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New free Vanderbilt course to teach computer programming to beginners

Apr. 1, 2015—A new free massive open online course, or MOOC, is being offered by Vanderbilt University that will teach computer programming to those with little or no previous experience this spring.

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A VU Inside: Engineer uses cotton candy to build artificial blood vessels

Mar. 27, 2015—Vanderbilt University mechanical engineer Leon Bellan is creating artificial human blood vessels using cotton candy and gelatin.

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Beasley named dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Mar. 26, 2015—Vanessa Beasley, an expert in race, gender and diversity in U.S. political rhetoric, has been named the next dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt University, effective July 1.

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Vanderbilt community invited to Strategic Plan town halls April 6, 7 and 16

Mar. 24, 2015—Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in town hall meetings to learn more about progress and provide input on key initiatives of the Academic Strategic Plan.

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Data management MOOC educates students worldwide

Mar. 19, 2015—More than 4,700 students from around the globe have received certificates from Vanderbilt’s free five-week Data Management for Clinical Research course, taught online by Paul Harris, Ph.D., Stephany Duda, Ph.D., and Firas Wehbe, M.D., Ph.D. The massive open online course, or MOOC, is offered through Coursera. A multicolored world map shows where this MOOC’s students...

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Tensions between religion and secular society explored in new class

Mar. 13, 2015—A professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish studies has created a cross-disciplinary course on secularism with the help of 29 faculty across eight schools.

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Commons Reading announced for 2015-16

Mar. 11, 2015—"The Madonnas of Echo Park" by Brando Skyhorse has been selected as the next Commons Reading, an annual tradition for incoming first-year students.

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Trans-institutional exhibition examines death through art and illustration

Mar. 5, 2015—"Memento Mori: Looking at Death in Art and Illustration," opening March 12 at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, was curated using an interdisciplinary approach to provoke thought about the role of death and mourning in society from the 16th century to the present.

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Sophisticated application of magnetic force enhances laparoscopic surgery

Mar. 2, 2015—A team of Vanderbilt engineers is using magnetic force to design new and improved instruments for minimally invasive surgery.

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Provost focuses on synergy and balance between the humanities and sciences

Feb. 22, 2015—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. In addition to being responsible for the academic affairs for Vanderbilt University’s colleges and schools, she also oversees student affairs,...

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VUCast Extra: Learning Outside the Classroom

Feb. 18, 2015—What do Vanderbilt undergraduates do outside the classroom? Watch as our undergrads create solutions, create change and create magic as part of Immersion Vanderbilt.

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Education experts offer 18 apps that make learning fun

Feb. 13, 2015—Vanderbilt education experts explain that screen time is not the enemy. The trick is picking the right apps.

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