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Summer 2014

Images to Algorithms

Sep. 26, 2014—Bennett Landman, whose research lies at the interface of medical imaging, signal processing and statistical inference, has been focusing on large-scale medical image processing.

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Building the World’s Largest Biomedical Informatics Enterprise

Sep. 26, 2014—Biomedical informatics is a science that draws connections between data and medicine, whether those data concern diseases, health care processes or human biology in the form of genomics and proteomics. Everyone who studies health records has the same goal: more precise medicine, leading to improved patient outcomes.

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Informatics for the Classroom and the Operating Room

Sep. 26, 2014—Using the EHR (electronic health record) and natural language processing, the School of Medicine keeps track of each student’s exposure to patient problems across the curricular spectrum, allowing the school to advance students on a more individualized basis.

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Obituary: Janice Feagin Britton, BSN’44, Nurse on Three Continents

Sep. 26, 2014—Janice Feagin Britton of Spanish Fort, Alabama, died Feb. 20 at age 92 after a lifetime of service and adventure.

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Obituary: Walter R. Courtenay Jr., BA’56, ‘Mr. Snakehead’

Sep. 26, 2014—Walter R. Courtenay Jr., of Gainesville, Florida, died Jan. 30 at age 80. He was a leading authority on invasive nonindigenous fish, particularly those introduced into the United States.

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Obituary: Cindy Zautcke, MEd’87, Advocate for At-Risk Students

Sep. 26, 2014—Cindy Zautcke of Milwaukee died June 4 at age 51. In teaching a class of 16 Nashville junior-high students who had all failed eighth grade at least twice, she came to understand her calling as a teacher.

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Parent Support Prompts Significant Challenge Gift

Sep. 26, 2014—Parents showed support for their Vanderbilt students like never before in the 2014 academic year, and as a result, a single challenge gift of $200,000 benefited multiple academic and student-life programs across the university.

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CoRPs Volunteers Tell Vanderbilt’s Story

Sep. 26, 2014—During the past two years, the number of Commodore Recruitment Programs (CoRPs) volunteers has more than doubled from 1,512 to 3,371 alumni.

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Obituary: Todd Jackson, BA’96, EMBA’08, ‘We Have to Be the Change’

Sep. 26, 2014—In 2003, Todd Jackson was diagnosed with a brain tumor that was surgically removed and followed by 30 doses of radiation therapy. Last year another cancer, this time a grade IV brain cancer, surfaced, and Jackson died June 9, 2014, at age 40 in Nashville. During the decade between diagnoses, he did his best to ensure that researchers have the resources to create innovative cancer therapies.

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Duncan McDougall, BA’83, One for the Books

Sep. 26, 2014—Duncan McDougall spent part of his 20s guiding expeditions of the physical world—whitewater and backcountry trips in places like Alaska and New Zealand. Since 1998, however, he has been leading expeditions of another kind, guiding children on a journey to literacy.

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Taylor Bruce, BA’04, Guiding Spirit

Sep. 26, 2014—Bruce decided to start his own series of field guides, called Wildsam, in 2012. The books are “packed with local lore, interviews, memoir, hand-drawn maps, personal essays and more,” according to the Wildsam website.

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Treatment Helps Frogs Fight Fungal Pathogen

Sep. 26, 2014—Simple heat treatments may give the frog immune system a boost and help it fight off a deadly fungal pathogen, according to a new study published July 10 in the journal Nature.

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