romney Humphries, professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is quoted.
HuffPost: How corporate America is becoming a powerful ally for clean energy
Zdravka Tzankova, associate professor of sociology, is quoted.
Al Jazeera: Blockades test main forces in Bolivia amid election crisis
Carwil Bjork-James, assistant professor of anthropology, is quoted.
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