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    APRIL 2012

  Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt climbs in the rankings

Peabody College remained No. 1 for the fourth consecutive year in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate schools of education. Meanwhile, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Law School, School of Engineering and Owen Graduate School of Management all climbed the rankings in their respective categories. Full story »

Vanderbilt expands research enterprise into Williamson County

Cool Springs Life Sciences CenterVanderbilt is expanding its research enterprise into Williamson County with the addition of a new 18,000-square-foot laboratory within the Cool Springs Life Sciences Center. The $7.6 million laboratory will help house the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, which researches brain disorders like schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Full story »

Class of 2016 regular decision letters delivered

Letters to the regular decision applicants for the Class of 2016 were mailed March 23. This year's pool of 28,340 applicants was Vanderbilt's largest—up more than 14 percent from last year's 24,837—and its most academically accomplished. Full story »


News from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association
Students celebrate Alumni Appreciation Day

The Senior Class Fund celebrated Alumni Appreciation Day Feb. 22 to highlight the importance of giving back to the university and building a philanthropic culture. Roughly 30 percent of the Vanderbilt undergraduate experience is made possible through outside financial support, including alumni donations.

Register to win an iPad 2 through VUconnect

Register or update your VUconnect profile by May 1, and you'll be entered to win an iPad 2. VUconnect's global network of more than 120,000 Vanderbilt alumni lets you build relationships, search for and share career advice, explore job postings, reconnect with old friends and find chapter events in cities worldwide.

Seniors receive advice from alumni

The Alumni Association distributed the Life after Vanderbilt guide as a gift to seniors during its annual Grad Fair March 27–28. 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.

Vanderbilt Reunion -- October 25-27, 2012 -- Come back | Give back
Come back for Reunion

If your class year ends in 2 or 7, let us know whether you're planning to attend Reunion, scheduled for Oct. 25–27.

The flavors of Northern Italy

Discover the diverse landscapes and world-renowned wines and cuisine of Northern Italy Sept. 15–23 as a participant in the Vanderbilt Travel Program. Guests will stay at a beautiful historic villa outside Verona. Only four spots remain, so don't miss this opportunity to enjoy Italy when the crowds are small and the season is at its peak!

Find Vanderbilt events at a chapter near you

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Birmingham, Ala.
Charlotte, N.C.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Los Angeles
N.C. Triangle
New York City
San Diego
San Francisco
St. Louis
Twin Cities (Minn.)
Washington, D.C.

Click here for the current calendar of all events planned in your area, and check back frequently.

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From the Campus

Eric HolderAttorney general addresses Vanderbilt students

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder offered words of encouragement to students attending the Cecil Sims Lecture March 16. Established at the Law School in 1972, the lecture series brings distinguished speakers with extensive legal experience to campus each spring. Full story »

Central Library earns gold for 'green' renovation

U.S. Green Building CouncilThe 2010 renovation of Vanderbilt's Central Library has been awarded gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The library project is the first Vanderbilt campus renovation to achieve this high honor. Full story »

Match DayMatch Day reveals future residencies

VUMC Reporter—The 98 members of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine's Class of 2012 found out during Match Day on March 16 where they will spend their medical residencies. Full story »

Four Peabody faculty members named AERA fellows

Four faculty members from Peabody College are among 36 scholars nationwide named to the 2012 class of American Educational Research Association fellows in recognition of their exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions to education research. Full story »

Changes to honor system suggested by Faculty Senate

honor code pledgeA new report by the Faculty Senate's Student Life Committee recommends that Vanderbilt retool its honor system to adapt to an era in which new technologies and changing cultural attitudes are redefining what constitutes unauthorized aid with schoolwork. Full story »

New cell and developmental biology chair named

VUMC Reporter—Ian Macara of the University of Virginia School of Medicine has been named the new chair of the Vanderbilt Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. He will join Vanderbilt in early fall as the Louise B. McGavock Professor and chair. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News


Figuring out the shy brain

Forbes—A new study led by Jennifer Urbano Blackford, assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology, suggests that shyness may be the result of deficits in the amygdala and hippocampus areas of the brain. Full story »

App helps blind users to learn mathematics

The Atlantic—A new Android app developed by Vanderbilt engineers for touch-screen tablets helps people who are visually impaired learn mathematics by using the built-in vibrator setting to turn visual objects into tactile ones. Full story »

Alumnus wins MIT prize for solar technology

BusinessWire—Vanderbilt alumnus Miles Barr, BE'06, has received the 2012 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for his innovative work with low-cost, flexible solar cells that can be applied to everyday surfaces like paper and textiles. Full story »

Alumnus pushes for greener restaurants in new book

Chefs Can Save the WorldNashville Scene—Jeremy Barlow, BA'95, a Vanderbilt alumnus who is the chef and owner of Nashville-based restaurants Tayst and Sloco, has written Chefs Can Save the World, a book about how to renew the U.S. food system by making restaurants greener. Full story »


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Personal and professional benefits of Girl Scouts affirmed

Girl Scouts are living up to their promise to shape the female leaders of tomorrow, say Peabody College researchers who collected surveys and conducted interviews and focus groups with approximately 700 current and former members of the organization. Full story »

Risk of secondary tumors from melanoma drug studied

Melanoma patients who are treated with new oral drugs inhibiting the BRAF gene are at increased risk for developing secondary skin cancers, according to a new study co-authored by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators. Full story »

High school students turn blackberries into solar cells

Students from nine local high schools made solar cells out of blackberry juice and measured the electrical power they produced as part of an educational outreach program started this year by the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Full story »

Obesity turns 'good' cholesterol bad

Obesity-linked changes in the function of HDL—the "good" cholesterol—may increase the risk of coronary heart disease, according to new research by John Stafford, assistant professor of medicine and molecular physiology and biophysics. Full story »


Sports News

Vanderbilt AthleticsA banner year for Vanderbilt

The Tennessean—The men's basketball team's SEC tournament title—its first in more than 60 years—is just the latest in a string of successes for Vanderbilt athletics. Full story »

spring football practiceSpring football practice under way

Head Coach James Franklin and the Vanderbilt football team are already hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. Visit the football page at for videos and photos of all the spring practice action. Full story »


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