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VUMC medical specialties lauded by ‘U.S. News and World Report’

Vanderbilt University Medical Center finished strongly again this year in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s annual ranking of America’s Best Hospitals.

Vanderbilt head football coach Bobby Johnson retires

Assistant head coach Robbie Caldwell has been named interim head football coach, effective immediately. Caldwell has served eight years on the Vanderbilt coaching staff.

If you use your Vanderbilt email address for Microsoft Live services (including Xbox or Zune), please read this

Users of Microsoft Live ID who use a email address to log in will need to change their account information by July 29, 2010.

Athletics announces Hall of Fame class members for 2010

Ten new members will be inducted into Vanderbilt’s third Hall of Fame class this fall, athletics officials announced Tuesday, July 13, on campus.

Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations gives value and builds relationships

Specifically, the staff serves to create a portal of entry to Vanderbilt for neighbors, government officials and the community at large.

Vanderbilt launches yoga study for cancer survivors

The pilot study will measure patients’ physical, mental and emotional well-being following a series of yoga classes.

Nominate a colleague for the Commodore Award

The Commodore Award recognizes and rewards significant achievements in Vanderbilt’s pursuit of excellence in education, health care, research and community service.

Tree falls near Alumni Hall

Part of an elm tree fell recently near Alumni Hall towards Vanderbilt Hall. No people were injured and no buildings were damaged.

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*  This Week

July 16-23: Football Camps – Music City Classic, Rising Star and Junior Mini-Camp

July 17 & 18: Playing By Air: The Show (Off Campus)

July 19-23: Next Step Summer Institute

* Mark Your Calendars

July 24: Bluebird on the Mountain at Dyer Observatory

July 26: Dyer Observers Space Science Camp – Explore the Universe

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

Volunteers Needed for Type 2 Diabetes Study at Vanderbilt Medical Center


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Lunch & Learn with Big Brothers Big Sisters July 21

Enrollment for peer models at the Mama Lere Hearing School

Heuser named U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist in Higher Education

Sztipanovits elected external member of Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Political scientist and doctoral student collaborate on award-winning paper

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Featured Media

VUCast: Inside the legal fight for BP billions; a story of survival; and meet Professor Fizzy

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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 Magazine: Reversing childhood obesity trends requires both large-scale change and one-on-one intervention

To illustrate the importance of dialogue about childhood obesity in America, Dr. Greg Plemmons, assistant professor of pediatrics, whips out a pen and paper to draw a bell curve. The axis and bell form the easily recognizable “normal distribution” graph that describes the weight of children: few on the “very light” side to the left, and few on the “very heavy” side to the right, with most children falling in the middle.

Then Plemmons pens an extension onto the right side of the bell to indicate an increasing proportion of the heaviest children.

“The curve that shows weight distribution in children has lengthened to include an increasing number of heavier children … but it’s more than that.”

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