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Spring 2016

Strong Showings: A Recap of Spring Sports

Aug. 10, 2016—The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team advanced to the Final Four in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in an attempt to repeat their national championship, but ended the season with a loss to Stanford. The Commodores, the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, ended with a 23–6 record.

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Fallen Star: Vanderbilt Mourns the Loss of First-Year Pitcher Donny Everett

Aug. 10, 2016—By the end of his first year, Donny Everett—Vanderbilt’s hard-throwing, right-handed pitcher—had already become one of the most beloved student-athletes on campus. Then, in early June, on the eve of the NCAA Regional tournament played on campus at Hawkins Field, the unthinkable happened. The Clarksville, Tennessee, native drowned at Normandy Lake, about 70 miles southeast of Nashville.

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Art as Civic Dialogue

May. 13, 2016—Nashville’s growing pains expressed through the arts This spring Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and Vanderbilt University Theatre both used the arts to explore how Nashville’s recent growing pains are affecting local residents. Vanderbilt’s Department of Theatre, in partnership with Sojourn Theatre and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, challenged...

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Impression: The Last Laugh by Michael Aurbach

May. 13, 2016—Michael Aurbach, professor of art, who has taught sculpture and drawing at Vanderbilt since 1986, is retiring after 30 years. To honor him the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery exhibited his work from mid-January through early March. The Last Laugh: Selections from Michael Aurbach’s Secrecy Series showed work in keeping with Aurbach’s sardonic sense of humor...

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Blair on Air

May. 13, 2016—Want to watch a live concert at Blair? Many student and faculty concerts now are streamed live from Ingram Hall, Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall, and the Choral Rehearsal Hall from Blair’s live-streaming page at vu.edu/blair-stream. The performances are not archived.

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Recent Books, Spring 2016

May. 13, 2016—Interactive Writing Across Grades: A Small Practice with Big Results, PreK-5 (2016, Stenhouse) by Kate Roth and Joan Dabrowski, EdD’08 Interactive Writing Across Grades provides a how-to guide for using interactive writing—a dynamic, unscripted instructional method in which the teacher and students work together to construct a meaningful text while discussing the details of the...

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Mind’s Eye: Quick Draw

May. 13, 2016—Politics and politicians have never been spared the cartoonist’s pen From Charlie Hebdo to the lampooning of U.S. presidential candidates, political cartoons continue to be a staple of editorial pages. While the rise of digital media—and the decline of newspapers—may have reduced their reach, political cartoons remain one of the most powerful ways to convey...

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Building a Jazz Culture

May. 13, 2016—Local music industry fuels expansion of program Nashville may be best known for country music, but the moniker “Music City” most accurately reflects the proliferation of stellar musicians in town who play all types of music. At Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Ryan Middagh, director of the jazz studies program, is taking advantage of Nashville’s place at the center of the...

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Lessons Learned

May. 12, 2016—In the fall of 1902, Dr. Charles Wardell Stiles, a zoologist with the U.S. Public Health Service, got a hunch that parasites were causing large swaths of the South’s rural poor to suffer an array of debilitating symptoms.

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Young Alumnus Pays It Forward with Monthly Gift

May. 12, 2016—When Nathan Bird, BE’15, got married at the end of last year and sat down with his wife, Katherine, to plan their first budget together, it was important to him to set aside funds for Vanderbilt.

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Rising Star: Jedidah Isler Is Forging New Paths in Astrophysics—and Diversity Among Aspiring Scientists

May. 12, 2016—Jedidah Isler, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in Vanderbilt’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, has emerged as an increasingly high-profile advocate for diversity among science, technology, engineering and mathematics researchers.

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Policy Prescriptions: Melinda Buntin Brings Washington Expertise to Vanderbilt’s Department of Health Policy

May. 12, 2016—With a greater focus on how the health care system functions, particularly in the wake of the 2009 Affordable Care Act, Vanderbilt has adjusted its own research and teaching programs surrounding public health and health policy.

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