Spring 2013

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    Forgotten Plague

    Credit: ISTOCKPHOTO Although tuberculosis infection rates are falling, nearly 9 million new cases were reported worldwide in 2011 and 1.4 million people died from the disease, according to the World Health Organization. More than 10,000 new cases and about 500 deaths were reported in the United States… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    5 Years at No. 1

    Credit: Steve Green Peabody College of education and human development is the nation’s top graduate school of education for the fifth consecutive year, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2014. Peabody bested programs at Johns Hopkins University (No. 2) and Harvard (No. Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    This Is Not a Drill

    Credit: Steve Green The movie theater at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt was one of three areas turned into a temporary patient unit to care for dozens of children exposed to carbon monoxide at a Nashville school in January. The hospital swung into… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Arts & Culture

    Charlie Chaplin image from the 1924 Léger–Murphy film (Courtesy of Anthology Film Archives) Robots and Riots BLAIR SCHOOL PREMIERES HISTORIC PIECE On April 7 the Blair School of Music’s percussion ensemble VORTEX presented the Southeastern U.S. premiere of American composer George Antheil’s Ballet… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Athletics

    Coach Franklin and others celebrate the signing of wide receiver Jordan Cunningham (Credit: Joe Howell) Signed, Sealed, Delivered Vanderbilt football signs best recruiting class in school history Head Football Coach James Franklin and his coaching staff signed what recruiting experts regard as the best class… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Counter-Attack

    Credit: TODD DAVIDSON New Wave of ‘Superbugs’ Poses Dire Threat | Deadly Bacteria That Resist Strongest Drugs Are Spreading | Drug-Resistant Bacteria and Lack of New Antibiotics Could Signal Catastrophe We’ve all seen the ominous headlines—and heard the warnings from our own health care providers—about the dangers of antibiotic… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Radiation or Surgery?

    Credit: JIM FRAZIER/illustration source A study comparing outcomes among prostate cancer patients treated with surgery versus radiation therapy found differences in urinary, bowel and sexual function after short-term follow-up—but those differences were no longer significant 15 years later. The study, led by first author Dr. Matthew Resnick,… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Anger Management

    Credit: JESUS ABURTO Is an angry judge a bad judge? Not necessarily. “Anger is the quintessentially judicial emotion,” says Terry Maroney, professor of law and co-director of Vanderbilt’s program in social justice. “It involves appraisal of wrongdoing, attribution of blame and assignment of punishment—precisely what… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Nesting Instinct

    Credit: KAT CHADWICK There may be a biological basis for separate doll and dump-truck aisles in the toy store. In a study of baby mice, researchers at Vanderbilt and the University of Southern California found that males and females respond differently to the hormone arginine-vasopressin (AVP), which… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Research Roundup

    Credit: GARY WATERS Prison Time Cuts Life Expectancy For every year spent in prison, overall life expectancy decreases two years. A new study by Evelyn Patterson, assistant professor of sociology, looked at New York parolees released between 1989 and 2003 and found a 15.6 percent… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Lu Zeph, EdD’83

    CREDIT: Adam Kuykendall/University of Maine Lu Zeph believes people with disabilities have both a civil and a human right to develop their abilities in an inclusive community. “The disability rights movement is rooted in the Civil Rights Movement,” she states. Both faced similar opposition, she says, and… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Deena Dill, BS’92

    Credit: JR ANDERSON Deena Dill is probably one in a million—a busy actress and producer who’d rather work light-hearted sitcoms and game shows than become the next Meryl Streep. “Game shows are certainly not a niche most people in the industry gravitate toward, but it’s what I… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Kofi Dadzie, BE’00

    CREDIT: Rancard Solutions Ltd. During a 1997 summer internship, Vanderbilt mechanical engineering student Kofi Dadzie had a brilliant idea: Enormous opportunities awaited someone who could bring a combination of business principles and information technology to his homeland, Ghana. “As a developing country, Ghana … did not boast… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Bridging the World

    Students from Birmingham, Ala., arrive at the Beijing airport during the summer of 2012. Wyatt Smith is in the middle of the back row holding the pink sign. (Courtesy of Wyatt Smith)   BY WYATT SMITH, BS’10 Three months into my Teach For America experience, I received a phone… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    The Greater Good

    The parents of Vanderbilt patient Tyson Wohlford had this photo taken to express gratitude for his care at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. (Credit: Dixie Pixel Photography) Vanderbilt Celebrates 30 Years with Children’s Organization This year marks one of the most influential partnerships in Vanderbilt’s… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Vanderbilt for Life

    Sean Davidson (Credit: John Russell) Opening Dores to New Career Opportunities Sean Davidson, BS’10, was planning for a career in investment banking. A meeting with alumnus Andrew Grobmyer, BS’91, at an Opening Dores dinner changed all that, and today Davidson is working as a health care consultant… Read More

    May. 7, 2013

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    Obituaries

    Credit: Ken Bennett/Wake Forest University Walter J. Harrelson Old Testament Scholar Walter J. Harrelson, distinguished professor of Hebrew Bible, emeritus, and former dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died Sept. 5, 2012. He was 92. An internationally acclaimed Old Testament scholar, he served four years… Read More

    May. 7, 2013