Summer 2015

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    Readers’ Letters, Summer 2015

    GayNelle Doll, an editor of Vanderbilt publications for nearly 30 years—the last eight as editor of Vanderbilt Magazine—retired at the end of March. In response to her final Editor’s Letter in the Spring 2015 issue, many readers wrote to wish her well. Here’s a sampling. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Women’s Tennis Wins NCAA Championship

    The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team claimed its first-ever national title by defeating UCLA 4–2 in the NCAA Championship match May 19. The victory marked only the third time in school history that Vanderbilt has won an NCAA national championship. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Zeppos Discusses Funding, Regulation in D.C.

    Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos visited with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., June 8–9 to encourage members to reach a budget agreement that allows for additional discretionary funding for important priorities such as research and education. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Godspeed

    The Commencement ceremony capped two days of activities for graduates and their guests, including the Senior Day speech by Walter Isaacson, author and former chairman and CEO of CNN. In all, the university awarded 1,644 undergraduate and 2,212 graduate and professional degrees this year. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Grant to Help Improve Flu Vaccines

    Vanderbilt researchers have received a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to design more effective flu vaccines and novel antibody therapies. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    How to Build a First-Year Class

    Vanderbilt’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions is communicating with as many as 1 million students, ranging from ninth grade (some even younger) through 12th grade. Knowing how and when to target the largest possible set of high-potential applicants—using a full range of interactions—to build the best first-year class possible takes strategic planning and smart execution. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Look, Ma—I’m In

    Incoming Vanderbilt students still get the thrill of ripping open a thick packet telling them they’ve been admitted. Only now, in the era of all things digital, the vast majority of applicants first learn about the decision through their own personalized Vanderbilt Admissions website. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Beasley Named Dean of Ingram Commons

    Vanessa Beasley, BA’88, 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. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Obituary: Oscar Touster, Revolutionary Biochemist

    WHAT A DOLL GayNelle Doll, an editor of Vanderbilt publications for nearly 30 years—the last eight as editor of Vanderbilt Magazine—retired at the end of March. In response to her final Editor’s Letter in the Spring 2015 issue, many readers wrote to wish her well. Here’s a sampling. Ms. Doll,… Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    New Cross-Disciplinary Projects Win Funding

    Seventeen cross-disciplinary projects involving 153 faculty from all 10 Vanderbilt colleges and schools have been selected for the initial set of awards from the new Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Obituary: William L. Garrison, BS’46, MA’47, Transportation Innovator

    WHAT A DOLL GayNelle Doll, an editor of Vanderbilt publications for nearly 30 years—the last eight as editor of Vanderbilt Magazine—retired at the end of March. In response to her final Editor’s Letter in the Spring 2015 issue, many readers wrote to wish her well. Here’s a sampling. Ms. Doll,… Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Obituary: Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., MD’70, Soldier for Diversity

    WHAT A DOLL GayNelle Doll, an editor of Vanderbilt publications for nearly 30 years—the last eight as editor of Vanderbilt Magazine—retired at the end of March. In response to her final Editor’s Letter in the Spring 2015 issue, many readers wrote to wish her well. Here’s a sampling. Ms. Doll,… Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    White House Honors Peabody Graduate Student

    The White House recognized Gokul Krishnan, a Ph.D. student in learning sciences at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development, June 12 as part of a kickoff celebration for the National Week of Making. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Obituary: Miriam B. Halachmi, Heart and Soul

    WHAT A DOLL GayNelle Doll, an editor of Vanderbilt publications for nearly 30 years—the last eight as editor of Vanderbilt Magazine—retired at the end of March. In response to her final Editor’s Letter in the Spring 2015 issue, many readers wrote to wish her well. Here’s a sampling. Ms. Doll,… Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Vanderbilt Admits Just 11.6 Percent of Applicants

    Vanderbilt University’s admittance rate for incoming first-year students once again fell to a new low this year, continuing a trend toward higher application volumes and greater selectivity. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Vanderbilt’s $8.9 Billion Impact on Tennessee

    Vanderbilt University contributed $8.9 billion to the health of Tennessee’s economy during 2013–14, according to a biennial independent economic analysis titled “Vital Stats.” Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    New Turner Family Center Established

    The Cal Turner Family Foundation has committed nearly $1.2 million over five years to establish the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    MLB Pitcher David Price among Alumni Honored

    Four outstanding alumni known for their service to the university, service to others, and for their professional accomplishments have been chosen by the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Board of Directors to receive alumni awards in 2015. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Monument Man: David Halpern Photographs His Way through Bandelier National Monument

    Halpern, a 12-time National Park Service artist-in-residence, is currently working at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015

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    Blair’s Audition Weekend Helps Applicants Find the Right Fit

    To help smooth the application and audition process for prospective students, Blair adopted the online tool Decision Desk, which allows applicants to upload a video audition, as well as letters of recommendation from music instructors. Read More

    Jul. 31, 2015