Arts and Science Notebook

Forget Macs or Droids—These Students Use Blackberries
Arts and Science NotebookSpring 2012

High school students from Tennessee got a taste of college research when they made solar cells using blackberry juice and measured the electrical power that the cells produced. Students from nine schools participated in daylong field trips to the Stevenson Center to get a hands-on introduction to nanotechnology and how it might lead to more [...]

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Undergraduate Support beyond the Classroom
Arts and Science NotebookSpring 2012

Associate Professor of Anthropology Tiffiny Tung received the 2011-12 Chancellor’s Cup for her work with undergraduates. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos surprised her with the university award during an anthropology department meeting. Tung, a bioarchaelogist, studies past cultures through the clues found in mummies, skeletal remains and other artifacts. In addition to her own research and [...]

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Four Take a Bow… and Chairs
Arts and Science NotebookSpring 2012

Four outstanding professors in the College of Arts and Science have been awarded endowed chairs, one of the most prestigious honors a university can bestow. The professors were honored as some of the university’s most distinguished faculty and recognized for academic achievements and ongoing work. The new chair holders are John G. Geer, Gertrude Conaway [...]

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What is an Excellent Accomplishment, Alex?
Arts and Science NotebookSpring 2012

Arts and Science senior Zack Terrill was one of more than 12,000 undergraduates competing for just 15 spots available in the annual Jeopardy! College Championship and went on to finish as one of the competition’s top three winners. Terrill, a double major in chemistry and philosophy from Winter Springs, Fla., beat out competitors from schools [...]

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Becoming Emeritus
Arts and Science NotebookSpring 2012

The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust honored seven College of Arts and Science faculty with emeriti status this spring. Those honored were Tracy Barrett, senior lecturer in Italian, emerita; Ford F. Ebner, professor of psychology, emeritus; Leonard Feldman, Stevenson Professor of Physics, emeritus; Robert Fox, professor of psychology, emeritus; Thomas A. Gregor, professor of anthropology, [...]

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Congratulations
Arts and Science NotebookFall 2011

Congratulations to these faculty members who have been promoted to new positions and received tenure. Patrick Abbot, associate professor of biological sciences Brian Bachmann, associate professor of chemistry Kenneth Catania, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences Kate Daniels, professor of English James H. Dickerson, associate professor of physics Eva M. Harth, associate professor of chemistry Kevin [...]

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Fun Fact
Arts and Science NotebookFall 2011

When Associate Professor Brandt Eichman and Assistant Professor Antonis Rokas were surprised with 2011 Chancellor’s Awards for Research in August, they became the eighth and ninth biological sciences professors to receive the honor since 2005. That marks an uninterrupted seven-year run for the department’s faculty.

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Serbia in the 1990s
Arts and Science NotebookFall 2011

Serbia in the 1990s serves as the lens through which Assistant Professor of Art Vesna Pavlovic (pictured) contrasts normalcy and war. Her photographs were installed in a recent show at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The exhibit also included recent images examining modern American life.

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An Arts and Science Head of State
Arts and Science NotebookFall 2011

Abdiweli M. Ali, MA’88, has been named the prime minister of Somalia, the first College of Arts and Science alumnus to serve as a head of state. Ali was appointed the acting premier of Somalia’s transitional federal government in June after then-Prime Minister Mohamed A. Mohamed resigned. Soon after, Ali was named permanent prime minister [...]

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Celebrating New Endowed Chairs
Arts and Science NotebookFall 2011

Some of the most outstanding professors in the College of Arts and Science have been honored for academic achievements with the awarding of endowed chairs. Being named to an endowed chair is one of the most prestigious honors a university can award. Some of the chairs are newly endowed, while others are supported by gifts [...]

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