Summer 2015

Pharmacist Clarence H. Taylor in the dispensary of Vanderbilt Hospital Unit S, Nevers, France, 1918

Readers’ Letters, Summer 2015

GayNelle Doll, an editor of Vanderbilt publications for nearly 30 years—the last eight as editor of Vanderbilt Magazine—retired at the end of March. In response to her final Editor’s Letter in the Spring 2015 issue, many readers wrote to wish her well. Here’s a sampling.

Women’s Tennis Wins NCAA Championship

Women’s Tennis Wins NCAA Championship

The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team claimed its first-ever national title by defeating UCLA 4–2 in the NCAA Championship match May 19. The victory marked only the third time in school history that Vanderbilt has won an NCAA national championship.

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, right, speaks with U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) at Vanderbilt’s congressional reception 
in Washington, D.C., 

Zeppos Discusses Funding, Regulation in D.C.

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos visited with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., June 8–9 to encourage members to reach a budget agreement that allows for additional discretionary funding for important priorities such as research and education.



The Commencement ceremony capped two days of activities for graduates and their guests, including the Senior Day speech by Walter Isaacson, author and former chairman and CEO of CNN. In all, the university awarded 1,644 undergraduate and 2,212 graduate and professional degrees this year.

Dr. James Crowe, left, gives U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, BA’62, a tour of his research lab. (ANNE RAYNER)

Grant to Help Improve Flu Vaccines

Vanderbilt researchers have received a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to design more effective flu vaccines and novel antibody therapies.