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Theory into Practice

Market impact. It is part of the very fiber of Owen’s finance department. Members of the school’s finance faculty are not only contributing to the industry’s intellectual underpinnings and analytical tools but also training students who, as Vanderbilt alumni, are putting theory into practice worldwide.

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From the Dean

This issue of Vanderbilt Business centers on two themes: (1) the amazing impact our finance faculty have made in the academic community and the financial markets, and (2) the entrepreneurial spark ignited in so many of our graduates by the Owen experience. It’s no coincidence the subjects are featured in the same issue. In fact, they share a common thread.

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The Necessary Spark

Creating opportunities for entrepreneurs in Middle Tennessee and beyond

In chemistry, if you want to get a reaction, you have to find a way to bring the right molecules together and have them bump into each other with sufficient force. Sometimes you need a catalyst to get things started.

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The Journey No One Chooses

Navigating the blind turns of cancer treatment

Imagine going to see your dermatologist and leaving her office knowing you have several swollen lymph nodes. That is exactly what happened to me in early August 2009. I was told “run, don’t walk” to my primary care physician, which I did—the dermatologist’s office even called to make sure I had followed their directions.

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Student Experience

Big on Japan

The Global Business Association (GBA) and Japanese Business Club (JBC) joined efforts last October to send 34 students, Dean Jim Bradford and David Parsley, the E. Bronson Ingram Professor in Economics and Finance, on an excursion through Japan as part of the GBA’s third annual fall break trip.

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Personal Assets

The Soundtrack for America

Sarah Trahern grew up in a home of divergent musical tastes. Her father used to sing old country standards to her in the crib, while her mother encouraged her to take classical violin lessons throughout childhood.

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Editor's Memo

Under My Own Steam

When I was younger and trying to decide on a career path, I briefly thought of going into business for myself. It was an admirable, if short-lived, dream, but in retrospect I’m a little dismayed that I even considered it.

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Business and Society

Three Stories about the Owen School’s Positive Social Impact around the Globe

After many hours of travel down a long dirt road, Paul Dent, MBA’10, arrived at a secluded ranch scattered with rustic, wooden outbuildings. It may sound like the beginnings of a Western novel, but the setting, in fact, was one of the poorest regions of Cambodia.

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In the News

Headlines from Around the World

NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. is introducing new indexes from Bob Whaley, the Valere Blair Potter Professor of Management and creator of the VIX volatility index, and Jacob Sagi, the Vanderbilt Financial Markets Research Center Associate Professor of Finance.

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Bottom Line

A Shot in the Arm

No pain, no gain. That was the core message of a strategic plan developed by a team of Vanderbilt Executive MBA students in 2009 for Aegis Sciences.

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