APRIL 2011

  Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt schools at top of U.S. News rankings

Peabody College was named the best graduate school of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the third consecutive year on March 15, while the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Law School all ranked in the top 20 in their respective categories. Full story »

Vanderbilt offers support to Japanese disaster victims

The Vanderbilt community held a candlelight vigil March 18 for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services and the Office of the Dean of Students are continuing to offer support to Japanese students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars and their families. Full story »

Owen School helps launch Americas MBA program

Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is partnering with graduate business schools in Canada, Mexico and Brazil to launch the Americas MBA for Executives, a two-year degree program starting in fall 2011 that will give students the opportunity to study management issues in each of the four largest economies in the Americas. Full story »


Alumni job board now available

Job postings are now offered on VUconnect, Vanderbilt’s exclusive online community. Alumni can search for and post “experienced hire” jobs in any industry or city. If you’re not an alumnus, use this form and we will post your job opening for you. For questions, contact Kate Stuart in Alumni Relations.

Career seminars planned across the U.S.

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association invites alumni and their families to register for one of the upcoming Career Moves seminars planned for Nashville, Dallas, Miami, Boston and Seattle. Career Moves is a career and networking seminar presented by leading career coaching experts and designed for professionals at any career level.

Read about adventures on travel blog

Visit the official Vanderbilt Travel Blog to read Associate Vice Chancellor James Stofan’s account of the recent trip made by alumni and friends to Costa Rica and to find out more about upcoming global adventures for the Vanderbilt community.

Watch Reunion highlights, hear from class leaders

Watch this video to see highlights from last year’s Reunion and hear from this year’s alumni chairs. If your graduation year ends in 1 or 6, let us know if you’re planning to attend this year’s Reunion/Homecoming Oct. 20–22.

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Columbus, Ohio


Fairfield County (Conn.)

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N.C. Triangle

New Orleans

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Richmond, Va.

Sacramento, Calif.

San Antonio

San Diego

San Francisco


Tampa, Fla.

Twin Cities (Minn.)

Washington, D.C.

View the current calendar of events planned in your area, and check back frequently.

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From the Campus


Hudnut-Beumler reappointed dean of Divinity School

James Hudnut-Beumler, the Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, has accepted a third term through June 2013 as dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School. Full story »

New master’s program in health professions education to be offered

The School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Peabody College are collaborating to train health education professionals in a new Master of Health Professions Education degree program, which begins this fall. Full story »

Political Science to relocate to The Commons

The Vanderbilt Board of Trust recently approved plans by the College of Arts and Science to build out the third floor of The Commons Center, which will house the entire Department of Political Science and its flagship research centers starting this fall. Full story »

Match Day reveals romance, residencies

VUMC Reporter—Almost a quarter of fourth-year students of the School of Medicine participated in a “couples match” for residency when they celebrated Match Day on March 17. Full story »


Randall accepted for Yaddo residency

Alice Randall, writer in residence in African American and diaspora studies, will spend a month this summer in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at the famed Yaddo artists’ community, which has hosted writers such as James Baldwin, Saul Bellow and Langston Hughes. Full story »

Historian Delzell has died

Professor of History, Emeritus, Charles F. Delzell, who was a leading expert on modern Italian political history, died March 28 in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 91. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News


Kennedy Center campers make ACM Awards appearance

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development took center stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards April 3 when country music artist Darius Rucker performed with a group of young adults representing the center’s annual music camp. Full story »

Jones becoming a sci-fi shooting star

The Wall Street Journal—British director Duncan Jones, who pursued a Ph.D. in philosophy at Vanderbilt, has just finished his second film, Source Code, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier on a time-travel mission. Full story »

Boice discusses radiation risk in Japan

NPR—John Boice, professor of medicine and scientific director of the International Epidemiology Institute, was interviewed March 14 by All Things Considered host Robert Siegel about the health risks of radiation exposure from damaged nuclear plants in Japan. Full story »

McEntee offers advice to potential law students

U.S. News & World Report—Third-year law student Kyle McEntee, co-founder of Law School Transparency, a group that aims to make law school data more accessible, offers advice to potential law students looking to get the most for their money. Full story »

Research suggests good friends can be good medicine

The Washington Post—Meira Epplein, assistant professor of medicine, recently published a study showing that the quality of a patient’s social life is the greatest predictor of cancer recurrence and survival. Full story »

VUCast: Contact lenses that change lives

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VUCast: Political influence

VUCast: Political influence

VUCast: Hip-hop tribute

VUCast: Hip-hop tribute


Research News at Vanderbilt

Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery opens

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has established a new Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery to accelerate research that may lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and other disorders of the brain. Full story »

Physicists propose ‘time machine’ theory

Professor of Physics Tom Weiler and graduate fellow Chiu Man Ho have proposed that the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom smasher that started regular operation last year, could be the first machine capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time. Full story »


New book examines school choice

Difficult questions surrounding school choice are the topic of School Choice and School Improvement, a newly published book by experts at the National Center on School Choice at Peabody College. Full story »

Laser technique opens doors for drug discovery

Professor of Chemistry Darryl Bornhop has developed a new laser technique that can aid the process of drug discovery by measuring the interactions between proteins tangled in a cell’s membrane and a variety of other biological molecules. Full story »

Bolotin receives National Science Foundation award

Assistant Professor of Physics Kirill Bolotin has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. Full story »


Sports News

Vanderbilt baseball ranked No. 1

The Tennessean—Vanderbilt baseball topped Baseball America’s poll for the first time since 2007 after defeating Arkansas in a weekend series March 25–27. Full story »

Stallings enjoys unique basketball friendship

The New York Times—Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Stallings shares a friendship with Belmont Coach Rick Byrd and musician Vince Gill that is anchored in basketball, golf and country music. Full story »

Moore finds success as Vanderbilt closer

The City Paper—Junior pitcher Navery Moore has become a solid closer for the Vanderbilt baseball team by delivering strikeouts with remarkable calm. Full story »

Squash team wins national competition

The Vanderbilt squash team, a club sports team that competes with varsity teams across the country, recently won a national competition held at Harvard. Full story »


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Download coursework, lectures, news, music, sports, special events and more. Play on your iPod, Mac or PC, or burn a CD. Explore a world of knowledge at Vanderbilt. Full story »

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