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University Redux

Jan. 1, 2012—Students at Vanderbilt’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are proof that learning never stops Tucked away in a second-floor meeting space at The Commons Center, not far from the bustle of freshmen finishing up meals in the dining hall, checking mail or just passing through on the way to class, convenes a bright-eyed group of students eager to discuss...

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Inside Out

Jan. 1, 2012—Community Connections aims to enrich the work lives of Vanderbilt staff As one of Tennessee’s largest employers, Vanderbilt is, in essence, a small city. More than 22,000 workers comprise this bustling community, which is service-minded, rich in creativity and culturally diverse. What better place to find kindred spirits, like-minded hobbyists, caring companions and potential mentors? But –...

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No Way Home

Jan. 1, 2012—Vijay Padmanabhan helps tread the line between detainees’ safety and human rights Candidate Barack Obama pledged in 2008 to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. But as President Obama runs for re-election four years later, it remains open. Vanderbilt law professor and former State Department adviser Vijay Padmanabhan says Obama learned the same thing that...

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Editor’s Note

Jan. 1, 2012—My paternal grandmother, Elsie, always wanted me to become a nurse. She told my sisters and me time and again that if we were to make anything of ourselves, we needed to go to nursing school. An orphan adopted by a Mennonite family in Central Illinois at the turn of the century, Elsie had little...

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Kudos

Jan. 1, 2012—Devin Bender, a support specialist in the emergency department; Melinda Caudill, a medical technologist in the Virology Laboratory; and Katie Gentry, a child life specialist, each have received the Credo Award, given to staff and faculty who exemplify Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s standards for service and all-around professionalism. Colin Dayan, the Robert Penn Warren Professor...

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Looking Back

Jan. 1, 2012—Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Russian Jewish emigrants in 1922, Stanley Cohen attended Brooklyn College, where he majored in biology and chemistry. After graduation, he worked as a bacteriologist at a milk processing plant to earn money before seeking a master’s degree in zoology at Oberlin College, then a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University...

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Jen-Jen Lin, What’s Your Story?

Jan. 1, 2012—Jen-Jen Lin keeps six lions in her basement and a dragon in the closet. The awesome lion costumes live at her home until brought to life by dancers who perform the traditional Chinese Lion Dance under her direction. The spectacular 60-foot dragon, used in the traditional Dragon Dance, is a wonder of craftsmanship kept in...

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Full Circle

Dec. 5, 2011—Ken Galloway’s legacy will continue as he transitions from dean of engineering to full-time faculty member If you ask Ken Galloway what he’s doing on July 1, 2012 – the day he officially transitions from his role as dean of Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering to a full-time faculty member – he is sure to mention...

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Speaking Freely

Dec. 5, 2011—The First Amendment Center marks 20 years of supporting our nation’s basic freedoms Protesters camp out in front of a government building and are arrested. A celebrity spouts off to a reporter and loses his endorsement deal. A network TV executive refuses to air a music video she deems indecent. Was the First Amendment violated?...

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A Tradition of Giving

Dec. 5, 2011—Community giving continues Vanderbilt’s tradition of helping its neighbors in need Each day, faculty and staff come to work at Vanderbilt to further the missions that define the university and medical center: cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art patient care, the support and training of students to become the world’s eminent thinkers and problem-solvers, and much more. One...

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Tale of the Script

Dec. 5, 2011—Steve Graham’s career-spanning research explores the value of writing instruction It’s that time of year when children are penning their letters to Santa, careful to recount their every Christmas wish. While the biggest challenge for competent writers might be narrowing their list, a significant number of children struggle with writing altogether – an issue Steve...

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Editor’s Note

Dec. 5, 2011—December is here, and I already feel the pace picking up. Once we get to this point in the year, it’s a downhill slide to the end of the month and I start thinking about if I’ve kept my New Year’s resolutions or not (hint: mostly not). Then my mind goes right to the impending...

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