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Winter 2015

Divinity Students Leave Large Footprint on Nashville’s Nonprofit Scene

Dec. 23, 2014—For Vanderbilt Divinity School alumni who run Nashville nonprofits, the need to serve the city’s underserved remains as great and as varied as ever.

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Amy Grant, ’82, Finds Inspiration and Purpose in the Power of Community

Dec. 23, 2014—Amy Grant’s music is like a prism: multifaceted and capable of dazzling surprises at every turn. And just as with a prism, there’s something transformative about the way her music reveals its source of illumination. Her light, so to speak, comes not only from an abiding faith in God but from a belief in humanity’s goodness as well.

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An Interview with Provost Susan Wente

Dec. 23, 2014—Last April, Susan Wente, a cell biologist who most recently served as associate vice chancellor for research and senior associate dean for biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt, was named university provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

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Rosevelt Noble Documents the Black Experience at Vanderbilt

Dec. 23, 2014—To date, Rosevelt Noble has completed roughly 150 various interviews relating to his project and has taken more than 175,000 photos documenting the experience of African Americans on campus.

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Keith Blackwell’s Business Gives High School Athletes a Recruiting Edge

Dec. 23, 2014—Blackwell is founder of Elite College Sports, a Connecticut-based company that helps high school athletes looking to play varsity sports at colleges and universities known for their high academic standards.

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Astronomer Brought Rare Meteorite to Vanderbilt…for a Short, Short While

Dec. 23, 2014—In 1960, a brazen thief stole a prized meteorite on display at Vanderbilt's observatory and then replaced it with a painted clay replica. The thief was apprehended, but the meteorite has yet to be returned.

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Photo Essay: Vanderbilt Hospital Unit ‘S’ in World War I

Dec. 23, 2014—Vanderbilt sent a dozen of its medical doctors, aided by enlisted men and nurses recruited from the Nashville area, to operate Vanderbilt Hospital Unit “S,” based in Nevers in the Bourgogne region of central France.

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Recent Books, Winter 2015

Dec. 23, 2014—The latest offerings from Vanderbilt writers

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Melodores Win Sing Off Competition

Dec. 23, 2014—Vanderbilt's Melodores won The Sing Off holiday television special, becoming the first collegiate group in the NBC program's history to win the competition.

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Are Food Allergies Really on the Upswing? And If So, What’s to Blame?

Dec. 23, 2014—According to Food Allergy Research and Education, about 1.5 million Americans have food allergies. They affect one in every 13 children under age 18 in the U.S.—or about two in every classroom. Experts differ on whether or not strong evidence exists that food allergies are increasing.

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How to Photograph 1,600 Students

Dec. 23, 2014—Since 2009 the university’s photographers have organized a photo shoot of the entire freshman class on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt. In all, about 1,600 students—along with the faculty heads of house and their families—gather for the photo, posing in the shape of the class’ graduation year.

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Local Color

Dec. 23, 2014—Our Amy Grant story is one of several in this issue with a Nashville flavor. Ann Marie Deer Owens’ cover story, “Beloved Community,” showcases Vanderbilt Divinity School graduates who’ve played a significant role in developing and leading local nonprofit organizations that have an impact on the quality of life for all Nashvillians.

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