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Author: Seth Robertson

Influential Vanderbilt astrophysicist featured in weekly roundup of VU stories in the news

Sep. 30, 2016—Astrophysicist Jedidah Isler joined Beyoncé, LeBron James and Serena Williams as a member of The Root’s 100 List of Black Influencers, and Money highlighted law professor Jennifer Shinall’s research in an article about Donald Trump’s controversial comments toward a former Miss Universe. Read a selection of Vanderbilt news stories for the week of Sept. 26.

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Class of 2016: Sam Reilly turns his love of fine coffee into a social media app

May. 9, 2016—Sam Reilly does some of his best thinking when he’s out for a run with his Vanderbilt cross-country teammates. It is one of the rare moments in his busy schedule when he can stretch his mind along with his legs.

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The Call-Up: Colombia native Lina Granados realizes World Cup dream

Sep. 29, 2015—A week before the start of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Lina Granados figured she’d be watching the games like most everybody else around the globe—comfortably parked in front of a TV. The standout Vanderbilt soccer defender had come tantalizingly close to representing her home country of Colombia in the tournament, making it as...

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First In: First-Generation College Graduates Share Their Stories

Aug. 18, 2015—Students who are the first in their families to graduate from college defy easy categorization. Nearly 40 percent of undergraduates at four-year colleges in the U.S. are the children of parents who did not attend college, transcending clear lines of race, geography and gender. And while the median household income of first-generation students tends to lag behind their classmates at...

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Class of 2015: Augie Phillips, Ted Moock and Dan McNeill find harmony in the Melodores

Apr. 29, 2015—It’s safe to say that Dan McNeill, Ted Moock and Augie Phillips always will remember what they were doing on Dec. 17, 2014. That evening they tuned in to NBC to watch the Melodores, a student a cappella group, compete on "The Sing-Off" holiday special.

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Everywhere @ Once: Alum Oliver Luckett’s influence on social media reaches far and wide

Apr. 28, 2015—Oliver Luckett, BA’96, never saw it coming. When he stepped off the curb to cross the busy San Francisco street, the taxi cab was moving much too fast for him to react. And in the blink of an eye, his life was never the same.

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Alumna Mary Beth Ballard shares her story to raise awareness about bladder cancer

Apr. 21, 2015—Ballard currently is organizing BCAN’s inaugural Walk for Bladder Cancer in Nashville, which will take place May 3 at Sevier Park and will feature several Vanderbilt teams.

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Gottfried stepping down as Commencement’s university faculty marshal

Apr. 3, 2015—Professor of English Roy Gottfried is stepping down as Vanderbilt's faculty marshal after many years of service at Commencement.

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Amy Grant, ’82, finds inspiration and purpose in the power of community

Feb. 26, 2015—As singer Amy Grant figures it, there’s no greater blessing than being part of a community that cares, and the least she can do is take the light she has been given and shine it toward those who need it most.

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Students count on continuity of service during winter storm

Feb. 23, 2015—The cancellation of classes doesn't mean a campus shutdown. Many of the university’s vital services, including Vanderbilt Campus Dining and the Office of Housing and Residential Education, remained in operation during the winter storm.

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Flight Path: A highflying merger has put Doug Parker, MBA’86, at the controls of the world’s largest airline

Jul. 31, 2014—One hundred years ago pilot Tony Jannus made history when he flew a biplane from Tampa, Fla., to neighboring St. Petersburg. By all accounts the flight itself was unremarkable. There were no speed or distance records broken that day, nor feats of aerial acrobatics. In fact, the plane was in the air for just 23...

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Victory Lane: Travis Geisler, BE’03, is driven to win at Team Penske

Jun. 19, 2014—When it comes to his love for auto racing, Travis Geisler is always willing to go the extra mile—thousands of them, really, if one considers his college years. While at Vanderbilt he made the 1,200-mile round trip between Nashville and his hometown of Pittsburgh nearly every weekend just to compete in an amateur NASCAR racing...

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