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MEDIA ADVISORY: Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin to speak at Vanderbilt University’s Senior Class Day May 7

May. 5, 2009—Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will address graduating seniors and their families during Vanderbilt University's Senior Class Day Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m. on Alumni Lawn. The event, which starts with a ceremonial walk through the gates of the university at 9:30 a.m., is held the day before the university's commencement exercises.

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Vanderbilt University graduates leave their mark on the university, on their classmates, on the world

May. 5, 2009—On Friday, May 8, the academic careers of several thousand Vanderbilt University students will culminate in Commencement. The university will grant about 3,400 degrees this year: 1,580 to undergraduates and 1,820 to graduate and professional students. About 2,700 graduates are expected to attend the ceremony. While each student has a unique and personal history, some of them are truly extraordinary.

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Vanderbilt University receives $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for innovative global health research by Guirong Wang

May. 5, 2009—Vanderbilt University announced today that it has received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support an innovative global health research project conducted by Senior Research Associate Guirong Wang, titled "Targeting TRP Channel Heat Receptors to Disrupt Anopheles gambiae Host Seeking."

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Vanderbilt University ends academic year with push for recycling at “Move Out” and Commencement

May. 4, 2009—From Saturday, May 2, through Saturday, May 9, the day after Commencement, students will have numerous opportunities to donate and recycle items they don't want to keep.

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Update: Commencement moved to Memorial Gym due to weather

May. 4, 2009—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will give the traditional address to graduates during the Commencement ceremony beginning 9 a.m. Friday, May 8.

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Video: VUCast: Watch a medical miracle and start your engines. It’s VUCast time.

May. 1, 2009—Watch Children's Hospital's first conjoined twins surgery, calling all race car drivers and it's strawberries and champagne time. (7:59)

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Video: Vanderbilt Steel Drum Ensembles Concert

May. 1, 2009—Watch video of an April 7 concert at the Blair School of Music.

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Will a bad economy hurt democracy?

May. 1, 2009—Results from the latest AmericasBarometer Survey showing what the impact of worldwide economic decline might mean for democratic consolidation in Latin America will be presented on May 8 at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D.C. The presentation by Vanderbilt University political scientists Mitchell Seligson and Elizabeth Zechmeister is titled "Economic Shocks and Democratic Vulnerabilities: Evidence from the AmericasBarometer Survey."

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H1N1 virus update: New Web site, summer programs encouraged to contact VEHS

Apr. 30, 2009—Vanderbilt Medical Center and Student Health Services are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and the Tennessee Department of Health to continue to monitor the ongoing H1N1 virus (swine flu) situation.

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Elliott honored with Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 of the APA

Apr. 29, 2009—Vanderbilt University Peabody College's Stephen N. Elliott will receive the Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 of the American Psychological Association at the organization's convention Aug. 6-9 in Toronto.

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Vanderbilt engineers play key role in new DOE energy frontier research center

Apr. 29, 2009—A team of Vanderbilt engineers will play a key role in a new federal effort to significantly improve our understanding of how gases and liquids interact with solid surfaces – basic studies that have potential applications ranging from better batteries to more efficient methods for converting solar and electrical energy into fuel, improved fuel cells and enhancing the corrosion resistance of materials.

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Winners of new Peabody education research award named

Apr. 29, 2009—Peabody College doctoral students Paul Morphy and Peter Beddow were named the first winners of the Bonsal Education Research Entrepreneurship Award (BEREA) April 22.

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Vanderbilt University student named to USA Today’s 20th annual All-USA College Academic Team

Apr. 29, 2009—Vanderbilt University senior Michael Poku has been named to the honorable mention team in USA Today's 20th annual All-USA College Academic Team competition.

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Risko elected vice president of the International Reading Association; will be president in 2011

Apr. 29, 2009—Victoria Risko, professor of education at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, was recently elected vice president of the International Reading Association. She will serve as vice president 2009-2010, president elect 2010-2011 and president 2011-2012.

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John Thatamanil’s religious explorations

Apr. 28, 2009—Assistant Professor of Theology John Thatamanil values the benefits of learning about a variety of religious faiths in a non-judgmental way after his own experience of studying Hinduism. It proved to be an excellent way to connect to his Indian roots. Thatamanil, a native of India, grew up in a Christian family. He discovered that his own beliefs were strengthened and improved through his research of other faiths.

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