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A message from the chancellor to faculty about graduate education

As with our undergraduates, we must devote ourselves and our resources to attracting the very best graduate students and inviting them to be part of our academic community.

Daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, community activists hold panel discussion at Vanderbilt University Jan. 28

Kennedy’s book, Speak Truth to Power, seeks to promote a more just and peaceful world by galvanizing public support for international human rights through cultural, educational and Web-based programs.

Islam educator, Army Reserve captain offer ‘basic training’ on Islam, experiences about being Muslim in the military Jan. 25

The event is sponsored by Project Dialogue, a yearlong, university-wide program that seeks to involve the Vanderbilt community in public debate and discussion.

Documentary about black soldiers to be screened free Jan. 29

The film uses interviews, letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts and historical text to document the service of African American men and women.

War, poverty and recovery in New Orleans all part of Divinity programming for spring 2010

Vanderbilt will hold three community breakfasts during the spring semester and the The Relevant Religion series.

Nature Conservancy’s William Ginn to speak at Feb. 4 about investing in Nature

Increasingly business is finding that good environmental practices and a healthy bottom line can go hand in hand.

Athlete’s deaths raise awareness of undiagnosed heart conditions

The sporting world lost two young athletes this month to sudden cardiac death: Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams, 26, and Southern Indiana center Jeron Lewis, 21.

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*  This Week

Jan. 26: Vanderbilt TV Special – Medical Advances: New Treatment Options for Parkinson’s Disease

Jan. 26: Mannafit 2010

Jan. 27: Export Control Boot Camp

Jan. 28: Great Performances at Vanderbilt – Guido’s Ear Featuring Aaron Brown

Jan. 29: “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots” – Film Presentation

Jan. 29: Blair Signature Series – Blair Voices, “Mozart Unplugged”

Jan. 30: Nashville Predators Game to Benefit Children’s Hospital (Off Campus)

* Mark Your Calendars

Feb. 1: Now Accepting Photos – Brazilian Images Photography Exhibit and Competition

Feb. 1: Poetry Reading by Richard Katrovas

Feb. 3: Thinking Out of the Lunch Box – Vesna Pavlovic

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Watch: VUCast: Saving lives Lifeflight style

Saving lives Lifeflight style, and our experts hit national/international TV in record numbers.

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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 the Reporter: VUSM students get a taste of budget dining

Jamie Robinson has always been a healthy eater, but she never had to work as hard to make a healthy trip to the grocery store as she did Jan. 7.  “I wanted to get a big bag of grapes for snacking, but they were $4, so no grape snacks,” Robinson said.

Robinson and her 100-plus VUSM classmates were asked to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program challenge (the federal program formerly known as food stamps)  as part of a class.

The challenge was to eat for five days on the amount of money the average person on SNAP receives — about $3 a day, or $1 a meal. To make things tougher, students were instructed to track their calories and nutrition to make sure they were still eating healthy.

From the Acorn Chronicle: Olivella acquisition boosts library’s Latin American collection

The Jean and Alexander Heard Library has one of the best Latin American collections of Colombiana of any library in the world—and it just got even better. The library has acquired the papers of Manuel Zapata Olivella, the 20th century’s most important Afro-Hispanic narrator, according to William Luis, Chancellor’s Professor of Spanish.

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