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Keivan Stassun delivered testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science and Technology March 16 on successfully recruiting underrepresented minorities and women into the critical professions of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. send off women’s basketball team on Friday

Join us for a chance to say good luck to the women’s basketball team as they head to the NCAA Tournament. Commodore fans, you are invited to join us at 1:45 p.m. Friday, March 19, to help send off the Commodores scientists elected to microbiology academy

James Crowe Jr. and Ellen Fanning have been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, the world’s oldest and largest life science organization. news channel goes global, an online university news channel launched in part by Vanderbilt and targeted to members of the public interested in basic research, has expanded beyond its North American base to include science news from leading British universities. for you – only you

Amelia Winger-Bearskin, assistant professor of art,  is offering individualized art performances designed to increase the interactivity of the art-going experience. table to Dorothy Legros set up in Benton Chapel

Members of the Vanderbilt community mourning the death of senior Dorothy “Dorie” Legros are invited to share their reflections in Benton Chapel. A campus memorial service is also being planned. on trauma studies is March 18-20

The emerging field of trauma studies was the focus of the 2008-09 Warren Center Fellows at Vanderbilt. The fellows will present their findings at the symposium “Trauma: Memory, the Body and the Arts” March 18-20. conservatism historian to lecture on Obama presidency

Rick Perlstein, an author and political journalist who has written extensively about the history of conservatism in modern America, will speak on “Whatever Happened to Hope: Why Barack Obama Cannot Become a Transformational President” on March 22. expert speaks March 25

David Jewitt, a professor, astronomer and comet expert, will give a free public talk about “Primordial Ice Reservoirs of the Solar System” and how much we know – and don’t know – about them on March 25. shows April 2-3

Juggling, acrobatics and physical comedy are blended in Juggleville VThe King of Clubs, set for April 2-3 at the Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts.

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*  This Week

Mar. 18: Arts at Vanderbilt – “God’s Architects” and “Boy A” Film Screenings and Bich Minh Nguyen Reading

Mar. 19: The Red Scarf and the Black Briefcase – Performance

Mar. 22: ”Medical Futility and the End of Life.” Dr. Griffin Trotter

Mar. 23: Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s – Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Mar. 23: Title IX: Is Reform Necessary? Panel Discussion

March 24: Special Presentations – Faculty Roundtable Discussion, Visiting Writers Reading and Celebrating Women’s History Month Showcase

Mar. 25: Judith Plaskow Lecture: “Texts We Love to Hate: Dealing with the Hard Places in Tradition”

Mar. 25: Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

* Mark Your Calendars

Mar. 30-31: Impact Symposium – John Stossel, Ralph Nader and Mitt Romney

Apr. 1: Renowned Journalists Offer Behind-the-Scenes Perspective on Presidential Election

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Research Study on Cognitive Development and Coping with Stress During Adolescence


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Pcard program transitioning to U.S. Bank

Kites and Kids Day March 20

Watoto Children to share their story in song March 20

Free screening of girls rock ‘n’ roll camp film March 25

New sirens to be tested March 30-31

New Health and Wellness Wellcast: Heart Disease – The Female Factor


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Watch: VUCast: Dancing the night away and hope for some rheumatoid arthritis sufferers

Dancing the night away; exotic traveling Vandy-style; and hope for some rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. It’s all in this week’s VUCast for March 12, 2010.

Listen: Osher Lifelong Learning spring term set

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt offers spring classes for the community beginning March 15. The non-credit classes are geared toward older adults who want lectures and discussions in a relaxed and informal environment.

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From the VUMC Reporter: Brain stimulation for early Parkinson’s shows promise Vanderbilt University Medical Center study of Parkinson’s disease has shown such promise that several other universities have signed on to plan a large-scale, multi-center trial.

The current study, under way since 2006, is testing the application of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in very early-stage Parkinson’s disease.

“There is no treatment that has been proven conclusively to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease,” said David Charles, M.D., vice-chair of Neurology and a principle investigator of the study.

“DBS has proven beneficial in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s, and we believe that if the therapy were applied very early, it might modify the disease progression and the development of disability.”

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