Expertise

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How to Get Fit While Geeking Out

Seven years ago Steve Kamb, BA’06, combined his love for geek culture with his longtime interest in fitness to create NerdFitness.com, an online resource for deskbound geeks like himself who wanted to get in shape.

How to Design a Memorable Wedding

How to Design a Memorable Wedding

Abby Larson, whose wedding planning blog Style Me Pretty has showcased nearly 20,000 weddings since its launch in 2007, offers tips on how to personalize your big day.

How to Stay Healthy This Winter

How to Stay Healthy This Winter

When a serious disease strikes—from Ebola in Africa to MRSA at a local high school—you’re quite likely to hear a calm, clear explanation on the news from Dr. William Schaffner. A Vanderbilt professor of preventive medicine, he is one of the most-often-quoted infectious disease experts in the English-speaking world, with regular appearances on every major news outlet.

How to Make Hard Cider

How to Make Hard Cider

Max Rohn, BE’98, and Joey Wölffer, BS’04, have helped raise the Wölffer brand of wines and hard ciders to fashion-forward heights

How to Build a First-Year Class

How to Build a First-Year Class

Vanderbilt’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions is communicating with as many as 1 million students, ranging from ninth grade (some even younger) through 12th grade. Knowing how and when to target the largest possible set of high-potential applicants—using a full range of interactions—to build the best first-year class possible takes strategic planning and smart execution.

How to Excel under Pressure

How to Excel under Pressure

Drawing upon his background in sports psychology, David Sacks, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, often teaches students not just how to cope but how to excel under pressure, much like high-performing athletes.

JOHN RUSSELL

How to Photograph 1,600 Students

Since 2009 the university’s photographers have organized a photo shoot of the entire freshman class on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt. In all, about 1,600 students—along with the faculty heads of house and their families—gather for the photo, posing in the shape of the class’ graduation year.

How to Explore the Prehistoric Past

How to Explore the Prehistoric Past

Travel back 450 million years to Middle Tennessee’s beginnings with Molly Miller, professor of earth and environmental sciences

MICHAEL WITTE

How to Outsmart a Mosquito

Larry Zwiebel’s research, which is supported by an $11 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and more than $5 million in grant funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focuses on preventing mosquitoes from feeding on humans.

Illustration by Natalya Balnova

How to Feed 1,600 Students

What sets Campus Dining’s fare apart is not just its deliciousness but its variety as well. The daily menus at The Commons Center are, in their own way, as expansive and sophisticated as the 115,000-square-foot, LEED-certified building itself.