Vanderbilt University’s 2014 Impact Symposium, one of the oldest university lecture series of its type in the nation, marks its 50th anniversary this year with lectures from former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.
The theme of this year’s symposium is “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Defining Civil Rights and Responsibilities.”
Frank will speak on Monday, March 17, Snowe on Tuesday, March 18, and Powell (pictured) on Wednesday, March 19. All of the events begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in Vanderbilt’s Langford Auditorium.
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Vanderbilt University officials announced today the National Institutes of Health has renewed a seven-year grant for VU's AIDS Clinical Trials Unit.
The ACTU will receive approximately $1.4 million in 2014 to continue studies improving treatment and ultimately developing a vaccine to prevent HIV infection.
The NIH grant also supports a new partnership with the Therapeutics CRS at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
"This [grant] is critically important because we are the only site in our region doing HIV-related clinical research, both in vaccine discovery and therapeutics," Dr. David Haas, professor and director of the Vanderbilt Therapeutics CRS, said in a release.
Current HIV therapies enable many patients to live longer and more productive lives, but treated HIV infections often still include chronic inflammation, which can increase the risk for heart attacks, strokes and other complications. The grant research seeks to improve that treatment as well as continue the search for a vaccine.
"A vaccine is still imperative to stop the epidemic," said Dr. Spyros Kalams, associate professor at Vanderbilt, who added the team is currently evaluating a vaccine trial conducted in Thailand that showed a protective effect of about 30 percent. "We're still trying to understand exactly what about that vaccine might have protected people."
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Vanderbilt University will appear before the Metro Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday, Feb. 6, to request a height variance for a proposed engineering research building. VU wants to break ground on the facility this summer.
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Healthiest Employers has named Vanderbilt University one of the 100 "Healthiest Workplaces in America for 2014." Healthiest Employers LLC is an independent corporate wellness research and data analysis firm with a client base of more than 56,000,000 U.S. workers. Read more here.
Returning to Nashville to train in the offseason, former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers ripped into the school for lack of access by former players to its new indoor football facility. Rodgers spent most of the season on the Tampa Bay roster after being released by Jacksonville in July. His comments, via a lengthy Twitter tirade are below:
It's a shame but Vanderbilt will continue to be a stepping stone for coaches, a second rate program in the SEC and stuck in mediocrity b/c..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..of how the institution views athletics and treats their current and former players. As a leader and starting QB during the emergence..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..and transformation of Vanderbilt into a contending and respectable program in the SEC I am ashamed at the treatment of some former players— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..As I return to Nashville after my rookie year in the NFL I was excited to train at Vanderbilt with current players as well as pro day...— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..and combine prep players. I have been throwing with current Vandy QBs and receivers and a receiver prepping for pro day. However, it has..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..been a constant problem gaining access to the new "football" indoor facility during times it is "open use" I was turned away from the..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..indoor facility all together several times (even though the field was empty). After inquiring about the use of the facility by active..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..NFL alums and pro day players not currently enrolled. I was told I CAN'T use it unless I purchase a membership to the rec center!!!!..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..Vanderbilt and David Williams have "changed the culture". NO. The players (recruited by Bobby Johnson) and coach Franklin changed the..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..culture at Vanderbilt. WE built that indoor by winning like no team in the history of VU. Now I have to pay to use it?! Pay to help..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..mentor and train with current players and alum trying to stick with a team in the NFL. WE built this program not some chancellor. This..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..is an embarrassment and only a reflection of the future of this program if it continues to put football and the success and treatment ..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..of its players as an after thought. I will choose to train somewhere else if VU has this little respect for its alumni who sacrificed so..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
..much for this program. This is an embarrassment and a shame. I love this school and program but it obviously is done with my services.— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 28, 2014
It's not about the $. It's the fact that recent grads training for pro day in march and current NFL als can't use field without paying— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 29, 2014
UPDATE: Rodgers has deleted the tweets from his feed and, after feedback, posted the following:
Twitter is a fickle thing. Love VU. What I said was truth. I will continue to search for resolution in house. Twitter can be taken out of..— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 29, 2014
..Context unfortunately. I am responsible for my actions and love my school. It will be better. It will be fixed.— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) January 29, 2014
The leadership of Vanderbilt University on Friday said it has promoted the chief of its police department to associate vice chancellor and two executives in its Division of Finance to assistant vice chancellor. Police Chief August Washington, left in the photos below, has been at Vanderbilt since mid-2009, arriving from the University of Tennessee, and has been in law enforcement for 35 years. In VU's finance group, Deborah Janke and Shanmuga Sundaram have been named assistant vice chancellor for finance and IT and finance and administration, respectively. Both promotions are effective Feb. 1.
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