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Summer 2018

Bill Yoast, MA’56, EDS’61, Legendary Coach

Aug. 20, 2019—William “Bill” Yoast, the high school coach who helped unify a racially divided Alexandria, Virginia, during the 1971 football season, died May 23. He was 94 years old. The relationship between Yoast and coach Herman Boone is the crux of the 2000 film Remember the Titans, which followed T.C. Williams High School’s 1971 integration and...

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Deep Healing: Two alumni are making waves in drug discovery by plumbing the oceans’ depths for new therapeutic molecules

Sep. 6, 2018—Sirenas, a San Diego-based company founded by Vanderbilt alumni Eduardo Esquenazi, BS'98, and Jake Beverage, BA'98, is applying trailblazing methods toward drug discovery.

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Vanderbilt Bytes into Data Science: New programs in a revolutionary field will foster discovery, collaboration and learning across campus

Sep. 6, 2018—Data science likely will revolutionize a number of disciplines in the coming years. Yet Vanderbilt experts say we’ve barely reached the beginning stages of unlocking the full potential of data science—or understanding how to use it responsibly.

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Godspeed, Class of 2018: Vanderbilt’s newest alumni reflect on their time at the university and share their plans for new adventures

Sep. 6, 2018—Vanderbilt’s brilliant students never cease to impress, and members of the Class of 2018 certainly are no exception. Take a closer look at seven of them.

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Consider the Martians: Scientists need to confirm whether life exists on Mars before sending humans

Sep. 6, 2018—Before we go further and send humans to Mars, we need to know if doing so could trigger the extinction of existing life on the planet, writes Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub.

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Global Ambassa’Dore: Q&A with Patti White, BA’76, on raising Vanderbilt’s profile abroad

Sep. 6, 2018—Patti Early White, BA’76, and her husband, George White, have established the Early–White International Scholarship to provide need-based support to undergraduate international students who are from the U.K. or European Union member countries and enrolled in the College of Arts and Science.

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Chancellor’s Letter: Collaborative Innovation

Sep. 6, 2018—Every single member of our diverse community, from the oldest alumni to the newest admitted students, contributes a vital part to our core mission. We are united by a distinct set of values. That’s why we are a university, not a poly-versity. We stand together. We are one Vanderbilt.

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Vandy Goes to War

Sep. 6, 2018—Vandy Goes to War, an exhibition highlighting the dramatic effects of two world wars on Vanderbilt’s campus, are on display in the Central Library lobby through Oct. 16, Reunion and Homecoming Weekend.

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Seasons Greetings: Polly Cook’s mural attests to the rhythms of campus

Sep. 6, 2018—Come sun, rain or snow, one of the best places on Vanderbilt’s campus to find shelter is under Calhoun Hall’s stone portico, facing out toward the law and business schools. This refuge is also home to a mural of campus life, Seasonal Cycles, created in ceramic tiles by Nashville native Polly Cook. Installed in 1993,...

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Paths to Storytelling: The new chairman of the NEH discovered a love for words at Vanderbilt

Sep. 6, 2018—Jon Parrish Peede, BS’91, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has taken several paths in government service, all of them paved with words. “I discovered during my student days that what I loved were words on paper,” says Peede, whose career in Washington...

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Unsung Heroes: Gift recognizes efforts of Vanderbilt athletic trainers working ‘behind the scenes’

Sep. 6, 2018—Lindsy McLean's bequest, allocated in two parts to the Department of Athletics, ensures that future athletic trainers are given every opportunity to succeed.

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Summer Circuit: Performance opportunities and professional connections abound at summer music festivals

Sep. 6, 2018—Cornelia Heard has spent nearly every summer since she was in eighth grade at a music festival. “I went to the Rocky Mountain Summer Music Center that first summer,” she remembers, “and the Blair String Quartet was there with Stephen Clapp.” Clapp, a former music professor at Peabody College and dean, emeritus, at Juilliard, taught...

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