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Minds Wide Open

Mar. 22, 2012—In a suite of laboratories atop a gleaming glass-walled tower, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are designing radical new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and an inherited form of autism. A block away in a steel-shielded basement, children read aloud while their brains are being scanned in a doughnut-shaped MRI machine. This study of...

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Honky-Tonk Heroes and Healing Hands

Mar. 22, 2012—Songwriter Harlan Howard said it best: “Country music is three chords and the truth.” Out of that simple formula has come a genre that defines the Nashville sound and its worldwide community of listeners. Where the only cure for a broken heart is to sing about it. Where tractors and trucks are the transportation of...

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Hothouse for Scientists

Mar. 22, 2012—Experience, so they say, is the best teacher. But when it comes to cutting-edge laboratory-based research, hands-on work often is the exclusive purview of graduate students and faculty. So how does an undergraduate student interested in research go about obtaining the experience and exposure that can help launch a career? For one group of Vanderbilt...

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The President’s Corner

Mar. 22, 2012—While the Vanderbilt Alumni Association doesn’t hold caucuses, primaries or candidate debates, we do engage annually in the very important task of selecting new volunteer leadership and recognizing outstanding alumni. That said, I would like to call your attention to three nomination processes that are currently under way and to solicit your suggestions. First, we...

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Podcasts for Career Advice

Mar. 22, 2012—The Vanderbilt Alumni Association now offers podcasts for alumni in career transition. Featuring several different career experts, these videos offer tips and other advice on best practices to help with your job search. Access them at vanderbilt.edu/alumni/career. Remember that the Alumni Association is a great source for career help. You can look to us for...

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Keep Your Vanderbilt Connections Strong

Mar. 22, 2012—The Vanderbilt Alumni Association seeks to expand its shared interest groups, which bring together alumni with a common interest or connection, such as undergraduate student organizations, sports, clubs, social/ethnic groups and more. These groups can come together for educational and social events, networking, and connecting with on-campus groups—essentially functioning as alumni organizations under their own...

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Shots Heard Round the World

Mar. 22, 2012—“Flulapalooza,” a drill of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s mass vaccination plan, broke the Guinness world record for most vaccinations given in an eight-hour period. Free flu vaccines were given to 12,850 Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students and volunteers during the October event—more than doubling the previous record. Forty-four nurses at a time worked at individual stations...

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Contributors for the Spring 2012 Issue

Mar. 22, 2012—Helen Hudson Helen Hudson, MEd’94, has enjoyed a varied career: high school English teacher, songwriter, recording artist, actress, therapist, speaker and author. Her memoir, Kissing Tomatoes, which details the 13 years she and her husband cared for her grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease, was profiled recently in Counseling Today, and she speaks around the country about...

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Vanderbilt Magazine Staff – Spring 2012

Mar. 22, 2012—Editor GayNelle Doll Art Director and Designer Donna DeVore Pritchett Editorial Associate Editor and Production Manager Phillip B. Tucker Arts & Culture Editor Bonnie Arant Ertelt, BS’81 Class Notes and Sports Editor Nelson Bryan, BA’73 Photography and Imaging Director, Photography Services Daniel Dubois Photographers Steve Green, Joe Howell, Anne Rayner, John Russell, Susan Urmy Color...

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Training Program Assesses Returning Soldiers’ Mental Health Needs

Mar. 22, 2012—With the official end of the U.S. war in Iraq and the return home of thousands of service members, Vanderbilt researchers are working with the Department of Defense to ensure mental health concerns associated with deployments are not overlooked. Faculty and staff of Vanderbilt School of Medicine are conducting workshops for military health care providers—funded...

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Study Confirms Safety of Vaccines

Mar. 22, 2012—A report released by the Institute of Medicine last September confirms the safety of eight vaccines studied by a committee of experts convened in 2009 to review epidemiological, clinical and biological evidence regarding adverse health events. The committee—chaired by Vanderbilt’s Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton, the Craig–Weaver Chair in Pediatrics, professor of law, and director of...

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Pocketbook Politics and Short Memories

Mar. 22, 2012—One factor will go a long way toward determining whether President Obama—or any incumbent president—is re-elected, claims a Vanderbilt political scientist. Here it is: If the real disposable incomes of voters are growing—even modestly—in the six months before Election Day, Obama is likely to win. If they aren’t, he is likely to lose. So says...

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