NOVEMBER 2012

  Vanderbilt University

Reunion raises $21.7 million

Reunion Weekend drew more than 3,000 alumni, family and friends to campus Oct. 25–27 for educational programs, mini reunions, class parties, and the Homecoming tailgate and game. More than 460 volunteers led the undergraduate attendance drive and fundraising efforts, with seven classes surpassing their Reunion giving goals. Altogether the reuniting classes raised $21.7 million. See the weekend's highlights in this Storify collection.

Support Children's Hospital with holiday purchases

Show your support of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt by purchasing unique Holiday Project merchandise featuring artwork by patients and their siblings. Proceeds from the sales help the Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to provide extra touches for patients and their families. Email or call (615) 343-8660 for more information.


News from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association

Volunteer for Reunion 2013

"Volunteering for Reunion is such a worthwhile experience because you're connecting with people who are part of the place where everything was possible," says Laura Chauvin, BS'87, a Reunion 2012 volunteer. If your class year ends in 3 or 8, find out what Laura is talking about by volunteering for Reunion 2013. Call (615) 322-6034 for more information.

Get a Vanderbilt perspective on the election

See what some of Vanderbilt's leading political minds have to say about the upcoming election in this Oct. 15 panel discussion featuring faculty from the Department of Political Science and representatives from Vanderbilt's Office of Federal Relations in Washington, which advocates on behalf of federal legislation, regulations and policy that affect the university. Get a complete roundup of election experts and news coverage on the Vanderbilt News Election 2012 website.

Cruise the Sea of Cortez

More than just a cruise, this journey through the Sea of Cortez also includes ample opportunities for kayaking, snorkeling and mountain biking as you travel from La Paz, Mexico, to Los Islotes, Bahia Agua Verde and Isla Coyote. Visit the Vanderbilt Travel Program page for more details.

Sandoz awarded Chancellor's Cup

M.L. Sandoz, senior lecturer in communication studies and director of Vanderbilt's debate team, was awarded the 2012-13 Chancellor's Cup by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos on Oct. 24. Sponsored by the Nashville Vanderbilt Chapter, the accolade is given annually for "the greatest contribution outside the classroom to undergraduate student-faculty relationships." Full story »

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From the Campus

Neuroscience Graduate Program lands excellence award

VUMC Reporter—Vanderbilt's Neuroscience Graduate Program has been named the 2012 Program of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience, the world's largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to advancing understanding of the brain and nervous system. Full story »

VUMC affiliate to expand pediatric services

VUMC Reporter—Williamson Medical Center, one of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's affiliates, has announced plans to upgrade its surgical suites and construct an adjoining tower for pediatric services, which will be called the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Williamson Medical Center. Full story »

Student lauded for Mobile Market

Ravi Patel, BA'09, a fourth-year School of Medicine student, has won two NEXT Awards from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneur Center for his work with Nashville Mobile Market, a business he started three years ago to address the lack of access to fresh produce and healthy food products in certain segments of the community. Full story »


Vanderbilt in the News

Negative ads may haunt president-elect, says Geer

Bloomberg News—Research by John Geer, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, features prominently in this op-ed piece about the consequences of negative political campaigns. Full story »

This week in fiction: Tony Earley

The New Yorker—Tony Earley, the Samuel Milton Fleming Professor of English, is interviewed for the magazine's book blog. Earley's short story "Jack and the Mad Dog" appeared in the Oct. 1 issue. Full story »

Christiansen interviewed about college admissions

NBC's Today Show—Douglas Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment, dean of admissions and assistant professor of public policy and higher education, appeared on the show Oct. 26 as part of a panel giving advice about the college admissions process. Full story »

Q & A with new engineering dean Fauchet

The Tennessean—Philippe Fauchet, new dean of the School of Engineering, discusses his role at Vanderbilt and how the School of Engineering aims to be more involved in Nashville's startup community. Full story »


VUCast: Pawn stars
VUCast: Pawn stars

  • Advantages of using pawn shops
  • Debates or negative ads?
  • What game day is really like

VUCast: Sci-fi author
VUCast: Sci-fi author

  • Meet writing phenom Kat Zhang
  • See improvements at Sarratt and Rand
  • Which women are more at risk for heart attacks

VUCast: New show shines!
VUCast: New show shines!

  • Vanderbilt connection to the TV hit Nashville
  • How your smartphone could save lives
  • Music at the "heart" of VUMC
research news @ Vanderbilt

Nobel in Chemistry research has Vanderbilt ties

VUMC Reporter—Vanderbilt researchers have good reason to feel proud about this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, as several of them have collaborated with the Nobel laureates in their award-winning studies of G protein-coupled receptors and the critical role played by this diverse family of membrane proteins in cell signaling and disease. Full story »

Stock-price obsession hurts economy

The U.S. may lose its position as the leading economy in the world if corporate officers and directors maintain their fixation on maximizing shareholder value for stockholders, says Margaret Blair, the Milton R. Underwood Professor of Free Enterprise. Full story »


Grant aids work in special education

A five-year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs will continue funding of Peabody College's IRIS Center, which develops coursework and teacher training materials to help students with disabilities achieve their academic potential. Full story »

Grant to develop battery for home energy use

Peter Pintauro, the H. Eugene McBrayer Professor of Chemical Engineering, is partnering with researchers on a three-year, $1.72 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a durable, low-cost battery capable of gathering power at off-peak hours and storing it for use during times of high demand. Full story »


Sports News

Download the new Vanderbilt athletics app

The new official mobile app for Vanderbilt athletics gives you access to essential content on, including streaming audio and video, up-to-the-minute news, schedules, rosters and more. The free app is available in the App Store and Google Play Market. Just search "Vanderbilt athletics" on your iOS or Android device to download. Full story »

Stacy shines against Auburn

Senior running back Zac Stacy became Vanderbilt's all-time leading rusher Oct. 20 in the Commodores' 17–13 victory against Auburn. His 27 carries for 169 yards pushed him ahead of the previous school mark of 2,632 rushing yards held by Frank Mordica, BS'81. Full story »

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