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