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Spring 2017

Amanda Farnsworth, BS’81, MS’83: Historic flight

Sep. 7, 2017—In August 2016, Farnsworth grabbed headlines by piloting her fixed-wing, single-engine Cirrus SR22T to Cuba, a feat made possible by the diplomatic thaw underway between the U.S. and the communist nation.

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Finding ‘Calm:’ Lowry Wins 2016 World Projects Composition Competition

Jun. 2, 2017—In August 2016 much of southern Louisiana lay underwater, flooded by more than 7.1 trillion gallons of rainfall. It was, meteorologists said, a 1,000-year event. In hard-hit Baton Rouge, Christopher Lowry, BMus ’11, now a viola and music composition doctoral student at Louisiana State University, took pen to paper and let his emotions flow. That...

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Met Bet: English Ph.D. Leads to NYC Museum Fellowship

Jun. 2, 2017—Lucy Mensah, MA’12, PhD’16, who graduated with a doctorate in English, is drawing on her humanities training to take a path less traveled. Mensah started graduate school in 2011 with the goal of becoming a professor of African American literature. She didn’t expect doctoral studies in English to open doors to internships and professional experiences...

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Brëw-hilde: Blair Alumnae Bring Opera to Nashville Bars

Jun. 2, 2017—Nashville is known for its live music scene. Some nights you can drink a beer and enjoy country, blues, bluegrass, opera … no, not opry, opera—complete with a Viking helmet passed around afterward for donations. Thanks to Blair School of Music alumnae Erin Ridge, BMus’15; Charlotte Ulrich, BMus’15; and Lindsay Cunningham, BMus’10, you can add...

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Art Speaks: Kennedy Center exhibit invites understanding and conversation

Jun. 2, 2017—Whether we realize it or not, we often silence individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities because of our own inability to communicate with those unlike ourselves. The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center works to give those with disabilities a voice and, through its Arts and Disabilities program, in place since 1994, routinely invites those without disabilities...

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The Care and Keeping of Commodores: Editor’s Letter, Spring 2017

May. 29, 2017—When I think of Vanderbilt, my mind immediately goes to my friends and classmates. But what about alumni from the graduate and professional schools, staff and faculty members, sports fans, even prospective students? Each one of these individuals helps make the Vanderbilt community a special place filled with smart, capable people willing to lend a hand when needed.

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Markets Master: Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman, MBA’93, charts the future of finance

May. 29, 2017—As CEO, Adena Friedman has laid out a bold vision to build upon Nasdaq’s foundational legacy as a leading provider of the technology that powers financial markets. It’s an ambitious goal that could transform Nasdaq—and exchanges around the world—for years to come.

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Dark Side of the Mound: Vanderbilt researchers unearth clues to a mysterious Peruvian archaeological site

May. 29, 2017—By Seth Robertson   About 7,500 years ago a construction project of almost unfathomable scope began taking shape along the Pacific coast of what is today northern Peru. Initially a low-lying ceremonial mound, it would become in 4,000 years’ time a monument of staggering size—100 feet tall, 320 feet long and 180 feet wide—as generations...

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Common Good: Alumni who discovered a passion for service at Vanderbilt—and have devoted their lives to giving back

May. 29, 2017—At Vanderbilt, which includes in its mission “service to the community and society at large,” numerous graduates have dedicated their life’s work to helping improve conditions around the world.

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Lights, Cameras, Teach!: Online curriculum and custom software bring computer science to students worldwide

May. 29, 2017—Fitzpatrick and Lédeczi developed an introductory computer programming class that, by one account, ranks as the fifth most popular free online course of all time. They have taught more than 170,000 students in 192 countries and racked up more than 2 million lecture views.

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How to Argue: Advice from Robert Talisse and Scott Aikin

May. 29, 2017—Vanderbilt philosophy professors Robert B. Talisse and Scott F. Aikin offer some rules of thumb on how to argue.

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Courtside Commemoration: Vanderbilt Athletics Honors Civil Rights Leaders During ‘Equality Weekend’

May. 29, 2017—Equality Weekend, a three-day event that honored 21 of Nashville’s civil rights leaders, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Vanderbilt’s breaking the SEC color barrier with men’s basketball players Perry Wallace, BE’70, and Godfrey Dillard. The 21 leaders were honored at the Commodore men’s basketball game Feb. 18 and the women’s game Feb. 19—both of which were Vanderbilt victories.

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