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VUCast: Commencement Magic

May. 19, 2011—Rain didn’t dampen the spirit of Commencement 2011. Relive the graduation magic through the eyes of students, family and friends. Warning: Watching may cause a sudden smile and a possible tear. Commencement news: Watch Faculty Seminar: Bruce McCandliss: Educational Neuroscience: How Education Shapes Brain Development Watch Faculty Seminar: Kane Jennings: Solar Energy Conversion Inspired by Nature’s Engineering...

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Bruce McCandliss: Educational Neuroscience: How Education Shapes Brain Development

May. 17, 2011—Watch video of Bruce McCandliss, the Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair of Psychology and Human Development, speaking at the Commencement 2011 Faculty Seminars. McCandliss carries out research that seeks to connect our understanding about changes in children’s brain structure and function to specific aspects of education. This work asks questions such as how educational learning...

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Kane Jennings: Solar Energy Conversion Inspired by Nature’s Engineering

May. 17, 2011—Watch video of G. Kane Jennings, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, speaking at the Commencement 2011 Faculty Seminars. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University in 1993, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute...

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James Maiello: Gregorian Chant and Power Politics in Medieval Tuscany

May. 17, 2011—Watch video of James Maiello, senior lecturer in music at Blair, speaking at the Commencement 2011 Faculty Seminars. Maiello’s research interests include plainchant, medieval and Renaissance music, and the philosophy of music education. In addition to presenting research at both musicology and interdisciplinary conferences in the U.S. and Europe, his study “On the Manufacture and...

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Edward Fischer: Cash on the Table: Anthropology Meets Economics

May. 17, 2011—Watch video of Edward Fischer, professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Latin American Studies, speaking at the Commencement 2011 Faculty Seminars. Professor Fischer has an impressive list of scholarly articles and has written or edited seven books, including Cultural Logics and Global Economies: Maya Identity in Thought and Practice and Broccoli and Desire:...

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Commencement 2011

May. 16, 2011—Watch video of Vanderbilt University’s class of 2011 Commencement ceremony. About 2,843 graduates were expected to attend Commencement. Degrees were scheduled to be awarded to 1,734 undergraduate and 1,904 graduate students. The main ceremony, featuring the annual address to graduates from Chancellor Zeppos, was moved to Memorial Gym due to the weather. After Chancellor Zeppos...

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Senior Day Speaker Wangari Maathai

May. 16, 2011—Watch video of Wangari Maathai, the 2004 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the environmentally conscious Green Belt Movement, receiving Vanderbilt University’s prestigious Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal May 12 during Senior Day. The Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal, which includes a cash prize, is one of the university’s highest honors and is given to individuals who define the...

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VUCast Extra: Be Agents of Change!

May. 13, 2011—Nobel Prize winner, Green Belt Movement founder, and this year’s recipient of the Nichols-Chancellor’s medal Wangari Maathai gave students an inspirational call to action at Senior Day. Hear from Maathai and the graduates. Read more >>  

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Chancellor counsels graduates on managing change at Commencement

May. 13, 2011—“Thinking people do not turn away from trouble, from evidence of change,” said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. “They understand their own uneasiness as a trigger for inquiry and they begin to work toward managing the changes that are surely coming by first finding facts.”

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Vanderbilt University honors top students during Commencement

May. 13, 2011—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos presented the Founder’s Medals to the top scholars from Vanderbilt University’s undergraduate and professional schools during Commencement on Friday, May 13.

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Vanderbilt University honors 16 faculty members as emeriti

May. 13, 2011—Sixteen retiring faculty members were recognized during Vanderbilt’s May 13 Commencement ceremony when the university honored their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty. Robert W. Blanning, professor of management, emeritus Blanning’s global experience combines the worlds of academia and business. He came to the Owen Graduate School...

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Commencement moved to Memorial Gym

May. 13, 2011—Commencement is being moved to Memorial Gym located on campus at 25th Avenue South. Because of severe weather conditions the university has determined that it is unsafe to hold the ceremony on Alumni Lawn. The event remains on schedule. Shuttles will be re-routed to drop passengers off at the corner of Jess Neely and 25th avenues...

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