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Microsoft agreement will result in software savings

Vanderbilt students will get some Microsoft software products for free and departments and employees will be charged just $15 under a new partnership between the university and Microsoft.

Flood Relief Fund applications available

A process for distributing donated funds to the employees most in need of financial support has been developed, and awards are targeted to be issued in August.

New iPhone app launched

Vanderbilt has launched a new free iPhone app to allow current and prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, sports fans and friends to easily access campus news, events, videos, photos and more from their iPhone.

Melichar joins Development and Alumni Relations

Charles J. Melichar, a senior communications officer at Colgate University, has been selected as associate vice chancellor for communications in the Division of Development and Alumni Relations at Vanderbilt.

University ranked No. 12 as a best place to work in life sciences

Vanderbilt was named one of the best places for life scientists to work in academia by The Scientist magazine. It was the seventh time in the eight years of the survey that Vanderbilt was ranked and a substantial improvement from its 2009 ranking.

Samar Ali, Class of 2006, appointed White House Fellow

Samar S. Ali, who graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 2006, has been appointed a White House Fellow. Ali is currently an associate with the law firm Hogan Lovells US.

Fine Arts Gallery digitizing collection

Visitors to the collection database can browse or search the collection using a number of criteria including artist, title, medium, dates, century and style/period. Photographs of 25 percent of the collection of 5,500 objects have been added so far, and work continues.

Address highlights nursing’s successes

At her recent State of Nursing Address, Marilyn Dubree, chief nursing officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, touched on a wide variety of topics all aimed at what she referred to as “bringing the best of ourselves to our patients.”

Doctors warn to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays

Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light reflected off sand, water or pavement can damage the eyes, said Vanderbilt Eye Institute’s Mark Melson, oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon.

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*  This Week

July 1: Sign up for an Outdoor Recreation trip in July – canoeing, climbing, hiking, and kayaking

July 5: Independence Day – University holiday for Vanderbilt employees

July 9: Dyer Open House Day

* Mark Your Calendars

July 12: “Impacts and Aspects” exhibit to close

July 15: Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market still going strong

July 17 & 18: Playing By Air: The Show – celebrating Nashville cancer survivors (Off Campus)

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

Parents of children with disabilities who feel stressed can get support from the Parent Stress Intervention Project


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Start! Challenge 3 begins July 1

New Health and Wellness Wellcast: Communication to Enrich Your Relationships, Part 2

Blood drive July 6, 14

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Featured Media

VUCast: Vanderbilt is growing, “rocking out” and learning from a movie star!

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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 ON THEIR WAY: Big dreams for tiny babies

Wearing clothing made to fit a 6- to 9-month-old baby, Becca Hill’s tiny size is deceptive of her real age.

The bubbly 2-year-old smiles and laughs as she poses for a photograph. Becca was born nearly three months early with the astoundingly low birth weight of 13 ounces (slightly heavier than a can of soda) and measuring just 9 ½ inches – so small she easily fit into her father’s hand. At the time of her birth on June 21, 2008, Becca was documented to be the smallest surviving baby ever to be born in Tennessee and one of the smallest in the world.

Nancy Hill was just 15 weeks pregnant and living in Louisville, Ky., when she first learned that something might be wrong with her baby.

She was startled to learn her baby was at increased risk of developing spina bifida. Then two weeks later, Nancy found out that her baby’s measurements were very small.

“They told us to be prepared to lose the baby,” Nancy recalls.

In mid-June, Nancy and her husband, John, both pastors, moved to Bethpage, Tenn. Soon after the move, Nancy developed a life-threatening obstetric condition called HELLP Syndrome, treatable only by the prompt delivery of the baby. Read more.

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