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Important benefits information as 2010 ends

As we approach the end of 2010, here are some issues you may want to attend to regarding benefits at Vanderbilt.

Easton Corbin performs for patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Country music singer Easton Corbin helped kick off the holiday season at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, performing and switching on the lights to the holiday trees lining the lobby.

Owen prof blogging at Forbes about health care

Larry Van Horn, associate professor of management (health care), posted his first “Second Opinion” blog on Nov. 29.

Prescriptions needed for FSA, HRA reimbursement starting Jan. 1

If you elect the Health Flexible Spending Account or receive the Vanderbilt Health Reimbursement Account, we want to remind you of the new Internal Revenue Service ruling taking effect on Jan. 1 that will impact over-the-counter product purchases.

Expert on impact of technology on society to speak Dec. 6

David Weinberger, a noted expert on the increasing impact of technology on business and society, will speak at The Commons Dec. 6.

Free concert Dec. 5 features Andrean indigenous music elements

Misa Criolla – a performance of musical works by the late Argentine composer and pianist Ariel Ramirez – will take place Dec. 5 in Scarritt Bennett Center’s Wightman Chapel. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 5 p.m.

Pitching coach honored

Pitching coach Derek Johnson of the Commodore baseball team has been named the American Baseball Coaches Association/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year.

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*  This Week

Dec. 2: Vanderbilt Visiting Writers presents author Lydia Peelle

Dec. 6: “Imperial Boundaries and the Creation of Desert Landscapes in Northern Mexico.” Cynthia Radding

Dec. 7-14 Celebrate the holiday season with Blair performances

Dec. 8: A Night with film critic Alonso Duralde – reception, book signing and file screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Dec. 9: Kenneth A. Dodge – “Framing, Development, Prevention, and Policy in Youth Violence”

* Mark Your Calendars

Dec. 20-23 and Dec. 27-31: CampVandy Holiday Camps

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

Volunteers Needed for Type 2 Diabetes Study


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Twenty percent discount at bookstore Dec. 2-3

2011 Re:VU brochures available

Crime Alert – forcible fondling arrest

Street closures set for Dec. 4

No change to 403(b) contribution limits

Caregiver Support lecture Dec. 7

Toiletry Drive at 10 North Vanderbilt Trauma

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Featured Media

Video: Ingrid Betancourt talks about FARC

Guerillas belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, kidnapped Ingrid Betancourt as she campaigned for the Colombian presidency in 2002. She was held captive six years in Colombia’s rain forest until she was liberated in  2008 with 14 other hostages in a daring rescue staged by the Colombian army. Listen to her story.

Betancourt spoke at Vanderbilt University Nov. 16, 2010.

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Neurosurgeon Robert Singer has turned his passion for musical instruments into a company

In 2002, having recently undergone board certification as a neurosurgeon, Robert J. Singer, M.D., sat down at his kitchen table with some butcher paper and a few drafting instruments and began designing electric guitars.

Once he had completed a dozen designs, he engaged a factory in Korea to make the prototypes.

That’s how Waterstone Music Instruments was launched. The company has since brought out several lines of guitars and bass guitars, all designed or co-designed by Singer, the founder and CEO.

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