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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center director appointed to National Advisory Mental Health Council

Jan. 6, 2006—U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt has appointed Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Director Pat Levitt to the National Advisory Mental Health Council.

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Researchers win nearly $3 million to improve learning skills in at-risk pre-schoolers

Jan. 6, 2006—Getting very young, at-risk children on the path to future academic success is the goal of a new Vanderbilt University research study.

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New Orleans expert to speak about race and relief after flooding, LSU professor speaks on Jan. 26

Jan. 5, 2006—A leading expert on the geographical and social/racial issues that complicate the recovery of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina will share his unique perspective on the aftermath of the tragedy during a lecture at Vanderbilt University.

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Vanderbilt names Johnson to head internal audit

Jan. 3, 2006—Following a national search, Vanderbilt University has named R. Dennis Johnson executive director of Internal Audit. Johnson has served as interim executive director since June.

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Noted civil rights, peace activist to headline Vanderbilt University’s 2006 Martin Luther King Commemorative Series Jan. 16-20

Jan. 3, 2006—The Rev. James Lawson, civil rights and peace activist and a key figure in Vanderbilt University's history, will deliver the keynote address for the university's 2006 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series Jan. 16-20.

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Vanderbilt Chancellor to participate in State Department summit

Dec. 29, 2005—Vanderbilt Chancellor Gordon Gee is among 70 college and university presidents invited to a meeting in Washington next week to discuss issues related to international relations and U.S. higher education.

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Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter to teach at Vanderbilt; The Wall Street Journal’s Joseph Hallinan to instruct investigative writing course

Dec. 29, 2005—Joseph T. Hallinan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Wall Street Journal and author of a book examining the growth of the prison system in America, will instruct a writing course at Vanderbilt during the spring semester.

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Tennessee Poison Control Center offers holiday safety advice

Dec. 21, 2005—Michelle Grant, a poison specialist at the Tennessee Poison Control Center, said many poisonings occur when there is a distraction in the home, and there are plenty of those during the holidays, when decorating, cooking and giving gifts are abundant.

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Faculty and community discuss values in lunchtime talk at Nashville Public Library

Dec. 17, 2005—The question "Can our best values betray us?" framed a discussion with Vanderbilt philosopher Charles Scott and 300 members of the Nashville community Dec. 7 at the Nashville Public Library. The discussion was part of the Thinking Out of the Lunch Box series, co-sponsored by the library and Vanderbilt University.

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New Vanderbilt Law program named for attorney and civic leader Cecil Branstetter, Program offers advanced curriculum in civil litigation and dispute resolution

Dec. 16, 2005—Vanderbilt Law School honored local attorney Cecil D. Branstetter this week by naming its first endowed curricular program "The Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program."

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Automobile accident takes life of Vanderbilt police officer

Dec. 15, 2005—A Vanderbilt police officer died Wednesday evening after losing control of his vehicle while driving to work.

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James Lawson named 2005 Vanderbilt University Distinguished Alumnus

Dec. 15, 2005—The Rev. James Lawson, a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement and Vanderbilt history, has been named Vanderbilt's 2005 Distinguished Alumnus.

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Grammys Bring Little Big Town to Visit Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Dec. 15, 2005—Equity Music Group's Little Big Town is coming to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt joining the annual visit by members of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. (known for the Grammy awards).

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Annual sponsorship will enable nonprofit executives to earn Vanderbilt MBA, unique partnership with Center for Nonprofit Management begins next year

Dec. 13, 2005—Beginning next fall, the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management and the Center for Nonprofit Management will offer an annual tuition sponsorship to an area nonprofit executive to attend the Owen School's Executive MBA (EMBA) program. Each sponsorship is valued at approximately $70,000.

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Vanderbilt ENGAGE program meets with huge success in its first year, High ability students get early admission to professional or graduate schools

Dec. 12, 2005—The call went out a year ago to high-ability high school seniors for a new program at Vanderbilt through which they could gain advanced admission to any of seven of its professional and graduate schools when they enroll as freshmen. No one expected quite the level of interest that resulted.

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