AUGUST 2011

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center among best hospitals in U.S. News ranking


Vanderbilt University Medical Center has earned a best-ever No. 14 ranking on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals “Honor Roll,” a designation reserved for health care providers that scored near the top in at least six specialties. The magazine also has recognized VUMC as one of its Most Connected Hospitals for its leadership in moving to electronic medical records. Full story »

Help recruit the Class of 2016

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions needs alumni to represent Vanderbilt at college fairs and to interview applicants in the United States and abroad for the Class of 2016. Enroll today to volunteer, or contact Dustin Lynn, CoRPs coordinator, at (615) 343-8286.


Register for Reunion 2011

Registration for Reunion 2011, set for Oct. 20–22, is now open online for Quinqs and all undergraduate classes ending in 1 and 6. Visit the Reunion website for information about the weekend’s many events, including the Homecoming tailgate and football game against Army Oct. 22.

Reunion 2011

Help organize your own Mini Reunion

Reconnect with friends from Greek organizations, sports teams, service organizations or any other group that’s meaningful to you by hosting a Mini Reunion of your own during Reunion 2011. For details visit the Mini Reunions page, or contact Chris Griffin, special interest liaison.

Sneak Peek: 2012 Vanderbilt Travel Program

The Vanderbilt Travel Program has an exciting lineup of worldwide adventures planned for 2012. Choose from:

  • classic trips like “Fabled Lost Cities of the Mediterranean,”
  • exclusive destinations like “Around the World by Private Jet,”
  • Common Connections trips like “Holidays in New York,”
  • family-friendly trips like “Tanzania Family Safari,”
  • closer-to-home adventures like “Cruise Alaska,”
  • and other unique excursions like “Caribbean Pearls.”
Visit the Vanderbilt Travel Program page or email us for more details. Also be sure to follow the Vanderbilt Travel Blog.

Chapter Events - Current Calendar All
Find Vanderbilt events at a chapter near you

Connect with fellow Vanderbilt alumni and friends at chapter events in your area. Cities with upcoming chapter events include:

Austin, Texas
Charlotte, N.C.
Huntsville, Ala.
Los Angeles
Louisville, Ky.
Memphis, Tenn.
New Orleans
New York City
N.C. Triangle
Palm Beach, Fla.
San Antonio
San Diego
Savannah, Ga.
St. Louis
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

Heart and Vascular Institute first in state to perform valve replacement

 Valve replacement surgery

Doctors at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute have successfully performed the first trans-catheter heart valve replacement in Tennessee history. The minimally invasive procedure is for patients with aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the main valve allowing blood to leave the heart. Full story »

Thirteen Fulbright honorees named

Thirteen Vanderbilt students and graduates have been awarded scholarships for 2011–12 through Fulbright-sponsored programs for research, teaching and study abroad. Full story »

Department of Mathematics journal ranked No. 10

Constructive Approximation, an internationally recognized mathematics journal headquartered in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics, recently was ranked No. 10 out of 277 mathematics journals by Journal Citation Reports, which based its criteria on the frequency with which articles are cited in other scientific journals and books. Full story »

Fortune among YWCA honorees

Beth Fortune, vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt, is among seven women who will be inducted into the 2011 Academy for Women of Achievement Oct. 25 by the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News

Alumnus Callaway receives American Bar Association award

Law School alumnus Henry Callaway, JD’83, a partner in Hand Arendall in Mobile, Ala., has received the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award, which is given to only five recipients each year, for his innovative work to increase access to justice in Alabama. Full story »

 Moon walk

Chappell reminisces about NASA’s early days

CNN—Rick Chappell, BA’65, research professor of physics and former NASA scientist, recalls the early days of space exploration and ventures some guesses as to where the space program may be headed. Full story »

Wcislo’s new book offers glimpse into Imperial Russia

The Wall Street JournalTales of Imperial Russia, a new nonfiction book by Frank Wcislo, associate professor of history and dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt, tells the story of Sergei Witte, Russia’s finance minister during a critical time for the empire. Full story »

Vanderbilt Law School third in ‘standard of living’ ranking

The National Jurist—Graduates of Vanderbilt Law School who enter private practice enjoy the third best standard of living in the nation, according to a new study by The National Jurist, which used median starting salaries, average debt payments, estimated taxes and cost-of-living adjustments to determine the rankings. Full story »

Music Heals

VUCast: Healing power of music

Tea Party

VUCast: A taste for the Tea Party

360 VU

365@VU: A year in the
life of Vanderbilt, one
photo at a time

Research News at Vanderbilt

LabSubtypes of aggressive breast cancer identified

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers, pictured right, have identified six subtypes of an aggressive and difficult-to-treat form of breast cancer called triple-negative breast cancer. The findings provide a way of distinguishing molecular differences in this diverse group of breast cancers and may lead to new treatments. Full story »

Final shuttle launch a family affair for Hall

Dennis Hall, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, has a special connection to the last space shuttle mission: His niece Sandy Magnus was one of the astronauts on board the shuttle Atlantis when it touched down July 21. Full story »

Students try to hack ‘Bank of Vanderbilt’ in network security class

Students at the School of Engineering recently learned how to build and maintain more secure computer networks by creating a secure online banking system for a faux financial institution, called the Bank of Vanderbilt, which other students then attempted to hack. Full story »


Memories may skew visual perception

Vanderbilt psychologists have found that our visual perception can be contaminated by memories of what we have recently seen, impairing our ability to properly understand and act on what we are currently seeing. Full story »

Dad’s diet influences birth timing

Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that environmental pollutants, such as dioxins, in a father’s diet can promote inflammation in the mother’s uterus and trigger preterm birth, the leading cause of infant mortality in industrialized nations. Full story »

Eye Institute, Russian university to collaborate

The Vanderbilt Eye Institute has signed an agreement with Russia’s St. Petersburg State I.P. Pavlov Medical University that will allow collaboration between the two entities on clinical and basic science research efforts. Full story »


Sports News

 Alexander-Perdue HOF

Nine named to Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame

The Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame will induct nine new members into its 2011 class this September. Among the inductees are Sen. Lamar Alexander, BA’62, who was part of the 440-yard relay team that set a school record, and basketball player Will Perdue, BA’88, who was named SEC Athlete of the Year in 1988. Full story »

Changing the culture of Vanderbilt football

Head Football Coach James Franklin talks about his plans for the football program in this final installment of a five-part series that highlights changes made during the offseason. Full story »

John Jenkins

Jenkins makes first cut for Team USA roster

The City Paper—Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins, who led the Southeastern Conference in scoring last season, is one of 14 finalists for a spot on Team USA’s 12-man roster, which will be competing at the World University Games in China later this month. The final squad will be announced Aug. 8. Full story »

Athletics personnel changes announced

Vice Chancellor David Williams has announced several personnel changes within Vanderbilt Athletics, including the appointment of Steven Keith as head women’s track and field coach in addition to his existing duties as head coach of men’s and women’s cross country. Full story »



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