Spring 2014

Recent Books

Recent Books

The latest nonfiction and fiction offerings from Vanderbilt writers

Readers’ Letters

Readers’ Letters

Vanderbilt Magazine’s format is beautiful, the pictures amazing, and the articles are timely, interesting and well written. I look forward to reading it.

Runner’s High

Runner’s High

Andrea McDermott Sanders, MEd’06, has run in 10 consecutive Music City Marathons to raise money for the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic. Her inspiration? A young man with Down syndrome named William Spickard.

Star-Spangled Brass

Star-Spangled Brass

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the poem “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key, Steven Smartt, BME’71, MME’72, aims to play the national anthem 100 times at public events this year.

Tall Order

Tall Order

Professor Doug Adams directs a new School of Engineering lab that allows researchers and students to test advanced sensor systems that can rapidly detect early signs of failure in aircraft, automobiles and wind turbines.

An effective problem solver in business, government, community and nonprofit arenas, Francis Guess has served a lifetime promoting human-rights issues. (JOHN RUSSELL)

Doors Wide Open

Recently, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee awarded Francis Guess, MBM’74, its annual Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award, adding him to a roster of honorees that includes John Seigenthaler, Martha Ingram, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, ’82

Travis Geisler looks under the hood of Brad Keselowski’s Ford Fusion before the start of the Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond, Va. (© 2014 BRIAN CZOBAT/AUTOSTOCK USA/RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY)

Victory Lane

For as long as Travis Geisler, BE’03, can remember, auto racing has been an integral part of his life. Today he serves as competition director for Team Penske, a racing organization based near Charlotte, N.C.

Scientist, Strategist, Provost

Scientist, Strategist, Provost

Susan R. Wente, a distinguished scientist who has served as associate vice chancellor for research at Vanderbilt for the past five years, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

WILSON ARCHITECTS INC./VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Designed for Innovation

Vanderbilt’s Board of Trust has approved construction of a seven-story engineering and science building designed to foster project teamwork and offer programs, instrumentation areas and core research space that will promote interdisciplinary work.

JOE HOWELL

Design Day

After engineering seniors spent two semesters tackling design challenges from clients with design needs, they showcased their projects during Design Day on April 21.