Vanderbilt Magazine

Vanderbilt Magazine
Minds Wide Open

Minds Wide Open

Vanderbilt builds a brain trust for neuroscience discovery.




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Honky-Tonk Heroes and Healing Hands

Honky-Tonk Heroes and Healing Hands

Vanderbilt and Music City’s hit makers deliver perfect harmony.

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Hothouse for Scientists

Hothouse for Scientists

Undergraduates with a passion for scientific inquiry work alongside seasoned researchers as equal players.

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Doctor in the House

Doctor in the House

From coaching medical students to breaking bread with the freshmen who share her address, every hour of Kyla Terhune’s busy life offers a teachable moment.

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Seedtime & Harvest

Seedtime & Harvest

Vision and generosity have positioned Vanderbilt for a future of unprecedented opportunity.

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The ’Dores of Summer

The ’Dores of Summer

How Vanderbilt played its way to college baseball’s big show.

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Martha’s Mettle

Martha’s Mettle

From first-year students to cancer survivors, Vanderbilt’s outgoing Board of Trust chairman has touched countless lives.

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Missteps to Mayhem

Missteps to Mayhem

Inside the Doomsday Machine with the outsider who predicted and profited from America’s financial Armageddon.

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The Promise of Personalized Medicine

The Promise of Personalized Medicine

Empowered by genetic information, Vanderbilt aims to reinvent health care.

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Service Learning Comes of Age

Service Learning Comes of Age

When the community becomes the classroom, everybody wins.

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The Week That Lasts a Lifetime

The Week That Lasts a Lifetime

A professor’s challenge to students sparked a revolution in volunteerism.

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Upstart Startups

Upstart Startups

Millennials make their marks in nontraditional ways.

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The Commodore’s Civil War

The Commodore’s Civil War

Cornelius Vanderbilt often said there was no friendship in trade, but war led him to forge unlikely alliances on both sides of the conflict.

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Open House

Open House

A cluttered, light-challenged, pre-Google ugly duckling undergoes a makeover for the 21st century.

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Acts of Faith

Acts of Faith

Divinity grads aim to compensate for the chaos in contemporary society.

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Blending Back In

Blending Back In

Freak accidents sever limbs. Tumors disfigure faces. And reconstructive plastic surgeons team up for their toughest challenges.

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Not Self, But Country

Not Self, But Country

Rear Adm. Nora Tyson navigates uncharted waters as the first woman to command a Navy carrier strike group.

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Leader of the Pack

Leader of the Pack

Peabody College is tops in education innovation, research and reform.

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Wide Exposure

Wide Exposure

Studying on the other side of the world brings risk and reward.

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Chance of a Lifetime

Chance of a Lifetime

When you’re 18 and contemplating your future, the right opportunity can make all the difference.

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Shooting from the Lip

Shooting from the Lip

Today’s alumni continue a storied Vanderbilt tradition in sports journalism. (Cover illustration by C.F. Payne)

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Good to Be Greek

Good to Be Greek

A focus on scholarship and service—not shenanigans—ensures the 21st-century Greek system’s relevance.

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Deep Roots, Strong Tree

Deep Roots, Strong Tree

In the morass of partisan politics, Lamar Alexander forges his own path.

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Flood Tide in Tennessee

Flood Tide in Tennessee

Reversing childhood obesity trends requires both large-scale change and one-on-one intervention.

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Vandy in Hollywood

Vandy in Hollywood

Opening doors in Tinseltown takes smarts, guts and, if you’re very lucky, alumni on the inside.

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Rebirth of the Midwife

Rebirth of the Midwife

Attracted by hands-on care and lower costs, more expectant parents turn to certified nurse-midwives.

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Humanity Ascending

Humanity Ascending

From cancer wards to war zones, the passion of a determined few moves mountains.

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Alexander Heard embraced the world’s irresistible compulsion to change.

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Brainiacs and Heavy Hitters

Brainiacs and Heavy Hitters

Championship game and two term papers in one week? These ’Dores can deal.

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Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

Thousands of volunteers help make tomorrow’s research breakthroughs possible.

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Women Who Opened Doors

Women Who Opened Doors

For 115 years and for thousands of students, the Vanderbilt Aid Society has made dreams reality.

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Opportunity Vanderbilt

Opportunity Vanderbilt

Two of Vanderbilt’s volunteer leaders discuss the expanded financial aid initiative.

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Big Ideas for a Small Planet

Big Ideas for a Small Planet

Saving the world, making a living, and getting by at Vanderbilt for 20 bucks a week.

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The Truest Eye

The Truest Eye

Whenever Neil Brake stepped out on campus, something just clicked.

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Sky’s the Limit

Sky’s the Limit

When lives hang in the balance at 3,000 feet, there’s no time for vertigo, no room for error.

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Janus Rising

Janus Rising

Like the ancient Roman god, classical studies looks both to the past and the future.

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Manna Falls on La Chureca

Manna Falls on La Chureca

“Generation Global” brings a zest for practical solutions to intractable problems.

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Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Lessons Learned the Hard Way

What catastrophes can teach us about planning, communication - and luck

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First Impressions

First Impressions

The Class of 2012 opens the page on a new chapter in Vanderbilt history.

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Dreaming Out Loud

Dreaming Out Loud

A seven-year initiative to shrink student debt takes a bold step forward.

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The Longest War

The Longest War

In the epic battle against cancer, Vanderbilt investigators think globally and act locally

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American Eclectic

American Eclectic

From Philip Glass to Charles Darwin to his Harlem landlady, Daniel Bernard Roumain translates life into music.

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When War Comes Home

When War Comes Home

Two years ago most Vanderbilt therapists had never seen victims of improvised explosive devices. Now, like their soldier patients, they’re in uncharted territory.

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Natural Born Optimist

Natural Born Optimist

For the first time in 71 years, the man in the chancellor’s seat is one of us.

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Vanderbilt on the Potomac

Vanderbilt on the Potomac

Washington affects everything from student loans to medical protocols—but not before university advocates have their say.

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At Home in the World

At Home in the World

Pack your black tie, your Berlitz, and your bullet-proof vest.

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Candidates, Scandalgates and Battleground States

Candidates, Scandalgates and Battleground States

Election fatigue, you say? These scholars can’t get enough.

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In the Face of Destruction

In the Face of Destruction

Against all odds, these Holocaust survivors and refugees held fast to dreams for an education.

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Long Day’s Journey into Night

Long Day’s Journey into Night

Brilliant and driven, Elyn Saks was a Founder's Medalist and a Marshall Scholar. But then the voices in her head swelled to a cacophony.

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Meet Mr. Wright

Meet Mr. Wright

Managing Vanderbilt's endowment takes savvy, patience and nerves of steel.

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