OCTOBER 2011

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Vanderbilt No. 17 for third straight year in U.S. News

Vanderbilt has claimed the No. 17 spot for the third straight year in the latest U.S. News & World Report's rankings of national universities. The School of Engineering improved two slots from 2010, tying with three other schools for No. 34 among engineering programs that award doctorates. Full story »

Class of 2015Vanderbilt teams with three suburban hospitals

VUMC Reporter—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is partnering with three other not-for-profit hospitals across Middle Tennessee—Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, and NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield—in a still-evolving project the hospitals say will boost medical services in suburban markets. Full story »


News from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association
Register for Reunion by Oct. 14

If your graduation year ends in 1 or 6, don't forget to register for Reunion, set for Oct. 20–22. Online registration closes Friday, Oct. 14. Also be sure to check out the weekend's educational events and register for the Homecoming tailgate before the football game against Army on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Vanderbilt Reunion -- October 20-22, 2011 -- Come back, give back

Organize a Mini Reunion

Mini Reunions reconnect you with friends from Greek organizations, sports teams, study abroad groups, service organizations or any other group that's meaningful to you. For details, visit the Mini Reunions page or contact Special Interest Liaison Chris Griffin.

Get career advice

If you're seeking expert career advice, watch these new Alumni Association podcasts to hear from professors, career coaches and Vanderbilt Career Center staff about topics such as cover letters, informational interviews, networking, job search strategies, acing interviews and using LinkedIn.

Stay connected through LinkedIn

Network and stay connected with fellow alumni using LinkedIn. The Alumni Association supports the official Vanderbilt Alumni Group with more than 8,500 members, as well as subgroups for former RAs, alumni with an interest in business, AVBA members and engineering management professionals.

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Every day, every year, Vanderbilt reaches new levels of success thanks to gifts from alumni, parents and friends. Please consider making your online gift now.


From the Campus

Michael MooreVanderbilt hosts director Michael Moore

Oscar- and Emmy-winning director Michael Moore, whose films include Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, spoke at Vanderbilt's Langford Auditorium Oct. 4. Full story »

New group of faculty endowed chairs celebrated

Ten Vanderbilt faculty members who have been named to endowed chairs were recognized in a ceremony Sept. 26 for outstanding leadership in their academic fields and also on campus. Full story »

Vanderbilt ranks 14th among creative writing graduate programs

Poets & Writers—Vanderbilt's M.F.A. program in creative writing is No. 14 in this publication's annual ranking of creative writing graduate programs. Full story »

New emergency preparedness office opens

Vanderbilt has launched a new Office of Emergency Preparedness, which will develop and coordinate emergency planning for the protection of students, faculty and staff within the university community. Full story »

Antonina "Nina" Filonov GoveGove, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, emerita, dies

Antonina "Nina" Filonov Gove, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, emerita, and noted women's advocate, died Aug. 29 in Seattle. Full story »


VUCast: Powering up preschool  

VUCast: Powering up preschool

VUCast: Vandy 30, Ole Miss 7  

VUCast: Vandy 30, Ole Miss 7

VUCast: Future diabetes vaccine?  

VUCast: Future diabetes vaccine?


Vanderbilt in the News

Research helps pharmaceutical company target schizophrenia

The Boston Globe—Karuna Pharmaceuticals has licensed a set of scientific discoveries from Vanderbilt's Center for Neuroscience Discovery in hopes of developing them into effective new drugs for schizophrenia, a disabling mental illness that affects more than 24 million people worldwide. Full story »

Voters don't award points for effort

The Washington Post—Research by Larry Bartels, the May Werthan Shayne Professor of Public Policy and Social Science, suggests that voters make decisions based on a fairly crude analysis of the economy rather than a fine-grained study of policymakers. Full story »

Alumna Davis committed to helping Rwandans

The Tampa Tribune—Three days after graduating from Vanderbilt, Elizabeth Dearborn Davis, BS'06, moved to Rwanda with little more than a desire to help the country heal from the genocide a decade earlier. Today she's the chief operating officer of a nonprofit college in Kigali that's helping women find employment. Full story »

research news @ Vanderbilt

Milestone reached in development of new autism treatment

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in collaboration with Seaside Therapeutics in Cambridge, Mass., have achieved a milestone in the development of a potential new treatment for fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic cause of autism. Full story »
Julie Field


Common eye treatments can lead to 'superbugs'

New research by the Vanderbilt Eye Institute shows that repeated use of ophthalmologic antibiotics can promote antimicrobial resistant infections known as "superbugs." Full story »

New technique maps twin faces of Janus nanoparticles

Janus nanoparticleA team of Vanderbilt chemists has developed a method of rapidly and accurately mapping the chemical properties of the smallest Janus nanoparticles, which could lead to better drug delivery systems, solar cells, industrial catalysts and video displays. Full story »

New interactive brain exhibit opens

"Brain Matters," a state-of-the-art interactive exhibit about the brain and brain research, has opened at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks. Full story »


Sports News

Football team is ultimate underdog

Sports Illustrated—Vanderbilt's football program under new Head Coach James Franklin is the topic of a four-page feature in the Sept. 19 issue. The article chronicles the Commodores' challenge to compete in the toughest conference in college football. Full story »

Littlest player makes big impression

The Tennessean—Freshman tailback Jerron Seymour, who's listed at 5-foot-7 and 190 pounds, may be the smallest player on the Vanderbilt football roster, but his performance on the field—145 rushing yards, 56 receiving yards and two touchdowns through the first three games—has made a big impression. Full story »

New sports concussion center launched

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has created the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center, a special program to integrate and standardize the care of athletes and others who suffer concussion. Full story »

Women's cross-country team makes history

The Vanderbilt women's cross-country team broke into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's top 30 poll for the first time in school history after placing seventh in the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sept. 24. Full story »

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