MAY 2011

  Vanderbilt University

Chancellor, Nobel Peace Prize winner address graduates

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai addressed the graduating Class of 2011 during Commencement and Senior Day activities May 12–13. A total of 3,638 degrees were awarded this year: 1,734 to undergraduates and 1,904 to graduate and professional students. Full story »

Board of Trust renames The Commons for Martha Ingram

The Vanderbilt Board of Trust voted April 29 to rename The Commons for Martha R. Ingram, who will step down as chairman of the board this summer. The university’s living-learning community for first-year students will now be known as The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt. Full story »

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt launches expansion

Beam signingMonroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt officially launched its $30 million expansion project April 7 with a festive beam-signing celebration. The 14-foot, bright yellow beam will become part of the permanent structure for the hospital’s 33-bed, 30,000-square-foot, first-phase addition. Full story »

Vanderbilt moves forward with College Halls

Vanderbilt is set to begin construction in May 2012 on the next phase of its residential college system—Kissam College Halls, two colleges that will each house about 330 upperclass students and be led by faculty directors in residence. Full story »


Labruto selected as young alumni trustee

Leslie Labruto, a senior in the School of Engineering, has been selected as the next young alumna to serve on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust. For more information about Labruto and the nomination process, visit the young alumni trustees page.

Alumni Association board approves seven members

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors approved seven alumni as new members of the board April 15. Also, Tom Conner, BA’88, and Alice Ji, BS’06, were appointed to carry out the term of board members who stepped down, and will serve through June 2012. For more information about the new members, visit the board of directors page.

Tsakirgis receives alumni education award

Barbara Tsakirgis, chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Classical Studies, was presented the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Alumni Education Award in her classroom April 5. For more about Tsakirgis’ contributions to alumni education, visit the Alumni Association page.

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A great hallmark of Vanderbilt is the sense of community the university fosters—it begins early in the first year and only grows stronger as time passes. In honor of Commencement 2011 and in recognition of your Vanderbilt experience, please consider a gift to the Vanderbilt Alumni Association’s Sustaining Alumni program.

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From the Campus

TV show filmed at VUMC now airing

VUMC Reporter—A new reality TV series filmed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Baby’s First Day, is now airing on TLC. For a list of episodes and airdates, please consult the TLC programming schedule. Full story »

Vanderbilt considers proposal to establish Abu Dhabi school

Vanderbilt officials are exploring a proposal from the government of Abu Dhabi to help create an independently accredited school of education there that would train teachers, education leaders and researchers to strengthen the country’s K–12 education system. Full story »

Vanderbilt, Shalom Foundation establish Guatemala clinic


VUMC Reporter—Surgeons, nurses and staff at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt helped the Shalom Foundation—a Franklin, Tenn.-based nonprofit humanitarian aid organization—open a long-awaited and much-needed surgical facility during a recent mission trip to Guatemala. Full story »

Lim named Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology

Paul Lim, assistant professor of divinity, is one of seven scholars of religion nationwide to be named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2011–2012. Lim will use the opportunity to research a book he’s writing about the English Enlightenment. Full story »

Blair School of Music announces faculty appointments

Philip Dikeman of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Bil Jackson of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will join the Blair School of Music faculty in the fall as associate professor of flute and associate professor of clarinet, respectively. Full story »

Student rocketeers earn NASA award

The Vanderbilt Aerospace Club earned the Payload Design Award for the second year in a row at the NASA University Student Launch Initiative, a yearlong program that culminated in a rocket launch event April 17. Full story »


Russian literature expert Lowe has died

Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures David Lowe, an expert in Russian literature who taught at Vanderbilt for three decades, died April 9. He was 63. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News

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Alumna and husband battle cancer, raise awareness

The New York Times—When Vanderbilt alumna Elisa Bond, BA’97, and her husband, Nathan, were both diagnosed with cancer within nine days of one another, Elisa decided to start a blog about the impact of their treatments on their marriage and parenthood. Full story »

Vanderbilt chaplain interviewed about Magdalene House

NPR—The Rev. Becca Stevens, MDiv’90, Episcopal chaplain at Vanderbilt, was interviewed for a recent three-part series about Magdalene House, the residential program she founded for women recovering from drug addiction and prostitution. Full story »

Vanderbilt EMT resuscitates Lady Gaga concertgoer

CNN—Jerry Jones, an EMT supervisor with the Vanderbilt LifeFlight program, resuscitated a woman whose heart stopped for several minutes after going into cardiac arrest at the April 19 Lady Gaga concert in Nashville. Full story »

Incoming freshman designs Oak Ridge solar facility

Knoxville News-Sentinel—Incoming Vanderbilt freshman Ben Terpstra has created a unique proposal to put a community-owned solar facility on the roof of his high school’s cafeteria in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Full story »

VUCast: Celebrate amazing seniors

VUCast: Celebrate
amazing seniors

VUCast: Fans, fireworks and football

VUCast: Fans, fireworks
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Research News at Vanderbilt

Whaley and SagiWhaley, Sagi open Nasdaq stock exchange

Bob Whaley, the Valere Blair Potter Professor of Management, and Jacob Sagi, the Vanderbilt Financial Markets Research Center Associate Professor of Finance, rang the opening bell for Nasdaq OMX on April 19 to celebrate the start of options trading on a new group of indexes the pair developed. Full story »

Fields Medalist joins Vanderbilt faculty

Fields Medalist Vaughan F.R. Jones has accepted a position as distinguished professor of mathematics at Vanderbilt beginning this fall. The Fields Medal, which is awarded once every four years to mathematicians age 40 or younger, is generally considered to be the Nobel Prize of mathematics. Full story »


New, more effective insect repellent discovered

Laurence Zwiebel, professor of biological sciences and pharmacology, has helped discover a new class of insect repellent that not only is thousands of times more effective than DEET—the active ingredient in most commercial mosquito repellents—but also works against all types of insects, including flies, moths and ants. Full story »

Four new Alzheimer’s genes uncovered

A consortium of researchers, including a group from Vanderbilt, has taken a significant step toward understanding the causes of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects an estimated 3 million to 5 million people in the U.S., by identifying four new genes linked to it. Full story »

Grant bolsters molecular imaging resource

The National Center for Research Resources has awarded Vanderbilt $10.3 million over the next five years to establish a National Research Resource for Imaging Mass Spectrometry, which will enable scientists to better understand the molecular changes that cause disease. Full story »


Sports News

Bowlers come in second at NCAA tournament

The Vanderbilt women’s bowling team fell just short of an NCAA bowling championship April 16, losing to Maryland–Eastern Shore in the title match, four games to two. Full story »

CasaliCasali key to baseball team’s success

The Tennessean—Senior catcher Curt Casali, who waded through three seasons of injuries and played first base and designated hitter before getting his chance behind the plate, is a big reason why the Commodores are consistently baffling opposing offenses. Full story »


ESPN to launch site named after Grantland Rice

ESPN has announced that in June it will launch, a website named after famous sports writer and Vanderbilt alumnus Grantland Rice, BA 1901. The site will include original columns, features, blog posts and podcasts about sports. Full story »

Walk-ons make football team

Take a behind-the-scenes look at a group of walk-ons who try out for—and make—the Vanderbilt football team. Full story »

Golf legend Rudolph has died

Mason Rudolph, who won five official PGA Tour events as a professional golfer before becoming director of golf at Vanderbilt, died April 18. He was 76. Full story »


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