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    MARCH 2012

  Vanderbilt University

Lamar AlexanderProminent politicians headline Impact Symposium

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, BA'62, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will deliver public lectures about the future of American foreign policy at Vanderbilt's annual Impact Symposium, scheduled for March 19–21. Full story »


News from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association
Last call for nominations

You still have time to nominate someone for the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Distinguished Alumni Award. Both deadlines have been extended to March 30.

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.

Come back for Reunion 2012

The Reunion Leadership Conference brought more than 100 alumni leaders to campus Feb. 17–18 to begin planning events and setting goals for Reunion 2012, scheduled for Oct. 25–27. If your graduation year ends in 2 or 7, let us know if you're planning to attend.

Career Moves seminars planned for spring

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association invites alumni and their families to register for one of the upcoming Career Moves events planned for April 21 in Charlotte, N.C., and May 5 in Austin, Texas. Career Moves is a series of seminars led by career coaching experts and designed for professionals at all levels of experience.

Cruise the Mediterranean with Blair musicians

Join several Blair School of Music faculty members on a Mediterranean cruise July 27–Aug. 6 aboard a five-star, 114-passenger ship. With stops in Turkey, Greece, Malta and Italy, you'll enjoy onshore concerts in special venues and experience some of the best-preserved examples of ancient civilization.

Find Vanderbilt events at a chapter near you

Connect with fellow Vanderbilt alumni and friends at chapter events in your area. Cities with upcoming chapter events include:

Charlotte, N.C.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Los Angeles
New York City
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.


From the Campus

Vanderbilt forum to explore Tennessee auto industry

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, BA'62, will join other key players to discuss the outlook of Tennessee's auto industry at Vanderbilt's Central Library March 12. The panel will be moderated by Jim Bradford, JD'73, dean of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. Full story »

Galloway represents Vanderbilt at White House

Kenneth F. Galloway, dean of the School of Engineering, attended a White House event Feb. 8 to celebrate universities' efforts to retain and graduate more students in engineering. Full story »

DeadlineNew film Deadline has Vanderbilt ties

Deadline, a film featuring several Vanderbilt staff members, faculty and alumni on both sides of the camera, premiered in Nashville Feb. 15. Starring Eric Roberts, it recounts the true story of a newspaper reporter who investigated a racially motivated killing in rural Alabama. Full story »

Benbow to lead national commission on educator preparation

Camilla Benbow, the Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Peabody College, will co-chair the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, a new national commission designed to help ensure that every classroom in the nation has an effective teacher. Full story »

John LegendGrammy award-winning artist John Legend to speak

Recording artist and philanthropist John Legend, who has won multiple Grammy awards for his music, will be speaking at Vanderbilt March 16. Full story »

Robert BeltonBelton, employment law scholar, dies

Robert Belton, professor of law, emeritus, who was a nationally recognized scholar of employment and civil rights law, died Feb. 9. He was 76 years old. Full story »

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Vanderbilt in the News


Fish helps reduce risk of polyps in women

The New York Times—Women who eat at least three servings per week of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids have a reduced risk of developing some types of colon polyps, according to a new study by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators. Full story »

Vanderbilt among universities that meet full financial need

U.S. News & World Report—Vanderbilt is among 62 U.S. institutions that claim to have met, on average, 100 percent of their admitted full-time undergraduate students' financial need for fall 2010. That means the average gaps between a school's total cost of attendance and every student's expected family contribution was filled with some combination of aid. Full story »

Alumna advises White House on higher education

The Chronicle of Higher Education—As an undergraduate at Vanderbilt, Zakiya Smith, BS'06, hoped to work for the U.S. Department of Education someday. Now 27, she has not only worked there but moved on to the White House, where she's in charge of shaping and promoting President Obama's higher-education proposals. Full story »

Zack TerrillVanderbilt student finishes third in Jeopardy! competition

Orlando Sentinel—Vanderbilt senior Zack Terrill, a double major in chemistry and philosophy from Winter Springs, Fla., collected $25,000 for finishing third in the Jeopardy! College Championship. The annual tournament wrapped up Feb. 14. Full story »

Man gives girlfriend kidney for Valentine's Day

VUMC Reporter—Chicago resident Terry Lee gave his girlfriend, Latrisha Beckwith, one of his kidneys during a Feb. 14 surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Full story »
Man gives girlfriend kidney for Valentine's Day


VUCast: Teaching through touch

VUCast: Cool cap saves baby

VUCast: Louder than a bomb

research news @ Vanderbilt

New melanoma drug nearly doubles patient survival

Investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and 12 other centers in the U.S. and Australia have found that Zelboraf, a new drug for patients with metastatic melanoma, nearly doubled median overall survival. Full story »

New screening test for cervical cancer

A new screening method for cervical cancer that uses household vinegar is being studied by Dr. Vikrant Sahasrabuddhe, assistant professor of pediatrics, as a low-tech, low-cost alternative to the Pap smear in developing countries. Full story »

Bush's presidential legacy will likely improve

Approval for the legacy of President George W. Bush will likely rise in the estimation of historians as time goes by, according to research by John Geer, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science and chair of the department, and David Lewis, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science and professor of law. Full story »


Sports News

Men's basketball earns No. 3 seed for SEC Tournament

The Vanderbilt men's basketball team has earned the No. 3 seed for the 2012 SEC Tournament in New Orleans and will take on either Georgia or Mississippi State this Friday at 9 p.m. CST. Full story »

Recalling 60 seasons at Memorial Gym

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Memorial Gym, recalls 60 of the most memorable moments from men's and women's basketball games played on Vanderbilt's home court. Full story »
60 seasons of Memorial Magic

How Vanderbilt landed its best recruiting class in history

Sports Illustrated—Staff writer Andy Staples was in Nashville Feb. 1 for National Signing Day, and the Commodores didn't disappoint, landing their best football recruiting class ever. Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the action. Full story »


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