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Message from Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente: Important information about the university’s response to COVID-19

Mar. 11, 2020—Vanderbilt University is making decisions in consultation with VUMC, federal, state and local public health experts as well as with campus constituents to limit any potential impact of COVID-19 on campus. Decision-making and actions reflect current best practices and are designed to ensure the well-being of all members of the Vanderbilt community.

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Resources for moving classes online available from Center for Teaching

Mar. 11, 2020—The Center for Teaching is making available a number of resources for faculty and other instructors, including video conference and screencasting tools, as they move elements of their classes online following the announcement that Vanderbilt will move to alternative instruction starting March 16.

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Vanderbilt’s 403(b) Retirement Plan: Are you saving enough?

Mar. 10, 2020—Are you saving enough to live the life you want in retirement? Not sure where to start? Join Fidelity for a complimentary online workshop, "Get Started and Save for Your Future," on Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m.

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Further guidance on events, gatherings and administrative meetings

Mar. 10, 2020—All university-sponsored, non-Athletics events and gatherings are suspended through April 30.

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Loss of ‘Jedi’ alters neuron activity

Mar. 10, 2020—This is not the Jedi you're thinking of. This Jedi is a receptor that helps clear away dead neurons during development, and its loss changes the activity of dorsal root ganglia neurons, which could have implications for treating chronic pain.

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Message from Vice Provost Tracey George: International travel restrictions update

Mar. 9, 2020—Out of an abundance of caution and to protect the health and safety of the university community and the most vulnerable among it, Vanderbilt is restricting university-sponsored international travel to any country effective Tuesday, March 10, through April 30. As part of this change, Vanderbilt also will have restrictions on hosting new visitors to campus during this period.

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Message from Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente: Classes suspended and new guidelines

Mar. 9, 2020—Based on a desire to protect the health and safety of the Vanderbilt community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente is cancelling all university classes for the remainder of the week of March 9. In addition, beginning Monday, March 16, and through at least March 30, the university is suspending all in-person classes and is moving to online and other alternative learning options.

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Message from Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain: Information for staff on COVID-19 announcement

Mar. 9, 2020—In partnership with Vanderbilt Public Safety Emergency Preparedness, department operational continuity plans have been developed in response to COVID-19.

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Biology researchers capture shape-shifting delivery structures in body’s cellular “FedEx system”

Mar. 9, 2020—A new cellular biology study reports the first visualization of a unique shape-shifting structure in the human body which plays an important role in the timely delivery of fats and proteins. 

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Instructional resources for teaching at a distance available; hands-on training sessions planned

Mar. 9, 2020—Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching offers a wide variety of instructional resources to help support teaching at a distance for all Vanderbilt faculty. In addition, training sessions explaining “Tools for Putting Your Courses Online” as well as other ways to leverage virtual tools to facilitate learning are planned over the next week.

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Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core seeks mini-grant proposals for spring 2020

Mar. 9, 2020—The Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core invites proposals for activities that promote ongoing, mutually beneficial, health-oriented research partnerships between community organizations and academic researchers.

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Open Mind: Our united community and responsibilities

Mar. 9, 2020—In her "Open Mind" column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente addresses the community's response to the March 3 tornado and the global outbreak of the coronavirus.

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CANCELED: Get involved with Disability Awareness Week programming and events March 9–13

Mar. 9, 2020—From March 9 to 13, Vanderbilt will recognize Disability Awareness Week with a series of interactive programs and events on intersecting topics related to disability. All programs and events are free and open to Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars.

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Watch: Vanderbilt’s William Schaffner gives tips on staying healthy

Mar. 9, 2020—Vanderbilt University's Dr. William Schaffner, an internationally renowned infectious disease specialist and public health expert, provides tips on how to stay healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

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CANCELED: Sports and Society Committee to host luncheon and discussion March 19

Mar. 9, 2020—Faculty are invited to join a roundtable session on Thursday, March 19, focusing on research success stories from the Sports and Society Micro-Grant Program.

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