NOVEMBER 2011

  Vanderbilt University

Reunion Weekend draws thousands

More than 4,000 alumni, family and friends attended Reunion Weekend Oct. 20–22 and enjoyed a variety of activities, including educational events, class parties, and the Homecoming tailgate and win against Army. Among the many highlights, the reuniting classes presented a check representing more than $20 million in gifts and pledges to Vanderbilt. All Class Party slideshow »

Vanderbilt sets world record for vaccinations

vaccine tentVanderbilt more than doubled the world record for the total number of vaccinations given during an eight-hour period during its Flulapalooza event Oct. 12. Faculty, staff and students received more than 14,000 free influenza vaccinations, including 12,647 during the allotted time period. Full story »

Support children's health through Holiday Project

Show your support of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt by purchasing unique Holiday Project merchandise featuring artwork by patients and their siblings. Proceeds from the sales help the Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt provide extra touches for patients and their families. Email or call (615) 343-8660 for more information. Full story »


News from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association
Tung receives 2011 Chancellor's Cup

Tiffiny TungAssociate Professor of Anthropology Tiffiny Tung, a bioarchaeologist who studies mummies and skeletal remains, was presented with the 2011 Chancellor's Cup on Oct. 13 by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. Sponsored by the Nashville Vanderbilt Chapter, the accolade is given annually for "the greatest contribution outside the classroom to undergraduate student-faculty relationships."

Upcoming Vanderbilt Travel Program adventures

March 2012 is an adventurous month for the Vanderbilt Travel Program! Visit South Africa March 1–12 and experience historic sites, wine tasting and wild animals. Or cruise Costa Rica and the Panama Canal March 2–13 and explore the region's rich colonial history and natural beauty with Assistant Professor of History Frank Robinson.

Alumni Association board meets

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors convened Oct. 20–21 for its annual fall meeting. The board welcomed nine new board members, heard from Vice Chancellor for Administration Jerry Fife and a panel of deans, and participated in strategic planning committee work.

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From the Campus

New cardiac emergency system unveiled

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the first health care institution in Tennessee, and third in the nation, to implement a Level 1 cardiac emergency system, designed to deliver coordinated, expedited care for heart patients. Full story »

Vanderbilt ranks high in value

Vanderbilt is No. 19 among private universities that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price, according to recent rankings released by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Full story »

Class of 2015 is diverse, accomplished

The Class of 2015 was selected from the largest, most academically prepared and diverse pool of applicants in the university's history. Applications for fall 2011 freshman admission totaled 24,837, up 14 percent from the previous year, and the admit rate was 16.4 percent, down from 17.9 percent the year before. Full story »


Vanderbilt reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Vanderbilt has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions per square foot by 18 percent since 2005, according to a new report prepared by the university's Sustainability and Environmental Management Office. Full story »

Electric vehicle charging station coming to campus

Vanderbilt is teaming with the Electric Power Research Institute and the Tennessee Valley Authority to build an integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station in a parking lot near the Vanderbilt Law School. Full story »

New solar installation at Vanderbilt power plant

A student-initiated solar energy installation at the Vanderbilt co-generation power plant, which was made possible by funding from the Vanderbilt Green Fund, provides access to real-time electricity generation data that will be available to the public online. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News

Gerstle discusses historical context of Occupy Wall Street

Salon—Gary Gerstle, the James Stahlman Professor of History, is interviewed about the Occupy Wall Street movement and its similarities to the social movements that occurred in the U.S. during the late 1800s and 1930s. Full story »

Rev. Becca StevensWhite House honors Vanderbilt chaplain

The Tennessean—The Rev. Becca Stevens, MDiv'90, Episcopal chaplain at Vanderbilt and founder of Magdalene House, a residential program for women recovering from drug addiction and prostitution, was one of 15 Champions of Change honored by the White House's Office of Public Engagement on Oct. 20. Full story »

Alumnus breaks fishing world record

The Darien Times—Sport fisherman Michael Ma, BS'09, caught a 42-inch-long redtail catfish while traveling in central Thailand this past June. It was later confirmed by the International Game Fishing Association as the longest redtail catfish ever caught using a rod and reel. Full story »

VUCast: Bionic breakthrough

VUCast: Sticky mittens

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research news @ Vanderbilt

Supplements don't help lung injury patients

New Vanderbilt research shows that patients with acute lung injury who were given a supplement of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants did not fare better, and in some cases fared worse, than those who did not receive the supplement. Full story »

Heart protein may be target for colon cancer therapies

Research led by investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Vanderbilt Eye Institute suggests that the protein BVES (blood vessel endocardial substance), which is key in regulating corneal cells, may be a therapeutic target for halting the metastasis of colon cancer. Full story »

Bruce CooilWhy customer loyalty doesn't always pay

New research by Bruce Cooil, the Dean Samuel B. and Evelyn R. Richmond Professor of Management, finds that for all the attention companies pay to achieving high satisfaction levels among their customers, what matters most is how highly a customer ranks a company in comparison to its rivals. Full story »

Robot biologist solves complex problem from scratch

An interdisciplinary team of scientists at Vanderbilt, Cornell University and CFD Research Corp. has demonstrated that a computer can solve complex scientific problems from scratch by having it analyze data from a biological system and then derive the basic mathematical equations that describe how the system operates. Full story »

Folate may lower breast cancer risk for some

A new study by investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Shanghai Cancer Institute indicates that women who get adequate amounts of folate in their diet have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer, although the benefit appears linked to women who are premenopausal. Full story »


Sports News

Stacy on pace for 1,000-yard season

The Tennessean—Running back Zac Stacy's 198-yard night against Army on Oct. 22—the third-highest single-game total in Commodore history—put him on pace to become Vanderbilt's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1995. Full story »

Men's basketball earns high preseason ranking

The City Paper—The men's basketball team, which returns all five starters this season, is ranked seventh in the preseason ESPN/USA Today men's basketball coaches poll. It is the highest preseason ranking for the Commodores since 1965. Full story »

Women's golf sets scoring record

The women's golf team finished second at the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament on Oct. 16—just three strokes behind No. 1 UCLA and seven strokes better than its all-time three-round stroke record. Full story »

Highlights from Memorial Madness

Men's Basketball Head Coach Kevin Stallings sent fans into a frenzy at the Memorial Madness event Oct. 14 when he made a half-court shot from behind his back on the first try. Other highlights included a 3-pointer contest with the men's and women's teams and a slam dunk contest. Full story »

    Congrats to the women's cross-country team! SEC Champs
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