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This Graphene Doesn’t Hold Water

Apr. 15, 2011—Windshields that shed water so effectively they don’t need wipers. Ship hulls so slippery that they glide through water more efficiently than ordinary hulls. These are some potential applications for graphene, one of the hottest new materials in the field of nanotechnology, raised by the research of James Dickerson, assistant professor of physics. Dickerson and...

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Sports Roundup

Apr. 15, 2011—Baseball Preseason Honors Bode Well for Season Vanderbilt baseball once again rates high in the national spotlight. Baseball America had the Commodores ranked No. 1 in the nation at press time. Sonny Gray and Jason Esposito were named preseason All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Gray, a junior pitcher, was named to the...

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Fairway Phenom

Apr. 15, 2011—On a soggy afternoon at the Vanderbilt Legends Club, a dozen or so men bundled in sweaters and rain gear lined the driving range. The ground had long been rain-soaked, and forecasters called for snow to begin falling shortly. The golfers’ dedication was impressive. That is until the worsening rain chased them en masse to...

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Inquiring Minds

Apr. 15, 2011—Babies Learn Best from Parents Research from Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia finds that infants learn little to nothing from popular educational videos and learn most from face-to-face interactions with their parents and other familiar figures. The research is in press at the journal Psychological Science. “After watching a video designed to teach...

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Quote/Unquote – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Apr. 15, 2011—“To point the finger at teachers and say it’s all your fault is something you won’t see me doing. There are places where we want to engage and we will disagree, but it won’t be about saying that teachers are at fault.” —Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, speaking Jan. 26 at a Peabody College forum on...

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Astronomers Share Huge Digital Sky Image with the Public

Apr. 15, 2011—Imagine a picture of the sky so big that it would take 500,000 high-definition TVs to view it at full resolution. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey III collaboration, which includes Vanderbilt University, is making just such an image available to the public. The color image contains more than a trillion pixels and covers about one-third...

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Cancer Care Gets Personal

Apr. 15, 2011—Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has become the first cancer center in the Southeast and one of the first in the nation to offer adult cancer patients routine “genotyping” of their tumors at the DNA level. The recently launched Personalized Cancer Medicine Initiative will individualize cancer treatment by matching the appropriate therapy to the genetic changes, or...

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Inaugural Poll Finds Economy Is Tennesseans’ Top Priority

Apr. 15, 2011—The top three priorities for Tennessee’s elected officials should be the economy, education and health care, according to a new poll launched by Vanderbilt. A majority of respondents rated the state’s economic condition as “fairly bad” or “very bad.” The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions undertook its first Vanderbilt poll with support from...

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VUMC Offers Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida

Apr. 15, 2011—With the conclusion of a landmark seven-year study showing clear benefits for babies who undergo fetal surgery to treat spina bifida, Vanderbilt has begun offering the delicate procedure, which repairs a baby’s spine while still in the mother’s womb. The new Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida program will be housed in the Junior League Fetal...

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Fifth First Lady

Apr. 15, 2011—During the past few days as I was thinking about these words to honor Jean Heard, a still, small voice in the back of my mind kept repeating something the fifth chancellor of Vanderbilt University, Alexander Heard, called “Jean Heard’s Law.” It goes as follows: “A speech should be two-thirds as long as it was.”...

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Epistles from the Commodores

Apr. 15, 2011—“Nobody writes letters much anymore,” goes a common lament among alumni magazine editors. Who doesn’t like to receive letters? And who doesn’t enjoy reading a fat, juicy letters section? It’s often the first thing I turn to when I open a magazine, especially when I’m reading a publication I’ve never seen before. Perhaps it’s not...

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Energy, Attitude Follow Franklin to Football Field

Apr. 12, 2011—“Isn’t this awesome?” “Really, where else would you rather be?” “Does it get any better than this?” The enthusiastic words rolled across the practice field and over Vanderbilt’s returning football players at the close of their first spring practice in March under new Head Football Coach James Franklin. “The energy is contagious,” Franklin said of...

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