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April 30, 2008 Olympic boycott would only harden Beijing's stance Brett Benson, assistant professor of political science, wrote this opinion piece about how a boycott of the Olympics over human-rights abuses in Tibet and other regions could compromise Beijing's relations with the West.   Read More »

April 28, 2008 Linking the cochlea's curvature to the low-frequency hearing limit of many mammals A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences establishes a direct link between the cochlea's curvature and the low-frequency hearing limit of more than a dozen different mammals.   Read More »

April 21, 2008 Our current system is an unjustified way to select a president Tim Boyd, senior lecturer in political science, wrote this opinion piece about the electoral college.   Read More »

April 14, 2008 The Dilemmas of Explaining Africa Moses Ochonu, assistant professor of African history, wrote this opinion piece about the difficulties facing African scholars who feel obliged to enlighten others about that part of the world without positioning themselves as spokespeople for the entire continent.   Read More »
Brain makes decisions before you even know it A new study reveals that the brain makes decisions about 10 seconds prior to a person realizing it. Frank Tong, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.   Read More »

April 4, 2008 Vanderbilt art students competing for $25,000 award One of 12 senior Vanderbilt artists will receive a $25,000 grant to travel, study and work following graduation at an exhibit at Vanderbilt University on Friday, April 11.   Read More »

April 2, 2008 For Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, astronomy is more than a job - it's a calling. The new assistant professor of physics and astronomy has always had an insatiable curiosity about the universe, and her determined pursuit to satisfy it has taken a winding path that ends at Vanderbilt.   Read More »

April 1, 2008 First-ever intern-curated exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art Errin Copple, a graduate of Vanderbilt's master's program in art history, is among the interns who helped curate a unique exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art.   Read More »

March 20, 2008 Working class women writers to gather for Vanderbilt symposium Women writers from lower and working class backgrounds will gather for the 2008 Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series Spring Symposium to share their experiences and work with readers and each other.   Read More »
Those with standing in the community have duty to speak responsibly Carol Swain, professor of law and political science, wrote this opinion piece countering sociology professor Dan Cornfield's assessment that harsh enforcement of immigration laws have a negative effect on communities.   Read More »

March 17, 2008 Presidential power Michael Nelson, visiting professor of political science, reviews several recent books on the role of the president.   Read More »

March 14, 2008 Benefits outweigh American job losses Eric Bond, Joe L. Roby professor of economics, writes this op-ed about free-trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea.   Read More »

March 13, 2008 David Ernst is bringing physics to minority students Vanderbilt physicist plays key role in making top physics journals available to minority colleges and universities.   Read More »

March 12, 2008 Schizophrenia memory differences People with schizophrenia use different areas of their brain to process some short-term memories, suggests research by Sohee Park, professor of psychology. The difference may explain why people with schizophrenia have memory problems.   Read More »

March 6, 2008 As shadows approach, it's time to grow up The Blue Star, the latest book by Tony Earley, the Samuel Milton Fleming Associate Professor of English, is reviewed by The New York Times.   Read More »
Vandy students lending a hand at Lincoln Mill A group of Vanderbilt students participating in the Alternative Spring Break program have spent their week off from school restoring homes or tutoring children in the Lincoln Mill Village area of Huntsville, Ala., this week.   Read More »

March 3, 2008 The Robert Penn Warren Center marks 20 years of fostering transinstitutional collaboration Nestled in the geographic heart of campus, the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities has quietly played matchmaker for the past 20 years. Not in the traditional sense of "boy meets girl"; rather, the center's mission to kindle relationships and promote dialogue among faculty in complementary fields of study has facilitated untold collaborations across disciplinary lines for the past two decades.   Read More »
Vanderbilt's Fine Arts Gallery is romancing art lovers on campus For those who have never been to Vanderbilt's Fine Arts Gallery - or haven't darkened its door in a while - there's no time like the present. Through March 20, visitors to the gallery can view dozens of the best-known works by world-renowned painter and graphic artist Oswaldo Guayasamin.   Read More »

February 25, 2008 Geer honored for book on negative political ads John Geer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, has been awarded the Goldsmith Book Prize for In Defense of Negativity: Attack Ads in Presidential Campaigns.   Read More »

February 18, 2008 U.S. must be aware of fragile conditions Thomas Schwartz, professor of history, wrote this opinion piece about the human consequences both at home and abroad of U.S. decisions in Iraq and elsewhere.   Read More »
Fierce politics color Ecuadorian artist's paintings "Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamin" is on view at Sarratt and the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery. Ted Fischer, director of the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies, Carlos Jauregui, associate professor of Latin American literature and anthropology, and Joseph Mella, director of the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, are quoted.   Read More »
Corruption in former Soviet bloc universities increases, threatens value of higher education Graduates of universities in the former Soviet Republic may find their degrees losing value as corruption among higher education programs continues to rise, two Vanderbilt professors find in a new study published in the February issue of Comparative Education Review.   Read More »

February 17, 2008 Math model identified key to controlling hospital epidemic of antibiotic-resistant bacteria A sophisticated new mathematical model identifies controlling the way that antibiotics are prescribed and administered as the key to control the growing epidemic of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals around the world.   Read More »

February 13, 2008 Hip-hop's misogyny a response to threat Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting, director of African American studies, is connecting the dots between hip-hop music, media influence and what she sees as the sexual degradation of women.   Read More »

February 11, 2008 Celebrate the supernatural at Vanderbilt art exhibit See intensely crafted work by Mark Hosford and Bill Fick at Feb. 15 opening   Read More »

February 7, 2008 How water shrews find prey in the dark Research reveals that water shrews possess remarkably sophisticated methods for detecting prey that allow them to catch small fish and aquatic insects as readily in the dark as in daylight.   Read More »

January 30, 2008 Lies, damned lies and campaign advertising While Americans say they don't like negative campaign advertising, observers say they actually play a positive role. John Geer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, is quoted.   Read More »

January 28, 2008 AmericasBarometer reveals political culture in Latin America The Casa de la Universidad de California en Mexico hosted a one-day conference spotlighting the conclusions of the 2006 AmericasBarometer, an effort to measure democratic values and behaviors in the Americas. Mitchell Seligson, Centennial Professor of Political Science and founder of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, is quoted.   Read More »
Rowe's 'pink' art asks what it means to be a woman Libby Rowe, a local mixed-media artist and senior lecturer in art, writes about her current exhibition exploring femininity at Belmont University's Leu Art Gallery.   Read More »

January 24, 2008 Gauthier wins National Academy of Science award Vanderbilt psychologist Isabel Gauthier has been named a 2008 Troland Research Award winner by the National Academy of Science.   Read More »

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