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Internal investigation of fraternity house incident under way; VUPD officers placed on leave

Three Vanderbilt University police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation of how an incident at the National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity house last weekend was handled.

Vanderbilt partnering with Metro Nashville Public Schools to offer new master’s program for urban teachers

The program will prepare students to teach in upper elementary grades through grade 8 with a focus on one of three areas: literacy, mathematics or science.

Feb. 22 symposium will mark 50th anniversary of Nashville sit-ins

The 50th anniversary of the Nashville sit-ins, which were an early civil rights movement success and a critical time in the life of Vanderbilt University, will be observed with a symposium featuring some of its participants.

Balser outlines fresh look at VUMC’s pillars

Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, suggested updates and modifications to the narrative statements for the five pillars of activity that more sharply define the Medical Center’s path for the coming years.

The ODC is now the EAD

This year, the ODC is transitioning to its new name: The Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department, or EAD, with the tagline “Serving the Vanderbilt Community.”

Dores for Haiti event is Feb. 16

The Vanderbilt and Nashville communities are invited to the “Hope for Haiti: Holistic Perspectives on the Crisis” forum at Vanderbilt on Feb. 16. The 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. free event offers diverse, informed perspectives on the recent earthquake disaster in Haiti.

Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry Frank Chytil has died

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m., Feb. 15, in Benton Chapel. All of his colleagues and friends are invited to attend the service.

Bogus ITS e-mail asks for e-password

The e-mail is NOT from ITS, and you should never give out your e-password. If you have responded to the e-mail, change your e-password immediately.

Centennial Park design team named; Vanderbilt plays role in master planning

The Centennial Park Master Plan, to be completed over the next 10 months, will include analyses of existing site facilities and conditions, development recommendations, phasing recommendations, and cost estimates.

Valentine workshop at Peabody Library Feb. 12

If you miss your elementary-school-crafts-class days of making valentines with safety scissors and Elmer’s School Glue, you will feel very gratified at the knowledge that Peabody Library is offering a workshop in just that time-honored childhood art form.

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*  This Week

Feb. 12: Combined Choral Concert – Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir/Blair Chamber Choir/Collegium Vocale

Feb. 12-14: V-Day Vanderbilt 2010: “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer

Feb. 16: “Post-Orientalism, Neoliberal Feminism, and Afghan Women.” Malini Johar Schueller

Feb. 16: The Nashville Jazz Orchestra Celebrates Mardi Gras

Feb. 17: Master of Management in Health Care Information Session

Feb. 18: “What is a Post-Socialist Human in China.”

Feb. 18: InsideOut of the Lunch Box – Juggleville

Feb. 18: Vanderbilt Prize & Discovery Lecture: “Dynamics of Signaling by PKA.” Susan S. Taylor, Ph.D.

* Mark Your Calendars

Feb. 19: World Premiere – “Gates of Silence” Performed by Soprano Susan Botti and the Blakemore Trio

Feb. 26: “Special Master for Executive Pay for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.”

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Parent Stress Intervention Project: Investigating Approaches to Lowering Stress In Parents of Children With Disabilities


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Preparing for V-Day production – resources for people who have experienced personal violence

Chinese New Year celebration Feb. 13

Panel celebrates Darwin’s anniversary Feb. 19

New Health and Wellness wellcast

Consider giving blood

Golfers wanted for fundraiser

Get Control of Your Cash Flow workshop Feb. 16

Health Plus offers Know Your Numbers at TVC and Peabody

Support Coaches v. Cancer with ‘I Love College Hoops’

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Featured Media

Watch: VUCast: Understanding Haiti; calling all snow; and it’s Iron Chef Vandy style

You don’t want to miss this jam-packed VUCast for Feb. 5, 2010.

Watch: Investing in Nature

William Ginn, chief conservation officer for The Nature Conservancy, discusses a range of newly emerging opportunities for collaboration between business and land conservation.

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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 Medicine’: The Possibilities of Personalized Medicine

What if your doctor could tell by reading your genetic code which drugs were most likely to work for you, and which you should avoid, even before you try them? What if a “genetic biopsy” taken from your cancer could pinpoint the treatment most likely to kill the tumor, and with the fewest side effects?

What if your “genetic medical record” flagged previously undetected risk factors for illnesses you could take steps to prevent?

These are some of the tantalizing prospects in the burgeoning field known as personalized medicine that are being pioneered by scientists and health care providers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Not too many years ago the idea was considered fanciful, that with genetics as their thread, doctors could fashion for each of their patients a medical care coat that fit them perfectly, restored them to health, kept them well and saved money to boot.

Today personalized medicine is rapidly inserting itself into the scientific literature, muscling into the doctor-patient relationship and sweeping through the popular culture. The question no longer is what if these things could happen, but when will they?

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