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March 2011 Vanderbilt View

A Grand Experiment

Apr. 4, 2011—The Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach puts science in the hands of students They treated him like a rock star, said scientist David Boone. “They” are Nashville public middle school students. Boone, a Ph.D. candidate in cell and developmental biology at Vanderbilt, regularly taught in their classrooms as a science teaching fellow, part of the...

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Stylish Send-off

Apr. 4, 2011—This year’s Commencement will incorporate cool technology, sleek branding and armchair viewing Tricky names should ring out more accurately at Vanderbilt’s Commencement exercises this year. Finding a comfortable place to watch the festivities also will be easier. Innovative new technology to correctly announce graduates’ names will free up Vanderbilt’s deans for more enjoyable tasks, while...

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Teaching Well

Apr. 4, 2011—The Center for Teaching’s new fellowship helps junior faculty craft their curriculum Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman knows a lot about economics, the Talmud, rabbinic ordination and more. But when he arrived at Vanderbilt in 2009, there was something he wasn’t quite ready to handle despite his three master’s degrees and Ph.D. “I had not been in an...

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Thicker than Water

Apr. 4, 2011—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 most egregious abuses of medical...

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Editor’s Note

Apr. 4, 2011—It’s one thing to get a paycheck. It’s quite another to turn around and give some of that paycheck back to your employer. I mean, please. Who does that?

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Apr. 4, 2011—Faculty and Staff News and Notes

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Looking Back: Rites of Spring

Apr. 4, 2011—Vanderbilt held its first “Rite of Spring” celebration May 7-9, 1971, when the Cultural Affairs Council sponsored three days of activities open to the campus and Nashville communities. The free event offered something for everyone

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Carl Johnson has the Last Word

Apr. 4, 2011—If you hear a booming voice singing Beethoven’s Ninth or Verdi’s Requiem in Wesley Place Garage one morning, it’s probably Carl Johnson practicing his repertoire for the Nashville Symphony Chorus.

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