Aug. 6, 2004—When Vanderbilt's Dance Marathon committee began planning its February 2004 event last fall, the end goal was simple: to raise more money than it had the previous year, an amount of about $6,000. Dance Marathon 2004 far exceeded its goal by raising almost $50,000, a feat that earned it the Children's Miracle Network's "Most Improved Dance Marathon" award at its annual Dance Marathon Leadership Conference held July 23-25 in Atlanta.
Aug. 4, 2004—The African American Studies program at Vanderbilt University is poised for fast expansion under new director T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, one of the brightest young scholars and administrators in the field.
Aug. 3, 2004—Daniel Usner, who has taught and written extensively about colonial America, American Indians and the significance of the frontier, has been named chair of the Vanderbilt University Department of History. Usner, the Holland M. McTyeire Professor of History, has a strong research-based interest in the American South during the colonial period and the early years of the Republic and also in Indian-U.S. relations during the 19th century.
Aug. 2, 2004—At a time when parents, schools and physicians still struggle with the perceived overuse of the medication Ritalin to treat children with attention difficulties, a new study suggests the potential for another controversy.
Jul. 30, 2004—Three Commodores - junior wide receiver Erik Davis, junior defensive end Jovan Haye and senior offensive tackle Justin Geisinger - were named to the 2004 Media Days All-SEC Team, the league announced July 29.
Jul. 28, 2004—One of the nation's leading authorities on human resources, industrial relations and compensation, Thomas A. Mahoney, died on July 26 after a lengthy illness. Mahoney, 76, was the Frances Currey Hampton Professor of Organization Studies, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, where he had taught since 1982.
Jul. 27, 2004—Although John Kerry's advisers have promised that the Democrats will maintain a positive, upbeat tone during their national convention, a Vanderbilt political scientist expects the Bush bashing to continue in other forums, especially once the convention ends.
History of rock music course offered at Blair School of Music, Former Jayhawks keyboardist Jen Gunderman to teach
Jul. 26, 2004—The syllabus requires students to listen to "Be Bop Alula" and "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)." The instructor once opened for James Brown as a member of the Jayhawks.
Jul. 22, 2004—Calling it "one of the best [helicopter programs] in the world," Metro Councilman Buck Dozier introduced legislation honoring Vanderbilt LifeFlight for their 20 years of service to Middle Tennessee.
Jul. 20, 2004—The Vanderbilt School of Nursing has signed an agreement to collaborate with a new nursing school in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Jul. 16, 2004—Luigi Monga, professor of French and Italian, who combined his training as a classicist and his scholarship of Renaissance literature to become an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of early-modern travel writing, died July 10 at Vanderbilt Hospital. He had been hospitalized since suffering a stroke July 7.
Jul. 15, 2004—A new genetic model for a motor disorder that confines an estimated 10,000 people in the United States to walkers and wheelchairs indicates that instability in the microscopic scaffolding within a key set of nerve cells is the cause of this devastating disability.
Jul. 14, 2004—A former dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School who played a role in one of the most controversial episodes in the University's history died July 6 in Houston. The Rev. J. Robert Nelson, 83, was at Vanderbilt from 1957 to 1960.
MEDIA ADVISORY–Vanderbilt University education professor testifies at U.S. Senate committee hearing on proposed Pell Grants for K-12 education
Jul. 14, 2004—Vanderbilt University education professor Ellen Goldring will testify in Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 15, at 10 a.m. EDT at the U.S. Senate hearing "Pell Grants for Kids."