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    M A G A Z I N E

    Bass phenom Edgar Meyer

  • M A G A Z I N E

    VOLUME 82 NO. . 3 WINTER/SPRING 2001

    Mary Tom Bass, MEd85, Editor

    Victor Judge, BS77, MS79, Assistant Editor

    GayNelle Doll, Assistant Editor

    Nelson Bryan, BA73, Class Notes Editor

    Joanne Lamphere Beckham, BA62 Bonnie ArantErtelt, BS81 Shawn Jenkins Beth Matter Phillip B. Tucker, Staff Writers

    Skip Anderson Vivian Cooper-Capps Beth Fox Julia Helgason Nancy Humphrey Susan L. Jenkins Elizabeth Latt Mark Levine Princine Lewis LeighMacMillan David F. Salisbury, Contributors

    Donna DeVore Pritchett, DesignerKeith Wood, Assistant Designer

    Anthony J. Spence, E75, Executive Director of AlumniCommunications and Publications

    VANDERBILT MAGAZINE is published quarterly by VanderbiltUniversity from editorial and business offices at 301University Plaza, 112 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN37203. VU Station B 357703, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville,TN 37235-7703. Phone: 615/322-2601. Fax: 615/343-8547.E-mail: Please sendaddress corrections to Gift Records Office, VanderbiltUniversity, 201 Alumni Hall, Nashville, TN 37240. VanderbiltUniversity is committed to principles of equal opportunityand affirmative action.

    Circulation: VANDERBILT MAGAZINE is sent free of charge toalumni and parents of current undergraduate students whomake an annual gift to any part of the University. Sustainingmembers of the Alumni Association ($25 for recent graduatesof ten years or less, $35 for regular individual membership,$50 per couple) also receive the MAGAZINE.

    Copyright 2001 Vanderbilt University

    Cover: Edgar Meyer, Blair School of Music adjunct associateprofessor of bass, by Jim McGuire



    F E A T U R E S

    12First BassUnder Edgar Meyers tender ministrations,the bullfrog of the orchestra takes wings

    16In the Company of TreesDespite drought, starlings, bulldozers, and humans,Vanderbilts trees endure

    20Wise Heart2000 Distinguished Alumnus led the way for understanding of atherosclerosis

    22Lost Kingdom RediscoveredIn the Place of Serpents, Vanderbilt archaeologists unearth a sprawling ancient city

    26Photo NomadAlumna captures the faces of Western China


    D E P A R T M E N T S

    2 On Campus

    10 Sports

    30 Books

    32 Alumni News

    34 Class Notes
















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    The late Norman Goldberg, MD30, and his wife, Roselea, strengthened

    fine arts education at Vanderbilt through their generous gifts. The Goldberg

    Collection in the Heard Library is a large and unique collection devoted

    to 19th-century artists of the Norwich School, who painted the scenery

    of the East Anglian countryside and nearby coastal areas. The Goldberg

    estate also provides funds for the purchase of additional materials for the

    book collection, a professorship in fine arts, an annual lecture in art

    history, and a University Press prize.

    Mousehold Heath by John Crome from Etchings of Views in Norfolk (1838)

    Norman and Roselea Goldberg Collection

    Jean and Alexander Heard Library

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    Psychologist Named A&S Dean

    Richard McCarty, executive director of sci-ence for the American Psychological Associ-ation, will become dean of the College of Artsand Science on July 1.

    McCarty, who also is a professor of psy-chology and former department chair at theUniversity of Virginia, says he was interestedin coming to Vanderbilt because it is such anoutstanding research institution with aspira-tions to be even better. It is unusual to find aninstitution with both high standards and atremendous base of support.

    He succeeds John Venable, who becamedean of the Universitys largest college uponthe resignation last summer of Ettore JimInfante.Venable agreed to serve as dean whileVanderbilt conducted a national search for asuccessor.

    An authority on the physiological and be-havioral aspects of stress, McCarty was pro-fessor and chair of UVAs psychology departmentfrom 1990 to 1998.He has been with the Amer-ican Psychological Association since 1998. In199495 he was visiting scientist for the Clin-ical Neuroscience Branch of the National In-stitute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

    McCarty came to his field of study in asomewhat roundabout way.I started out to

    be a biologist beforebecoming interestedin psychology, heexplains.He receivedhis bachelors degreein biology and amasters degree inzoology from OldDominion Univer-sity before earninga Ph.D. in compar-

    ative animal behavior from Johns HopkinsUniversity.

    He spent two years as a research associ-ate in pharmacology with the National Insti-tute of Mental Health before joining UVA in1978 as an assistant professor of psychology.He also was a senior fellow at the NationalHeart, Lung and Blood Institute and spent 10years as behavioral science coordinator for theFBI National Academy. He is a fellow of nu-merous professional organizations and servesas editor of American Psychologist.

    McCarty plans to teach classes at Vander-bilt but will forego his research. He will makeregular trips to the campus during the springsemester to meet faculty and students be-fore assuming the deanship in July.

    Richard McCarty





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    L E T T E R S

    Summoning Special Memories

    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed

    the Fall 2000 issue of Vanderbilt Maga-

    zine. With graduate degrees in English, I

    found the report on the Millennial Gather-

    ing of Writers of the New South (Remod-

    eling the House of Southern Literature) of

    obvious interest,but it was Christine Kreylings

    piece on the point/counterpoint of the Van-

    derbilt and Peabody campuses (Great Aspi-

    rations) that really caught my attention. My

    tenure at Vanderbilt predated the Vander-

    bilt-Peabody merger, and I used to escape

    to the Peabody campus when I wanted a few

    moments of peace and quiet. Ms. Kreyling

    captured the spirit of both campuses and

    summoned some special memories. Thank


    Lorrie Kyle Ramey, MA72, PhD79Winter Park, Fla.

    The latest issue (Fall 2000) came recently. I

    dont know precisely why, but I found this

    issue more interesting than any in recent past.

    I believe that I read it cover to cover. I espe-

    cially enjoyed the information on new build-

    ings and was surprised to see mention of

    Capers and 22nd Avenue. I rented for a year

    just about at that spot; it must be time for me

    to visit VU once again. The information con-

    cerning Peabody brought back memories,

    for in the early 50s I rented a room on 18th

    Avenue South, at the edge (at that time) of

    that campus. Thanks for the good work.

    Frank Trainor, MA53, PhD57

    Storrs, Conn.

    Letters are always welcome in response tocontents of the magazine. We reserve the right to edit for length, style, and clarity. Sendsigned letters to the Editor, VANDERBILT MAG-AZINE,VU Station B 357703, 2301 VanderbiltPlace, Nashville, TN 37235, or

    E X T R A D I A P E R , A N Y O N E ?

    Since 1997, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has become a national leader in the field of inutero surgery for spina bifida. Surgeons have performed more than 100 operations in an attemptto minimize the damage to fetuses while still developing in the womb. Expectant parents havecome to Vanderbilt from across the country as well as British Columbia and Puerto Rico. Expertssay it is too early to predict the final outcome, but results so far are encouraging. Says one parent,My boy is going to walk. We are helping him be as normal as he can be. What else can we askfor? Each year patients return for a reunion, giving Vanderbilt physicians a chance to review thechildrens progress. Above, during a gathering last fall, Dr. Joseph Bruner (left), director of fetaldiagnosis and therapy, Dr. Noel Tullipan, director of the division of pediatric neurosurgery, and reg-istered nurse Eileen Vrabcak are happily covered up by their patients.






    In a move that offers enormous potentialpayoff for Vanderbilt, Procter & Gamble hasgiven the University a collection of patents andpending patents for technology that could leadto the next super aspirin.

    Procter & Gamble has donated 196 patentsand all associated intellectual property for acollection of chemical compounds that blockthe action of the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2.Like the recently marketed COX-2 inhibitors,Celebrex and Vioxx, these compounds couldbecome super aspirinsdrugs that relievepain and inflammation without the gastricside effects of aspirin. COX-2 inhibitors mayalso find use in the prevention and treatmentof colon cancer and Alzheimers disease.

    Celebrex and Vioxx are already householdnames,says Dr. Harry R. Jacobson, vice chan-cellor for health affairs.We hope to add a thirdCOX-2 inhibitor to this list.The global mar-ket for COX-2 inhibitor drugs is approximately$3 billion annually.As the sole new owners ofthe Procter & Gamble technology,Vanderbiltwill benefit from all future revenues after thetechnology is developed and commercialized.

    The gift is the sixth in a series of Procter &Gamble technology dona