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Thursday - May 20, 2010

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I am pleased to announce … that we will be able to provide modest but competitive salary increases and continue our strong offering of attractive benefits.  I am also pleased that, unlike many of our peers, we will not be laying off, instituting furloughs, reducing benefits, or taking drastic measures such as eliminating large numbers of programs. Celebration Picnic is May 26

To celebrate the end of the academic year, and as a thank you to all university and medical center faculty and staff for their commitment, hard work and dedication during the challenges posed by recent Middle Tennessee flooding, all Vanderbilt employees are invited to a special Employee Celebration Picnic on Wednesday, May 26. Vanderbilt website launched

Vanderbilt launched a new homepage on the evening of May 17, focusing on making key resources easier to find while continuing to showcase the institution’s dynamic academic, research, patient care and campus life offerings. Take a closer look at the changes. to change password is June 15

In order to enhance security and comply with federal audit requirements, Vanderbilt is now requiring all VUnetID holders to change their ePassword each year. The deadline this year is June 15, 2010. To change your ePassword, please go to and follow the instructions. faculty promoted, annual awards presented

Dean Kenneth F. Galloway announced May 11 the promotions of seven engineering faculty members at the final faculty meeting of the 2009-2010 academic year and presented four awards at a reception following the meeting. Night with Nashville Symphony to be held May 25

Bring your family, picnic basket and blanket to enjoy a relaxing evening of music – free of charge – when the Nashville Symphony Orchestra presents the annual concert on the lawn for the Vanderbilt community. at summer sports camps

Vanderbilt offers summer sports camps for boys and girls in football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and tennis. All Vanderbilt faculty and staff are eligible for a 15 percent registration discount. West End earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR for energy efficiency

The 2525 West End office building has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® for the eighth consecutive year, indicating that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. seminar on sustainability and social responsibility

Owen Graduate School of Management is offering a two-day program on Sustainability and Social Responsibility: Creating Financial, Environmental and Social Value. app for monitoring surgeries

A new Vanderbilt University Medical Center application for mobile devices allows anesthesiologists and other clinicians to monitor patients, check vital signs, communicate with other providers and peer into operating rooms during surgeries all from their cell phones.

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*  This Week

May 20: The Norman E. Shumway Jr. Lectureship in Transplantation: Dr. Sara J. Shumway

May 21: Vanderbilt Community Chorus

May 22: Bluebird on the Mountain

* Mark Your Calendars

May 28: Employee Stroke Screening

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

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


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Reinganum named secretary/treasurer of American Law and Economics Association

Money management seminar May 20

Vanderbilt Dining has a ‘Sweet Deal’ for you this summer

Street closures May 22

Dairy Queen promotion supports hospital

Valvoline supports hospital

The Parking Spot offering VU employees 15 percent off parking May 17-June 30

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Featured Media How Parents and Their Young Children Learn to Talk to Each Other

Parents are children’s first language teachers and most children learn to speak and communicate during interaction with their parents. How does this work? What skills and strategies allow parents to be natural teachers for their young children? What do children bring to the task of language learning? This discussion will highlight the processes that make the development of language and communication a dependable outcome in early development and the genetic and environmental factors that may disrupt the normative development of language and communication. Robotics: New Possibilities in Prosthetic Limbs

Advances in robotics technology over the past decade enable some new possibilities in the design and functionality of upper and lower limb prosthetic devices. This talk will discuss such advances in lower and upper limb prosthesis design and control, with emphasis on the functional improvements such new technologies could provide to amputees within the next decade.

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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. THE REPORTER: New center unites efforts to develop novel vaccines

Vaccine science at Vanderbilt has taken a major step forward with the recent formation of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center.

The center, directed by James Crowe Jr., M.D., professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology, was created from a core of existing programs to allow for development of vaccines from the “ground up.”

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