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Ties with University of Melbourne getting stronger

Australia’s University of Melbourne and Vanderbilt University have taken their academic partnership to a new level – committing $500,000 in joint seed funding over the next two years for research collaborations, expanding exchange programs for students, faculty and staff, and sharing space in Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations in Washington, D.C.

Vanderbilt ranks 51st among world’s universities

Vanderbilt University has ranked 51st on the 2010-2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, up from 140 last year.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital CEO Kevin Churchwell departing

Dr. Kevin B. Churchwell, chief executive officer and executive director of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, is departing to become the new system senior vice president and CEO of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. He will begin his work at Nemours in November.

Teacher performance pay alone does not raise student test scores

This and other findings from a three-year experiment – the first scientific study of performance pay ever conducted in the United States – were released at a conference on evaluating and rewarding educator effectiveness hosted by the National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt physicists have role in new physics

When officials at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) announced the discovery of “new physics,” a group of about a dozen physicists gathered in a conference room on campus and watched the videocast from Switzerland intently. The small gathering Sept. 21 included several Vanderbilt scientists who are members of the LHC team that found the new and surprising phenomena. Although none of them played a key role in the discovery, they will be deeply involved in the battery of follow-up experiments planned to get additional information about it.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author T.J. Stiles to speak at Vanderbilt Sept. 29

The author of the award-winning biography The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, Stiles will launch the 2010-2011 Vanderbilt University Chancellor’s Lecture Series on Sept. 29.

Music industry icon James Fogelson in conversation Oct. 3

Nashville music industry executive James Foglesong will be the focus of an intimate, revealing conversation with journalist Peter Cooper on Sunday, Oct. 3, in the Blair School of Music’s Ingram hall. This free 4 p.m. event will be recorded for later broadcast on public television.

2010 Service Award Celebration will be held Sept. 27

Come celebrate with your friends and co-workers as we honor their dedication to Vanderbilt. All 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55-year anniversary employees will be honored at a ceremony on Sept. 27.

VUMC partners with Tennessee Department of Health to roll back obesity epidemic

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen recently introduced “Eat Well, Play More Tennessee: Tennessee Statewide Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan,” the state’s first, ambitious, five-year plan to halt obesity.

Artist Barry McGee speaks Oct. 6

StudioVU: The Department of Art Lecture Series will open its 2010-2011 season with visual and graffiti artist Barry McGee. McGee, also known as Twist, will lecture Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Hall 103. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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*  This Week

Sept. 23: Billingham Lectureship in Transplant Immunology: Dr. A. Benedict Cosimi

Sept. 25: Chinese Students and Scholars Association Moon Festival Celebration

Sept. 27: Leadership, Ethics, and Legal Opportunities in the Federal Sector, a talk by Will Gunn, General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: The African American Lectionary Forum – We Who Believe

* Mark Your Calendars

Oct. 1: Health Care Business Alliance conference, “Achieving Success in a New Health Care Landscape” (Off Campus)

Oct. 2: Bluebird on the Mountain at Dyer Observatory

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

Vanderbilt Researchers need African-American Volunteers for a Study on the Causes of Alzheimers Disease

Type 2 Diabetes Study Seeking Volunteers


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Women’s Half Marathon will result in road closures Sept. 25

Start Now to Beat the Winter Blues presentation Sept. 23

Methadone Treatment, Pregnancy and Legal Issues seminar Sept. 24

Free car seat check Sept. 25 in Murfreesboro

Mind Bugs: the Science of Unconscious Bias to be presented Oct. 1

Start! Heart Walk is Oct. 2

Weekend workshop about infertility Oct. 9-10

New Health and Wellness Wellcast: Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Discounted tickets for ‘9 to 5′

Music at the Farmers’ Market

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Featured Media

Nashville Ballet’s Andre Chenier

Jim Lovensheimer,  assistant professor in music history and literature at Vanderbilt University, discusses the life and times of André Chénier, his initial support of the French Revolution, and how his own words were used against him in the end.

Video: Pay for Performance Results

Vanderbilt researcher Matthew Springer presented his findings on the first scientific study measuring whether teacher bonuses alone raised student test scores. Educators from throughout the country attended the “Evaluating Rewarding Educator Effectiveness” conference in Nashville where the results were given Sept. 21.

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FROM THE REPORTER: DeBaun named to key Pediatrics leadership post

A globally renowned genetic and hematologic researcher has been named vice chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics, bringing a long history of research to improve the lives of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD).

Dr. Michael DeBaun, the Ferring Family Chair in Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, and director of the Sickle Cell Medical Treatment and Education Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, will join Vanderbilt in November where he will also be professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

DeBaun will work closely with Dr. Jonathan Gitlin,  James C. Overall Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, to provide leadership and expertise. DeBaun says he hopes to serve as a mentor and adviser to faculty in a very competitive atmosphere for national funding.

“I am thrilled to be coming to Vanderbilt and the Nashville community. The Medical Center and Department of Pediatrics serve as an intellectual incubator for clinical and translational research that crosses multiple disciplines, departments, and into the community. My goal will be to help faculty define their projects from conception through early phases to position them well for funding, and then to facilitate their progress,” DeBaun said.

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