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Constitutional Crisis: Q&A with Professor Ganesh Sitaraman

Sep. 7, 2017—Professor of Law Ganesh Sitaraman believes the United States is facing a stark choice: Either continue along the current path of rising economic inequality and risk oligarchy, or rebuild the middle class and reclaim the republic that the Founding Fathers originally envisioned.

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A Sign from God: Q&A with Karen Graham, BA’87

May. 29, 2017—Guided by little more than a desire to learn sign language and perhaps some divine intervention, longtime Atlanta television news personality Karen Graham, BA’87, has launched a digital news network for the deaf community.

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Back to Basics: Q&A with Dean Lawrence Marnett

Nov. 20, 2016—In April, when the fiscal separation of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center was completed, Larry Marnett—the University Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacology and Mary Geddes Stahlman Professor of Cancer Research—assumed a new role as the School of Medicine’s first dean of basic sciences, reporting directly to the provost.

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Pastry Protection: Q&A with Candice Cook Simmons, JD’03, about Trademarking Intellectual Property

Aug. 10, 2016—Sure, you’ve heard of the Cronut®. It’s the half-croissant, half-doughnut that took the world by storm a few years ago. But have you ever wondered why you’ve heard of it? It’s because of innovative attorneys like Candice Cook Simmons, who received her law degree from Vanderbilt in 2003.

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’Dore of Opportunity: Parents’ Example Sparks a Major Commitment to Students’ Financial Needs

May. 12, 2016—Hoping to ensure that the door to a Vanderbilt education is open to every talented student inspired Board of Trust member Dr. Robert Schiff Jr., BS’77, a Cincinnati pediatrician, to make a transformative $10,000,000 commitment to Opportunity Vanderbilt.

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Megan Barry, MBA’93, Takes Reins as Nashville’s First Woman Mayor

Dec. 4, 2015—Megan Barry was elected as Nashville’s first woman mayor this fall in a hotly contested race that drew national media attention. Vanderbilt Magazine sat down with the new mayor to talk about the election process, her connection with Vanderbilt, and what she hopes to accomplish.

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Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld: Proud to Serve

Oct. 23, 2015—Vanderbilt physician Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve and a combat veteran, has made news more than once by advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues.

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Q&A with Clay Hensley, BA’94

Jul. 31, 2015—Clay Hensley, BA’94. senior director of international strategy and outreach for the College Board, is helping American universities like Vanderbilt navigate the growing demand from students abroad.

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Q&A with Meg Pirkle, BE’89

Mar. 23, 2015—Previously director of GDOT’s Permits and Operations Division, Pirkle spent part of last year implementing task force recommendations after the January 2014 Atlanta “Snowpocalypse” that stranded thousands of commuters for eight hours or more on iced-over interstates—roads that are notorious for traffic snarls even in the best of times.

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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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Metzl on Mental Illness and Gun Violence

Sep. 26, 2014—After the horrific mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2011, a conservative commentator claimed that “guns don’t kill people—the mentally ill do.” Metzl believes this attitude is based on misconceptions about mental illness and violence that obscure larger issues about gun violence in America.

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Star-Spangled Brass

Jun. 18, 2014—In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the poem “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key, Steven Smartt, BME’71, MME’72, aims to play the national anthem 100 times at public events this year.

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