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Family Re-Union to focus on infant mortality, prematurity

Infant mortality and prematurity will be in the spotlight at the annual Family Re-Union conference, hosted by the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville Public Television and the Family Re-Union organization and featuring Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton.

VUPD expands community service officer program

Does your car need a jump? Did you lock your keys in your car again? Vanderbilt University’s Police Department is providing more help for some of life’s minor emergencies with its expanded community service officer program.

History professor Paul Hardacre dies

Paul Hoswell Hardacre, a retired Vanderbilt professor noted for his expertise on the Stuart period of English history, died on April 10 in Pasadena, Calif., at the age of 94. The professor of history, emeritus, taught at Vanderbilt for 34 years.

White appointed director of Religious Life

The Rev. Gary White, who has been interim director of Religious Life at Vanderbilt since last year, has assumed the job permanently.

Arts and Science appoints new chairs, makes promotions

Mark Schoenfield was appointed as chair of Vanderbilt’s English department and John Geer as chair of political science, announced Carolyn Dever, dean of the College of Arts and Science.

Women’s tennis program earns sportsmanship award

The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team has been honored as May’s recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Sportsmanship Award.

Basketball coach Kevin Stallings honored by Metro Council

Councilmember Edith Taylor Langster and other members of the Metro Nashville Council recognized the accomplishments of Vanderbilt University basketball coach Kevin Stallings at its June 15 meeting.

Faculty members serve as consultants on Emmy-nominated Web series

“Fizzy’s Lunch Lab” – an interactive Web series with cartoon characters acting out funny stories to emphasize the importance of good nutrition, a balanced diet and physical activity – has been nominated for a Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award. And there’s a Vanderbilt connection.

Children’s Hospital patient blogging about advocacy trip to D.C.

Joseph Huseby, age 6, and his family are visiting Washington, D.C. , this week as patient advocates for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt as part of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals (NACH) Family Advocacy Day.

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*  This Week

June 16-18: The NIMH Annual International Research Conference – Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS

June 19: Prader-Willi Syndrome Family Day

June 19: Bluebird on the Mountain at Dyer Observatory

* Mark Your Calendars

June 23: DigitalVU Meeting

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

Working On Rapid Language Development is Looking for Parents and Toddlers to Study Language Development


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Saturday morning musical family time still taking registration

Lot 77 on 18th Ave. to be closed for repaving this week

New documentary June 17 to highlight VUMC’s leadership in personalized medicine

Kutzinski gets NEH fellowship

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Featured Media

Watch: Flood, Sweat and Tears: VUCast

Some Vanderbilt staffers are still picking up the pieces after Nashville’s record flood.

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Tune in to VUCast, for audio and video of events happening around campus. You can also find VU podcasts on iTunes and VU videos on YouTube.

FROM COMMODORE NATION: Coulibaly focuses on helping others

Instead of wondering what he could do for himself, Darius Coulibaly would rather ask what he could do for others. At 7′1″, the former Vanderbilt center has not just stood out because of his height, he has also stood out because of his generosity.

Raised in poverty in the Ivory Coast, Coulibaly grew up with very little. He had no electricity and was without running water. He witnessed people dying at a young age because of the spread of disease and the lack of health care. At age 12, Coulibaly lost a friend who fell ill after eating a mango. Seeing this, he vowed to do something about the struggles of everyday life of those around him.

“I thought about being a doctor, but as I got older I thought about if there is a different way,” Coulibaly said. “I really wanted to help poor people.”

For Coulibaly, there was a different way. In December 2005, Coulibaly founded Empowering the Poor Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Fredericksburg, Va., with a mission to empower poor communities.

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