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VU is proud to sponsor the Mayor’s First Day Festival Aug. 8

This free community event celebrating the beginning of a new school year will be held Sunday, Aug. 8, from 2 – 5 p.m., at Bridgestone Arena.  Free school supplies, educational activities and entertainment will be featured.

Everyone at VU asked to conserve energy during heat wave

As one of the largest energy consumers in Middle Tennessee, please help us to make reductions now in our energy use patterns that we can sustain all year round. VU Plant Operations and VUMC Facility Services ask for your help and cooperation as we step up efforts to conserve.

Engineering professor John L. Potter has died

John Leith Potter, an emeritus professor at Vanderbilt and internationally known as a pioneer in the aerodynamics of jet fighters, rockets and spacecraft, died July 20 in Homewood, Ala.

Personalized medicine program for cancer patients unveiled

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has launched a new Personalized Cancer Medicine Initiative, becoming the first cancer center in the Southeast and one of the first in the nation to offer cancer patients routine “genotyping” of their tumors at the DNA level.

Interim removed from Caldwell’s title; Aug. 8-9 practices open to fans

Vice Chancellor David Williams has announced that football coach Robbie Caldwell has officially dropped the “interim” tag and been given a new title as head coach.

Stay cool during record heat

Dangerous heat levels will occur through Thursday for people who must be outdoors. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation on which heat illnesses are possible.

Older adults gear up for fall classes with Osher Lifelong Learning

Media regulation in an ultra-wired society, the neurology of sleep, the Vietnam War, and great singers and their songs are among the diverse topics included in the fall term of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt.

Blair offering adult class on musical sensitivity this fall; open to public

In the class, Mitchell Korn, vice president of Education and Community Engagement of the Nashville Symphony and a senior lecturer at Blair, will lead an engaging and participatory discussion of classical repertoire and the Nashville Symphony season.

Fourth concert of the Bluebird on the Mountain scheduled for Aug. 21

Marshall Chapman, Gary Nicholson and Al Anderson will take the stage at Dyer Observatory.

Fairview to Vanderbilt bus service available for $27/month

Anchor-Trailways, a private transportation company under contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), now offers direct “motor coach” transportation from Fairview to Vanderbilt at a special discount price of $27/month (unlimited rides in a calendar month pass).

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*  This Week

August 10: ”Healing, Justice and the Beloved Community” – Reverend James Lawson

August 13: 2010 White Coat Ceremony and Webcast

August 15: Dore Jam 2010 Fan Day

August 16: Teaching at Vanderbilt: An Orientation for New Faculty

* Mark Your Calendars

August 26: Fall Faculty Assembly

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

Volunteers Needed for Type 1 Diabetes Study at Vanderbilt Medical Center

Researchers Need Children Ages 3-5 for a Speech and Language Skills Study


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Whooping cough vaccine available at Occupational Health Clinic

MacAuthority offering specials to VU employees and students during tax-free weekend

Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt seeking members

Weight Watchers free meeting Aug. 11

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VUCast: Helping troops fight a medical mystery and a Dore hits the small screen

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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 Vanderbilt News: Why can’t some people put the brakes on impulsive behavior?

Everyone knows the type. Maybe it’s you or someone close to you. We’re talking about the kind of people who act without thinking.

A group of Vanderbilt researchers analyzed the role of the brain chemical dopamine in impulsivity to discover more precisely what makes some people more susceptible to rash behavior. Their results appear in the July 31 on-line issue of Science.

The researchers were able to demonstrate a specific deficit in the way the brain regulates dopamine signaling in people prone to impulsivity, according to Joshua W. Buckholtz, a Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience, and David Zald, associate professor of psychology and psychiatry.

From the VUMC Reporter: Possible new breast cancer treatment target identified

Cancer investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center have confirmed that a specific cell-signaling pathway, PI3-kinase (PI3K), in breast cancers may be a promising target for new therapies.

The study, led by Dr. Carlos Arteaga, professor of medicine and cancer biology and leader of the VICC Breast Cancer Program, was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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