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September 2011 Vanderbilt View Archives

Where Were You on 9/11?

Sep. 9, 2011—It has been a decade since the 9/11 terrorists attacks, in which more than 3,000 people died at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. But time has not fully healed the wound: Don’t we all remember where we were that day? The View invited members of the Vanderbilt community to share their stories, and we have captured a few of them here.

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Take charge of benefits during Open Enrollment Oct. 1-14

Sep. 9, 2011—Open Enrollment, the annual opportunity for benefits-eligible employees to choose their benefits and elect the coverage that fits their needs for the coming year, begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 1 and ends at 5 p.m. Oct. 14.

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At the Ready

Sep. 1, 2011—VEMS puts undergrads on the front lines of medicine Pendell Meyers is planning a career in medicine, so the summer after his freshman year at Vanderbilt he got a job drawing blood at Blount Memorial Hospital in his hometown of Maryville, Tenn. The job took him all over the hospital, but it was the time...

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In Conversation with Billy Collins

Sep. 1, 2011—The former U.S. poet laureate discusses his upcoming Vanderbilt residency and the importance of a poem’s ‘shape’ In the opinion of poet Billy Collins, poetry needs to be everywhere. “I think ambushing people with poems on billboards, buses, the radio and other places outside the library will help bring readers back to the shelves at...

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Editor’s Note

Sep. 1, 2011—Ten years ago, tragic events took place that changed America forever. There is no getting around that. There exists in our memories the time before Sept. 11, 2001, and the time after it, and those time periods are profoundly different. The enormity of the emotional and physical impact – seeing the twin towers crumble and...

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Sep. 1, 2011—James Bradford, dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management, has been named to the board of directors of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Vanderbilt’s Department of Mathematics is headquarters to Constructive Approximation, an internationally recognized mathematics journal recently ranked 10th out of 277 journals by Journal Citation Reports. Tom Elasy, medical director of the...

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Looking Back

Sep. 1, 2011—In the hours and days following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Vanderbilt responded to the tragedy by organizing events and services designed to give the university community opportunities to grieve and reflect. As events unfolded on live TV the morning of Sept. 11, viewing stations were set up throughout Sarratt Student Center. By...

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Kim Drake, What’s Your Story?

Sep. 1, 2011—Thumbing through a handful of her daughter’s recently taken senior photos, Kim Drake was a little tearful. “I’m having a mother moment,” she explained before tucking them away to offer some friendly guidance to a patient at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Patient and Family Resource Center, where Drake is program coordinator. Patients find a warm...

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