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Associate Professor of Anthropology Tiffiny Tung perches on the edge of her office chair, mulling how to explain the importance of successfully melding research, teaching and service into her life’s work at the College of Arts and Science. Each inform and elevate the other, she begins.

She needn’t answer the question, although she has many fine thoughts on the subject. The conversation is punctuated by visits from students turning in research papers or coming to work in the osteology lab. A book Tung is consulting for a research project lies open on her desk. Emails and research permits come in as she plans a summer field project in Peru that will include undergraduate research participants. A grant application for plastic skeletons has just gone into the mail.

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obrien-thumb Arts and Science Shaped the Mind of This Late-Night TV Comedy Writer (Seriously)

I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t given Vanderbilt a dime post-graduation. Sure, they’ve asked for money, even angrily at times.

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If Vanderbilt University could be characterized by one building, it would have to be Kirkland Hall. Up the stone stairs worn smooth by a century of foot traffic lies the heart of the university.

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The typical undergraduate life isn’t filled with lost sleep over curing cancer. But for Joseph J. Crivelli, participation in research has done just that. For Tesniem Fathi Shinawi, her undergraduate life has featured the learning experience of juggling classes, homework and research.

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One year’s photo of gowned Arts and Science graduates can appear like that of any other year—except for the hairstyles, shoes, glasses and of course, the statistics.

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