April 12, 2002

News Briefs

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Country artist Sara Evans, celebrity spokesperson for the Music City Tennis Invitational, laughs as she and the tennis mascot Wilson the Mouse lead the audience in "Twist and Shout" during a visit to the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital this week. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Tennis tourney supports VCH

Registration is underway for the 29th Annual Music City Tennis Invitational. The MCTI is one of the oldest music-supported tennis tournaments in the nation and will be held April 20-21 at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center at Vanderbilt. The event benefits the Child Development Center (CDC) at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

The BMI pre-tournament briefing and kick-off party begins at 6:30 p.m. on April 19. The games begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday; 9 a.m. on Sunday.

The MCTI 1st Annual Junior Championships will be held April 26-28 at Centennial Sportsplex. Juniors (boys and girls) can compete in singles 10, 12, 14,16, and 18. Contact Bill Riddle at 243-6698 or e-mail TENNISUN@aol.com.

The MCTI series of events will culminate on Wednesday, May 1, 7-10 p.m., with the PRO-AM tournament at Vanderbilt.

Last year’s MCTI donation to the CDC totaled more than $40,000. For additional information, call Patsy Bradley, 401-2704.

Buy used books April 22-26

Eskind Biomedical Library Annual Collector’s Book Sale will be held April 22-26. The sale will be in the Historical Collections Room located on the third floor of the library.

Books for sale are duplicates and include old, rare and out-of-print books dealing with the history of medicine and science. Hours of the sale are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call Mary Teloh or Jim Thweatt at 966-1406.

Media/science forum to be held April 15

A public science and media forum, “Successfully Sharing Our Stories of Science,” led by Richard Klausner, former director of the National Cancer Center and special advisor to the National Academies, will be held Monday, April 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Wyatt Center Rotunda.

Panel membes include Larry Marnett, Ph.D., Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research, and Lee Limbird, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for Research, VUMC; and Dennis Hall, Ph.D., associate provost for Research, and Rick Chappell, Ph.D., research professor of Physics, Vanderbilt University. Media Panelists are John Seigenthaler Sr., founder of the First Amendment Center, former publisher of The Tennessean and founding editorial director of USA Today; Kathy Sawyer, science writer at The Washington Post; Bill McGowan, executive vice president of Discovery Communications; and Jim Hartz, television journalist and former co-host of NBC’s “Today” show.

Robinson lecture set for next week

The 2002 Roscoe R. Robinson Lecture, "Bioinformatics: Roots and Sprouts," will be held Tuesday, April 16, in 208 Light Hall, beginning at 3 p.m. Dr. Russell F. Doolittle with the Center for Molecular Genetics, University of California, San Diego, will deliver the lecture.

Benefit concert aids Children’s Hospital

County music artists Andy Griggs and Blake Shelton will headline a benefit concert for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital on April 18 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.

Sponsored by the Lipscomb Student Government Association, the concert will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, through the Ticketmaster charge-by-phone line at 255-9600 or on their Web site at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available at the Allen Arena Box Office from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All proceeds from the concert will go to VCH to honor Lipscomb freshman Lincoln Rogers. Rogers suffers from Wilms Tumor, the most common form of kidney cancer in children. Today the survival rate for all cases nationwide is more than 80 percent, according to the National Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Concert organizers are also seeking sponsors who can help offset the cost of the concert through donations. For more information on how to become a sponsor, contact Laura Posey at 279-5944.

For more information on the concert, call the Allen Arena event information line at 279-7077.