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Summer 2014

Preschool Program for Children with Autism

Sep. 26, 2014—A preschool program for children ages 18 to 36 months with autism or suspected autism opened in July at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center (BWC), with plans to expand to children ages 3 to 5 in the near future.

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New Center Takes on Kidney Disease

Sep. 26, 2014—Kidney disease is the eighth most common cause of death in the United States and affects more than 20 million people, yet many people don’t know they have it because kidney disease often develops slowly with minimal symptoms.

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Nursing Student Wins on Jeopardy!

Sep. 26, 2014—Nursing student Molly Lalonde was a four-night winner on episodes of the game show Jeopardy! that aired in June.

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Medical Students Focus on Frequent Users

Sep. 26, 2014—The School of Medicine is fielding one of 10 student teams participating in a project aimed at identifying the most frequent users of health care. Called “hot spotting,” this novel approach allows health care providers to zero in on “super users” in order to identify the reasons behind high utilization and to teach patients how to overcome them.

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Joint Program to Produce Lawyers with Master’s in Finance

Sep. 26, 2014—Select law-school students also can earn a master’s in finance without increasing their time in school through a new program offered jointly by Vanderbilt University Law School and Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.

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First-Year Students Move In

Sep. 26, 2014—The VU Move Crew and VUceptors helped first-year students get settled into their resident halls on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons in August—the same month The Princeton Review ranked Vanderbilt’s students as the happiest in all the land.

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Legendary Sports Journalists in a League of Their Own

Sep. 26, 2014—In the Jean and Alexander Heard Library exhibit The Golden Age of Sports Journalism: Grantland Rice and Fred Russell, baseball takes center stage, as it has all summer at Vanderbilt.

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At 93, Elizabeth Spencer Still Surprises

Sep. 26, 2014—After a career spanning more than 60 years, most writers would be quite ready to retire, but Spencer is still working and enthralling new readers with her graceful fiction. Her seventh story collection, Starting Over: Stories, was published in January of this year to critical raves.

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Collaborative Pianists Lend Their Ears to Young Singers

Sep. 26, 2014—At most conservatories and music schools, work with vocal coaches is restricted to graduate voice students. But at the Blair School of Music, undergraduate voice majors have the opportunity to work with two full-time vocal coaches—also known as collaborative pianists—who lend their input, ears and piano technique to young singers.

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Blair Celebrates 50 Years

Sep. 26, 2014—Blair School of Music begins the academic year by continuing its 50-year celebration. On Sept. 13 it honored Roland Schneller, the longest-serving member of the Blair faculty and holder of the Chancellor’s Chair in Piano, with an evening of music.

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Matthews drafted by NFL’s Eagles

Sep. 26, 2014—Wide receiver Jordan Matthews, BA’13, was selected 42nd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the NFL Draft on May 9.

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Tobacco Use in Asia Linked to Higher Risk of Death

Sep. 26, 2014—Tobacco smoking has been linked to approximately 2 million deaths among adult men and women in Asia in recent years, according to a new study that predicts a rising death toll.

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