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Oct. 16, 2008—The spirit of Peabody is redefining Vanderbilt’s study abroad experience—with help from HOD students and faculty who want more than a tourist’s itinerary.

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Current and future health care leaders tackle biggest health care issues

Oct. 16, 2008—The Health Care Business Alliance will bring together leaders from a diverse group of local and national health care companies with health care MBA and MHA students to discuss the latest challenges and future innovations of this vital industry.

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Election Primer

Oct. 16, 2008—The credit crisis and a faltering economy. Rapidly rising energy costs. War. These pressing issues dominate voters’ concerns in advance of the November 4 presidential election. With so many raging fires to fight, the nation seems to have less attention to devote to education policy. That does not mean voters do not care about education. In polls that ask them to assess the importance of various issues in their votes for president—as opposed to those more frequent polls that ask respondents to identify only one issue of top concern—education continues to receive high rankings.

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From the Dean

Oct. 16, 2008—In reviewing the articles in this issue of The Reflector, I am struck by the theme of service, both at the macro and micro levels. Our primary feature is on the presidential election (macro), while several portraits of students and recent alumni shed light on engagement at local levels, though thousands of miles away.

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What we expect of our students

Oct. 16, 2008—When it comes to human performance, what is expected shapes what we get. Experienced individuals—be they in business, the military, the clergy or elsewhere—know that a low bar virtually assures low performance.

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Springer appointed to federal committee on performance pay

Oct. 16, 2008—Vanderbilt Peabody faculty member Matthew Springer has been appointed by Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Kerri Briggs to a new U.S. Department of Education advisory committee on teacher and principal performance pay programs. Springer is a research assistant professor in the Vanderbilt Peabody Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations and...

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2008 Peabody graduate selected for federal teaching fellowship

Oct. 16, 2008—Peabody doctor of education graduate Jonathan Eckert has been selected by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings for a Teacher Ambassador Fellowship with the U.S. Department of Education. Eckert is a seventh-grade science teacher at Poplar Grove Middle School in Franklin, Tenn. His selection was announced by Spellings on July 10.  More than 1,000 teachers...

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Benbow serves as summit panelist

Oct. 16, 2008—Dean Camilla Benbow served as a panelist at the National Science and Technology Summit held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in August. Called for by the 2007 America COMPETES Act, the summit examined the direction of the U.S. science and technology enterprise and reviewed the progress made toward and challenges associated...

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Federal panel discusses college access in June roundtable at Peabody

Oct. 16, 2008—The impact of the nation’s current economic downturn on low- and moderate-income students was the topic of an all-day national roundtable discussion on June 13 at Peabody. The panel was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, which recently released data that show millions of college-qualified high school graduates...

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A VAL-ED discovery

Oct. 16, 2008—Discovery Education and Vanderbilt University are partnering to launch a new research-based evaluation tool that measures the effectiveness of school principals. The Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education (VAL-ED), which is being exclusively distributed by Discovery Education, was created at Vanderbilt University through a grant from the Wallace Foundation.  “We are delighted to collaborate with...

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Video: "All the News That’s Fit to Blog: Old Media, New Media and the Brave New World of Election 2008"

Oct. 15, 2008—Watch video of an Oct. 13 by Peter Applebome, writer and editor at the New York Times.

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Video: “All the News That’s Fit to Blog: Old Media, New Media and the Brave New World of Election 2008”

Oct. 15, 2008—Watch video of an Oct. 13 by Peter Applebome, writer and editor at the New York Times.

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Vanderbilt alumnus and board member to lead Shape the Future campaign

Oct. 15, 2008—H. Rodes Hart, a Vanderbilt alumnus and Board of Trust member who, for nearly three decades, has provided strong volunteer leadership for university initiatives, will succeed the late Monroe Carell Jr. as chairman of Shape the Future, the university's comprehensive campaign.

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Author Teresa Dovalpage to read from work Oct. 23 at Vanderbilt

Oct. 15, 2008—Writer Teresa Dovalpage, author of the novel A Girl Like Che Guevara, will read from her work as part of the Gertrude and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Program at Vanderbilt.

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Bonded labor for a new millennium

Oct. 15, 2008—An attorney for the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, Jennifer Rosenbaum, will give a talk on the harsh realities of guest workers in the United States, entitled "Bonded Labor for a New Millennium: Guest Workers and Indentured Servitude in Post-Katrina American Politics." The event will be held on Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt Law School's Hyatt Room. The event is free and open to the public.

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