Author: Missy Pankake
Mar. 2, 2016—Vanderbilt’s new [IM]Perfection Project—a joint initiative of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and the Office of Wellness Programs & Alcohol Education designed to address mental health issues around the fear of failure—brought the perfect speaker to campus in February to help launch the effort: best-selling author and researcher Brené Brown.
Feb. 29, 2016—What’s remarkable about the M.F.A. program at Vanderbilt is that, although it’s among the best in the nation, it's not cutthroat like other highly regarded programs. In fact, Vanderbilt has adopted a model that seems the very opposite—one that fosters a tight-knit community based on feelings of cooperation and unity.
Feb. 29, 2016—With the completion of several major projects in recent years like The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, the Student Life Center, Warren and Moore colleges—along with the new Engineering and Science Building, now nearing completion—Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain says several factors make this is an ideal time to embark on a new land-use plan.
Feb. 29, 2016—Traditional players in the legal industry continue to face significant challenges in adapting to the new terrain after the Great Recession. But at the same time, the shifting landscape has created substantial opportunities for new kinds of players—especially those with a technology focus.
Bright Spot: The Biophotonics Center Shines Light on the Intersection of Physics, Engineering and Medicine
Feb. 29, 2016—The Biophotonics Center is a state-of-the-art laser laboratory that serves as a kind of hub of cross-disciplinary research at Vanderbilt. Forty faculty members from across the university and VUMC—working on topics ranging from astrophysics to cancer treatments—have an affiliation with the center.
A Home for the Holidays: Sharing Your Home with International Students Is Rewarding For Them—and for You
Feb. 29, 2016—Consider inviting a student into your home to spend a holiday with you. It may seem daunting, but it’s not difficult. And it’s well worth the effort. You’ll certainly make a difference in the student’s life—as well as your own.
Cold Case: Jim Emison, BA’65, Is Determined to Solve a 75-Year-Old Hate Crime and Bring Justice to Tragedy
Feb. 29, 2016—Emison, a retired lawyer, is investigating an unsolved murder that took place more than 75 years ago. The murdered man, Elbert Williams, was a member of the NAACP who organized meetings of African Americans in West Tennessee’s Haywood County. He was found in a river and buried without autopsy in an unmarked grave.
The Power of the Peanut: Nutritional Supplement Serves Vital Need for Malnourished Children in Guatemala
Feb. 29, 2016—Malnutrition is defined as a lack of food and calories. But really, it’s a symptom of far more profound problems. “The real causes of malnutrition are poverty and inequality,” says Ted Fischer, professor of anthropology and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies. For the past five years, Fischer has worked with Steve...
Feb. 29, 2016—Vanderbilt enjoyed a rare snow day Jan. 22 as Nashville got hit with 8 inches of the white stuff—the most snow that had fallen in the city since 2003.
Feb. 29, 2016—Each issue, Vanderbilt Magazine prints a handful of social media posts from alumni, students, faculty, staff and Commodore fans that include #Vandygram.
Feb. 29, 2016—Picasso continually pushed against prevailing artistic conventions, even his own previous work, to forge new creative paths that somehow remained unmistakably his own. That same idea of building upon the past to push further into the future runs deeply through this issue of Vanderbilt Magazine.
Feb. 29, 2016—The P.O.V. essay written by Mallory McDuff, BS’88, about her experience in Professor Vereen Bell’s freshman writing class resonated deeply within the Vanderbilt alumni community and beyond. A Facebook post about the piece generated more than 35,000 page views of the story online. It also sparked plenty of memories that people shared on social media.