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Turning Heads: The Vanderbilt Brain Institute has emerged as a hub of discovery as neuroscience’s influence expands

Aug. 5, 2020—The VBI recently marked its 20th anniversary, a span that has seen the institute’s wide-ranging missions—including administering the university’s Neuroscience Graduate Program, as well as postdoctoral training and community outreach—steadily coalesce under a single umbrella.

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Mental Notes: Music Cognition Lab is dedicated to the scientific study of how music affects the brain and behavior

Aug. 5, 2020—The past decade in particular has been marked by a dramatic increase in music cognition inquiry, as about 100 laboratory groups around the world, including at Vanderbilt, are working across disciplines to understand music’s relationship to the brain, behavior and health, and to develop effective intervention strategies.

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Trials and Errors: Research network explores promise, limitations of using neuroscience to inform criminal justice

Aug. 5, 2020—As the combination of neuroscience and law—or “neurolaw” as some call it—has been gaining traction in courtrooms in recent years, Professor Owen Jones and his colleagues have used the burgeoning field to ask deeper questions about the criminal justice system itself.

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Reunion 2020 Postponed

Aug. 4, 2020—Because of continuing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, Reunion 2020 General Chairs Karen Fesmire, BS’80, and Bill Fesmire, BA’80, have announced the postponement of Reunion 2020 until the fall of 2021.

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Kenneth Epps, BS’90: Logistically Speaking

Aug. 4, 2020—Kenneth Epps, rear admiral and deputy chief of staff for fleet ordnance and supply in the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, understands the importance of logistics in today’s military.

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The Power of a Vanderbilt Education

Aug. 4, 2020—Even at 104 years old, Helen Sterling, BA’36, MA’38, handled aging with optimism and grace. Her affection for her alma mater motivated her to include the university in her estate plans. Thanks to her $1.6 million bequest for unrestricted support at Peabody College and the College of Arts and Science, her legacy at Vanderbilt endures.

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Michael Ainslie, BA’65: ‘A Nose for Trouble’

Aug. 4, 2020—Michael Ainslie has a knack for seeking out—and solving—difficult problems, as he writes in his new book A Nose for Trouble: Sotheby’s, Lehman Brothers, and My Life of Redefining Adversity.

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Sara Hutchison Hampshire, BSN’71, MSN’75, Women’s Health Trailblazer

Aug. 4, 2020—Sara Lissa Hutchison Hampshire died May 2, 2020, in Nashville after a brief battle with cancer. She was 71.

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William F. “Bill” Malone, BE’71, Conservationist, School Executive

Aug. 4, 2020—William F. “Bill” Malone, a public administrator who took part in one of Florida’s biggest Everglades restoration efforts, oversaw the construction and remodeling of dozens of schools, and came out of retirement to lead Palm Beach County’s schools as superintendent, died May 3, 2020, at age 77.

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Martha Priddy Patterson, BA’71, Retirement Planning Expert for Women

Aug. 4, 2020—Martha Nann Priddy Patterson, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who specialized in benefit and tax issues for large firms and wrote an influential book on financial planning for working women, died April 23, 2020, in Rockville, Maryland. She was 71. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, her father, Thomas “Cotton” Priddy, was a racecar driver and the owner...

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Asa Briggs, MSN’12: Continuity in Mental Health Nursing

Aug. 4, 2020—Watching his aunt struggle with bipolar disorder, Asa Briggs traded in his legal aspirations to pursue a career in mental health care.

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Five Honored with 2020 Alumni Association Awards

Aug. 4, 2020—The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors announces its 2020 alumni award recipients.

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