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Second Best Man

Second Best Man

BY ROY BLOUNT JR., BA’63 If you don’t know Professor Vereen Bell—and you probably do if you’ve taken English courses or been involved in student media at Vanderbilt within living memory—what can I tell you? I have been friends with him for 50 years, ever since he arrived at VanderbiltRead More


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Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Masala-South Asian Cultural Exchange, the annual festival of Holi is celebrated on Wilson Lawn. A Hindu tradition that welcomes spring, Holi is often called the festival of colors. At the event students threw colored powder on each other, which is a traditional part of the celebration,Read More


$8.6 Billion

Tennessee reaps enormous benefits from Vanderbilt’s presence in the state, according to a report that measures economic activity for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. Analysis prepared by Austin, Texas-based TXP Inc. reports that Vanderbilt, the second-largest private employer based in the state, generated an economic impact of $8.6Read More

Credit: Neil Brake

Courage to Dissent

The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. has donated a significant portion of his papers to Vanderbilt Libraries’ Special Collections. Lawson joins several other important civil rights figures who have donated or committed historic papers to Vanderbilt. “Despite certain events of the 1960s, Vanderbilt’s vision and I have never broken step,”Read More

Kathleen Cardell. Photo by Daniel Dubois.

Milestone for Opportunity Vanderbilt

Opportunity Vanderbilt is the epitome of a community effort. As of April 2013, the initiative has received nearly $150 million to support undergraduate scholarship endowment, thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents and other supporters. Undertaken in 2008, Opportunity Vanderbilt is the biggest investment in financial aid in Vanderbilt history.Read More

Audiologist René H. Gifford, left, adjusts the external sound processor worn by patient and study subject Ally Sisler-Dinwiddie, AuD’07. Having her cochlear implant remapped has made a huge difference in her quality of life, says Sisler-Dinwiddie. (Credit: John Russell)

High Fidelity

Imagine hearing the words and tone of your dining companion in a crowded restaurant when once you heard overwhelming noise. Longtime cochlear implant users are now reporting dramatic improvements in hearing, thanks to Vanderbilt researchers. “Our automated image-guided programming method can dramatically improve a person’s hearing with a cochlear implant,Read More

Credit: John Russell

Owen Exit

After eight years at the helm of Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, James W. Bradford Jr. will exit as dean when the academic year closes. Bradford was named Owen’s fifth dean in 2005 after having served as acting dean for nine months. He came to Owen in 2002 toRead More

Anderson Named University General Counsel

Anderson Named University General Counsel

The former deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrived at Vanderbilt in March to become the university’s new general counsel. Audrey J. Anderson, who previously was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Hogan and Hartson LLP, brings a wealth of experience from service inRead More


Forgotten Plague

Although tuberculosis infection rates are falling, nearly 9 million new cases were reported worldwide in 2011 and 1.4 million people died from the disease, according to the World Health Organization. More than 10,000 new cases and about 500 deaths were reported in the United States that year. The Vanderbilt TuberculosisRead More

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5 Years at No. 1

Peabody College of education and human development is the nation’s top graduate school of education for the fifth consecutive year, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2014. Peabody bested programs at Johns Hopkins University (No. 2) and Harvard (No. 3), in addition to having its programs inRead More