The Vanderbilt Story

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    Change of Itinerary: A student’s study abroad gave her a front-row seat for the largest pro-democracy protest in Egypt

    My study-abroad experience began much like anyone else’s. I spent months preparing personal statements, making travel plans, and preparing for the cultural transition. I would be Vanderbilt’s first, and only, student participating in an Arabic-language study-abroad program at the American University in Cairo, a premier university renowned throughout the Middle… Read More

    Apr 12, 2011

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    Upstart Startups: Millennials make their marks in nontraditional ways

    In the days before bank failures, stock-market tumbles and worldwide economic malaise, a college diploma—especially one from a top university like Vanderbilt—was a one-way ticket to financial security. These days, however, graduates are faced with less-than-certain job prospects. America’s 50 million Millennials represent the most educated generation ever, but they… Read More

    Apr 12, 2011

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    A Grand Experiment

    The Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach puts science in the hands of students Angela Eeds, director of the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, gives instruction to Chelsea Guo and Augtonia Coleman, freshmen at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School. Photo by Daniel Dubois They treated him like a rock… Read More

    Apr 4, 2011

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    Thicker than Water

    French professor Holly Tucker delves into the fascinating history of blood transfusions Watching the State of the Union address by President George W. Bush in 2006, Holly Tucker was struck by the president’s strong statements about interspecies stem cell research. In the speech, Bush called for “legislation to prohibit the… Read More

    Apr 4, 2011

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    From renal nurse to renal patient

    For 10 years Janice Dalton worked as a renal transplant/dialysis nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In 2003, at the age of 54, she was diagnosed with renal failure, placed on dialysis and told she would need a kidney transplant. The tables had turned. Despite years taking care of patients,… Read More

    Apr 3, 2011

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    Memorial Magic during March Madness

    Remembering Memorial Magic during March Madness through the eyes of some of the Commodore basketball team’s biggest fans. Read More

    Apr 2, 2011

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    An investment beyond boundaries

    Blair’s involvement in training music teachers in Costa Rica brings rich rewards both in Central America and Nashville. Read More

    Mar 29, 2011

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    Heart of a champion

    From grade schoolers to grad students, Virginia Shepherd — a professor of pathology and medicine at the School of Medicine, professor of science education at Peabody College, and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach — shows tenacity that has changed lives. Read More

    Mar 25, 2011

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    Student-run Triple Thread Apparel helps people rebuild their lives

    An unusual match-up between Vanderbilt students and former prison inmates is turning out to be a perfect fit. The students and former offenders are working together in a new business called Triple Thread. It’s the university’s first student-run company to be an official Vanderbilt merchandise vendor. But more importantly,… Read More

    Mar 13, 2011

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    Student profile: Rachel Hart

    Why did you first become involved with VUcept? I became involved with VUcept because I believe in its mission. Being a first-year presents many challenges, and for me, my biggest challenge was losing my grandfather to leukemia only two months after coming to Vanderbilt. Read More

    Mar 6, 2011

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    A popular HOD course mobilizes students to make a difference among Nashville’s diverse populations

    This month, things will change for the better in the Edgehill community, a neighborhood located a few blocks from the Vanderbilt campus. Healthy food will be more readily available to Edgehill’s low-income residents, thanks to an innovative “mobile grocery store” developed by second-year medical student Ravi Patel and initially inspired… Read More

    Feb 3, 2011

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    DBR: The new face of classical music

    He’s played with everyone from Lady Gaga to Dizzy Gillespie. Vanderbilt graduate Daniel Bernard Roumain, better known as DBR, composes classical music with a modern, sometimes hip-hop twist, with his instrument of choice, the violin. DBR came back to Nashville to teach Vanderbilt students and kids at the W.O Smith… Read More

    Jan 13, 2011

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    The student behind the iPhone app Layers

    Meet an impressive Vanderbilt engineering undergrad who created an iPhone app that’s bringing fine art to your fingertips. Read More

    Jan 13, 2011

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    Peabody students help women in Uganda with the Kasiss project

    Two Vanderbilt Peabody undergrads took on an emotional and massive task of doing research and raising money for educational programs in Uganda—especially for the young women of that country. VUCast’s Dagny Stuart shows us how the two students traveled thousands of miles to see first-hand the problems young women face… Read More

    Jan 13, 2011

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    Actor and Vanderbilt alumnus Lance Kinsey shares life lessons with students

    He’s known as the lovable airhead in the slapstick “Police Academy” movies. What you may not know is that Lance Kinsey’s acting chops were honed right here at Vanderbilt. More than 30 years after graduating, the actor came back to share his life lessons with a new generation of Vanderbilt… Read More

    Jan 13, 2011

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    Vision and creativity lead two Peabody alums to the charter schools movement

    Jeremy Kane’s emergence as a key figure in Nashville’s charter schools movement may well have taken root in seventh grade. That was the year he transferred from a Metro Nashville public school to Montgomery Bell Academy, a private college preparatory school. “It was the beginning of a conversation that continues… Read More

    Jan 4, 2011

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    Zero-Proof 21st Birthday: Safe water for hundreds of people was her best gift ever

    Think back to a day you may or may not remember so well: your 21st birthday. For most, it’s a day celebrated with a drink. About a month before my Sept. 8 birthday, I was already thinking about “drinking” on my birthday—but not in the way you might think. For… Read More

    Nov 12, 2010

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    Get to know the Vanderbilt deans: Dean of the College of Arts and Science Carolyn Dever

    The Hustler staff sat down with Carolyn Dever to learn more about her role as dean of the College of Arts and Science. Vanderbilt Hustler: Why did you choose this profession? Carolyn Dever: Because of a commitment to the excellence of the university and a desire to serve. Read More

    Sep 30, 2010

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    Just days before she was to begin studies at Vanderbilt, Michelle Eckland lost her mother to cancer and found a community of support

    “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind—or forgotten.” (From the animated film “Lilo & Stitch”) A few years ago, ohana—for me—basically meant my mom, my dad and my brother. Since losing my mother to a rare form of cancer, ohana has come to mean much more. Read More

    Jul 12, 2010

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    Graduating seniors help with flood clean up

    It’s the worst flood to hit Nashville in centuries. More than 11,000 homes and buildings were damaged and hundreds of staff, faculty and students impacted. Our VUCast crew went out with students who spend the last days of the school year helping those in need. Read More

    Jun 13, 2010