MARCH 2011
Vanderbilt University

Huffington, Pawlenty headline Impact Symposium

Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post; Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota; Christina Romer, former chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers; and William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, will deliver public lectures March 21–22 as part of Vanderbilt’s annual Impact Symposium. Full story »

Gore elected to National Academy of Engineering

John C. Gore, the Hertha Ramsey Cress Chair in Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his work with magnetic resonance and other imaging techniques in medicine. Full story »

Fetal surgery procedure yields positive results

The results of a seven-year National Institutes of Health study, which included Vanderbilt University Medical Center, demonstrate a clear benefit for babies who undergo fetal surgery to treat spina bifida, the most common birth defect in the central nervous system. Full story »


Come back for Reunion 2011

The Reunion Leadership Conference brought more than 80 alumni leaders to campus Feb. 25–26 to begin planning events and setting goals for Reunion/Homecoming 2011. If your graduation year ends in 1 or 6, let us know if you are planning to attend Oct. 20–22.

Students celebrate Tuition Freedom Day

Tuition covers roughly 70 percent of a Vanderbilt education, while the rest depends on additional support, including alumni donations. To educate students about the importance of giving back, the Senior Class Fund on Feb. 23 sponsored Tuition Freedom Day, an event marking the day when the academic year is 70 percent complete and tuition stops “paying” for their education.

Seniors to receive advice from alumni

The Alumni Association will distribute the Life after Vanderbilt guide as a gift to seniors during its annual Grad Fair March 30–31. The guide offers real-world advice from young alumni about moving, money, networking and life transitions to help students take their first steps after graduation.

Alumni connect through shared interests

Now is a great time to reconnect with fellow alumni who share your interests. Contact Chris Griffin for more information about starting a Common Connections group. Active groups are organized into areas such as Greek organizations, service, sports, study abroad, ethnicity, culture, religion and lifestyle.

Explore ancient Greece and Rome

Travel to the finest sites in the Mediterranean June 27–July 8 with Robin Jensen, the Luce Chancellor’s Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship. Begin in Athens and sail on to Civitavecchia, Italy, with stops in Crete, Malta, Sicily, Naples and Rome. For more information or to make a reservation, visit the Vanderbilt Travel Program page.

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Find Vanderbilt events at a chapter near you

New Alumni Association chapters have been developed recently by alumni and friends in Greenville, S.C. (Piedmont); Hampton Roads, Va.; and Sacramento, Calif. These cities join more than 40 others across the country and around the world in connecting members of the Vanderbilt community. Cities with upcoming chapter offerings include:

Birmingham, Ala.
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Kansas City, Mo.
Los Angeles


N.C. Triangle
New York City
Piedmont (S.C.)
Richmond, Va.
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

Vanderbilt creates statewide poll

The Tennessean—The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in conjunction with Peabody College and The Tennessean, has created the Vanderbilt Poll, a statewide poll covering topics of interest, like the economy and public policy issues. Full story »

Musician John Rich kicks off Dance Marathon

Country music artist John Rich helped kick off the Feb. 18 Dance Marathon, an annual event where students dance all night to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Full story »

Research website showcases discovery

The latest news about discoveries by Vanderbilt researchers is now available on an online news channel, Research News @ Vanderbilt. The site features research in categories such as health and medicine, education and psychology, engineering and technology, law, business and politics. Full story »

Melodores win singing competition

InsideVandy—The Vanderbilt Melodores, an all-male a cappella group, came in first place at the Feb. 5 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella quarterfinals in Athens, Ga. A performance by the Melodores can be viewed here. Full story »

Help name the new library café

Help name the new café on the south end of the Central Library’s fourth-floor foyer by filling out this survey by April 1. The winning entry will be revealed in the Fall 2011 Acorn Chronicle.

Fighting on the front lines

VUCast: Personalized Medicine

When to go for it

VUCast: Personalized Medicine

Inside the football ‘war room’

Vanderbilt in the News

A changing approach to intensive care

The Wall Street Journal—Intensive care units have long kept critically ill patients immobilized, heavily sedated and on breathing machines, but Vanderbilt research shows that such care can increase patients’ risk for other problems after they leave the hospital. Full story »

Genetic breakthrough gives hope to the blind

The Miami Herald—The discovery of a new gene that causes retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease of the retina, is giving fresh hope to a Florida family that has been searching for a cause of their children’s blindness. Full story »

Film produced by alumnus nominated for NAACP award

For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, a film produced by Rich Hull, BA’92, is nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Documentary category. Hull is the co-founder of Vandy-in-Hollywood, a networking organization for Vanderbilt students interested in Hollywood careers. Full story »

Alumnus wins contest to interview George W. Bush

InsideVandy—Wyatt Smith, BS’10, was chosen to interview former President George W. Bush as part of a nationwide Facebook competition aimed at promoting Bush’s book Decision Points. Full story »


Faculty News

Three faculty receive National Science Foundation awards

Three junior faculty members—Assistant Professor of Physics James Dickerson (right), Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Hak-Joon Sung, and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Robert J. Webster III—have been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grants. Full story »

Dad’s time with kids may prevent bullying

Chicago Tribune—Research by Andre Christie-Mizell, associate professor of sociology, suggests that children’s perception of how much time they spend with their fathers has the most impact on bullying behavior, such as being cruel to others and being disobedient at school. Full story »

Book chronicles secret journeys from black to white

Associate Professor of Law Daniel J. Sharfstein is the author of a new book titled The Invisible Line, which chronicles three different African American families who crossed the color line and assimilated into white communities. Full story »


Sports News

Jenkins in national spotlight after Kentucky victory

The City Paper—Sophomore John Jenkins was named the SEC’s Player of the Week and nominated for the Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week after the men’s basketball team’s Feb. 12 upset of Kentucky. Full story »

Smith inducted into Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

The Tennessean—Bob Dudley Smith, BA’52, a standout member of the men’s basketball team that won the SEC Tournament title in 1951, was inducted into the 2011 Class of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Feb. 11. Full story »

Baseball team off to strong start

The Tennessean—The No. 3-ranked Vanderbilt baseball team has started the season strong, sweeping a series with San Diego and then winning a three-game series with Stanford 2–1. Full story »

Vanderbilt women secure No. 3 spot for tournament

The Tennessean—The Vanderbilt women’s basketball team staged its biggest comeback of the season Feb. 27, defeating South Carolina in overtime to secure the No. 3 spot in the SEC Tournament. Full story »

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