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Author: Jim Patterson

Dr. John Oates: Iconic leader, physician, scientist

Nov. 7, 2019—Dr. John Oates, an internationally known physician at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a founder of the discipline of clinical pharmacology, died July 30 in Nashville after a short illness. He was 87. The Thomas F. Frist Sr. Professor of Medicine, he founded the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt in 1963 as a...

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Summer Send-Offs Support New Commodores

Nov. 7, 2019—This summer Vanderbilt’s welcoming, supportive community celebrated together at 52 Summer Send-Off Parties held in 31 states and three other countries. Hosted by parents and alumni, these special gatherings help new students and their families connect with current students and their parents and with alumni from the same area. University leaders are present to share...

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Virginia Shepherd and Charles Brau: Promoting STEM Education

Nov. 7, 2019—Virginia Shepherd knew in eighth grade that she wanted to become a scientist. Her education and training eventually led to a tenured research scientist position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Nashville’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Shepherd’s passion for science education grew after she attended a national meeting where top scientists encouraged participation in the...

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Emerita Faculty Leader Continues to Inspire through Opportunity Vanderbilt Scholarship

Nov. 7, 2019—It wasn’t the unfamiliarity of a new city or the intimidation of a new faculty position that stood out to Fräncille Bergquist when she first came to Vanderbilt in 1977. The new professor of Spanish was taken aback by the rolling hills and green trees of Middle Tennessee—a stark contrast from the dry, flat landscape...

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Accolades

Nov. 7, 2019—Michael Alec Rose, associate professor of composition, had the premiere of his musical drama, Lolly Willowes, based on the novel by Sylvia Townsend Warner, in April at the MATCH–Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston. In July he was interviewed about the work and his life as a composer by Nashville Public Radio. His Seventh String...

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Heidi Nieland Hall: Gifted Storyteller

Nov. 7, 2019—A communications leader and champion for STEM research at Vanderbilt, Heidi Nieland Hall died Sept. 25 in Nashville from metastatic colorectal cancer. She was 49. Hall, an honored reporter and editor for decades, left The Tennessean to join the Vanderbilt School of Engineering communications team in August 2014. In 2017 she joined the Vanderbilt Division...

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Martin Katahn: The Rotation Diet

Nov. 7, 2019—Martin Katahn, a retired psychology professor and best-selling author who wrote The Rotation Diet and other books promoting healthy weight loss and lifestyle, died Sept. 17. He was 90. Katahn, who was known to his family and friends as Dick, was born in Utica, New York, in 1928. He began performing with the violin at...

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Simon Mayfield “Dick” Dickerson, BA’63: “Connected to Everybody”

Nov. 7, 2019—Simon Mayfield “Dick” Dickerson of Franklin, Tennessee, died Sept. 20. He was 79. A graduate of East Nashville High School and George Peabody College for Teachers (now Vanderbilt Peabody College for education and human development), he was president of the student body and “Mr. Peabody.” A career educator, he also was the founder and president...

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Message from the Alumni Association President: Share your thoughts on Vanderbilt’s next chancellor

Aug. 23, 2019—By all measures—admissions, graduation rates, philanthropic support, exceptional faculty, diversity and financial health—Vanderbilt has raised its profile dramatically under the leadership of Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. We will be forever grateful for his knowledge, vision and passion during his 11 years as chancellor, as well as his 32 total years of service at the university....

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Recent Books, Summer 2019

Aug. 23, 2019—Everybody’s Doin’ It: Sex, Music, and Dance in New York, 1840-1917 (2019, W.W. Norton) by Dale Cockrell, professor of musicology, emeritus Everybody’s Doin’ It is the eye-opening story of popular music’s 70-year rise in the brothels, dance halls and dives of New York City. It traces the birth of popular music, including ragtime and jazz,...

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In the Spotlight: Matthew Baker’s innovative literary work grabs Hollywood’s attention

Aug. 20, 2019—Matthew Baker, MFA’12, never expected to see his work inspire a Hollywood bidding war. When an agent contacted him in 2017 about pitching his story “The Transition” as a film property, he recalls that it “almost seemed like a prank.” At the time, he was working on his second collection of stories, and his ambitions...

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The Art of Imaging: VUIIS, Fine Arts Gallery bridge science and art to create 3D artifacts

Aug. 20, 2019—When the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science installed a new state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner in early 2018, the team probably never imagined it would be used for an art exhibition. Recently, however, VUIIS partnered with the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery to scan and create replicas of ancient Mesoamerican artifacts for a hands-on experience in...

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