JULY 2011

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College World Series

Baseball teamVanderbilt makes College World Series final four

The Vanderbilt baseball teamÂ’s historic season came to a close June 24 in a hard-fought 6–4 loss to Florida in the College World Series semifinals. The Commodores, who finished the year with a record-tying 54 wins, were welcomed home June 25 by hundreds of cheering fans. Full story »

Baseball team sets SEC record with 12 draft picks

The Tennessean—Vanderbilt set a Southeastern Conference record by having 12 players selected in this year’s major league baseball draft, including two in the first round—pitcher Sonny Gray to the Oakland A’s and pitcher Grayson Garvin to the Tampa Bay Rays. Full story »

Four Commodores honored as All-Americans

The City Paper—Starting pitchers Grayson Garvin and Sonny Gray, first baseman Aaron Westlake, BA’11, and third baseman Jason Esposito were named second-team All-Americans by Baseball America June 15. The Commodores had more overall selections than any other team in the country. Full story »

Stallings puts family first in Omaha

The New York Times—Head Basketball Coach Kevin Stallings, whose son, Jacob, plays catcher for North Carolina, found himself in the unenviable position of rooting against Vanderbilt in its two games against the Tar Heels at the College World Series. Full story »

VUCast: Arriving in Omaha

VUCast: Arriving in Omaha

VUCast: Opening win

VUCast: Opening win

VUCast: Rain delay

VUCast: Rain delay

VUCast: Thanks for the memories

VUCast: Thanks for the memories


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Join the Commodore Tailgate Tour

Be part of the excitement of Vanderbilt football by joining the Commodore Tailgate Tour on two stops this fall: Saturday, Sept. 24, at South Carolina in Columbia and Saturday, Oct. 8, at Alabama in Tuscaloosa. More details will be announced soon.

Class of 1961 memory book

Members of the Class of 1961 are invited to submit information for their 50th Reunion Memory Book. Use this online submission form to let your classmates know what youÂ’ve been doing lately. Submissions are due Aug. 1.

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U2 rocks Vanderbilt Stadium

The Tennessean—Legendary rock band U2 played in front of an estimated crowd of 45,500 at Vanderbilt Stadium July 2. The show, part of the highest-grossing concert tour of all time, was the band’s first appearance in Nashville in nearly 30 years. Full story »

$20 million grant to help science consortium

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a five-year, $20 million federal grant to coordinate a national Clinical and Translational Science Awards consortium that aims to advance biomedical research nationwide. Full story »

AliAlumnus named prime minister of Somalia

The New York Times—Alumnus Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, MA’88, who holds a master’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt, has been appointed the new prime minister of Somalia. Full story »


From the Campus

Vanderbilt, Barnes & Noble partner to open new bookstore

Vanderbilt is partnering with Barnes & Noble to relocate the university’s bookstore to the space at 2525 West End formerly occupied by Borders. The new store, which will offer books and materials for a general audience as well as typical campus bookstore items, is scheduled to open this fall. Full story »

Chancellor Zeppos receives two awards

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos recently received two awards: Nashville CABLE’s “Promote Women Award,” given to exemplars of gender diversity and community service, and the 2011 Jack C. Massey Leadership Award, presented biennially by the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee in recognition of outstanding community leadership.

Student Media Hall of Fame Class of 2011 announced

Five alumni who made their marks as student journalists and then distinguished themselves through a variety of careers will be inducted into the Vanderbilt Student Media Hall of Fame Oct. 21. Full story »


Merryman receives National Science Foundation award

David Merryman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and assistant professor of pediatrics, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. Full story »

Vanderbilt University Medical Center unveils new website

VUMC Reporter—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s website for its patients, caregivers and the public——has undergone a redesign that makes the site easier to use. Full story »

Clarke elected to American Nuclear Society executive committee

James H. Clarke, professor of the practice of civil and environmental engineering and professor of earth and environmental sciences, has been elected to the Executive Committee of the American Nuclear Society’s Decommissioning, Decontamination and Reutilization Division, which promotes the development and use of technologies associated with the management of nuclear facilities and materials. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News


Lung problems stir debate among military

The New York Times—Research by Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine Robert Miller, MD’82, who discovered bronchiolitis, a scarring of the lungs found among troops recently returned from the Middle East, has fueled debate about the health risks of certain U.S. military operations. Full story »

Late professor’s research influences Walmart ruling

Thomson Reuters—The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent majority opinion in Walmart v. Dukes was influenced directly by the work of the late Richard Nagareda, the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program at Vanderbilt Law School. Full story »


Owen students help AT&T shift carbon strategy—AT&T, which relied on feedback from students at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management to compile its 2010 Sustainability Report, has announced that it wants to shift more than half its expenditures to suppliers that track their carbon footprints and save $40 million a year by reducing energy use. Full story »


Research News at Vanderbilt

NIH grant bolsters emergency medicine training

Vanderbilt’s Department of Emergency Medicine has been chosen to receive a $3.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. It is one of the nation’s first training grants in emergency medicine from the National Institutes of Health. Full story »

Study shows religious bias still a factor in presidential elections

Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that a significant number of American voters remain biased against Mormons and other religious minorities, thereby raising the hurdle for Mitt Romney and possibly other 2012 presidential candidates. Full story »


Mehadevan Jansen-WhiteGlowing glands can reduce endocrine surgery risk

A team of scientists at Vanderbilt has found that the parathyroid glands—four small organs the size of grains of rice located at the back of the throat—glow with a natural fluorescence that can help doctors identify them during endocrine surgery. Full story »

Law expert argues for habeas corpus reform

Nancy King, Vanderbilt’s Lee S. and Charles A. Speir Professor of Law, has co-authored Habeas for the 21st Century: Uses, Abuses and the Future of the Great Writ, a new book arguing that habeas corpus, which protects people from unlawful detention, is being used in ways it was never intended, resulting in a costly waste of scarce legal resources and taxpayer dollars. Full story »


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