Sep. 14, 2006—For the last week, astronomers gathered in Prague have debated, among other topics, what the right answer is to the question 'Is Pluto a planet?' This debate has captured the attention of huge numbers of people, many of whom have passionate opinions on this question. And now, by the vote of a small majority from among the 424 professional astronomers who happen to be members of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) — I am not — and who also bothered to attend the first part of the final plenary session of the meeting — more than 2000 persons attended the IAU meeting but did not participate in the vote — a decision has been made. The answer: vagueness and confusion. This debate will continue.
Sep. 14, 2006—Earlier this year, with surprisingly little media attention, we celebrated a major milestone in the fight against cancer — for the first time in record-keeping history, the number of American lives lost to cancer declined.
Sep. 14, 2006—From adolescence on, I heard a constant refrain from my Indian father: "Don't ever believe that you're really American." I found his advice peculiar, especially as I had been living in America since age 8 and had largely forgotten my time in India. To him, it didn't matter that the only language in which I could think a complex thought was English. It didn't matter that the only music I listened to was Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees and Billy Joel.
Sep. 13, 2006—Elliot W. Eisner, Lee Jacks Professor of Education and professor of art at Stanford University, will speak Friday, Sept. 29, at the Vanderbilt University Student Life Center. The speech is the second of the 2006-2007 Chancellor's Lecture Series and part of Vanderbilt's annual Family Weekend.
Vanderbilt researchers digging for insight into politics and religion, First year’s results to be reported on Sept. 21
Sep. 13, 2006—As chair of the Democratic Party in Smithville — not to mention choir director of the First United Methodist Church — Faye Fuqua generally knows what's going on around town.
Sep. 13, 2006—A new study suggests that taking a wait-and-see approach before giving antibiotics to children with acute ear infections results in significantly lower use of antibiotics, with little difference in outcomes for the children.
Video: Economist Niall Ferguson, historian of the global economy, opens Chancellor’s Lecture Series Sept. 12
Sep. 12, 2006—Watch video of historian Niall Feguson delivering the first 2006-07 Chancellor's Lecture: "The War of the World."
Vanderbilt professor wins Horace Mann Medal; Tracy Sharpley-Whiting to be honored for research accomplishments
Sep. 12, 2006—Vanderbilt's Tracy Sharpley-Whiting is the winner of the 2006 Horace Mann Medal. The medal is awarded each year to a Brown University Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions to scholarly research.
“The Shape of Things” premieres Sept. 29; Neil LaBute play takes critical look at current American values
Sep. 11, 2006—"The Shape of Things," by Neil LaBute, will debut Thursday, Sept. 28, at Neely Auditorium at Vanderbilt University. The critically acclaimed play follows the moves of an art student who makes it her mission to transform a nerdy, insecure, overweight undergraduate into her confident, stylish, good-looking lover. Although the transformation seems beneficial at first, unpleasant consequences soon ensue.
Paul Rusesabagina, real-life hero, inspiration for Hotel Rwanda, to speak at Vanderbilt University Sept. 25
Sep. 11, 2006—Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager who saved more than 1,200 lives during the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda, will speak Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt University's Student Life Center.
MEDIA ADVISORY — Vanderbilt professor to discuss 9/11’s impact with students across the nation, Videoconference involves 30 K-12 schools
Sep. 8, 2006—"Remembering Sept. 11" will be the focus of a Vanderbilt University interactive videoconference on Monday, Sept. 11, with Professor James Booth, whose research includes the remembrance of national events.
CD by Vanderbilt professors added to NEH’s We the People bookshelf; Happy Land to be sent to libraries across the nation
Sep. 7, 2006—An album produced by two Vanderbilt University professors is the first music collection to be added to a National Endowment for the Humanities collection of works which strengthen students' understanding of American history and culture.
Sep. 6, 2006—The Vanderbilt University community will mark the five-year anniversary of Sept. 11 with a morning remembrance and an open roundtable discussion led by faculty in the afternoon.
Sep. 5, 2006—Little Texas will perform acoustically at Vanderbilt's Dyer Observatory Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students, $12 for Vanderbilt University faculty/staff and Bluebird on the Mountain season ticket holders, and $15 for general public. There is also a $50 VIP ticket that will allow for pre-show access and a meet and greet with the band.