September 15, 2000

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Commodore Award nominations sought

September 15 is the deadline for nominating someone to receive this year’s Medical Center Commodore Award, presented each year at the Service Awards to a staff member who performs his or her duty “in an exceptional manner and in full support of Vanderbilt’s mission to provide the highest quality education, research, patient care, and community service.”

The nomination form and more information are available at


Applications sought for Discovery Grants

Medical and Nursing School faculty are invited to submit applications for the VUMC Discovery Grant Program, for either Pilot/

Feasibility or Interdisciplinary grants. Senior post-doctoral fellows are eligible to compete for a Bridge to Independence Reserach Award.

The application deadline is Oct. 13, and the start date of the grants is Jan. 1, 2001.

For application forms and information, call Jeannine Courtney at 343-0415, or go to

Tailgate opens September 23

Tailgate, the annual food, football, and fun event for Vanderbilt staff and faculty and their families, will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 at 30th Ave. South and Dudley Ave. The event preceeds the Vanderbilt-Duke football game, which begins at 6 p.m.

Free tickets for the game are available for those with employee IDs on the day of the event, with tickets also available for immediate family.

For more information, call 343-1130.

Eye researcher wins Knights award

Dr. Veera Rajaratnam, research instructor in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, was given a $30,000 research grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., at a meeting of that organization last month.

Rajaratnam’s area of research is retinal neovascularization or angiogenesis, a leading cause of more than 20 eye disorders, including retinopathy of prematurity.