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‘Hostile Terrain 94’ participatory art installation invites public to engage with humanitarian issues at U.S.-Mexico border

September 8, 2021—Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies will host a participatory art installation that aims to raise community awareness about the human side of undocumented migration at...

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Innovative research on double-edged role of social networks across societies wins 2021 Best Publication Award

September 7, 2021—Associate Professor of Sociology Lijun Song explored whether social network connections harmed or hurt one’s well-being in published research that won the American Sociological Association’s 2021 Best Publication Award in the Sociology of Mental...

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The buzz on Vanderbilt’s bees

August 23, 2021—Hundreds of acres of trees, green spaces and gardens across Vanderbilt’s campus support thousands of bees that live on the roof of the Jean and Alexander Heard Central Library.

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Research Snapshot: How will the global community react if vulnerable nations pioneer solar radiation geoengineering

August 23, 2021—Simulating controversial responses to climate change, researchers illustrate how a small group of nations may influence climate change in the decades to come. Est. reading time: 2 mins.

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Slump, not bump: Women leaders less likely than men to receive support following major terrorist attacks

August 23, 2021—Vanderbilt University research from Professor of Political Science Elizabeth Zechmeister shows that gendered beliefs about leadership mean that women heads of state are less likely than men to receive a...

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New leader’s vision for Center for Latin American Studies will build on institution’s historical success while combining with Latinx studies

August 18, 2021—Professor Celso Castilho will lead the Center for Latin American Studies with a vision to expand its research agenda to include Latinx studies, increase engagement with the local Latinx community...

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Research Snapshot: Mosquito larvae are surprisingly complex

August 17, 2021—L.J. Zwiebel and his lab show that mosquito larvae, the age group targeted for most control programs, are far more sophisticated than previously thought. Est. reading time: 2 mins.

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New research uncovers crucial role of activist lawyers in expanding women’s rights

March 8, 2021—The history of women’s rights in the United States is inextricable from the history of social movements. In the nineteenth century, married women fought for legal personhood and the right...

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Love of Hebrew and Yiddish leads Allison Schachter to hidden stories of women authors

March 2, 2021—Allison Schachter, an associate professor of Jewish studies, English, and Russian and East European studies, never intended to end up in her current field. After studying French and Hebrew as...

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Friedman lab finds unexpected opportunities in COVID-adjusted research activities

November 30, 2020—When Vanderbilt ramped down research activities early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Friedman Lab was better-positioned than many. Led by Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Biological Sciences Katherine Friedman,...

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Political science course helps undergraduates connect to Vanderbilt’s long military history

November 11, 2020—A little more than one hundred years ago, rows of young men stood at attention for a portrait in front of Kirkland Hall. Their wide-brimmed campaign hats and their crisp...

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Persistence in a pandemic: College of Arts and Science students complete enriching summer experiences in science-based art, research

October 16, 2020—Though the COVID-19 pandemic scuttled many students’ original summer plans, College of Arts and Science students adapted quickly. Through technology, creativity, and determination, they found ways to expand their horizons...

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Economics Faculty Research Yields Valuable Insights on Student Loans and Personal Finance

August 14, 2020—Are student loans a smart way to pay for college? Is pawning jewelry ever a good way to acquire extra cash? And why do humans have so much trouble making...

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New Political Science Research Debunks Myths About White Working-Class Support for Trump

July 29, 2020—New research from Associate Professor of Political Science Noam Lupu challenges several common assumptions about white working-class support for President Donald Trump. Lupu conducted the research, outlined in the article...

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Faculty Use Universal Language of Math to Tackle Some of COVID-19’s Biggest Challenges

July 23, 2020—As public health officials tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, they face an overwhelming number of factors that affect the virus’s spread. Population density, economic challenges, adherence to social distancing measures—they all...

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Physics Students Win U.S. Department of Energy Research Fellowships

June 11, 2020—Two graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy have been awarded coveted U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) fellowships to advance their research. David Curie, a third-year physics Ph.D....

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Faculty Research Uncovers Community Insights to Help Fight COVID-19

June 4, 2020—Amidst all the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, one constant has held: researchers across the College of Arts and Science have dedicated their efforts to understanding the virus, how to control...

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