August 28, 1998

News Briefs 8-21-98

Flexner Lecture

Dr. Robert B. Salter, professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toronto, will present three lectures for the 1998 Abraham Flexner Lectures on Sept. 1, 2, and 3.

Salter's studies on bone and joint diseases have led to new understandings of cartilage degeneration, epiphyseal necrosis, deformities of bone, and dysplasias of joints in relation to muskuloskeletal disorders. He is currently testing the hypothesis that damaged cartilage repairs more effectively under conditions of continuous motion rather than at rest.

The lectureship is named in honor of Dr. Abraham Flexner in recognition of his service to medical education and for his interest in VUMC.

The first lecture, at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 1, is entitled "Research Relevant to the Biological Concept of Continuous Passive Motion and its Clinical Application."

The second lecture, also at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2, and is entitled "Philosophy and Nature of Medical Research."

The final lecture will be held at 3 p.m. in 208 Light Hall on Thursday, Sept. 3, and is entitled "The First Three Decades of Personal Experience with Innominate Osteotomy for Congenital Dislocation and Subluxation of the Hip in Children Age 1.5 to 4 Years."

Commodore Awards

Staff and faculty are invited to submit nominations for the 1998 Commodore Award, which each year recognizes Vanderbilt personnel who demonstrate exceptional performance.

Nominations need to reach the Employee Relations Office, Aa-0204 Medical Center North, by Sept. 1. Nominations may be submitted by any member of the Vanderbilt community who knows a staff member who performs his or her job duties in an exception mann, and in full support of Vanderbilt's mission to provide the highest quality education, research and patient care.

Staff chosen to receive the Commodore Award will be honored at the 1998 Service Recognition ceremonies scheduled for medical center staff on Oct. 7 and campus staff on Nov. 3.

Web cal

The new Vanderbilt University World Wide Web-based Event Calendar is up and running, making it possible for schools and departments to no enter their own calendar information.

The web address is

The new calendar replaces the Electronic Calendar that had been in use since 1989.

Jane Bell, who has coordinated the Electronic Calendar since its inception, is the administrator for the new calendar. She will coordinate its use, but will no longer enter information.

Account names and passwords have been assigned to 80 schools and departments across campus.

For more inrformation, call Bell at 322-7282.

Flu vaccination

VUMC is offering all employees free flu vaccines and tuberculosis skin testing during the months of October, November, and December. The influenza and TB skin testing will be available beginning October 1 at 640 Medical Arts Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If there are at least 25 people in one department or unit interested in receiving the vaccine and skin test the Vanderbilt Occupational Health Clinic will send a nurse to administer the vaccine and test. To schedule on-site service, call 936-0955.

The 1998-1999 vaccine contains antigens for the influenza strains A/Beijing, A/Sydney, and B/Harbin.