NOVEMBER 2010
Vanderbilt University

Reunion Weekend draws thousands

More than 4,000 alumni, family and friends attended Reunion and Homecoming Weekend Oct. 21–23 and enjoyed a variety of activities, including educational events, class parties, the Homecoming tailgate and the Vanderbilt-South Carolina game. Among the many highlights, the Reunion classes presented a check representing more than $21.8 million in gifts and pledges to Vanderbilt.

Rascal Flatts Surgery Center announced

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt announced on Oct. 29 that it would name its pediatric surgery center after the country music group Rascal Flatts, which has raised more than $3 million for the hospital. Full story »

Dyer Observatory helps discover ‘Goldilocks’ planet

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory played a small but significant role in the recent discovery of Gliese 581g—the first habitable planet ever detected outside our solar system. Scientists have nicknamed Gliese 581g a “Goldilocks planet” because it lies in a region that is not too hot and not too cold for life. Full story »

Vanderbilt ranks high in value, economic diversity

Vanderbilt is No. 18 among private universities that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price, according to recent rankings released by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Also, Vanderbilt is 17th in U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking of economic diversity among top national universities. The ranking is based on the proportion of students using Pell grants, which are most often given to undergraduates with family incomes under $20,000.


Career Moves comes to Atlanta, Houston and Memphis

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association invites alumni and their families to register for one of the upcoming Career Moves seminars planned for Atlanta, Houston and Memphis, Tenn., on Nov. 13. Cost varies by location, but each seminar includes a daylong networking and career coaching session led by an executive career coach, as well as refreshments and lunch. Visit the Career Moves page for more details and to register.

Dores Across Nashville events planned this fall

Dores Across Nashville is a series of networking dinners that provide Vanderbilt alumni and current students the opportunity to gather in the homes of Nashville-area alumni to share common interests. Five more dinners are planned for this fall. Visit the Common Connections page for more information and to learn about additional events.

Alumni Association board meets during Reunion

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors convened Oct. 21–22 for its annual fall meeting. The board heard from university administrators, the strategic planning committees gave updates, and a new operating plan was voted on and approved.

Take a winter getaway to the Florida Everglades

Travel to Naples, Fla., Feb. 6–12 for a unique educational experience. An expert naturalist will lead day trips to seldom-visited areas of Everglades National Park. You will enjoy peaceful evenings at the beautiful Bellasera Resort in the heart of old Naples, near restaurants, beaches and upscale shopping. Visit the Vanderbilt Travel Program page for more information and to reserve your space today.

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From the Campus

Vanderbilt to build new medical campus

The Tennessean—Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently purchased a 22-acre plot in Franklin, Tenn., which is anticipated to be the future site of a $200 million medical campus for specialty practices. Full story »

U2 to perform at Vanderbilt Stadium

Legendary rock group U2 will bring its U2 360 tour to Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday, July 2. The show will be the group’s first concert in Nashville since 1981. Full story »

Vanderbilt recognized for energy efficiency

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has awarded Vanderbilt its Energy Efficiency Leadership Award, which recognizes universities that have demonstrated a commitment to energy efficiency through innovative design and policy. In related news, Vanderbilt announced that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 7.8 percent between 2008 and 2009. Also, Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks recently became the largest health care building in the world to attain LEED Certification for Commercial Interiors from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Nanoscientists receive federal grant

Vanderbilt’s Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has received a $569,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will be used to renovate the institute’s air-handling equipment and upgrade its monitoring system for toxic gases. Full story »

Brookings scholar lecture marks opening of new center

A lecture given by Brookings scholar Thomas Mann on Oct. 28 marked the official launch of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, which is housed within Vanderbilt’s Department of Political Science. Full story »

Researchers discover DNA repair mechanism

ScienceDaily—Vanderbilt researchers have helped discover a fundamentally new way that DNA-repair enzymes detect and fix damage to the chemical bases that form the letters in the genetic code. Full story »

Meharry–Vanderbilt Alliance looks to future

Reporter—The agreement formed in 1999 between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center is evolving to focus on public health, community health, health services research and health policy. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News

Student wins photomicrography competition

National Geographic—Jonas King, graduate student in biological sciences, has captured first place in Nikon’s Small World photo contest for his image of a mosquito’s heart at 100-times magnification. Full story »

Liquid crystal research promises better displays

Wired—Chemists at Vanderbilt have created a new class of liquid crystals with unique electrical properties that could improve the performance of digital displays used on everything from watches to televisions. Full story »

Ingram receives arts philanthropy award

The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)—Martha Rivers Ingram, chairman of Vanderbilt’s Board of Trust, has been named recipient of the Eli and Edythe Broad Award for Philanthropy in the Arts by Americans for the Arts. Full story »

Researchers develop blood monitoring device

Scientific American—Jesse Ehrenfeld, assistant professor of medicine, and his team have developed a noninvasive device that takes real-time measurements of a patient’s red blood cells, giving physicians continuous information about when a transfusion is needed. Full story »

Next Step program helps students with disabilities

The Tennessean—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is helping students with intellectual disabilities broaden their career options through Next Step, a two-year certification program. Full story »

VUMC among nation’s top-grossing hospitals

Nashville Business Journal—Vanderbilt University Medical Center ranks among the country’s 50 top-grossing short-term, acute-care hospitals, according to a report by Becker’s Hospital Review. Full story »

Boston school hosts alumnus DBR

The Boston Globe—Composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, BMus’93, aka DBR, recently visited a Boston-area middle school and high school to introduce students to contemporary orchestral music. Full story »

VUCast: Vanderbilt's ties to Goldilocks

VUCast: Vanderbilt’s ties to Goldilocks

VUCAST: What is discovery science?

VUCast: What is discovery science?

VUCast: Lean learning and extreme giving

VUCast: Lean learning and extreme giving

Video: What should BP's CEO do now?

Video: What should BP’s CEO do now?


Faculty News

Legal scholar Nagareda dies

Richard Nagareda, the David Daniels Allen Professor of Law and director of the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program, died Oct. 8. An event celebrating his life is planned for Nov. 12 at Vanderbilt University Law School. Full Story »

Stovall, former Peabody dean, dies

The Tennessean—Thomas Stovall, MA’50, PhD’54, professor of education, emeritus, and former dean of Peabody College, died Oct. 9. He was 84. Full Story »

Daniels receives poetry award

Kate Daniels, associate professor of English, has been named winner of the 2011 Hanes Award for Poetry by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Full Story »

Sharpley-Whiting named to The Root 100 list

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, distinguished professor of African American studies and French, has been named to The Root magazine’s list of the top 100 young leaders in the African American community. Full Story »

Schrimpf receives Chancellor’s Cup

Ron Schrimpf, the Orrin Henry Ingram Professor of Engineering and faculty head of Memorial House, was recently awarded the Chancellor’s Cup, which recognizes contributions outside the classroom to undergraduate student-faculty relationships. Full Story »


Sports News

Basketball legend Skinner dies

Former Head Men’s Basketball Coach Roy Skinner, MA’58, who compiled an 81.5 percent winning percentage at Memorial Gym and recruited the first black athlete to the Southeastern Conference, died Oct. 25. He was 80. Full story »

Caldwell shakes up staff

The City Paper—After the Oct. 23 loss to South Carolina, Head Football Coach Robbie Caldwell announced that Des Kitchings, the running backs coach, would take over for Jimmy Kiser as Vanderbilt’s offensive coordinator. Full story »

Price appears on Sports Illustrated cover

Former Vanderbilt and current Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price, A’09, who was recently named the American League Pitcher of the Month for September, appeared on the Oct. 11 cover of Sports Illustrated. Full story »

Men’s basketball to rely on Jenkins, Taylor

The Tennessean—Sophomore shooting guard John Jenkins and junior forward Jeffery Taylor will take center stage at Memorial Gym with the exit of Jermaine Beal, BS’10, and A.J. Ogilvy, A’11, who both are playing professionally overseas. Full story »

Women’s basketball picked third in SEC preseason poll

The Tennessean—Vanderbilt women’s basketball was picked third, behind Tennessee and Kentucky, in the Southeastern Conference’s preseason poll announced Oct. 19. Full story »

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Vanderbilt fans can now purchase personalized bricks to be installed in two beautiful walkways leading to the newly renovated east and west gates at Vanderbilt Stadium. Build your brick »

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