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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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U.S. public opinion on refugee admission is more favorable than current immigration policy

November 24, 2020—Americans may be much more receptive to refugee settlement in the United States than current government immigration policies suggest, according to a new study by Mariano Sana, associate professor of...

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NASA-funded project uses images from space to study underwater volcanoes

November 18, 2020—Interdisciplinary Earth scientists explore how little-understood underwater volcanoes affect the atmosphere.

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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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Vanderbilt astrophysicist part of international team that discovered a gargantuan ‘alien’ black hole that challenges previous knowledge of the universe

September 2, 2020—The intermediate-mass black hole first observed in May 2019 presents an entirely new category of black hole.

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Incarceration of family members negatively impacts mental health outcomes for African American women

September 2, 2020—A new study sheds new light on the challenges facing African American women. More than half of all African American women in the United States report having at least one...

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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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Unexpected mammal provides insight into the lives of ancient hominins

June 11, 2020—Paleontologist and associate professor of biological sciences Larisa DeSantis finds answers about early hominin diets are with an unrelated group of mammals—tapirs.

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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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College of Arts and Science Faculty Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

June 2, 2020—Two members of the College of Arts and Science faculty—Distinguished University Professor Houston A. Baker and University Distinguished Professor George Hornberger—have been elected to the American Academy of Arts &...

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Dr. Jonathan Metzl Wins Award for Career Contributions to Psychiatry

May 28, 2020—  Dr. Jonathan Metzl, the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and director of the Department of Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS), has been named the recipient of the...

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Vanderbilt lab develops app for analyzing crowd-sourced songbird recordings

April 20, 2020—With a new app from a team at Vanderbilt, birdsong researchers can better leverage crowdsourced fieldwork and audio recordings from amateur birders and citizen songbird scientists.

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Advanced, high-res MRI scans reveal link between cognitive abilities and ‘tree ring’ layers in the brain

April 13, 2020—Object recognition and facial recognition may seem like similar abilities, but new research from Vanderbilt finds that these behaviors are on the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes...

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