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Gen. David H. Petraeus to speak at Vanderbilt

Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, will engage in an open dialogue at Vanderbilt about his actions as commander of the surge in Iraq and the role of U.S. forces overseas. The event will be one of the military leader’s rare appearances at a university.

Message from the chancellor about Haiti

With last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, members of the Vanderbilt community continue to search for ways to help this country. There are a number of relief efforts under way on campus and in the Nashville community, and I am grateful for the way Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff have responded, as you always do in times of need.

Tong wins Troland Research Award

The National Academy of Sciences has honored Frank Tong, associate professor of psychology, with its 2010 Troland Research Award. The Troland Research Awards of $50,000 each are given annually to young investigators (age 40 and under) to recognize unusual achievement and to further empirical research

Schmidt speaks at Defense briefing

Douglas C. Schmidt, professor of computer science and associate chair of computer science and engineering, discusses the impact of ultra-large scale systems on Department of Defense operations at a Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by the congressional R&D Caucus in Washington Jan. 19.

Housing experts collaborate on $31 million grant for Nashville neighborhoods

The grant – the only one given in Tennessee – will support efforts to stabilize weakened neighborhoods through purchasing and rehabilitating foreclosed and abandoned properties, redeveloping vacant properties as housing and establishing a financing mechanism for low- to middle-income homebuyers of foreclosed properties.

Students present MLK Day resolution

About 150 students and faculty chanting “We believe in MLK” rallied at Rand Hall and then walked to Kirkland Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  They presented a resolution to the Vanderbilt administration asking that the university set aside the federal holiday as a day of service.

Blair offering Kindermusik classes on Tues. and Thurs. evenings

Come discover for yourself why 99 percent of Kindermusik parents would recommend the classes to other parents. Morning classes also available.

Free screening of ‘Garbage Dreams’ and panel discussion Jan. 23

A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring Sherif Barsoum, director of International Student and Scholar Services at Vanderbilt ; Jeffrey Ezell, education coordinator for Metro Beautification and Environment Commission; and Jennifer Hackett, recycling manager for Sustain VU.

Diplomatic writing workshop series offered at VU Writing Studio

Writing for an audience is never more critical than when we have to write our way out of a sticky situation. Rarely are we trained to finesse writing with the tact and grace that leaves everyone feeling better, or at least not suicidal.

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*  This Week

Jan. 21: 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series Dr. Michael R. DeBaun

Jan. 21: Arts@VU Series – InsideOut of the Lunch Box & Blair Nightcap

Jan. 22: Special Lectures Paula McClain, Lynn Festa, Jonathan Lamb, Dror Wahrman and Christopher Slobogin

Jan. 24: Womens Basketball – “Jam the Gym”

Jan. 25: Special Presentations – “Common Ground: Being Muslim in the Military” & “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Jan. 27 & 28: International Lens Film Series Harvest Time” & “A World Without Thieves”

Jan. 28: 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series/Panel Discussion – Kerry Kennedy, Moderator

* Mark Your Calendars

Feb. 2: Vanderbilt School of Medicine’s Winter Fine Arts Show Case

Feb. 6: Saturday University “Eye & Mind: Lectures on Art Works in the Vanderbilt Collection”

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

Healthy, Obese Men and Women Needed for a Clinical Research Study

Women Needed for Research Study


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Seminars on teaching first-year students set for Jan. 26 and April 1

Call for nominations for women’s center awards

Author Randall Kenan to give Jan. 28 reading

Hair removal discount at VU Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic

Yoga Empowerment Service Plus workshop Feb. 4-7

Holiday Inn Vanderbilt offers special rates for meetings

The Vanderbilt Educational Garden Initiative (VEGI) Cookbook for Sale

Change Bandits wanted to raise money sick children

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Featured Media

Watch: MLK Day Keynote Address: “The Deliberate Denial of Education”

Watch video of their Jan. 18, 2010, MLK Day keynote address, “The Deliberate Denial of Education.”

Listen: Grading the Obama presidency

Political scientists John Geer and David Lewis agree that it’s too soon to judge how Obama will fare in comparison to previous presidents but they can discuss how his transition, political appointments and other aspects of his administration are progressing so far.

Listen: Commodore basketball fans requested to recycle

The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office and Vanderbilt Athletics have teamed up to launch a recycling program for all the remaining Vanderbilt men’s and women’s basketball games for the 2010 season.

Listen: Read the Bills!

Vanderbilt Centennial Professor of Philosophy John Lachs has proposed that legislators be tested on their specific knowledge of bills under consideration in Congress.

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From the Vanderbilt View: Amy MacKenzie has “The Last Word”

Amy MacKenzie has always been an animal person. She caught frogs and tadpoles as a young girl, earned an undergraduate degree in equine science, and for 31 years has worked in Vanderbilt’s Division of Animal Care. Not surprisingly, animals also play an important role in MacKenzie’s life outside of work. She is the supervisor of live exhibits at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 160 acres of undeveloped Williamson County, Tenn., property designated for environmental education.

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