Vanderbilt Magazine

  • Compost Happens

    Compost Happens

    SPEAR volunteers turn last year’s leaves into next year’s compost. Photo by John Russell Vanderbilt has more trees than undergraduate students–an estimated 7,500 leaf- producing specimens on its 330-acre campus. Until recently, all the leaves collected from autumns past were stockpiled at Natchez Triangle because nobody could figure out… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Contributors for the Spring 2008 Issue

    Contributors for the Spring 2008 Issue

      Lisa Robbins Lisa Robbins earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked as a reporter in Jerusalem and Chicago. When a newspaper editor instructed her to stop conducting interviews in person and to do all her reporting from behind a desk, she decided to… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Enrollment Numbers Soar

    Enrollment Numbers Soar

    Enrollment of African American students has more than doubled in the past decade. Photo by Kathleen Smith Barry The percentage of African Americans in the fall 2007 freshman class increased by 12.3 percent over the previous fall, placing Vanderbilt fourth among the highest-ranking U.S. universities, according to The Journal… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Vanderbilt Chooses Eighth Chancellor

    Vanderbilt Chooses Eighth Chancellor

    Nicholas S. Zeppos was named Vanderbilt’s chancellor March 1 following the Board of Trust’s winter meeting. The unanimous election of Zeppos, who had served as Vanderbilt’s chief academic officer since 2002 and interim chancellor since last summer, marks the first time in 70 years that Vanderbilt has… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Silent Partner

    Silent Partner

    John D. Rockefeller Sr. (1839-1937) and Jr. (1874-1960) At the end of the 19th century, vast personal fortunes were created in the United States. Industrial advances made from 1870 to 1900 opened opportunities in railways, oil, banking and manufacturing. Savvy businessmen with names like Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Morgan and Rockefeller… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Vanderbilt Magazine Staff – Spring 2008

    Vanderbilt Magazine Staff – Spring 2008

    Editor, Gaynelle Doll Art Director and Designer, Donna DeVore Pritchett Editorial Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • 1,000 Words

    1,000 Words

        Sandy Besser, BA’58, shares his Santa Fe home with thousands of works of art, including Koi Neng Liew’s “One Pretty Flower for Mr. Rabbit Man,” shown here. “There’s a story behind every single piece in this house, and I don’t have favorites,” Besser says. “They are all… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Bling for the Vanderbilt Graduate

    Bling for the Vanderbilt Graduate

    Give the gift of tradition with the official Vanderbilt class ring for alumni and students. For more information contact Balfour Rings at www.balfour.com or visit the Vanderbilt Bookstore. Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Cockroach Just Isn’t a Morning Insect

    Cockroach Just Isn’t a Morning Insect

    Illustration by Joe Johnston In its ability to learn, the cockroach is a numskull in the morning and a genius in the evening. Dramatic daily variations in the cockroach’s learning ability were discovered by a new study performed by Vanderbilt University biologists and published last fall in the Proceedings… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Betty’s Brain Motivates Learning

    Betty’s Brain Motivates Learning

    Middle school students teach a cartoon character and then test her comprehension. Photo by Jason Tan Anyone who has ever helped children with homework knows how much they resist checking their answers. Now a new animated computer program created by Vanderbilt engineers is showing students that self-checking is an… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Words from the Wise

    Words from the Wise

    “Never believe the landlord when he says that living next to the ‘el’ train is an ‘urban experience.'” Life After Vanderbilt is a new guide written for new graduates by recent graduates–a collection of advice that the Alumni Association will present as a graduation gift to each member of the… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Shiraz, Schumann and Space Cadets

    Shiraz, Schumann and Space Cadets

    Katrina Markoff, BA’95 Alumni who are part of the 37 Vanderbilt Chapters nationwide are staying connected by planning dozens of events each year, from simple get-togethers for ballgames and happy hours to elaborate wine tastings and educational lectures. Here’s just a sampling: The New York and Chicago chapters each… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Mentoring and a Meal

    Mentoring and a Meal

    “Opening Dores allows students to get real-world advice about what they can do with their Vanderbilt degree. And it’s fun for the alumni, who chat about their old classes and professors, sports, and what it means to be a Vanderbilt alum.” ~Kate Stuart “Should I take Italian or Spanish? And… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Early Farming Sowed Seeds of Massive Change

    Early Farming Sowed Seeds of Massive Change

    Courtesy of Don Hyatt–www.donhyatt.com Anthropologists working on the slopes of the Andes in northern Peru have discovered the earliest-known evidence of peanut, cotton and squash farming, dating back 5,000 to 9,000 years. Their findings provide long-sought evidence that some of the early development of agriculture in the… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • It Pays to Advertise

    It Pays to Advertise

    Billy O’Steen, BA’89 (left), Betsy Macdonald, BS’90, and Kirk Williams, BA’89 “Kids seem to be the admission ticket for making new friends in strange places,” says Kirk Williams, who figured he was the only Vanderbilt alumnus living in the small coastal village of Sumner, New Zealand, until one day… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Why Do Women Earn Less?

    Why Do Women Earn Less?

    Women have made their way into every aspect of the workforce and comprise 46 percent of employees. Yet they consistently earn less than men. In separate research studies a Vanderbilt economist has found a disappointing answer to the age-old wage debate regarding pay inequity, and also has pinpointed which professions… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Sex, Food, Drugs and a Slugfest

    Sex, Food, Drugs and a Slugfest

    Research from Vanderbilt shows for the first time that the brain processes aggression as a reward–much like sex, food and drugs–offering insights into our propensity to fight and our fascination with violent sports like boxing and football. The research was published online the week of Jan. 14 by the… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Copy, Paste, Plagiarize

    Copy, Paste, Plagiarize

    Illustration by Bruno Budrovic A few years ago I taught a non-majors chemistry course at Vanderbilt. I wanted to make the class relevant, so I had the students write a paper about the application of chemistry to everyday things. Students wrote about Dead Sea salts, Gatorade, NASCAR tires,… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • In the Face of Destruction

    In the Face of Destruction

    lockwise from top: Max Notowitz is the first boy standing on the left end of a group of Jewish boys wearing Star of David armbands as they shovel snow; Notowitz (in white suit) with a friend before the war; Fred Westfield's identity card; Inge Smith in 1936; Star of David… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Deadly Force

    Deadly Force

    Ted Hildreth, BE’89 (standing, right), with Terry Moran, co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline. Photo by Sgt. Jack W. Carlson III If North Korea or Iran shot an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at the United States, most of us would be blissfully unaware. But for Lt. Col. Ted Hildreth, this… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008