FEBRUARY 2011
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VUMC performs transplant for Berlin Heart infant

Doctors at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt recently completed a successful heart transplant for 18-month-old Nathan Roberts, the first infant in Tennessee to receive the Berlin Heart, a device that manually pumps the heart’s ventricles to deliver blood to the rest of the body. Full story »

Vanderbilt helps create largest digital sky image

Vanderbilt astronomers participating in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III have helped assemble a color digital image that contains more than a trillion pixels and covers about one-third of the entire sky. Full story »

Vanderbilt, Scripps launch new science institute

Vanderbilt and Scripps Research Institute have partnered to launch the Human Chemical Sciences Institute, which will focus on drug discovery, personalized medicine and metabolomics—the study of small molecule metabolites that could lead to diagnostic and therapeutic biomarkers. Full story »


Alumni Association board calls for nominations

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors is seeking nominations for new members. If you know of an exceptional alumnus or alumna with demonstrated leadership abilities, please nominate him or her by March 1 using the form on this page.

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Across the globe, Vanderbilt alumni are interacting with and learning from world-class faculty, networking with each other, and staying connected to the rich educational opportunities unique to the university. Show your support for these and other opportunities by giving to the Sustaining Alumni program today.

Help us plan for Reunion 2011

Update your contact information to receive the latest news about Reunion 2011, scheduled for Oct. 20–22. If your class year ends in 1 or 6, we hope you will consider volunteering for your Reunion and join your classmates Feb. 25–26 at the Reunion Leadership Conference to begin planning. Register to attend the conference, or email us for more information.

Pharmacy discounts available for alumni

Want to save at your pharmacy? Sign up for the Vanderbilt Alumni Discount Program and receive 65 percent off on more than 60,000 prescriptions at more than 58,000 pharmacies with the U.S. Pharmacy Card. For this and other discounts, register today.

Save on travel to Scotland

Make your reservation by April 5 to save $350 per person on the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland trip, scheduled for July 25–Aug. 2. Travel with Senior Lecturer in English Roger Moore, MA’91, PhD’95, to Perth, Edinburgh, Stirling, Inverness and Loch Ness, and discover the very best of Scotland. Visit the Vanderbilt Travel Program page for more information.

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From the Campus

365@VU offers new view of Vanderbilt

Check out the new 365@VU gallery where a different photo of the Vanderbilt campus and community is posted every day of the year.

Consortium to map Alzheimer’s genes

Vanderbilt has announced it will take part in the International Genomics of Alzheimer’s Project, a multinational collaboration to discover and map all genes relating to Alzheimer’s disease. Full story »

Vanderbilt recognized for leadership training

Vanderbilt’s leadership development programs for students are ranked 12th in the nation according to a new survey by Leadership Excellence, a magazine founded by well-known management consultants Ken Blanchard, Stephen R. Covey, Charles Garfield and Ken Shelton. Full story »

Governor attends education forum

Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission measured progress on the Complete College Tennessee Act at a Peabody College forum held Jan. 26. Full story »

Writers series runs through April

Novelists Bobbie Ann Mason and Tom Perrotta and poets Ciaran Carson, Frank Bidart and Centennial Professor of English Mark Jarman are among the writers who will read from their works in this spring’s Gertrude Vanderbilt and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series. Full story »

VUMC develops iPhone app for expectant parents

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has launched a free iPhone app for expectant parents called Baby Time, which includes features like a contraction timer and an FAQ section about labor and delivery. Full story »

Vanderbilt to host Civil War lecture series

U.S. Civil War scholars from across the nation will speak at Vanderbilt this spring about a variety of topics, including the war’s impact on Nashville, during a series of public lectures. Full story »

Gregory named CEO at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Luke Gregory, MA’81, who had been serving as interim CEO for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt since September, was named to that position permanently Jan. 19. Full story »

Engineering students help map electric car hotspots

The Tennessean—Students at the School of Engineering recently helped planners at Nashville Electric Service map the city’s likely hotspots for vehicle battery recharging. Full story »






Vanderbilt in the News

Owen School climbs Financial Times rankings

Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management ranks 25th in the U.S. and 51st worldwide, according to a new survey by Financial Times. Owen improved five spots in the U.S. ranking and six spots in the global ranking compared to last year. Full story »

Alumna named director of U.S. Space and Rocket Center

The Huntsville Times—Peabody College alumna Deborah Barnhart, EdD’94, has been named the new director of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Full story »

Research shows risk of blood-thinning drug

Los Angeles Times—The blood-thinning drug warfarin has come under increased scrutiny after Vanderbilt researchers determined that users of the drug are more likely to die from traumatic injuries than non-warfarin users. Full story »

Student’s nonprofit promotes self-defense for girls

The New York Times—Sophomore Dallas Jessup is the founder of Just Yell Fire, a nonprofit that teaches girls how to protect themselves against sexual assault and abduction. Full story »

New Weapon in Cancer War

VUCast: New weapon in cancer war

MLK Day 2011

MLK Day 2011

Symphony 101

Symphony 101: How to listen to classical music

Faculty News

Seven professors honored by AAAS scientific society

Seven faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world. Full story »

Kelner wins Jewish studies book award

Shaul Kelner, assistant professor of sociology and Jewish studies, has received the 2010 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association for Jewish Studies for his book Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli Birthright Tourism. Full story »

Dillehay to hold new Rebecca Webb Wilson chair

Renowned anthropologist Tom Dillehay, whose research focuses on human migration, has been named the Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. Full story »

Scientists recognized for mental health research

Eight Vanderbilt scientists have won 2010 Young Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the world’s leading mental health research charity. Full story »

Buzz grows for Tucker’s new book

Nashville Scene—A new nonfiction book written by Holly Tucker, associate professor of medicine, health and society, titled Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution, is generating a lot of critical buzz in advance of its March release. Full story »


Sports News

Help recruit new NCC members

The National Commodore Club has launched a new program called Commodores On Board, which encourages all NCC members to help recruit new members in return for rewards such as NCC Nike hats, polos and autographed merchandise.

Football signing class includes four-star recruits

Two four-star standouts were among the 21 football recruits who signed letters of intent Feb. 2 to play for the Commodores next season. For the latest on Vanderbilt football, visit Head Coach James Franklin’s page. Full story »

Duffy blogs about men’s basketball team

The New York Times—Senior Joe Duffy, a forward on the men’s basketball team, blogs about earning tough road victories in the SEC. Full story »

Franklin announces new staff

The Tennessean—Head Football Coach James Franklin recently announced the addition of new staff members on offense and defense.

Anderson’s jersey to be retired

The Tennessean—Chantelle Anderson, BS’03, the all-time leading scorer in Vanderbilt basketball history, will have her jersey retired during halftime of the Tennessee game Feb. 13. Full story »

Tennis recruiting class ranked No. 1

The six-member signing class for men’s tennis is ranked No. 1 in the country, according to the website Full story »

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