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March 1, 2010 The Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge and NSF-IGERT programs achieve a milestone In 2004, Fisk and Vanderbilt University began a partnership to increase the number of minority students pursuing doctoral degrees in the sciences. The Fisk-Vanderbilt Master's-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program is designed to give students the course work and training they need first to earn a master's degree in physics or biology at Fisk, then to bridge over to a Ph.D. program in physics, astronomy, materials science, biology or the biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt.   Read More »

February 25, 2010 Vanderbilt professor to be inducted into Blues Hall of Fame Vanderbilt University writer-in-residence Peter Guralnick will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame during a May 5 ceremony in Memphis.   Read More »
Lopez nominated for 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction A short story collection by a Vanderbilt professor described as "an amazingly original Flannery O'Connor/Loretta Lynn collision" is one of five nominees for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.   Read More »

February 19, 2010 Vanderbilt physicists play key role in measuring material hotter than the sun Three Vanderbilt physicists are members of the scientific team that have reported creating an exotic state of matter with a temperature of four trillion degrees Celsius. It's the hottest temperature ever achieved in a laboratory and 250,000 times hotter than the heart of the sun.   Read More »

February 18, 2010 Scientists transplant malaria mosquito nose Scientists at Vanderbilt and Yale universities have successfully transplanted most of the "nose" of the mosquito that spreads malaria into frog eggs and fruit flies and are employing these surrogates to combat the spread of the deadly and debilitating disease that afflicts 500 million people.   Read More »

February 12, 2010 "The Painters Eye" exhibit opens Feb. 18 at Vanderbilt Paintings by 11 artists "exploring the use of color, the development of space" make up The Painters Eye exhibit, which opens with a reception Feb. 18 at Vanderbilt University.   Read More »

February 8, 2010 Sociologist Pete Peterson has died Richard A. "Pete" Peterson, one of the first professors to research country music from a sociological perspective, died Feb. 4. He was 77.   Read More »

February 4, 2010 Bachmann wins The Kate Tufts Discovery Award Beth Bachmann of the English Department is the 2010 winner of The Kate Tufts Discovery Award, given to honor a poet's first book.   Read More »

February 3, 2010 Real Help for Haiti Vanderbilt professors Colin Dayan and Jane Landers give a historical view of the problems plaguing Haiti - including the destruction wrought by January's 7.0 earthquake - and look to the future as the resilient nation rebuilds.   Read More »

January 28, 2010 CLAS and Nashville Symphony collaborate to benefit area teachers Helping middle and high school students across Middle Tennessee develop a keen appreciation for Mexican history and arts is the goal of two teachers' workshops co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Nashville Symphony.   Read More »

January 19, 2010 Tentacled snakes feel their way to a midnight feast The mysterious moustache of an aquatic snake may help it "see" in murky waters by detecting subtle currents generated by its prey, according to recent research conducted by Ken Catania, associate professor of biological sciences.   Read More »

January 15, 2010 Sequencing wasp genome sheds new light on sexual parasite The sequencing of the wasp genome is shedding new light on how nature's most successful sexual predator works.   Read More »

January 7, 2010 Vanderbilt's fledgling creative writing MFA program is already earning its wings When the name of a four-year-old master's of fine arts in writing program appeared as number 18 in the nation in Poets & Writers magazine, the occurrence was something to note.   Read More »
Multimedia exploration of The Tao and a collaborative video art show open at Ingram Studio Art Center Jan. 14 Both exhibits are free and open to the public and will be on display until Feb. 12.   Read More »

January 5, 2010 Robert Barsky signing and discussion Robert Barsky, professor of English, French and Italian, will be signing copies of his latest study of the work of renowned linguist Noam Chomsky at Davis-Kidd on Saturday, Jan. 9.   Read More »

December 28, 2009 Weintraub on the future of Pluto Three years ago, when the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto to dwarf planet status, the unpopular decision was based on personal opinions and professional politics, not on rigorous scientific criteria that can clearly differentiate planets from lesser bodies, points out Vanderbilt astronomer David Weintraub.   Read More »

December 18, 2009 Studying how black holes grow Kelly Holley-Bockelman has received a $1.1 million grant to study how supermassive black holes grow.   Read More »

November 30, 2009 Schwartz to discuss United States-Europe relations Dec 2. in Washington Thomas Alan Schwartz, professor of history, and Matthias Schulz, co-editor of The Strained Alliance: U.S.-European Relations from Nixon to Carter, will discuss their book's findings on Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C.   Read More »

November 19, 2009 Listen: Center for Latin American Studies provides educational resources for Dichos exhibit Clair Gonzalez, activities coordinator in International Programs, is interviewed about Dichos, sayings or amusing expressions that drivers inscribe on trucks and buses in a variety of graphic styles and colors.   Read More »

November 16, 2009 Watch: "The Living Dead: Ancient Ancestors and Mummies in the Pre-Incan Andes" Watch video of a Nov. 11 talk "The Living Dead: Ancient Ancestors and Mummies in the Pre-Incan Andes, " by Dr. Tiffiny Tung, Assistant Professor of Anthropology.   Read More »

November 12, 2009 Tiana historic, but for whom? The historic nature of the introduction of Princess Tiana, Disney's first African American princess, to Disney's mostly white lineup of princesses seems more significant to moms than daughters. Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting, director of African American Studies, is quoted.   Read More »
Film builds fears for end of world The world ends with several bangs Friday in Columbia Pictures' disaster epic "2012," the latest capitalization on fears that a peculiarity in the ancient Mayan calendar points to uncertain doom for us all. Arthur Demarest, Ingram Professor of Anthropology and expert in the Maya culture, is quoted.   Read More »

November 11, 2009 Sticks and carrots at the ready for US senate health care passage President Obama and his senate allies will need every political tool at their disposal to corral the votes needed to pass their health care reform plan. Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science, is quoted.   Read More »

November 5, 2009 Fine Arts Gallery moves, expands hours The Fine Arts Gallery has relocated to a new building on the east portion of campus, a move designed to lead to more interaction with the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities.   Read More »

November 3, 2009 Disagree Civilly Does a commentary-driven news media dumb down the important arguments? A new book by Bob Talisse, associate professor of philosophy and political science, calls for a return to civility in our discourse.   Read More »

November 2, 2009 MLAS spring class schedule announced Study of the poetry of Robert Frost, theories of the universe and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are among the offerings.   Read More »
VU receives $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for innovative global health research The grant will support an innovative global health research project conducted by Associate Professor of Chemistry David Wright and Professor of Biomedical Engineering Rick Haselton, titled "Coffee Ring Stain Diagnostics for Malaria."   Read More »
Inconspicuous leaf beetles reveal environment's role in formation of new species Unnoticed by the nearby residents of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, tiny leaf beetles that flit among the maple and willow trees in the area have just provided some of the clearest evidence yet that environmental factors play a major role in the formation of new species.   Read More »

October 29, 2009 Prove determination in Afghanistan Thomas Schwartz, professor of history, and Appu Soman, a Vanderbilt alumnus and international affairs expert, wrote this opinion piece about the future of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.   Read More »

October 26, 2009 MFA Creative Writing program ranked No. 18 by Poets & Writers magazine Four years after its creation and only a year and a half after granting degrees to its first class, the MFA Creative Writing program was named a Top 20 program in the country.   Read More »

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