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submit a story idea » plays lead role in new transit initiative

A new nonprofit corporation has been created to promote public transportation in Middle Tennessee, with Vanderbilt as the primary sponsor. Vanderbilt has committed $100,000 per year for the next three years to help fund the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee. 12 payroll error for hourly university and VTS staff has been corrected

On the evening of Feb. 10, the Human Resources Processing Office inadvertently sent an incorrect payroll direct deposit file to banks for university and Vanderbilt Temporary Services staff scheduled to be paid
Feb. 12.  The error has been corrected. No action is required by staff at this time. takes a Web 2.0 medal in social media innovation

Vanderbilt was among the top 50 universities chosen as medal winners based on criteria such as active Twitter feeds and fan-packed Facebook pages to creative YouTube videos and compelling blogs. Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, journalist John Stossel, political activist Ralph Nader headline 2010 Impact Symposium

The theme of this year’s lectures is “The Future of Capitalism.” Nader and Stossel will speak Tuesday, March 30. Romney’s talk is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31. Both lectures will be held in Langford Auditorium. offensive staff reassignments announced: Kiser named new coordinator

The promotion of Kiser, who formerly served as the team’s quarterback coach and co-passing game coordinator, is the key element in an reassignment of duties that affects four offensive coaches following the unit’s disappointing performance last year. gears up for 2010 Rites of Spring Music Festival

This year’s line up includes Drake, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Phoenix and Passion Pit. Tickets are available to the general public and will go on sale Monday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. Central time. author L.A. Banks to discuss black sexuality Feb. 18

Banks has penned more than 35 novels and 12 novellas in a wide range of genres, including the (Black) Vampire Huntress series and the Soul Food series.

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*  This Week

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

Feb. 16: Hope for Haiti: Holistic Perspectives on the Crisis

Feb. 17: W.O.W. – Nashville Public Television at Vanderbilt: The Bhutanese Community

Feb. 17: “A Day in the Life of…”  Interfaith Panel 2010

Feb. 18: CTP Leadership Breakfast Featuring Walter Earl Fluker

Feb. 19: Darwin Day at Vanderbilt: A Colloquium on Darwin and His Legacy

* Mark Your Calendars

Feb. 22: Vanderbilt and the Nashville Sit-In Movement: A Fifty Year Retrospective

Feb. 22: West Point Academy Wind Quintet at Blair – Master Classes, Concert and Workshop

Feb. 23: Blake Mycoskie (Founder of TOMS Shoes) Talk

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

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The Child and Family Center offers Lunch and Learn on Alzheimer’s Feb. 17

The Painters Eye exhibit opens Feb. 18 at Space 204 Gallery

Babies and You class on infant safety Feb. 18

Blakemore Trio to premiere Susan Botti’s ‘Gates of Silence’ Feb. 19; must RSVP

Sarratt Youth Art institute announces registration for summer

Cash flow planning two-part series being offered

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Watch: VUCast: What’s he looking at; your federal stimulus money at work; and the winner is…

Watch: A Persistent Past: Reckoning with Race and History in the Age of Obama

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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. the VUMC Reporter: Soldiers’ mysterious lung disease identified

As the Chief Warrant Officer in charge of maintenance for the Blackhawk helicopters flown by 101st Airborne soldiers in Iraq, 52-year-old Jimmy Williams says he always felt protective of the young servicemen and women he worked with overseas.

Now, Williams has come to Vanderbilt University Medical Center seeking an invasive procedure — one that won’t do anything at all for his health. But it’s one he hopes might help some of those younger soldiers.

He is preparing to undergo surgical removal of a small section of lung for biopsy to explain why he and many of his fellow soldiers can no longer breathe like they used to.

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