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Buddy Creech, BS’95, MPH’06: Leading COVID-19 treatment trials

May. 15, 2020—Buddy Creech, director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, is helping lead some of the NIH-funded treatment trials of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Alex Jahangir, MMHC’12, coordinates Nashville COVID-19 response

May. 15, 2020—As chairman of Metro Nashville’s Board of Health, Alex Jahangir is coordinating the city’s COVID-19 response and providing leadership that has likely saved lives.

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Alumni help Fuel the Fight

May. 15, 2020—As the coronavirus pandemic forced stay-at-home orders around the country, Woody Klemmer, BA’13, and his coworkers spent the morning of March 20 seeking a way to help.

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Andy Beshear, BA’00: Leading Kentucky through COVID-19 response

May. 15, 2020—Gov. Andy Beshear is receiving praise for how he is leading Kentuckians through the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response.

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Dr. Liza Weavind, MMHC’14, is on the frontlines at VUMC

May. 15, 2020—Dr. Liza Weavind, professor of anesthesiology and surgery and associate division chief of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, is on the frontlines of caring for patients affected by COVID-19 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Katie McGinnis, MPH’17: Caring for orphans during COVID-19

May. 15, 2020—Katie McGinnis is the director of psychosocial service for Family Legacy, a large nonprofit that serves 15,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia. Her team is providing developmentally appropriate COVID-19 disease education resources and have even left their own families to move into the residential care facility for the duration of their lockdown (at least three months) to provide counseling and psychosocial services to the 650 children who live full-time at the facility.

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Kim Le, BA’98, thanks health care workers through art

May. 15, 2020—Kim Le, a storyboard artist at DreamWorks Animation, writes and draws notes of appreciation to those at the frontlines.

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Richard Hatchett, BA’89, MD’95, helps lead global effort to develop COVID-19 vaccine

May. 15, 2020—As CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI), Richard Hatchett is playing a lead role in the global effort to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

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Flip Biddelman, BS’09: Feeds hospitality workers in New York City

May. 15, 2020—Flip Biddelman is using his restaurant Gertie as a part-time soup kitchen for laid-off hospitality workers in New York City. 

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Missy, BS’99, and Scott Tannen, BS’99, donate mattresses in fight against COVID-19

May. 15, 2020—Missy and Scott Tannen, founders of Boll & Branch, have donated mattresses and pillows to emergency medical operations in the fight against COVID-19 in New York.

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Vanderbilt receives $20 million from The William K. Warren Foundation to further treatments for brain disorders

May. 5, 2020—Vanderbilt University has received $20 million from The William K. Warren Foundation, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to establish the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery to support pharmaceutical breakthroughs.

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Giving Tuesday Now is tomorrow

May. 4, 2020—On May 5, you are invited to participate in Giving Tuesday Now, a global day of giving and unity held in response to COVID-19. Your meaningful gift of any size will help to strengthen Vanderbilt University’s Student Hardship Fund, COVID-19 Research and Innovation Fund, or any school or program.

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