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Modern warfare complex but winnable, Petraeus tells Vanderbilt

Successful modern warfare is much more complicated than killing and capturing the enemy, Gen. David H. Petraeus told an audience of more than 700 during a visit to the Student Life Center.

Study: First signs of glaucoma occur in the brain

Researchers at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute are now a step closer to deciphering a leading cause of blindness in the United States – glaucoma. In a recent study they discovered that the first sign of injury in glaucoma actually occurs in the brain.

Stem cell therapy used for urinary incontinence

Researchers at VUMC are among three North American study sites to participate in a clinical trial using autologus adult stem cell transplantation to treat an exceedingly common problem in women — stress-related urinary incontinence.

Credit Union marks half-century of service

The Vanderbilt University Employees’ Credit Union manages $21 million in assets for 6,500 Vanderbilt employees, offering competitive interest rates, low-interest loans, and free checking accounts, electronic banking and personal finance consultations.

Project Pyramid helps in Guatemala

Problems of extreme poverty — from affordable housing to health care delivery to nutrition – will be the focus of efforts by a large number of students traveling this spring to Guatemala, where Vanderbilt already leads numerous sustained studies and initiatives.

Haiti update for March 2010

Since launching the Dores for Haiti Disaster Relief Campaign last month, our community has responded with a generosity of spirit and a willingness to serve.

Memorial Service honoring Gregory R. Mundy March 9

Mundy was director of the Vanderbilt Center in Bone Biology, the John A. Oates Chair in Translational Medicine and professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, Orthopaedics and Cancer Biology.

Women’s History Month Events: March 2010

Celebrate Women’s History Month this March with a variety of events around campus.

Directory of summer programs at Vanderbilt 2010 available online

Summer Programs at Vanderbilt is an online resource designed to serve faculty, staff and the community. The directory consists of summer camps, programs and activities for children K-12 grades from across the University.

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*  This Week

Mar. 4: Writing Women Back Into History …

Mar. 4: International Lens Film Series - ”BLAST!”

Mar. 5-7: VU Baseball – Music City Classic

Mar. 6: Brain Blast 2010 (Off Campus)

Mar. 6-8: 2010 National Championship Debate Tournament

Mar. 8: RAD Self Defense Class

Mar. 10:  Research Supplier Expo – Technical Seminars

Mar. 10: Brain Awareness Key Note – Bruce McCandliss

* Mark Your Calendars

Mar. 17: Special Lecture - Robert Wright

Mar. 18-20: “Trauma: Memory, the Body, and the Arts” Conference

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

Research Opportunity for Siblings of Children with Autism

Research Study on the Effects of Navigation Experience in Virtual Environments


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Blood drive, organ donor registration, and bone marrow registration

Public speaking workshop March 17

Fashion show benefits children’s hospital

New training software launched at VUMC

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Featured Media

Watch: A Conversation with Gen. David Petraeus

Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, engaged in an open dialogue at Vanderbilt University March 1, 2010, about his actions as commander of the surge in Iraq and the role of U.S. forces overseas.

Watch: Ken Feinberg, Obama’s ‘executive pay czar’

Watch video beginning of Ken Feinberg, better known as President Obama’s executive pay czar, delivering the keynote speech at a Feb. 26, 2010, executive pay conference at the Vanderbilt Law School.

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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 Exploration: A new type of genetic variation strengthens natural selection

The unexpected discovery of a new type of genetic variation suggests that natural selection – the force that drives evolution – is both more powerful and more complex than scientists have thought.

“We have discovered that natural selection can act not only on whole organisms and individual genes, but also on gene networks,” says Antonis Rokas, assistant professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University and senior author of the paper reporting the discovery that was published online on Feb. 17 in the journal Nature.

This finding may help explain how some organisms, including bacterial pathogens, maintain high levels of diversity and adapt rapidly to new stresses.

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