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  • Minds Wide Open

    Minds Wide Open

    In a suite of laboratories atop a gleaming glass-walled tower, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are designing radical new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and an inherited form of autism. A block away in a steel-shielded basement, children read aloud while their brains are being scanned in a doughnut-shaped… Read More

    Mar. 22, 2012

  • Honky-Tonk Heroes and Healing Hands

    Honky-Tonk Heroes and Healing Hands

    Bass guitarist and keyboardist Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts poses with young fans Emma Watson (left) and Gracelyn Mansfield before a sold-out 2007 Rascal Flatts concert at Nashville’s downtown arena. With all proceeds from the show benefiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, it was the largest single fundraising… Read More

    Mar. 22, 2012

  • Hothouse for Scientists

    Hothouse for Scientists

    Experience, so they say, is the best teacher. But when it comes to cutting-edge laboratory-based research, hands-on work often is the exclusive purview of graduate students and faculty. So how does an undergraduate student interested in research go about obtaining the experience and exposure that can help launch a career?… Read More

    Mar. 22, 2012

  • Doctor in the House

    Doctor in the House

    Dr. Kyla Terhune walks briskly along the corridors of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, dashing between her last surgery of the day in the O.R. and her first afternoon patient in The Vanderbilt Clinic. With long curly hair pulled back in a ponytail, the tall, slender surgeon still wears her… Read More

    Mar. 12, 2012

  • Seedtime & Harvest

    Seedtime & Harvest

    Board of Trust Chairman Martha Ingram’s letter to more than 100,000 Vanderbilt alumni and friends in January 2001 announced trustees’ approval of a new fundraising campaign to “turn our aspirations into realities.” Read More

    Sep. 6, 2011

  • The ’Dores of Summer

    The ’Dores of Summer

    The body count was piling up fast. Two hit the ground first. Then three, four and five went down in quick succession. Onlookers soon lost count as the heap of squirming uniformed men just kept growing. Read More

    Sep. 3, 2011

  • Martha’s Mettle

    Martha’s Mettle

    Several years ago Martha Ingram made a trip to New York City with what was a fairly typical itinerary for her: meetings of the Business Committee for the Arts, a New York Philharmonic black-tie opening night gala with an all-Dvořák program that included Yo-Yo Ma playing the Cello Concerto, cocktails before the concert and dinner after. Read More

    Sep. 2, 2011

  • Missteps to Mayhem

    Missteps to Mayhem

    In predicting when and how America’s financial collapse would occur, my focus was on the growing importance of the housing sector, the actions of our government, and the response of the private sector. Read More

    Sep. 1, 2011

  • The Promise of Personalized Medicine

    The Promise of Personalized Medicine

    The iconic Norman Rockwell painting of a family doctor checking the heart of a young patient’s doll may seem quaint, but it’s far from old-fashioned. Read More

    Aug. 30, 2011

  • Service Learning Comes of Age

    Service Learning Comes of Age

    On a chilly Friday night last November, the area underneath the wide expanse of the Jefferson Street Bridge in downtown Nashville became a scene of rare opportunity for the city’s homeless. Read More

    Apr. 18, 2011

  • The Week That Lasts a Lifetime

    The Week That Lasts a Lifetime

    Kristen Keely-Dinger, BS’98, remembers March snow falling on the streets of New York, the sounds of babies crying and people screaming, and the stench of urine in the housing projects as she carried hot meals up flight after flight of stairs. As a Vanderbilt sophomore who had signed up for… Read More

    Apr. 18, 2011

  • Upstart Startups

    Upstart Startups

    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. 15, 2011

  • The Commodore’s Civil War

    The Commodore’s Civil War

    Cornelius Vanderbilt was a hard man. Unsentimental, he earned a national reputation for taking care of himself. When the Civil War began, no one imagined he would turn out to be a selfless patriot. Read More

    Apr. 11, 2011

  • Open House

    Open House

    Libraries can be intimidating places. The young James Baldwin thought so. Read More

    Dec. 2, 2010

  • Acts of Faith

    Acts of Faith

    Divinity grads aim to compensate for the chaos in contemporary society. Read More

    Dec. 2, 2010

  • Blending Back In

    Blending Back In

    Freak accidents sever limbs. Tumors disfigure faces. And reconstructive plastic surgeons team up for their toughest challenges. Read More

    Dec. 2, 2010

  • Not Self, But Country

    Not Self, But Country

    When she was studying Shakespeare and Milton at Vanderbilt in the late 1970s, Nora Wingfield Tyson never dreamed she’d be making history one day. But last July in a cavernous aircraft-carrier hangar in Norfolk, Va., Rear Adm. Tyson did just that when she became the first woman in U.S. Navy… Read More

    Dec. 2, 2010

  • Leader of the Pack

    Leader of the Pack

    Out of the shadows of the Vanderbilt constellation has emerged a glittering star. During the past decade Peabody College of education and human development has been quietly elevating its national reputation as one of the most—if not the most—respected schools of education in the country. For the past two years, U.S. News… Read More

    Aug. 22, 2010

  • Wide Exposure

    Wide Exposure

    Last year more than 700 Vanderbilt students received part of their education outside the United States, choosing from more than 100 Vanderbilt study abroad programs. During the past decade Vanderbilt has significantly increased resources to make international study accessible to more students. From nearly 300 entries submitted to the Global… Read More

    Aug. 22, 2010

  • Chance of a Lifetime

    Chance of a Lifetime

    One hundred million dollars in gifts for scholarships. That’s the ambitious goal of Opportunity Vanderbilt, the university’s commitment to replace need-based undergraduate student loans with grants and scholarships. The good news: To date, Vanderbilt has raised $81 million in gifts for scholarship endowment. The not-so-good news: Vanderbilt’s… Read More

    Aug. 22, 2010