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Longing for Home: A recent graduate from Wuhan, China, reflects on a pandemic that upended his life across two different worlds

May. 5, 2020—Qisen Song, BA'20, reflects on the unexpected ending of his senior year at Vanderbilt, and the meaning of home and family during difficult times.

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Why Less Is More: Former ‘Survivor’ contestant Kelly Goldsmith on how helping others can help yourself

Feb. 17, 2020—Goldsmith, now an associate professor of marketing at Vanderbilt, explains what behavioral research has taught us about how scarcity affects our thinking and our actions.

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Hot Plate: Climate change is likely to devastate the global food supply—but there’s still reason to be hopeful

Nov. 7, 2019—While threats to food production are varied and region-specific, a single story connects them: Climate change is becoming something we can taste. This is now a kitchen-table issue, literally and otherwise.

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‘The Wing of a Butterfly’: Why the ugliest pitch in baseball is a thing of beauty

Aug. 20, 2019—Because knuckleballers want no spin at all, they don’t engage the same muscles as conventional pitchers. If a robot could pitch, it would throw like a knuckleballer, like one mechanical piece instead of a flexible acrobat stressing multiple leverage points to impart spin. The physical dangers of repeated throws at maximum effort do not apply for these craftsmen. Theirs is the safest pitch of all, but the trade-off is severe: It is also the hardest to master, and to trust.

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Coming Out as Working Class: Class can be just as isolating as almost any other aspect of identity at a private college

May. 23, 2019—When I come out to my students and colleagues as from the working class, I want to expand the idea of who or what a professor is, and I especially hope to give upwardly mobile students—those incarnations of my younger self—the example and language to find one another.

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Opportunity Gap: To create a more just and equitable society, black students need a true education, not just more ‘schooling’

Feb. 19, 2019—Milner writes that what black students need more than anything else is less schooling and more education.

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Hope Shattered: Memories of a brief encounter with Robert Kennedy on campus

Nov. 19, 2018—A little more than two months after he spoke to nearly 11,000 people at Vanderbilt’s 1968 student-led Impact Symposium, presidential hopeful Robert Kennedy was assassinated in California. Frye Gaillard writes about serveing as Impact’s chairman and Kennedy’s host at Vanderbilt.

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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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Met School: An unlikely spot in Lincoln Center acknowledges Rockefeller support of Vanderbilt University

Jun. 8, 2018—  By Dr. John Sergent, BA’63, MD’66 In 1972 I moved to New York City with my wife, Carole, BA’63, and our two young daughters to do a fellowship in rheumatology. A few months after we moved, we met Francis Robinson, a fellow Vanderbilt alumnus (BA’32, MA’33) who was then the assistant manager of the...

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I Can’t Wait to Fail: The path to a science career has more than two routes

Feb. 26, 2018—Lorena Infante Lara writes about her plans to use her Ph.D. to pursue a career in the media.

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Mind the Gap: Traveling the world is life—and the experience has changed me

Nov. 21, 2017—Brian Jones, BA’02, writes about how traveling the world has changed his life.

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The Writing That Binds: Two decades after a botched interview, two college friends reconnect

Sep. 7, 2017—By Bryant Palmer, BA’95   It’s 1994, and I’m in the offices of the Vanderbilt Hustler at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday. I spend as much time here as anywhere else on campus, but not usually this early. I’ve got a phone interview, not with a dean about another news story, but with James Dickey,...

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