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Spring 2020

And the Beat Goes On: A resilient Vanderbilt community finds innovative ways to thrive amid the challenges of COVID-19

May. 14, 2020—As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend lives in countless ways, members of the Vanderbilt community have shown remarkable resilience in the face of the crisis.

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A Toast to the Class of 2020: In an extraordinary year, we celebrate an extraordinary class

May. 14, 2020—Vanderbilt Magazine raises a glass of its own to the tenacious, accomplished and always adaptable Class of 2020. Cheers to you all.

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The Front Lines: Vanderbilt physicians, researchers join worldwide fight against COVID-19

May. 14, 2020—From the front lines of patient care to collaborating with scientists across the globe searching for treatments and vaccines, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University researchers have been working for months to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘One Vanderbilt’: Hope in troubled times

May. 14, 2020—At a time when we are physically separate, the connections embodied by our One Vanderbilt community have become even more vital.

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MVPs: Vanderbilt Athletics shows support for health care workers

May. 14, 2020—Vanderbilt Athletics lit up the video board at Hawkins Field on March 30 with a special tribute to all the health care workers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and elsewhere who are on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.

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Jean Gray Litterer, MA’68, EdS’71, PhD’81: Influential Nashville Educator

May. 14, 2020—Jean Gray Litterer, a longtime Nashville-area education leader who started her academic career in a one-room East Tennessee schoolhouse, died Jan. 21. She was 91.

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‘Mask’: A poem by Beth Bachmann

May. 14, 2020—The poem originally appeared in The New Yorker’s April 6, 2020, issue.

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Viral Video: Vanderbilt experts reach billions in COVID-19 media appearances

May. 14, 2020—To date, Vanderbilt University Medical Center experts have appeared in 28,984 media placements related to COVID-19 since Jan. 15, reaching a cumulative audience of nearly 77 billion.

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Picking up the Pieces: The Vanderbilt community helps Middle Tennessee rebuild after devastating tornadoes

May. 14, 2020—In the early morning hours of March 3, a series of massive tornadoes cut a path of destruction through several Nashville neighborhoods and other parts of Middle Tennessee, claiming at least 25 lives and damaging hundreds of homes, businesses, schools and churches. During the days that followed, members of the Vanderbilt community responded by rolling up their sleeves and pitching in however they could.

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What We Trained For: Medical school class president speaks about moving forward during pandemic

May. 5, 2020—As the Vanderbilt campus braced itself to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through a series of proactive measures in March, School of Medicine class president Varun Menon, MD'20, shared some thoughts on his experience of being a medical student during the unprecedented outbreak.

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Longing for Home: A recent graduate from Wuhan, China, reflects on a pandemic that upended his life across two different worlds

May. 5, 2020—Qisen Song, BA'20, reflects on the unexpected ending of his senior year at Vanderbilt, and the meaning of home and family during difficult times.

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