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Author: Jim Patterson

Dr. W. Bedford Waters, BA’70, MD’74, Barrier Breaker

Aug. 20, 2019—Dr. W. Bedford Waters, president of the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association and the second African American to graduate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, died May 25. He was 71. Waters completed his internship and one-year residency in general surgery at the University of California, San Diego. He became the chief resident in urology at...

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Bill Yoast, MA’56, EDS’61, Legendary Coach

Aug. 20, 2019—William “Bill” Yoast, the high school coach who helped unify a racially divided Alexandria, Virginia, during the 1971 football season, died May 23. He was 94 years old. The relationship between Yoast and coach Herman Boone is the crux of the 2000 film Remember the Titans, which followed T.C. Williams High School’s 1971 integration and...

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Recent Books, Spring 2019

May. 23, 2019—The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation (2019, MIT Press) by Gerald C. Kane, Anh Nguyen Phillips, Jonathan R. Copulsky and Garth R. Andrus, EdD’88 Digital technologies are disrupting organizations of every size and shape, leaving managers scrambling to find a technology fix that will help their organizations compete. This...

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First Love: From TV to novels, Melissa Scrivner Love loves writing, first and foremost

May. 23, 2019—Like many children who grew up in the 1980s, Melissa Scrivner Love, BA’02, was raised on James Bond films. That cinematic introduction to the KGB led her to double major in Russian and theater, and to consider two possible career paths: working for the CIA or acting. “Truthfully, though, I was in denial about the...

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Dr. Constance Mobley, PhD’98, MD’03 Transplant trailblazer

May. 23, 2019—As a molecular physiology and biophysics doctoral student at Vanderbilt, Dr. Constance Mobley never had designs on practicing medicine. Her passions were in the lab. The young scholar was infinitely more interested in clinical research. “I wanted to discover how to cure everything in the world,” she says. “I was always interested in science, and...

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Song Stylist: Deanna Walker’s new podcast brings her “Blair Hit Songwriter Series” to the masses

May. 23, 2019—Deanna Walker was initiated into the world of hit Nashville songwriting in the usual way. She suffered a broken heart. In the 1990s, Walker’s best friend went through a contentious divorce. An ugly custody battle ensued, which had a traumatizing effect on Walker’s 2-year-old goddaughter. “I just went home and started crying,” Walker recalls. “I...

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Mind’s Eye: Piece by Piece

May. 23, 2019—Mosaic artists convene in Nashville, bringing two exhibits to Vanderbilt Mosaics were originally invented about 4,000 years ago to create durable and inexpensive flooring, but they quickly became more art than craft. A highly refined technique developed during the Early Christian (260–525 C.E.) and Byzantine (fourth–15th centuries C.E.) eras, mosaics were used by the new...

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Three Decades of Impact

May. 23, 2019—On clinic day every week, first-year nursing student Brooke Hazen’s 12-hour shift starts at 6:30 a.m. “We’re taking vital signs, helping patients shower and walk, administering shots and IVs, and interpreting lab results,” she says. Hazen is in Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s prespecialty program, which provides a two-year path to a master’s degree for students...

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Jarred Amato, BA’09, Watering ‘Book Deserts’

May. 23, 2019—Reading, and a child’s access to books, is a precursor to success by all yardsticks. But the lack of reading materials in many neighborhoods across America—regions known as “book deserts”—threatens the educational achievements of countless students. English teacher Jarred Amato decided to do something about it. In 2016 he and students at Nashville’s Maplewood High...

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Message from the Alumni Association President

May. 23, 2019—Impacting Alumni Careers Vanderbilt alumni truly are Vanderbilt for Life. By giving back as volunteers and donors, we directly impact future alumni and prepare them to take the next steps in their lives. Many help students find their way in the real world by sharing career advice and offering internships. I started the Vandy on...

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Merrily Van Norstrand Talbott, BS’90, Mints for the Mind

May. 23, 2019—It was while interviewing travelers for a tourist publication in Breckenridge, Colorado, that high school psychology teacher and writer Merrily Van Norstrand Talbott came up with a fresh idea. A woman who thought she was suffering from altitude sickness told Talbott that she found relief after popping, of all things, a Rolaids antacid tablet. “Right...

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Accolade: Nafissa Thompson-Spires, MA’05, PhD’09, one of 10 Whiting Award winners

May. 23, 2019—Nafissa Thompson-Spires, MA’05, PhD’09, was announced as one of 10 Whiting Award winners March 20 at a ceremony at the New York Historical Society. Thompson-Spires’ short story collection Heads of the Colored People (2018, Atria/37 INK) has been honored with a PEN Open Book Award, longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award and Aspen Words...

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