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spring2011

Hibbett Neel: A Long Way from Coal and Fertilizer

Apr. 15, 2011—W. HIBBETT NEEL, BE’63 “When you love what you do, it’s not work,” says Hibbett Neel. “I still get excited about coming to the office and helping to improve my community. If there’s ever a point when I’m not excited about it, then I’ll quit.” Neel, 69, insists that time won’t be coming soon. As...

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Tri Deltas Mark 40 Years of Supporting Children

Apr. 15, 2011—The longest-running fundraising event for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is the Eve of Janus, which celebrated its 40th year last summer. Through the years this Nashville tradition has raised more than $3 million for the Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic. Funds from the annual Eve of Janus Ball go directly...

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How to Fake a Book Report

Apr. 15, 2011—Mrs. Quarles was about the best teacher there was in East Tennessee—patient and demanding while teaching us how to take apart sentences and examine their symmetries, which I really did enjoy doing. She was a tough lady, but I knew she loved me, and she knew I loved her class. We all did. And she...

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Books and Writers: 21st-Century Children’s Lit

Apr. 15, 2011—Rana DiOrio, JD’91, wasn’t planning to create a children’s media company when she left her job in 2008. She was working in investment banking at the time, and it was, as she puts it, “not a fun place to be, with the economic recession coming in like a freight train.” Fortunately, the bad news in...

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Music: Come Fly Away

Apr. 15, 2011—The cockpit of a half-million-pound aircraft and a nightclub stage certainly seem worlds apart. Yet Lyndsey Goodman, BS’01, is at home in both. During the past decade, Capt. Goodman, an Air Force Reserve pilot who recently began flying for Delta Air Lines, has flown the massive C-17 Globemaster III into combat zones in Iraq and...

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Theatre: A Meeting of Minds

Apr. 15, 2011—Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso may not seem the most relatable of characters for college-age theatre. Catch the cultural giants on the verge of breakthrough, however, and modern students suddenly find themselves joining in the toast to possibility. “Who doesn’t think, when you’re in college, that you’re on the cusp of greatness yourself?” asks Phillip...

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Upstart Startups

Apr. 15, 2011—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 also have the highest number...

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The Body Electric

Apr. 15, 2011—When you first meet Michael Goldfarb, his soft-spoken demeanor and infectious enthusiasm immediately impress you. When you ask what it is that motivates him, his answer is as unambiguous as it is unassuming. “My research and engineering passion is developing assistive technologies for disabled persons,” Goldfarb says. “I’ve done other things in the past, but...

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Kids Who Feel Neglected by Dad Are More Likely to Bully

Apr. 15, 2011—Do your children think you work too much and don’t spend enough time with them? If so, their perception could lead to bullying behavior, according to research by sociologist Andre Christie-Mizell. “Our behavior is driven by our perception of our world, so if children feel they are not getting enough time and attention from parents,...

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Birth Light Cycle Dramatically Affects Biological Clocks

Apr. 15, 2011—The season in which babies are born can have a dramatic and persistent effect on how their biological clocks function. That is the conclusion of a study offering the first evidence for seasonal imprinting of biological clocks in mammals. The research was conducted by Professor of Biological Sciences Douglas McMahon, graduate student Chris Ciarleglio, PhD’09,...

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How to Catch a Hedge Fund Cheater

Apr. 15, 2011—As hedge funds come under tighter scrutiny, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management professor Nicolas Bollen has identified several that could pose a fraud risk similar to the kind undertaken by Bernie Madoff, who bilked investors out of $65 billion. In a study examining the effectiveness of five performance flags used to detect hedge fund...

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Deep Brain Stimulation Benefits OCD Patients

Apr. 15, 2011—After more than 15 years of treating movement disorders with deep brain stimulation, Vanderbilt is offering the procedure to patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). “In movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, there is an imbalance in the brain’s motor system. The cognitive circuit is a mirror of the motor circuit, and we think a similar imbalance...

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