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December 10, 2012 New York Times: Opinion: The Lure of the Writer's Cabin A Vanderbilt professor writes about the popularity of the writer's cabin in recent written pieces. He raises the question of whether or not these places have become secular sites of the sacred and takes a deeper look at these often "small, plain, unprepossessing and sparsely furnished" spaces.   Read More »

November 29, 2012 New faculty: David Blackbourn communes with the past Communicating with the departed is something David Blackbourn does on a daily basis. As a scholar of German history, he sees his life's work as a way to "get into the heads of dead people."   Read More »

November 26, 2012 New faculty: Cecilia Hyunjung Mo shares her late father's passion for politics Mo earned her master's degree in public policy from Harvard University and a doctorate in political economics from Stanford before joining the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt as an assistant professor this semester. She focuses on political economy, political behavior, and public policy.   Read More »
Boston Review: Opinion: How not to talk about Gaza If we pretend the problem is simple, then we risk validating those who hold Israel to an unfair standard, or worse, who question its right to exist, writes Colin Dayan, Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities.   Read More »

November 20, 2012 Science Confirms Haste Really Does Make Waste The brain switches into a special mode for rapid decision-making, researchers say, reducing the cumulative amount of neuronal activity it requires before making a decision. Because the brain must make snap decisions based on less information than it uses for slower decisions, the likelihood that it will make mistakes increases. Richard Heitz, research assistant professor of psychology, and Jeffrey Schall, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Neuroscience, are mentioned.   Read More »

November 12, 2012 Croc Jaws More Sensitive Than Human Fingertips Crocodiles and alligators may be lethal, leathery and armored to the teeth, but a surprising study finds that these creatures are sensitive. Research conducted by Ken Cantania, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences, and Duncan Leitch, graduate student, shows the snouts of these reptiles are even more touch-sensitive than human fingertips.   Read More »

November 8, 2012 Department of Art to screen 'Dread Spawn (Head Wrong)' Nov. 28 The Vanderbilt Department of Art will present a video screening of Dread Spawn (Head Wrong), a remake and reinterpretation of the 1984 film Red Dawn, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, Room 220.   Read More »

November 5, 2012 The surreal evolution of Nashville in pop culture, from Altman to ABC The auto-tuned pop country and glossy cityscape of ABC's Nashville is unrecognizable compared to Altman's grittier vision, but it is also its heir, writes Richard Lloyd, associate professor of sociology   Read More »

November 1, 2012 Writer David Maraniss to teach at Vanderbilt during spring 2013 semester David Maraniss, whose books include biographies of two presidents and three sports legends, will co-teach two courses at Vanderbilt University during the spring 2013 semester.   Read More »

October 25, 2012 Sandoz awarded Chancellor's Cup M.L. Sandoz, senior lecturer in communication studies and director of Vanderbilt's debate team, received an unexpected visitor Oct. 24. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos interrupted her lecture in Calhoun Hall to present her with the 2012-13 Chancellor's Cup, which is given annually for "the greatest contribution outside the classroom to undergraduate student-faculty relationships in the recent past."   Read More »
Dayan inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences Colin Dayan, the Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt, was among 180 influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors and institutional leaders inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences during a ceremony held in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 6.   Read More »

October 23, 2012 Tennessee early voting numbers rise from 2008 More Tennesseans have voted early and by absentee ballot than four years ago, perhaps spurred by a new photo identification law that some believe ultimately will suppress turnout nationwide. Josh Clinton, associate professor of political science, is quoted.   Read More »

October 18, 2012 VU Neuroscience Graduate Program recognized as best in the nation for 2012 Vanderbilt University's Neuroscience Graduate Program has been named the 2012 "Program of the Year" by the Society for Neuroscience.   Read More »

October 17, 2012 The New Yorker: This week in fiction: Tony Earley Tony Earley, Samuel Milton Fleming Associate Professor of English, is interviewed for the magazine's book blog. Earley's short story, Jack and the Mad Dog, appeared in the Oct. 1 issue.   Read More »

October 15, 2012 Bloomberg News: Opinion: Barrage of negative ads may haunt president-elect John Geer, one of the most thoughtful and engaged U.S. political scientists, is a fan of negative campaigns. A central tenet of democracy, the Vanderbilt University professor says, "is to criticize those in power." Further, he notes that casting an informed vote for a politician is like buying a car, requiring knowledge of the good and bad, and the candidate himself will only give you half the story. Yet even Geer, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is shaking his head at this year's race. "This is setting records for the most negative campaign," he says. The article was also included in the New York Times.   Read More »

October 14, 2012 FACES of Nashville: Colin Dayan Colin Dayan, Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities, is interviewed for this profile.   Read More »

October 11, 2012 2012 Southern Festival of Books features Vanderbilt faculty Vanderbilt professors are well represented among the authors participating in the 2012 Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word Oct. 12, 13 and 14 in downtown Nashville.   Read More »

September 27, 2012 Vanderbilt senior to read from her published novel Kat Zhang, a senior in the College of Arts and Science, will read from her new novel, What's Left of Me (HarperCollins), at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be in Buttrick Hall, Room 101.   Read More »
Ads flood last weeks of campaign - and so does negativity The 2012 presidential race, now entering its most intense phase, has already set records for the number of ads and their negativity, according to experts. John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted.   Read More »

September 17, 2012 Vanderbilt University posts historic Robert Penn Warren tapes Through the work of archivists at Vanderbilt University, recordings of a conversation between Robert Penn Warren and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others with leading civil rights figures are now preserved in a digital exhibit available online. Mona Frederick, executive director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt, is quoted here and in a related story: Robert Penn Warren went from segregationist to civil rights defender.   Read More »

September 13, 2012 Vanderbilt MFA Program in Creative Writing ranked among top 10 Vanderbilt's MFA Program in Creative Writing has been ranked among the top 10 programs in the country in a survey conducted by Poets & Writers magazine and reported in the September/October issue of the magazine.   Read More »

September 12, 2012 Democrats, Republicans and independents are hearing very different economic news In Ezra Klein's New Yorker report in June, he explored how partisans formulate (and change) their opinions and leaned heavily on research by Vanderbilt's Larry Bartels, among others, showing that Republicans and Democrats tend to believe the economy is doing better when their team is in power and worse when the other team is in power. Research conducted by Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science, is referenced.   Read More »

September 11, 2012 Ants take in smells with hi-def sniffers Ants have four to five times more odor receptors than most other insects, say scientists who completed the first full map of their olfactory system. The research team, led by Lawrence Zwiebel, professor of biological sciences, found the industrious insects have genes that make about 400 distinct odorant receptors, special proteins that detect different odors.   Read More »

September 6, 2012 The Living Death of Solitary Confinement When we isolate a prisoner in solitary confinement, we deprive them of both the support of others, which is crucial for a coherent experience of the world, and also the critical challenge that others pose to our own interpretation of the world, writes Lisa Guenther, associate professor of philosophy.   Read More »
Tiny brain, huge potential The organ-on-a-chip concept is a relatively recent one in life-science research, but certainly nothing new, as researchers create tiny bioreactors to replicate human organs so they can see how human cells respond when exposed to minute quantities of toxins, disease organisms or new drugs under development. But a multidisciplinary team led by Vanderbilt University is now tackling one of the most complex, challenging and least understood organs in the body as they attempt to develop a microbrain. The article mentions Dr. John Wikswo, Gordon A. Cain University Professor, as the leading the team and grant study. Dr. J. Scott Daniels, assistant professor of pharmacology is quoted along with mentions of John McLean, assistant professor of chemistry, and David Cliffel, associate professor of chemistry.   Read More »

September 4, 2012 BBC News: Michelle Obama: Her four-year evolution In 2008, some controversial remarks threatened to derail her husband's election campaign. Yet four years later, Michelle Obama is widely regarded as a political star. Bonnie Dow, associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.   Read More »
Celebrate Brazil Week with music, movies and futebol Brazil Week, which is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Vanderbilt International Office, Vanderbilt is hosting an interdisciplinary group of faculty from the University of Sao Paulo, one of the university's collaborative research partners. The professors' visit coincides with Brazilian Independence Day on Sept. 7.   Read More »
Event celebrates Vanderbilt endowed chair holders Twelve Vanderbilt University faculty members were honored for extraordinary contributions to their respective fields during an Aug. 28 celebration of endowed chair holders at the Student Life Center.   Read More »

August 17, 2012 Opinion: Democratizing the political ad watch John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, co-wrote this piece on the negative state of the 2012 presidential campaign. Every presidential campaign in the last 20 years had been touted as the "most negative" on record. By all appearances, the 2012 presidential campaign will be the most negative since the advent of television. By one count, nine out of 10 presidential campaign ads aired in recent weeks were negative.   Read More »

August 9, 2012 Largest 3-D map of the universe released to public Star gazers should be happy to learn that the largest-ever three-dimensional map of the universe has been released to the public. The new map contains images of 200 million galaxies. Its availability online was announced Aug. 8 by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, an international consortium of two dozen universities including Vanderbilt.   Read More »

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