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Summer 2014

Kimberly Bryant, BE’89, Is Changing the Face of High-Tech with Black Girls Code

Sep. 26, 2014—The mission of Bryant's nonprofit organization, Black Girls Code, is to reach out to minority girls age 7 to 17 from all socioeconomic levels, and teach them about computer technology—from creating websites and writing computer applications to crafting computer games and working in robotics.

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A Guide to Places Made Famous by Cornelius Vanderbilt and His Heirs

Sep. 26, 2014—What follows is a guide to some of the places that reflect the Vanderbilts’ enduring legacy. Numerous structures remain standing, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while others fell victim to the wrecking ball long ago. Still others live on, not because of any family connection, but because of the cachet of the Vanderbilt name itself.

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Edward Durell Stone’s Architectural Vision Endures

Sep. 26, 2014—Much of the tranquil beauty that imbues today’s campus was engendered by architect Edward Durell Stone's plan.

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Readers’ Letters, Summer 2014

Sep. 26, 2014—I enjoyed Seth Robertson’s article “Flight Path” in the Spring 2014 issue, which chronicled Doug Parker’s career culminating in his running the world’s largest airline, American Airlines Group. What a great accomplishment for Mr. Parker. It is very reassuring to have a Vanderbilt graduate [MBA’86] in such an important position.

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Metzl on Mental Illness and Gun Violence

Sep. 26, 2014—After the horrific mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2011, a conservative commentator claimed that “guns don’t kill people—the mentally ill do.” Metzl believes this attitude is based on misconceptions about mental illness and violence that obscure larger issues about gun violence in America.

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Technology Transfer Efforts Gain Steam

Sep. 26, 2014—Vanderbilt signed 101 licensing agreements with industry partners during fiscal year 2014, nearly 20 more than the record total set last year. Many transactions were in medical diagnostics, health care information technology, pharmaceutics, oncology and biotechnology.

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Sports Medicine Provided Free to Area Schools

Sep. 26, 2014—For more than 20 years, Vanderbilt Sports Medicine has maintained a relationship with Metro Nashville Public Schools to ensure excellent care is provided to local athletes. Vanderbilt is now the official sports medicine provider to all 15 Metro high schools.

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Tech Giants, Engineers to Create Standards for ‘Internet of Things’

Sep. 26, 2014—A new group called the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)—which includes Vanderbilt engineers and researchers in the university’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS)—announced plans in March to create engineering standards for the “Internet of Things.”

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Warren and Moore Colleges Open

Sep. 26, 2014—Warren College and Moore College, the newest of Vanderbilt’s residential options, opened to upperclass students in August.

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The Search for Earth-Like Planets

Sep. 26, 2014—Researchers have developed a model that estimates the effect that a star's diet has on its chemical composition. This model will add substantially to astronomers’ understanding of the process of planet formation as well as assist in the ongoing search for Earth-like exoplanets.

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World’s Best Issue Ever!

Sep. 26, 2014—Our appetite for “world’s greatest” data has only grown through the centuries, stoked in recent years by electronic media, instant feedback and infographics.

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How to Explore the Prehistoric Past

Sep. 26, 2014—Travel back 450 million years to Middle Tennessee’s beginnings with Molly Miller, professor of earth and environmental sciences

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