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Amanda Havard, BS’08, MEd’10: High-Tech Medicaid Management

Dec. 2, 2016—Amanda Havard doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Launch a startup targeting the public sector? Learn the ins and outs of Medicaid? Lead a health care company as a technologist? These questions did nothing to deter Havard. Drawing on her passion for technology solutions, Havard launched Health:ELT in 2014 with her business partner and father,...

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Miles Barr, BE’06: Solar Power Innovator

Dec. 1, 2016—In theory, solar energy is an elegant solution to serious impending challenges such as climate change and energy crises. In reality, it can be ugly, clunky and—most important—impractical; the places where we most need solar panels are where we have the least room for them. This was the problem Miles Barr was trying to solve...

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Math Master: Sylvia T. Bozeman, MA’70, Honored with National Medal of Science Committee Appointment

Nov. 30, 2016—Sylvia Bozeman enrolled in Vanderbilt’s graduate program in mathematics in 1968, one year after the program was integrated, and went on to become the first African American woman to earn a master’s degree in math from the university. Today she is a professor, emerita, of Spelman College in Atlanta—a career mathematics professor, and a mentor...

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A Letter to My Daughter How We Made Our Mark on Women’s Equity at Vanderbilt

Nov. 30, 2016—Dear Carrie, You asked me to tell you about WEAV and the Langland case. This all happened at Vanderbilt University more than three decades ago. You were 5 years old when it began and 8 when it ended. I have three distinct memories of your involvement, which I will recount in due course. I will begin with...

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The people of the Vanderbilt University Police Department: Lt. Oliver

Nov. 14, 2016—It’s Homecoming Week and all of Vanderbilt is busy preparing for the weekend’s events. One of the main draws is the football game against Tennessee State University. But it’s more than just a three hour athletic event with all of the coordination takes place, especially from the police department. However, this week is slightly different...

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New faculty: Mattias K. Polborn studies the economics of political polarization

Oct. 25, 2016—New Professor of Economics Mattias K. Polborn is interested in how political institutions affect the “political equilibrium”—in particular, the competition between candidates in elections.

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New faculty: Susanna Rudy is developing a national fellowship standard for ENPs

Oct. 25, 2016—New Instructor in Nursing Susanna Rudy brings to Vanderbilt a wealth of experience. She’s a board-certified nurse practitioner in emergency, family and adult-gerontology acute care who earned a master’s degree in forensic science before earning master of science in nursing and doctor of nursing practice degrees, the latter two from Vanderbilt.

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New faculty: Sara Mayeux studies criminal law and advocates for social justice

Oct. 17, 2016—While the biggest legal questions are debated before the U.S. Supreme Court, new Assistant Professor of Law Sara Mayeux is more interested in what happens in less prestigious settings.

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New faculty: Ronald Alvarez is advancing discoveries in gynecologic oncology

Oct. 17, 2016—Ronald Alvarez, new professor of obstetrics and gynecology and chair of the department, is a leading expert in the field of clinical gene therapy for ovarian and cervical cancers.

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New faculty: Suzana Herculano-Houzel examines the evolution of the brain

Oct. 17, 2016—New Associate Professor of Psychology Suzana Herculano-Houzel produced the first accurate count of the number of neurons in the human brain—86 billion, making it simply an enlarged primate brain.

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New faculty: Nicole Joseph teaches math and advocates for educational opportunity

Oct. 13, 2016—Joseph, a new assistant professor of mathematics education at Peabody College, has made understanding racial minorities’ experiences in mathematics and advocating for their educational needs her life’s mission.

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New faculty: David Sweatt studies how brain chemistry affects learning and memory

Oct. 13, 2016—Homecoming came early this year for Vanderbilt alumnus David Sweatt, who joined the faculty as chair of Pharmacology this summer, 30 years after receiving his Ph.D. from the department he now leads.

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