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  • Arts and Science Magazine » » Sal, Salz, Sel, Coль, and Salt
    European studies majors and study abroad experience into jobs with the German Marshall Fund and Robert Bosch one of Germany s largest foundations He later worked in the German parliament with Cem Özdemir co chair of the Green Party After earning his master s in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government he joined the U S Citizenship and Immigration Service Junior Ben Juvelier in his room at McTyeire s German Hall McTyeire isn t a foreign students dorm it s an everyone dorm a place that mixes cultures and ideologies Hunter says It s a place where people with varying levels of fluency can grow and learn In many ways it s a testament to the character and diversity of our nation More than Fluency Associate Dean Fräncille Bergquist was one of McTyeire s founders and has oversight responsibility for the academic program McTyeire isn t so much about creating language fluency as about giving students an opportunity to enhance their language ability says Bergquist also an associate professor of Spanish McTyeire is unique because we mix the languages in one residence hall providing a deep cultural experience as well as a cross cultural one Cross cultural is an apt description of Todd Miller s application of his three semesters at McTyeire while studying economics I have lived abroad continuously since graduating except when I earned my MBA from Columbia says Miller BA 88 who spent 17 years based in Hong Kong as an executive with Sony Entertainment Practically everything I have done since Vanderbilt has had some international dimension I have traveled to more than 100 countries for work and for play McTyeire nurtured whetted and shaped my international outlook Miller recently took an 83 day bicycle trek from Portugal to Turkey to raise funds for an Asian children s charity and credits his German fluency with helping him make friends along the way When it comes to joining McTyeire fluency carries less weight than motivation and commitment For some residents like Erika Leicht a junior majoring in German and public policy studies McTyeire fulfills multiple goals I was close to fluent in German but McTyeire lets me speak spontaneously to have conversations she says Unlike in class here you can t plan everything you say Leicht says McTyeire also builds unity and camaraderie There s a sense of community among the people in the halls We re close It s totally different than the dorm I lived in previously says Leicht who has set her sights on study in Germany and a postgraduation Fulbright Fellowship or internship with a German company Needed Desire and Commitment McTyeire is open to sophomores juniors seniors and graduate students A committee that includes residents faculty and staff makes selections Bandas a cultural anthropologist and native of Germany who also serves as the German Hall s coordinator says that when it comes to joining McTyeire fluency carries less weight than motivation and commitment McTyeire Spanish Hall alumna Clarissa Adams Fletcher BA

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  • Arts and Science Magazine » » In Place with Jonathan Ertelt, MEd’99.
    as a starting point for students questions as well as a sort of hanging sculpture 2 The baseball cap behind Ertelt s desk is from Cooperstown N Y home of the Baseball Hall of Fame Ertelt s son Sam a promising 14 year old pitcher played in the 2011 Cooperstown Dreams Park National Invitational Tournament and his team was inducted into its American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Ertelt proudly wears the Hall of Fame ring he received as one of the coaches or he did until the plating started to wear off 3 The plants in this terrarium are so sensitive that they would start to wilt within 10 minutes if the top was removed The species including a Gasteranthus villosus the genus name translates as belly flower are mostly gesneriads Their natural environment is near streams in rainforest areas of high humidity Ertelt describes them as being hard to find and hard to keep 4 Ertelt who earned a master s in education from Peabody wears a T shirt from the Gesneriad Society The gesneriad plant family is one of his favorites because of the vast variety it encompasses from African violets to lipstick plants and from thimble sized to tree sized specimens It includes many common houseplants along with esoteric rare species 5 Botanical paintings on the walls were done by Ertelt s wife Bonnie Arant Ertelt BS 81 editor of Peabody Reflector This work depicts Anthurium pseudospectabile found in the Panamanian rainforest The first one Ertelt ever saw was clinging to a tree too high for him to reach even holding a machete and standing on tiptoes yet its 9 foot long leaves draped the forest floor 6 The terrarium holds blue frogs that seem to be straight out of the movie Avatar From Suriname the

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  • Arts and Science Magazine » » Loving Words, Living Poetry
    to study and develop my creative writing skills I wanted a place that would supplement and enhance my knowledge of literature and teach me how to appreciate classic canonical works as much as I had grown to appreciate contemporary poetry The Stage to the Page Marshall displays prodigious talent whipping out wordplay the way other kids punch out cellphone texts and doing it with a keen sense of wit Robert Koehler Variety review of Louder Than a Bomb I ve found that ideal environment being an English major in the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt The creative writing program here has given me support and guidance in my writing and I know I m an exponentially better writer after my Vanderbilt experience It wasn t always easy but my professors have guided me into bringing the same sort of effort and energy to the page that I bring on the stage Vanderbilt is a miraculous community I remember being skeptical when I applied I felt like it might be too Southern or homogenous to be comfortable for a young black kid from Chicago What I ve found in Vanderbilt is a place that welcomes and engages all Vanderbilt is a home to all who come to 21st and West End It is a place that has challenged my perceptions about people education and myself and I am a better person for those challenges During my sophomore year a documentary Louder Than a Bomb premiered and began making the rounds at various film festivals The movie followed the 2008 poetry slam competition that I was part of in high school The film profiled me and a few other participants Since it premiered in March 2010 the film has won 17 festival prizes including 10 audience awards I ve had the opportunity to travel all over the U S and Canada promoting the documentary and working with kids I m looking forward to traveling internationally as the film has been shown across Europe and Africa This has added another layer to the whirlwind of going away for school and has been an amazing experience in itself I m a senior now I ll be attending the University of Michigan for graduate school in creative writing next year In the long run I hope to be a professor and also work with youth and creative arts to afford young people the same sort of outlets that were so vital to my education photo credit John Russell Comments are closed wood its hard to write at times but not impossible to cut this is not diamond not a precious piece of eternity this poem is wooden a carpenter does not wake up brush the sleep and sawdust from his eyes and proclaim himself uninspired to make chairs or chests he takes blade to oak every day because that is how he survives this is a craft build something i can sit on something of some use build and rebuild this is a

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  • Arts and Science Magazine » » A View from Kirkland Hall
    a road trip with three good friends Mona Frederick executive director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and Arts and Science alumni Will BA 66 JD 69 and Lillias Johnston BA 67 We drove the 50 miles or so up to the Tennessee Kentucky state line to the small town of Guthrie Ky where we had the warmest of welcomes from Jeane Moore and Melba Smith two of the founders of the Robert Penn Warren Birthplace House Museum As you will read in Birthplace of Greatness Jeane Melba and a small team of friends have dedicated years of their lives to the establishment and maintenance of a beautiful museum in the birthplace of Robert Penn Warren poet laureate three time Pulitzer Prize winner and Vanderbilt alumnus and professor In that house among fascinating exhibits and memorabilia hangs a simple ring with the keys from Warren s room from his days as an Arts and Science undergraduate From his home in Guthrie to his home on campus to his home in the pantheon of U S letters Robert Penn Warren was a poet a novelist and a journalist Warren was a master at connecting the local and the global the quotidian concerns of small town life with the global questions of his day Realizing this profound insight was made possible only by the efforts of Jeane Melba and the citizens of Guthrie who have dedicated themselves to preserving Warren s legacy within their community on behalf of the world at large They invited us in and welcomed us to new insights about Warren as a person a poet a local boy a great man a son a father a friend No matter where we go in life we all start somewhere I will never forget the sight of

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  • Arts and Science Magazine » » Heart’s Content
    purview but there still will be meetings and plenty of travel He s planning the international section of our trips and I m getting together the national section she says It is still to be determined just how this retirement is going to work out If anyone would know it would be Anita Gotto His partner in vocation as well as in life she has been a constant confidante encourager and helpmate They each tell the story of how they met on a bus to summer camp when they were 13 and 15 but only Anita adds the fact that she spent most of her first year of high school in the girl s bathroom avoiding his pursuit She eventually gave in when she saw how many others thought highly of him by the time Gotto left Nashville on the Rhodes Scholarship for the University of Oxford they were engaged Researcher Scholar Physician and Dad Under the leadership of Sir Hans Kornberg and Sir Hans Krebs Gotto s time at the British university opened his eyes to the underlying pathophysiology of disease and a focus on lipidology came next He enjoyed a season at the National Institutes of Health then spent 20 years chairing the Department of Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and the Methodist Hospital all the while researching the link between cholesterol carriers the good and bad cholesterol and heart disease and became a pioneer in educational efforts aimed at cardiovascular risk reduction To use a football metaphor Dean Gotto is a triple threat David Skorton President Cornell University He also kept a steady roster of patients ranging from international dignitaries to everyday folks And he became the father of three daughters two of whom developed diabetes early on deepening his passion for helping those who are sick become well One developed further complications that have disabled her the Gottos travel to Houston to be with her every few weeks It resets your priorities when one of your children has a serious life threatening illness Gotto says It does alter everything Future days of course will bring more time with family more time with friends and more time spent on the visionary big picture ideas that are a hallmark of Gotto s career Preparation and Hard Work Among those visionary concepts was proving a link between cholesterol and hardening of the arteries and thus the connection between lowering cholesterol and lower incidence of heart disease Another was the transformation of complex medical information into layman s language in the groundbreaking books by Gotto and longtime friend heart surgeon Dr Michael DeBakey Their The Living Heart The New Living Heart and The New Living Heart Cookbook championed healthy good tasting food A revised edition The Living Heart in the 21st Century was published in April Today Gotto looks back on his time in the College of Arts and Science as a season of great preparation and a lot of hard work I had grown up

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  • Arts and Science Magazine » » A Place to Learn, a Place to Grieve … a Place to Thrive
    too and about her legendary guidebook A Manual for Writers The campus itself was like a private park I discovered something remarkably inviting uplifting and motivating about the walk leading to the library I remember that walk down the hill then into the building and to my favorite study hall the Fugitive Poets room in the basement The building itself with its Gothic Revival architecture represented a touchstone an inspirational bricks and mortar dimension of Vanderbilt s mission and purpose As mayor I can see clearly why the humanities and the sciences are fired together in a liberal arts college how creativity influences technology and art influences engineering Philosophy classes taught by John Lachs and Charles Scott aided my grieving and deepened my curiosity for studying the puzzles in life whether personal or business ones or those I work on today political and policy puzzles So in shorthand what did Vanderbilt give a kid from a small town in Kentucky It gave me what education at a great institution is supposed to do the tools discipline and fascination for lifelong learning and I like to think a little courage as well When I made other transitions later in life through financial adversity in a family business through coming out and into public service first as vice mayor of the city of Lexington and later as mayor I would often go back to papers I wrote at Vanderbilt papers I kept in a file at my office and just read those papers for meaning and for value and encouragement that I needed at the time Lexington skyline Today in my role as mayor I can see clearly why the humanities and the sciences are fired together in a liberal arts college how creativity influences technology and art influences engineering Steve Jobs got it right when at the end of a new product launch he would show a slide that showed a sign at the intersection of Liberal Arts and Technology Streets That s what Vanderbilt is all about Creating the framework for learning and connecting the dots Years after I graduated I was happy when my niece Rebekah Hinson Gray BA 03 chose Vanderbilt and studied art history the same major her grandmother my late mother Lois Howard Gray MA 42 studied almost 70 years ago at Peabody That niece has joined our family business today Rebekah got the full four years in at Vanderbilt and gained friends and relationships that will help her throughout life My college experience was different But even though I didn t gain the host of lifelong friendships others may in a Vanderbilt experience I thrived in other ways Vanderbilt offered a cloister for reflection at a time I needed it It helped me build strength It helped me build the fortitude and capacity to recognize that the human spirit triumphs during times of adversity it doesn t fail us That s a big lesson And Vanderbilt helped in a big way photo credit Brad Biliter

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  • Arts and Science Magazine » » Five Minutes with Anthony B. Hmelo
    on new challenges I formally joined VINSE in 2003 in time to manage the construction of the original core laboratories Can you explain the clean room bunny suits and other things unique to VINSE Imagine preparing a novel material or engineering a new device with critical features so tiny that dust particles floating in the air make the difference between success and failure during the manufacturing process At VINSE we provide a special environment called a clean room where we take great care to control the presence of these airborne contaminants At 1 636 square feet this is the largest general purpose facility of its kind on campus The laboratory air is scrubbed clean after passing through a grid of HEPA filters comprising the ceiling of the room Students don bunny suits to enter the clean room Bunny suits are special white garments we wear over our street clothing that zip closed and together with a hair cap shoe covers and other safety items help protect the room from potential contaminants that may be present on our persons The room is brightly illuminated and constructed of white panel walls with glass windows With users in their white bunny suits the laboratory can appear surreal You re also a safety manager What is an interesting safety issue you ve dealt with and do you have a safety related pet peeve We perform cutting edge work that involves the routine use of hazardous chemicals and flammable and toxic gases in a confined space These need to be managed carefully and disposed of properly My challenge is to work with my staff to ensure that all users are well trained in clean room procedures At any given time we have around 100 authorized users of the facility with a large turnover every semester The lab constantly evolves over time with the addition of new equipment and new hazards Keeping the changing user population informed of the changing laboratory hazard profile is a significant challenge If I must name a pet peeve it is that too many people need to be reminded to wear their personal protective equipment safety glasses gloves lab coats etc I understand that users are focused on their research and my responsibility is to make sure they go home at the end of the day able to enjoy the fruits of their labor What s a work week like for you I understand that users are focused on their research and my responsibility is to make sure they go home at the end of the day able to enjoy the fruits of their labor I spend my typical week maintaining and repairing instruments attending research group meetings writing proposals to acquire new instruments and improve facilities engaging in outreach activities that give talented high school students in middle Tennessee an opportunity to learn more about Vanderbilt and VINSE and training users There are many administrative duties required to keep the laboratories running properly that ensure I am constantly occupied One

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  • Arts and Science Magazine » » Now and Later
    a societal issue More than 30 courses were offered ranging from Water and Social Justice in Bangladesh taught by faculty from Earth and environmental sciences and political science to The Psychology of Sustainability and even an intensive elementary Spanish course with a sustainability focus For Dana Nelson Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English delving deeply into a compelling topic by drawing on resources across disciplines represents the best of a liberal arts education Fundamentally the Sustainability Project opens pathways where students learn to speak in the languages of other disciplines says Nelson who is also a professor of American studies and women and gender studies Doing so opens them to new ways of thinking and seeing the world around them Author Bill McKibben and students discussing how to change things globally by acting locally Nelson s fall 2011 class Writing for an Endangered World captured both the multidisciplinary ground of American studies and the core objectives of the Sustainability Project Using works ranging from Henry David Thoreau to Barbara Kingsolver she challenged students to think and write persuasively about the allocation and distribution of common resources In the spring semester she and John Ayers chair of Earth and environmental sciences taught a graduate seminar exploring society s ability to manage valuable resources in common and the role of government corporations and other institutions in protecting those resources in a fair equitable way Such issues inspired Katie Ullmann a rising senior and American studies major to look closely at the environment climate change and resource scarcity within the context ethics and morals of American culture and history Ullman an environmentalist since high school spent the spring 2012 semester in South Africa where she focused on urbanization and ways to reduce individuals environmental impact through shared consumption and space The Sustainability Project has changed my viewpoint she says I ve always felt one person could make a difference At the same time however Sustainability Project speakers often stressed collective action and that helped me see how much top down environmental change we need to expedite the cultural shift to more sustainable practices in America Impact and Implications Everywhere Beyond the classroom speakers such as Peter Gleick cofounder of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development Environment and Security and Bill McKibben environmentalist and author of Eaarth and The End of Nature brought environmental discussion to public forums on campus Creativity and new ideas emerged from faculty brainstorming sessions during the spring 2011 Cumberland Project Workshop Road trips open to any Vanderbilt student but a core component in American studies courses took participants to Hindman Ky to learn firsthand about the impact of mountain top removal an environmentally contentious method of coal mining Other activities included visiting the water reclamation operation at Metro Nashville s Water Treatment Plant and exploring environmental justice in Nashville Yearlong green lunches cosponsored with the university s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office addressed practical topics ranging from cooking with local foods to composting and alternative transportation One symposium

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