OCTOBER 2012

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

Vanderbilt has claimed the No. 17 spot for the fourth straight year in U.S. News & World Report's rankings of national universities. Other accolades include a No. 16 ranking on the "Great Schools at Great Prices" list and nods for undergraduate research and economic diversity. The magazine also highlights Vanderbilt as part of its College Road Trip series. Full story »

Vanderbilt to offer free online courses through Coursera

Vanderbilt is partnering with digital learning consortium Coursera to begin offering free online courses by some of its leading faculty members in spring 2013. Coursera launched its digital platform for open-access, not-for-credit classes in April 2012 and has since enrolled 1.3 million students worldwide. Full story »
Digital Learning


News from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association
Register for Reunion

If your graduation year ends in a 2 or 7, don't forget to register for Reunion, set for Oct. 25–27. Online registration closes Oct. 19. Even if it's not your Reunion year, you're still welcome at Homecoming. Be sure to register for the tailgate before the Oct. 27 game against Massachusetts.
Vanderbilt Reunion -- October 25-27, 2012 -- Come back | Give back

Explore the world your way

The expanded Vanderbilt Travel Program offers trips designed for any lifestyle, educational interest and budget. Among the 2013 highlights are tours of remote European villages, a cruise on the South Seas, and excursions to Cuba, China and Israel.

Come back to class

Do you miss the intellectual stimulation of the Vanderbilt classroom? In addition to our exciting partnership with Coursera, a variety of lectures are available on the university's YouTube channel. You might even think you're back on campus, except this time without the homework.

Enter to win an iPad Mini on VUconnect

Sign up to become an alumni career adviser on VUconnect by Nov. 1, and you'll be entered to win an iPad Mini. As a career adviser, you can make a big impact simply by answering questions from students or fellow alumni.

Stay connected on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great way for alumni to network and stay connected. The Alumni Association supports the official Vanderbilt Alumni Group and its more than 12,000 members, as well as subgroups for former RAs, AVBA members, engineering management professionals, and alumni with an interest in business.

Find Vanderbilt events at a chapter near you

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Jacksonville, Fla.
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Los Angeles
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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

MFA Program in Creative Writing ranked in top 10

Vanderbilt's MFA Program in Creative Writing has been ranked among the country's top 10 programs in a recent survey conducted by Poets & Writers magazine. Full story »

$1 million commitment to combat prematurity

VUMC Reporter—The Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt celebrated its 40th anniversary Sept. 13 by committing $1 million toward fighting prematurity. Full story »
ribbon cutting

Vanderbilt ranked among best colleges for food

Fox News—Vanderbilt Campus Dining is featured in The Daily Meal's rankings of the "52 Best Colleges for Food in America." The list notes the university's creative approach to offering food from around the globe. Full story »

Alyne Queener Armistead MasseyMassey, emerita member of Board of Trust, dies

Alyne Queener Armistead Massey, BA'48, philanthropist, community leader and member of Vanderbilt's Board of Trust, emerita, died Sept. 11 at her home in Nashville. Full story »

Walter HarrelsonHarrelson, former dean of Divinity School, dies

Walter Harrelson, an internationally acclaimed Old Testament scholar and former dean of the Divinity School, died Sept. 5 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible, emeritus, was 92. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News

Climate plays role in bug-borne illnesses

CBS This Morning—Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine, who recently received the American College of Epidemiology's Abraham Lilienfeld Award for his contributions to epidemiology, is interviewed about bug-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus. Full story »

Romney not hurt much by '47 percent' clip

Salon—The recently released video clip in which presidential candidate Mitt Romney says 47 percent of Americans do not pay federal income tax is having little impact on swing voters, according to a new survey conducted by the Vanderbilt/YouGov Ad Rating Project. Full story »

Boosting the power of spinach

Public Radio International—Kane Jennings, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is interviewed about Vanderbilt research that used a photosynthetic protein from spinach to produce substantially more electrical current than has been reported by previous "biohybrid" solar cells. Full story »


VUCast: Gators give researchers clues
VUCast: Gators give researchers clues

  • Sensitive alligators
  • Brainy ants
  • Girl power at Vanderbilt

VUCast: Home run for health
VUCast: Home run for health

  • Little Leaguer's battle with diabetes
  • Vanderbilt classes online
  • Spinach power research

VUCast: Driving design
VUCast: Driving design

  • Engineering a better U.S. military vehicle
  • Vanderbilt on Green Honor Roll
  • Pumped up to anchor down
research news @ Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt, Bristol-Myers to partner on Parkinson's research

VUMC Reporter—Vanderbilt and Bristol-Myers Squibb have signed a collaboration agreement for the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Full story »
Jeff Conn, Ph.D.


Visual recognition differs between genders

Women are better than men at recognizing living things, and men are better than women at recognizing vehicles, according to new research by Isabel Gauthier, the David K. Wilson Chair of Psychology. Full story »

NSF funding to help climate change study

A five-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Water Sustainability and Climate program is helping further a climate-change study being conducted by the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment in Sri Lanka. Full story »

BioVU reaches new benchmark in DNA samples

DNA samplesVUMC Reporter—BioVU, Vanderbilt's massive DNA databank that just logged in its 150,000th unique genetic sample, is now the world's largest collection of human DNA linked to searchable, electronic health information. Full story »


Sports News

Vanderbilt football builds ties by opening up

The New York Times—Head Football Coach James Franklin has connected with players on his team not only by encouraging them to share their stories with each other but also by opening up to them about his own difficult childhood. Full story »

Snedeker wins Tour Championship, FedEx Cup

Alumnus Brandt Snedeker, BA'03, closed with a 2-under 68 to win the Tour Championship at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club Sept. 23. The victory also secured his first-place finish for the FedEx Cup, which awarded him a $10 million bonus. Full story »

Baseball recruiting class ranked No. 1

Vanderbilt baseball's 11-player freshman class is the best in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball. The class features seven players who were selected in the major league draft in June. Full story »

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