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Author: Missy Pankake

Living History: Students Trace Nashville’s Black History as Part of a New Series of University Courses

Mar. 7, 2017—Thirteen students met during the fall semester for a class called Historic Black Nashville. Taught by Jane Landers and Daniel Sharfstein, the course is part of a new initiative known as the University Courses program, a collaborative model that brings together faculty from different parts of the university to teach students from a variety of majors.

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Bright Spot: Alumna Brings Solar Energy Technology to Vanderbilt’s Tennis Center

Mar. 7, 2017—When the sun shines at Vanderbilt’s Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center these days, it means a little more to former player Marie Casares, BE’15. Two years ago, while Casares was still in school, the civil engineering major wrote a proposal to install solar panels atop the Currey Tennis Center and submitted it to Vanderbilt’s Green Fund, which designates money for student-led energy conservation projects.

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How to Buy Art: Advice from Jessica Tribble

Mar. 7, 2017—Jessica Tribble, BS’08, loves collecting art—so much so that she turned it into a business. She’s the founder of Clara Arts, a full-service art advisory and management firm in New York City that connects contemporary artists with collectors. We asked Tribble to give us some insider tips about collecting art, and here’s what she said.

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Small World: HeLa Cell Photomicrography

Mar. 7, 2017—This magnified image of a cancer cell dividing into two daughter cells placed 12th in the international 2016 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.

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Readers’ Letters, Winter 2017

Mar. 7, 2017—Your article (wish it had been on the cover) caught my attention. I so appreciated the lessons learned—they seem timeless and still relevant. Thank you for taking time to share the story … and thanks, too, to the editor for including it. So important!

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Message in a Bottle: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—and Refuse

Mar. 7, 2017—In 2009 three friends and I co-founded Plastic Pollution Coalition at my dining room table, adding a fourth “R”—Refuse—to the traditional three: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Why “refuse”? Because disposable plastic is made from petroleum, is used for only brief periods and lasts forever, causing great harm to wildlife and humans.

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The Masters: Men’s Golf Earns Top Ranking as Season Begins

Mar. 7, 2017—The Vanderbilt men’s golf team is entering its spring season as the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation, earning the top ranking from Golfweek, the Golf Coaches Association of America and Golfstat.com.

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Decorated ’Dores: For generations, U.S. military personnel around the world have started their careers at Vanderbilt

Mar. 7, 2017—As many as 3,000 living alumni are either active military personnel or veterans who attended Vanderbilt as an undergraduate, and many got their start in the university’s Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC programs. In this issue we talk to four alumni whose lives have been shaped in various ways by both Vanderbilt and their military experience.

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Motion on the Field: Vanderbilt Football Program Advances Under Mason

Mar. 7, 2017—After playing in only three bowl games during its first century of football, Vanderbilt has now reached the postseason five times in the past nine seasons—most recently at the Independence Bowl played Dec. 26, 2016, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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From Generation to Generation: One Family’s Vanderbilt Legacy

Mar. 7, 2017—Five generations of Lillian Harpole Hazelton’s family have attended Vanderbilt—and higher education has played a particularly important role for the women in her family.

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Sykes Wilford, BA’02: Smoking the Competition

Mar. 7, 2017—Wilford launched Smokingpipes.com in the summer after his sophomore year. It was the dawn of the Internet era, and technology promised to jolt an industry bound by its tweedy tradition. Eighteen years later Smokingpipes.com is among the world’s top pipe retailers, with $15 million in sales in 2016—and this at a time when smoking is at an all-time low in the United States.

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Wes Powell, BA’91: Crusader for Justice

Mar. 7, 2017—After his law firm agreed to represent Guantánamo prisoners in 2004, Powell—a corporate litigator and antitrust lawyer for 20 years—received a phone call from the partner in charge of pro bono work at his firm. Hours later he was lead counsel to three French citizens who had been held in Guantánamo since early 2002.

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