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New smoking policy for academic campus begins Aug. 1

While smoking is not permitted in any university building, there were previously no restrictions on smoking outside on the academic campus. Under the new policy, smoking is now prohibited outside except in the designated smoking areas.

ED honored with Emergency Medicine Excellence Award

The best performing hospitals, like Vanderbilt, have combined rates of mortality low enough to place them in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for emergency medicine.

Peabody and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools launch new master’s degree program

The new program is focused on improving teaching in urban middle schools and is the result of a partnership between Peabody and MNPS. Students attend the program tuition free and agree to teach in Metro Schools for five years.

Attention flood-affected employees: SBA will be at VU July 28 & 29

The Small Business Administration will be on campus Wed., July 28, and Thurs., July 29, to host a group seminar and to work one-on-one with flood-affected employees.

Employees get Microsoft Office for $9.95

One benefit of Vanderbilt’s new Microsoft Campus Agreement is participation in Microsoft’s Home Use Program. This program enables Vanderbilt employees to buy Office for home use for only $9.95.

Caldwell is talk of SEC Media Day

Showcasing his sense of humor and humility, Robbie Caldwell stole the show on Thursday — even receiving an ovation following his appearance in front of the print media.

Complete Go for the Gold program

All benefits-eligible faculty and staff can learn about their health risks and take action to reduce those risks by completing the Go for the Gold program. Faculty and staff who elect and pay for the Vanderbilt Health Plan benefits in 2011 are also eligible for a wellness credit of up to $240.

New Vanderbilt clinic provides academic assessments for students with learning difficulties

The goal of the academic assessment is to help families understand their child’s unique pattern of abilities across an array of skills including motor coordination, handwriting, reading, listening, verbal and visual learning, planning, use of strategies, and working memory.

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*  This Week

July 30: Songs from the Heart 2010

July 31: Fine Arts Gallery exhibit closings – Five Centuries of Drawing and American Art at Vanderbilt

* Mark Your Calendars

Aug. 15: Dore Jam 2010 Fan Day

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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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Dine out at Sole Mio July 27 and half of the food sales will be donated to Books from Birth

A new session of Weight Watchers at Work meetings starts on July 28 at the Student Life Center

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Featured Media

VUCast: What secrets your genetic code holds and celebrating the big 100!

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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 the VUMC Reporter:

New technology eases heart valve replacement surgery

Doctors with the Vanderbilt Pediatric Heart Institute have performed Tennessee’s first procedures to replace heart valves without open-heart surgery.

The technique, called transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement, uses new technology to position the heart valve into place using a catheter placed in the vein of the leg and then up into the heart where it is deployed.

The first patient to receive this new technique at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt was able to go home after an overnight stay.

Thirteen-year-old Nick Feck had quit playing sports and his grades were slipping because he tired so easily. Feck was born with a heart defect that was repaired at birth, but a valve in the Bedford County middle-schooler’s heart was failing. He and his family were bracing for open-heart surgery, but Nick’s doctors told him Vanderbilt was prepared to try the less invasive technique.

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