JUNE 2011

  Vanderbilt University

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt ranked among nation’s best

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is among the nation’s leaders in 10 different pediatric health care categories, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings for 2011–2012. Full story »

Craig Lewis 

Lewis named chief economist at Securities and Exchange Commission

Craig Lewis, the Madison S. Wigginton Professor of Management at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, has been named the Securities and Exchange Commission’s chief economist and its director of the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation. Full story »

Vanderbilt student reaches finals on NBC’s The Voice

 Patrick Thomas

Patrick Thomas, a rising Vanderbilt junior, has advanced to the finals on the NBC television show The Voice, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. CST. A country singer who hails from Colleyville, Texas, he wowed audiences with his rendition of Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” in his first audition. Full story »


Vanderbilt chapters welcome Class of 2015

Summer Send-off Parties will take place in approximately 40 cities throughout the summer to welcome new students and their families to the Vanderbilt community. These informal events give alumni the opportunity to share their Vanderbilt experiences and answer students’ questions. Details about the parties will be announced in the coming weeks.

Reconnect through Mini Reunions

Haven’t decided if you’re returning for Reunion 2011? This short video will show you what you’d be missing. If you want to be sure your friends come too, plan a Mini Reunion with Alumni Relations’ help. For details, visit the Mini Reunions page, or contact Chris Griffin, special interest liaison.

AVBA Scholarship reception held in Atlanta

The Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni hosted a reception at the home of Dr. Eldred Taylor, BS’82, in Atlanta May 19 to benefit the AVBA Scholarship campaign—the first of several planned regional events for AVBA members. To learn about the campaign’s success and how you can contribute, visit the AVBA Scholarship page.

Dallas chapter hosts entrepreneurship discussion

The Dallas Vanderbilt Chapter hosted a panel discussion May 24 about entrepreneurship in an uncertain economy. The event, organized by Fred Henley, JD’89, and held in conjunction with the CityOwen series, included special guests Jim Bradford, dean of the Owen School, and Michael Burcham, clinical professor of entrepreneurship.

Take an insider’s tour of Chicago

Sleek skyscrapers, impressive museums, world-class restaurants—Chicago has it all. Take an insider’s tour of this thriving city Aug. 16–21 and enjoy free time to explore it, all while staying at the centrally located Whitehall Hotel. For details or to make a reservation, visit the Vanderbilt Travel Program page.

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Kansas City, Mo.

Los Angeles

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

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From the Campus

Vanderbilt recognized for community service

The Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized Vanderbilt for its support of volunteering, service learning and civic engagement by naming the university to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Full story »

Maymester class visits White House

Students taking the Maymester class Civic Activism, Leadership and Citizenship in Recent American History traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with White House officials in the Office of Public Engagement May 16. Full story »

Sean Seymore 

Seymore to be MIT’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Associate Professor

Sean Seymore, associate professor of law and chemistry, has been appointed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Associate Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for spring 2012. The opportunity will enable Seymore to further his research into how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances. Full story »

 Sharon Weiss

Weiss to join Defense Science Study Group

Sharon Weiss, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has been accepted into the 2012–2013 class of the Defense Science Study Group, a program that introduces scientists and engineering professors to the challenges facing national security and encourages them to apply their talents to those issues. Full story »

Students place third in national sustainability challenge

High school juniors Catherine Caffey and Emily Alsentzer, who are both enrolled in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, an interdisciplinary science program offered to Metro Nashville Public School students, finished third out of 24 finalists in a national sustainability challenge sponsored by Siemens. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News

Alumnus Lazarus to head NBC Sports

USA Today—Alumnus Mark Lazarus, BA’86, has been named chairman of NBC Sports, succeeding Dick Ebersol, who is best known for producing large-scale television events like the Olympics. Full story »

Sam Feist 

CNN names alumnus Feist D.C. bureau chief

CNN—Alumnus Sam Feist, BA’91, who was named to the inaugural class of the Vanderbilt Student Media Hall of Fame in 2009, has been promoted to CNN’s Washington, D.C., bureau chief and senior vice president. Full story »

Vanderbilt study leads to tuberculosis treatment breakthrough

Los Angeles Times—Vanderbilt researchers have helped discover that weekly doses of a cocktail of antibiotics over a three-month period can treat latent tuberculosis just as effectively as the standard nine-month daily drug treatment. Full story »


Documentary about teen poets features Vanderbilt student

The New York Times—Senior Nate Marshall is among the poets featured in Louder Than a Bomb, a new documentary following teams competing in a 2008 poetry slam competition in Chicago. Full story »

Baby's First Day

VUCast: Baby’s first day


VUCast: Commencement magic

Freedom ride

Ride for freedom,
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Research News at Vanderbilt

MagnetNew, powerful magnet to assist researchers

A new $5 million, 7.5-ton magnet installed at Vanderbilt is part of an ultrahigh-field, 900-megahertz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer that will help researchers solve the mysteries of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders. Full story »


Research highlights inefficient teacher compensation

New research from the National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College finds that teacher salaries are largely set by schedules that are neither performance-related nor market-driven and have significant consequences on school staffing and work-force quality. Full story »

Discovery helps explain schizophrenia’s social barriers

Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that impairments in a brain area involved in perception of social stimuli may partly explain why people with schizophrenia have difficulty understanding the actions of others. Full story »


Sports News


Vanderbilt baseball wins NCAA regional

The Tennessean—Pitcher Taylor Hill set a career high of 13 strikeouts June 5 as the Vanderbilt baseball team beat Belmont to claim the Nashville Regional and reach the Super Regional round for the third time in program history. Full story »

 Women's golf

Women’s golf team ties for 10th

The Vanderbilt women’s golf team ended its second consecutive NCAA Championship berth May 21 in a tie for 10th place with Florida at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. Full story »

Women’s tennis team makes Sweet 16

The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament before losing a May 21 matchup against No. 4 North Carolina at Stanford’s Taube Tennis Center. Full story »

Vanderbilt tops SEC in academic recognition

The City Paper—The NCAA has named 10 of Vanderbilt’s athletic programs as Public Recognition Award winners, meaning they are among the top 10 percent of their respective sports in classroom performance. In all, Vanderbilt accounted for nearly half of the 23 Southeastern Conference programs honored. Full story »


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