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July 16, 2012 VUCast: Skull Sessions with Tiffiny Tung Vanderbilt archaeologist leads students on skull sessions.   Read More »

July 12, 2012 Three waves of Native American immigration Native Americans streamed into the New World in at least three waves of migration starting more than 15,000 years ago, a gene study released Wednesday suggests. Tom Dillehay, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, is quoted.   Read More »

July 5, 2012 Applications being accepted for Vanderbilt MLAS program A unique graduate school program for working adults at Vanderbilt University is accepting applications for the fall 2012 semester. The Master of Liberal Arts and Science Program (MLAS) will be offering courses spanning history, writing, philosophy and media studies. The program, which costs about half the tuition as a standard Vanderbilt course, is open to college graduates who complete an application process and are accepted.   Read More »
Vandy Physicists Part of Celebration for Potential Higgs Boson Some Vanderbilt experts were on site in Switzerland when the discovery was announced Wednesday of what could be the long-sought Higgs boson. The elusive subatomic particle is the last missing puzzle piece to complete the so-called Standard Model of physics.   Read More »

June 25, 2012 Putting A Positive Spin On Negative Campaigning Negative campaigning is hardly new, but at the rate this year's campaign is going some say this could be one of the most negative races in recent history. John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, was interviewed for the story at VUStar, Vanderbilt's campus broadcast facility.   Read More »

June 21, 2012 Pavlovic's 'Search for Landscapes' reaching audiences in D.C., around the world Search for Landscapes, Assistant Professor of Art Vesna Pavlovic's installation using 35 millimeter slides of one family's long-ago travels as well as antique slide projectors to evoke the nature of memory and decay, is currently on view at G Fine Art in Washington, D.C., and was recently reviewed in The Washington Post.   Read More »

June 18, 2012 Five obscure tactics to snarl Congress The arcane procedural rules on Capitol Hill, especially in the Senate, offer legislators any number of obscure ways to thwart the plans of their opponents. Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science, is quoted.   Read More »
Vanderbilt and Fisk Partner to Increase the Number of Blacks Pursuing Ph.D.s in the Natural Sciences Vanderbilt University is on track this year to become the number-one producer of minority Ph.D. recipients in physics, astronomy and materials science, areas where minorities are grossly underrepresented. One reason for this is a bridge program operated in conjunction with historically black Fisk University, which is also located in Nashville.   Read More »

June 7, 2012 Hundreds gather at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory for historic Venus transit About 500 people gathered at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory June 5 to see the 2012 transit of Venus across the sun, an event that astronomers say won't happen again for more than a century.   Read More »

June 5, 2012 Head, Heart, Foot: On Poetry & Tennis English-language poets have been writing about tennis for a long time, as far back as the 16th century. Kate Daniels, professor of English, is a guest blogger for the site.   Read More »

May 31, 2012 Dramatic expansion at Vanderbilt's Center for Medicine, Health and Society The Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University announces five faculty hires. Included in this group are scholars who study how factors including war, race and politics influence health and health care.   Read More »
Supervolcanoes 'can grow in just hundreds of years' The largest volcanoes on our planet may take as little as a few hundred years to form and erupt, according to research by Guilherme Gualda, assistant professor of Earth and environmental sciences.   Read More »

May 21, 2012 Hosford featured in 'Metamorphoses' exhibition at Frist Works by four Nashville-area artists - including Vanderbilt Associate Professor of Art Mark Hosford and alumna Kristi Hargrove - will be on view in the Frist Center for the Visual Art's Conte Community Arts Gallery June 8-Oct. 28.   Read More »

May 17, 2012 Vanderbilt environment shapes Randall's novel Vanderbilt University Writer-in-Residence Alice Randall credits the school's creative and interdisciplinary approaches to obesity-related diseases like diabetes with providing "fertile ground" for her new novel, Ada's Rules (Bloomsbury USA).   Read More »
'Material Glance' unites prints and poetry at Fine Arts Gallery Published in 1975, Material Glance (Llambrec Material) brings together two important creative figures of the 20th and 21st centuries: Antoni Tapies (1923-2012), one of the most universally recognized Spanish artists to emerge in the post-World War II era; and Sh?z? Takiguchi (1903-1979), the Japanese writer, critic and proponent of avant-garde art.   Read More »

May 10, 2012 Nine Fulbright honorees named at Vanderbilt Nine Vanderbilt University students and graduates have been offered scholarships through Fulbright-sponsored programs for research, teaching and study abroad in 2012-13.   Read More »

May 9, 2012 Mitt Romney and the Ghost of Anti-Mormonism Kathleen Flake, associate professor of American religious history, is interviewed about her book, The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle.   Read More »

May 8, 2012 A Way With Words Senior Nate Marshall's passion for poetry helped him find his voice - and his calling   Read More »

May 3, 2012 Your drive to compete may come down to dopamine Neuroscientists led by Michael Treadway, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, and David Zald, associate professor of psychology, studied how varying levels of dopamine in people's brains affected their motivation to work.   Read More »

May 2, 2012 Milky Way kicks out 700 stars, discovered in intergalactic space Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and graduate student Lauren Palladino say they've found a group of more than 675 stars that appear to have been ejected from the Milky Way.   Read More »

April 30, 2012 Endowed campus beautification fund allows major art acquisition Vanderbilt University has acquired a signature piece of art created by renowned American sculptor Mark di Suvero. The piece, Tumbleweed, was installed April 30 on the lawn between the Student Life Center and the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts building at the corner of 25th and Garland avenues.   Read More »

April 20, 2012 Colin Dayan named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences Colin Dayan, the Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, has been named to a distinguished class of leaders from academia, business, public affairs, humanities and the arts, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced April 17.   Read More »
Stahl named recipient of prestigious Hamblet art award Vanderbilt's Department of Art has announced this year's recipient of the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award. Hannah Stahl, the daughter of Mary Jane Sorentino and Jim Stahl of Providence, R.I., will receive a $25,000 prize, allowing her a year of art research and travel culminating in a solo show at Vanderbilt in one year.   Read More »

April 13, 2012 Are Elections Too Much Like Musical Chairs? If the last 15 presidential elections are a reliable guide, income growth between now and Nov. 6 will matter more to voters than how the economy has fared through President Obama's first 39 months in the White House, writes Larry Bartels, professor of political science, for the newspaper's campaign blog.   Read More »

April 5, 2012 Vanderbilt students named Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholars Emma Steigerwald, a member of the Class of 2013, has been named a 2012 Truman Scholar. Steigerwald studies molecular and cellular biology as a Cornelius Vanderbilt Honors Scholar. Internships in wildlife rehabilitation, speciation genetics and population ecology inspired her dedication to species conservation.   Read More »
Yunus challenges students to seek social change, not money Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus challenged Vanderbilt students to create businesses in which helping people - not making a profit - is the ultimate goal. Yunus spoke to several student groups and alumni during a visit to campus April 2.   Read More »

March 29, 2012 Department of Art's Senior Show 2012 opens April 13 with reception, awards Senior Show 2012 will be on display to the public from April 13 to May 11 in Space 204, the second-floor gallery in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, located at 25th and Garland avenues on the Vanderbilt campus.   Read More »
Debate team ends year on high note The Vanderbilt debate team ended its year with some notable victories. At the 2012 American Debate Association (ADA) National Championship, the team of sophomore Saad Rehman and first-year student Xin (Malia) Zhan took home the championship in the JV Division, with Rehman also taking the Top Speaker Award in that division.   Read More »

March 20, 2012 Apocalypse Now? Modern Maya and Ancient Prophecies Watch video of Mareike Sattler, senior lecturer, Anthropology Department, and Avery Dickins de Giron, assistant director of the Center for Latin American Studies, speaking at the Osher Lifelong Learning class, "Apocalypse Now? Modern Maya and Ancient Prophecies".   Read More »

March 15, 2012 The Other Glass Ceiling Since the election of Barack Obama, the nation's first African American president, there has been no great flowering of black political life, no renaissance in black political leadership. Research by Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science, and graduate students Jennifer Selin and Gbemende Johnson has identified several major obstacles for black House members, including a tendency to represent larger states with more competition for seats, and more liberal voting records that do not attract moderate or independent voters.   Read More »

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