SEPTEMBER 2011

  Vanderbilt University

Class of 2015 arrives on campus

Members of the Class of 2015 arrived on campus Aug. 20, as upperclassmen helped them move into The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt, the university's residential community for first-years. The incoming class also marched through the university's main gate Aug. 21 during Founders Walk, a tradition that formally welcomes new students to the Vanderbilt community. Full story »
Class of 2015

Alexander donates pre-Senate papers to library

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, BA'62, whose leadership roles have included Tennessee governor, U.S. secretary of education, university president and presidential candidate, and his wife, Honey, have donated their pre-Senate papers to the Jean and Alexander Heard Library's Special Collections. Full story »

Landmark law and neuroscience network expands

Vanderbilt has been awarded a $4.85 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to manage the newly established MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, which will focus on criminal justice issues like determining mental states of defendants and introducing neuroscientific evidence in cases. Full story »


News from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association
Register for Reunion 2011

Reconnect with friends and classmates Oct. 20–22 and enjoy exciting activities, including class-sponsored educational events, Reunion class parties, and the Homecoming tailgate and game. Check the Reunion website for details and to register.
Vanderbilt Reunion -- October 20-22, 2011 -- Come back, give back

Reunion mobile website launched

If you own a smartphone, check out the new Reunion mobile website, which gives you access to the registration page, the events schedule, a map of campus and your class page including the list of who's planning to attend.

Help organize your own 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.

Follow the Commodores to South Carolina

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association and National Commodore Club invite all Vanderbilt fans to a tailgate before the football game against South Carolina Sept. 24. The tailgate will take place three hours before kickoff at Seawells Banquet and Reception Center in Columbia. For more information, visit the Commodore Tailgate Tour page.

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From the Campus

Billy CollinsCollins to be poet in residence at Vanderbilt

Acclaimed poet Billy Collins will spend a two-week residency at Vanderbilt this fall, visiting with students, lecturing as part of the Master of Liberal Arts and Science program's Saturday University and giving a public reading. Full story »

New master of accountancy valuation program launched

Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is recruiting students to join the first class of a new master of accountancy valuation program starting in August 2012. The program, which will focus on valuing assets and risk in business, includes preparation for both the chartered financial analyst (CFA) and certified public accountant (CPA) exams. Full story »

Ernst honored for mentoring Hispanic, Native American students

Professor of Physics David Ernst is one of five scientists who have been honored this year by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science for their exemplary scientific achievement, teaching and mentorship of underrepresented minority students. Full story »

Alumni Hall named to National Register of Historic Places

Alumni Memorial Hall, which was built in 1925 to memorialize the Vanderbilt men who fought and died in World War I, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance. Full story »

Sustainability theme marks current academic year

Issues of sustainability are being incorporated into many phases of the 2011–2012 academic year at Vanderbilt, including curriculum, a speaker series, documentary film series and field trips. Full story »

Fischer, former computer science chair, dies

Patrick Fischer, professor of computer science, emeritus, who helped build the Department of Computer Science at Vanderbilt, died Aug. 26 in Maryland. He was 75. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News

Betting on fear in a volatile market

NPR—The Volatility Index, or VIX, which was created by Bob Whaley, the Valere Blair Potter Professor of Management in Finance, to measure uncertainty in the financial markets, is drawing a lot of attention from investors these days. Full story »

Nurturing weird families in Tennessee

The New York Times—Alumnus Kevin Wilson, BA'00, an assistant English professor at the University of the South, is the author of The Family Fang, a new novel about a quirky family of avant-garde performance artists living in Tennessee. Full story »


Nanodiamond circuits allow for tough microelectronics

Wired (U.K.)—Electrical engineers at Vanderbilt have managed to create transistors and logic gates out of thin films of diamond, which could be used to make circuits that can operate in extreme temperatures or even irradiated environments. Full story »


Preparing clergy for war

CNN—Second Lt. Adri Bullard, a Methodist chaplain in the U.S. Army and master's student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, talks about the role of clergy in the military and the training she has received at Fort Jackson, S.C., to survive in combat without a weapon. Full story »

Vanderbilt ranks among best Teach for America acceptance rates

The Washington Post—Vanderbilt ranks No. 7—ahead of both Yale and Stanford—on this list of medium-size universities with the best Teach for America acceptance rates in 2011. Full story »

  research news @ Vanderbilt

New 'bionic' leg gives amputees a natural gait

Vanderbilt researchers have developed the first ever lower-limb prosthetic with powered knee and ankle joints that operate in unison, allowing amputees to walk without the leg-dragging gait characteristic of conventional artificial legs. Craig Hutto, an amputee who lost his leg during a shark attack, has been testing the prosthetic for several years. Full story »

'Robust' link discovered between preschool, language and literacy

Research from Peabody College at Vanderbilt finds that preschool teachers' use of sophisticated vocabulary and analytic talk about books, combined with early support for literacy in the home, can predict fourth-grade reading comprehension and word recognition. Full story »


VUCast: Remembering Sept. 11


VUCast: Political past revealed


VUCast: Saved from silence


Number of genes associated with MS doubled

Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Center for Human Genetic Research played an important role in identifying 29 new genetic variants linked to multiple sclerosis, providing key insights into the biology of an important and debilitating neurological disease. Full story »

Controversy over art is good for society

In his new book Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest over Art and Culture in America, Steven Tepper, associate professor of sociology and associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, argues that Americans should embrace the inevitable friction that results from provocative artwork. Full story »


Sports News

Memorial Gym to host ESPN GameDay

ESPN's signature college basketball program, College GameDay, will be broadcast from Memorial Gym for the first time ever on Feb. 11, 2012, for the Commodores' matchup against Kentucky. Full story »

Jenkins leads Team USA to fifth place finish at World University Games

The City Paper—Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins, who averaged a team-leading 13.5 points over eight games, helped the U.S. to a 7–1 record and fifth place finish at the World University Games in China. Full story »

Baseball team keeps star signee Beede

The Tennessean—Tyler Beede, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher from Massachusetts, decided to turn down the Toronto Blue Jays, who picked him in the first round of June's major league draft, and instead enroll at Vanderbilt. Full story »

Football team learns fight song

Head Coach James Franklin invited Dwayne Sagen, assistant dean for admissions at the Blair School of Music and director of university bands, to stop by the football team's preseason camp and teach the players the words to "Dynamite," Vanderbilt's fight song. Full story »

How the serve went over the top

The New York Times—Geoff Macdonald, head coach of the Vanderbilt women's tennis team and a contributor to the Times' "Straight Sets" tennis blog, writes about the evolution of the tennis serve. Full story »

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