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2011 Top Stories

Top 20 news stories of 2011

Dec. 29, 2011—Bionics, time travel, Bono and, of course, cicadas are just some of the exciting stories that marked 2011 at Vanderbilt. Below are the year’s top 20 Vanderbilt news stories, in order of the number of views they each received on the Vanderbilt News Network.

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VUCast Newscast: Vanderbilt on “Grey’s Anatomy”

Nov. 4, 2011—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s weekly newscast  highlighting  research, experts, students, sports and everything Vanderbilt: A Vanderbilt doctor’s amazing surgery lands on “Grey’s Anatomy” Scientists create a breakthrough bug repellant A Vandy minister’s actions honored by the White House    

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Vanderbilt doubles current world record for vaccinations

Oct. 12, 2011—On Oct. 12, Vanderbilt University more than doubled the current world record for the total number of vaccinations given in an eight-hour period. From 6:50 a.m. until 2:50 p.m., 12,647 university and medical center faculty, staff and students received free influenza vaccinations at Flulapalooza, a mass vaccination drill and simultaneous attempt to break the current Guinness world record. By the time the event ended around 7 p.m., more than 14,000 total vaccinations had been dispensed.

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Professor struck by car ignites pedestrian safety measures

Oct. 10, 2011—Last December, Malcolm Getz was standing at the corner of 21st Avenue and Grand, facing the Mellow Mushroom restaurant. When the light changed and the crosswalk signal indicated it was safe to cross, he stepped off the curb. What happened next, said Getz, is a blur. All he remembers is feeling as though he were...

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Vanderbilt No. 17 for third straight year in U.S. News poll

Sep. 13, 2011—Vanderbilt University was named the 17th best national university in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, the third consecutive year it has held that position.

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New ‘bionic’ leg gives amputees a natural gait

Aug. 17, 2011—A new lower-limb prosthetic uses the latest advances in computer, sensor, electric motor and battery technology to give it bionic capabilities.

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Designing diamond circuits for extreme environments

Aug. 4, 2011—There is a new way to design computer chips and electronic circuitry for extreme environments: make them out of diamond.

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2011-2012 holiday schedule announced

Jul. 21, 2011—The 2011-2012 holiday schedule has been posted to the Human Resources website. Please note that Vanderbilt will observe New Year’s Day on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Here’s the schedule: New Year’s Day, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011* Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2012 Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 Thanksgiving...

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Vanderbilt, Barnes & Noble to bring bookstore back to West End

Jun. 30, 2011—The Vanderbilt bookstore will move from Rand Hall to 2525 West End Ave., where it will be operated by Barnes & Noble

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U2 concert – answers to frequently asked questions

Jun. 27, 2011—One of the biggest and most anticipated events of the summer at Vanderbilt and in Nashville will be a concert July 2 by the band U2 at Vanderbilt Stadium. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the show.

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Cicadas affect campus cooling systems

Jun. 1, 2011—Many buildings on campus are having problems with cooling systems, and cicadas are to blame, said Mark Petty, assistant vice chancellor for plant operations. He explained that the slow-moving insects that emerged in Middle Tennessee by the scores over the past few weeks in order to mate, lay eggs and then die, have interfered with...

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Rising junior Patrick Thomas finalist on ‘The Voice’

May. 31, 2011—Voice/economics double major will be mentored by country star Blake Shelton during the competition.

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