MAY 2012

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Countdown to Commencement

The Vanderbilt campus is busy with last-minute preparations for Commencement, scheduled for May 9–11. Highlights will include the Senior Day speech by veteran broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw on May 10 and Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos' address to the graduates on May 11—both of which will be streamed live from the Vanderbilt homepage. Full story »

Construction of College Halls at Kissam to begin

Vanderbilt View—Construction of College Halls at Kissam—the latest phase in Vanderbilt's long-term plan to create a residential community for all undergraduates—is set to begin May 14. The two-year, $115 million project will replace the existing Kissam Quadrangle dormitories with two large, state-of-the-art residential colleges connected by a central gathering and dining space. Full story »

New recreation center and multipurpose facility approved

The Vanderbilt Board of Trust has approved the construction of a new recreation center and multipurpose facility, which will include an indoor track and practice field that can be used for varsity football, soccer and lacrosse, as well as intramural and club sports teams. Full story »


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Abkowitz receives alumni education award

Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of engineering management, received the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Education Award on April 2 in recognition of his contributions to the association's education programs.
Alumnus Thomas Conner (center) and Senior Associate Dean of Engineering Art Overholser (right) present the Vanderbilt Alumni Education Award to Mark Abkowitz

Tour the Baltic

Join Frank Wcislo, associate professor of history and dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt, July 18–29 for a unique tour of the small but fascinating Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Highlights include visits to the ancient red sandstone caves outside Riga and the KGB Museum in Vilnius.

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From the Campus

Galloway named president-elect of ASEE

American Society for Engineering EducationKenneth F. Galloway, BA'62, dean of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, has been named president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education, a nonprofit organization whose more than 12,000 members include deans, department heads, faculty members, students, and government and industry representatives. Full story »

Vanderbilt Board of Trust approves four new members

The Vanderbilt Board of Trust approved four new members during its April 20 meeting: Charles H. Esserman and Jon A. Winkelried, both of whom are business leaders in private equity investment; Chandler Anthony, a graduating Ingram Scholar who was chosen as this year's young alumni trustee; and John J. Hindle, BA'68, PhD'81, the new alumni trustee. Full story »

Grant to aid low-income gifted students

Vanderbilt's Programs for Talented Youth at Peabody College will offer accelerated academic opportunities for up to 60 low-income gifted students through a $232,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, renewable for up to three years. Full story »

Tyler FordVanderbilt student to appear on The Glee Project

Vanderbilt student Tyler Ford will be one of 14 contenders featured on Season 2 of The Glee Project when the reality television series returns to the Oxygen network this summer. The competition's grand prize is a guest-starring role on the Fox series Glee. Full story »

Robert Andrew WeeksResearch scientist Weeks dies

Robert Andrew Weeks, research professor of materials science and engineering, emeritus, who received numerous honors for his contributions to the science of glass, died April 10 in Maryville, Tenn. He was 87. Full story »


VUCast: Sweet sounds
VUCast: Sweet sounds

  • Students stage original musical
  • Gearing up for graduation
  • Tom Brokaw's visit

VUCast: Teach twice
VUCast: Teach twice

  • Children's books bridge communities
  • College Halls at Kissam
  • Fighting cancer with broccoli

VUCast: Erasing hate
VUCast: Erasing hate

  • Escaping a life of hatred
  • Country music stars and Vanderbilt
  • Bowling team's success

Vanderbilt in the News
Autism linked to obesity in mothers

The Wall Street Journal—Mothers who are obese are significantly more likely to have a child with autism or another developmental abnormality, according to new research from Vanderbilt. Full story »

When science, politics collide

Roger ConeNPR—Roger Cone, the Joe C. Davis Chair of Biomedical Science, is interviewed about a new Tennessee law that he fears will open the door to allowing concepts like creationism and intelligent design to become a part of the state's science curriculum. Full story »

Foglesong takes a bow

The Tennessean—Jim Foglesong, adjunct professor of music business at Blair School of Music, whose groundbreaking work as a music executive earned him a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame, is interviewed as he prepares to retire from teaching at Vanderbilt. Full story »

research news @ Vanderbilt

Two Vanderbilt professors named Guggenheim fellows

Jonathan Lamb, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, and William Luis, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish, have received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, which recognizes artists, scholars and scientists every year for their accomplishments in a variety of fields. Full story »

Treating depression with deep brain stimulation

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of approximately 20 centers in a nationwide clinical study investigating the use of deep brain stimulation as an intervention for patients with major depression. Full story »

Colin DayanDayan named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Colin Dayan, the Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities, has been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious honorary society comprising leaders from academia, business, public affairs, humanities and the arts. Full story »

political divideThe political divide of health care

A study by a team of professors at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management finds that health care is one of the most divisive issues splitting Democrats and Republicans, especially when it comes to cost and access. Full story »


Sports News

Jenkins to enter NBA draft

Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins, who led the SEC in scoring this past season, has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility with the Commodores and enter the NBA draft, which will take place June 28. Full story »

Grady, Matthews shine in Black and Gold game

Junior wide receiver Jordan Matthews and redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Grady impressed the 8,500 fans who attended the annual Black and Gold Spring Game at Vanderbilt Stadium April 14. The duo combined to score three of Team Black's touchdowns in the 33–0 victory against Team Gold. Full story »

Vanderbilt to host NCAA Women's Golf Championship

Vanderbilt will host the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., May 22–25. Read more about the event and sign up to volunteer. Full story »

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