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Ph.D. graduate and basketball standout strikes balance between science and sports

When Hillary Hager Carter receives her ceremonial “hood” during Commencement exercises May 14 for earning a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology, it will mark the culmination of her decade-long journey at Vanderbilt – one that she describes as a series of opportunities given to her by a network of Vanderbilt faculty and professionals.

Tommie Morton-Young to receive Vanderbilt Peabody Distinguished Alumna Award

Nashville activist, scholar and author Tommie Morton-Young will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development during Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 14.

Redesigned Women’s VU online

Women’s VU, the newly re-designed magazine published by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, is now available for viewing online.

Undergraduates present research at national political science meeting

Two Vanderbilt undergraduates had the rare opportunity to present their research findings on the influence of patronage on presidential appointments and government performance at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association Conference.

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*  This Week

May 13: FEMA Information Sessions

May 13: Commencement Event – Senior Class Day Speaker, Khaled Hosseini

May 13: Commencement Event – Faculty Seminars (John Geer and David Lewis, Ann Kaiser, Michael Goldfarb and Jennifer Gunderman)

May 13: Nashville Symphony/Curb Youth Symphony Side-by-Side Concert

May 14: Commencement

May 15: Opera on the Mountain

* Mark Your Calendars

May 22: Bluebird on the Mountain

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The Department of Rheumatology is Looking for Adults With Celiac’s Disease (Celiac Sprue)


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As flooding repairs begin, be sure about your contractor

Lecture on heart transplants May 20

Work-Life Connections EAP help for flood victims

Weight Watchers meetings begin May 19

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Featured Media

Watch: VUCast: Vandy flood cleanup crews hit Nashville neighborhoods

It’s the worst flood in Nashville’s history. Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff help Nashville’s flood survivors clean up.

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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 VANDERBILT VIEW: ‘Kite Runner’ to Peacemaker

Senior Day speaker Khaled Hosseini believes change can come, one engaged mind at a time

For as long as there have been creative writing teachers, there has been the simple mantra “write what you know.”

Perhaps a better paraphrase is “write from your heart,” or “tell your story.” In any case, Vanderbilt’s Senior Day speaker and the recipient of the 2010 Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal – author and humanitarian Khaled Hosseini – has done just that. In the process, he has positively impacted the world in ways far greater than he ever imagined.

Hosseini is best known for his acclaimed novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, both of which are set in a vibrant and beautiful pre-war Kabul, Afghanistan. It is a region he fondly remembers from his own childhood, a land now known for decades-long civil war and strife.

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