Another guest post, this one from David Salisbury, editor of Exploration, Vanderbilt’s groovy online research magazine.
Over spring break more than 100 college journalists from 40 different
universities came to campus for a workshop on new media put on by the Center
for Innovation in College Media workshop. It was a hands-on workshop and the
attendees produced 35 media packages that are published on the web. Page
Clancy from CICM got in touch with me ahead of time to ask for suggestions
of science stories for the student teams. As a result, the participants did
several science stories along with stories on subjects such as panhandling,
tatooing and body piecing, the Parthenon and Bongo Java. If you are
interested you can watch them at:
* Naked Mole Rat research at VU (also: Ethiopian Immigrants)
* Vanderbilt Greenhouse
* Research with Cockroaches
* VU Research with Zebrafish
* VU Research with Mosquitos to Prevent Malaria
Guest posting today is our own Emily Pearce, associate director of the Vanderbilt News Service, on her remarkable experience over the last several weeks:
Sometimes you cover a story that, well, quite frankly, just gets to you. That’s what happened when I met Amenah, an Iraqi child whose journey for life led her to the Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She arrived near death. And, yet, she was smiling. She was always smiling. She liked to blow kisses. One day she looked at me and said her first American word, “hello”. That did it for me. I had crossed over from objectivity to caring deeply what happened to this two-year-old from Haditha, Iraq. She just had to make it through complicated open-heart surgery. Videographer Pat Slattery and I followed Amenah’s story for weeks, including being the only crew shooting surgery day. And, thanks to an amazing group of doctors and nurses, Amenah left Vanderbilt with a ‘happier heart’. I hope you get to know Amenah in our story in the latest VUCast for the week of March 16th. We will be doing a long-form piece on Amenah’s journey also. Be prepared to smile, care and, possibly cry when you meet Amenah. Oh, yes, her mother wants her to “fix hearts” and be a doctor or nurse one day. Who knows, maybe she will go to medical school at Vanderbilt.
Watch the video.