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Celebrate Earth Day 2010 with giveaways, trivia and discounts

Vanderbilt is celebrating Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, on Rand Terrace from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Correctly answer a trivia question about sustainability and win a  recycled, reusable shopping bag.

German professor Angela Lin has died

Colleagues and friends will gather 3 p.m. April 23 in Room 102 of Buttrick Hall in Lin’s honor. Details for a memorial service are pending.

Chilean filmmaker Alberto Fuguet shoots feature film with students

Vanderbilt students were given a hands-on crash course in filmmaking under the tutelage of Chilean author/filmmaker Alberto Fuguet during his month-long visit to campus.

Peabody faculty recognized for research, leadership

Peabody faculty have been repeatedly recognized this spring for their research and leadership in education and human development.

VU golfer Marina Alex crowned SEC Champion

Alex captured the SEC individual championship and her first individual title as a collegian at the NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

MLAS open house is May 11

Students and prospective students of the Master of Liberal Arts and Science program are invited to an open house Tuesday, May 11.

Road closures April 24 because of Country Music Marathon

Road closures including some affecting the Vanderbilt area will be in place on Saturday, April 24, because of the Country Music Marathon.

Blackburn encourages student Republicans to ‘be heard’

Blackburn, R-Tenn., elected in 2003 to represent the 7th Congressional District of Tennessee, spoke April 19 to a standing-room-only audience at the Sarratt Student Center.

Vanderbilt eye doctors warn of the dangers of cosmetic contact lenses

All contact lenses, worn for any purpose, including cosmetic contact lenses, are required to have a valid prescription by the FDA.

Get discount tickets to TPAC’s Beauty and the Beast

Discounted performances are Wednesday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 20, at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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*  This Week

Apr. 22: 28th Annual Research Forum

Apr. 23-24: Rites of Spring 2010

Apr. 24: Amnesty International USA – Mid TN Conference

Apr. 25: Blair Suzuki Violin Performing Group; Blair Children’s Cello Choir

Apr. 27: Employee Health Fair

Apr. 28: Civil Rights Panel Unites Former East German Dissident Artists with Nashville Sit-in Participants

Apr. 29: L’hyperbole et l’apostrophe: Baudelaire and the Theory of the Lyric

* Mark Your Calendars

Apr. 30: LWALA …An Evening of Celebration

Apr. 30: Nashville Jazz Orchestra: Fifth Annual Writers Night

May 1: Shade Tree Trot

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

The Department of Rheumatology is Looking for Adults with Gastrointestinal Diseases for a One-time Blood Draw

Normal, Adult Study Participants Needed for a One-time Blood Draw


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The Nashville Film Festival Presents “Robert Churchwell: The Jackie Robinson of Journalism” April 22

Dorfman/Wait piano duo performs April 27 at Blair

Join a Vanderbilt team for the American Lung Association’s annual Lung Walk

Support Children’s Hospital at various sponsor locations in May

Cinnabon offering coupon for free roll to VU employees

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Featured Media

Watch: Barack Obama and the Remaking of Black America

Ira Berlin, an American historian and author of The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations spoke at Vanderbilt University on April 16, 2010.

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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: Vandy in Hollywood: Opening doors in Tinseltown takes smarts, guts and, if you’re very lucky, alumni on the inside.

The lure of Hollywood is just as strong today as it was a century ago when motion picture production companies from New York and New Jersey moved west to take advantage of the warm, sunny weather. Vanderbilt alumni have always had a presence in Hollywood, from actress/singer Dinah Shore, BA’38, to Oscar-winning director Delbert Mann, BA’41 (Marty), to Oscar-winning screenwriter Tom Schulman, BA’72 (Dead Poets Society), to Fred Thompson, JD’67, who played the folksy district attorney on television’s Law and Order before making a run for the presidency in 2008.

In the early days movie-making was much simpler: Actors, writers, producers, directors, cameramen, editors, and muscle to move the equipment were just about all that was necessary to take a production from the back lot to the big screen. Today, with the advent of special effects, international distribution, and as many cable channels as there are stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, opportunities abound. Finding them, however, can be tricky, and in Hollywood it’s not always what you know, but rather who you know.

That’s where Vandy-in-Hollywood—and Chad Gervich—come in.

Gervich knew from an early age that he wanted to work in television and film and was surprised that Vanderbilt had few affiliations with the local entertainment business.

Read more here.

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