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Computer model illuminates critical moment in Drosophila development

Jun. 19, 2019—A computer model of forces exerted by cells during development of a fertilized egg into a fruit fly larvae holds promise to help scientists understand the morphogenesis of organisms that are much more complicated. Shane Hutson, professor of physics and biological sciences and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, said the model sought...

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Ediacaran dinner party featured plenty to eat, adequate sanitation, computer model shows

Jun. 19, 2019—“They are behaving like animals, and that’s a link between them and what we recognize as animals," says paleontologist Simon A.F. Darroch.

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Human rights treaties benefit the world’s most oppressed

Jun. 17, 2019—International human rights treaties really do work, and they work most effectively against the most repressive governments, argues political scientist Emily Hencken Ritter in a new book.

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Five interdisciplinary programs awarded TIPs funding for 2019

Jun. 12, 2019—Five interdisciplinary projects awarded TIPs funding for 2019; a sixth (additional) year call for proposals and funding announced by the provost.

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Tennessee stands at a political crossroads: Vanderbilt Poll

Jun. 6, 2019—Despite opportunities for broad consensus, Tennessee’s long history of pragmatic politics could be affected by rising polarization along party lines, according to the most recent statewide Vanderbilt University Poll.

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Limited submission opportunity: Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowships

May. 30, 2019—Vanderbilt University may submit one nomination to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowships. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.

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Study: Continuity, not change, marked President Trump’s first year

May. 29, 2019—An empirical analysis of executive actions taken during President Trump's first year shows that while he focused more on immigration and deregulation than previous presidents, his use of unilateralism was largely in line with his predecessors.

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Inaugural Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day draws crowd for talks, posters, data blitzes

May. 28, 2019—Vanderbilt's inaugural Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day drew more than 100 attendees to hear faculty lectures on subjects ranging from diet to brain modeling, take in short “data blitzes” on individual areas of research, and visit a 35-station poster session.

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Stassun appointed to Astro2020 Steering Committee

May. 22, 2019—Vanderbilt University astrophysicist Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was named Tuesday to the National Academies’ Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) Steering Committee.

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Life in evolution’s fast lane

May. 21, 2019—A group of budding yeasts in the genus Hanseniaspora, which is closely related to the baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has lost large numbers of genes related to cell cycle and DNA repair processes.

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Vanderbilt neuroscientists, art museum collaborate on NEA-funded visual cognition research

May. 17, 2019—Vanderbilt neuroscientists Isabel Gauthier and Thomas Palmeri will collaborate with a Buffalo, New York, art gallery on a two-year project that recently earned a National Endowment for the Arts Research: Art Works program award.

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Dolphin ancestor’s hearing was more like hoofed mammals than today’s sea creatures

May. 15, 2019—The team, one of the first in the world to examine the ability’s origins, used a small CT scanner to look inside a 30-million-year-old ear bone fossil from a specimen resembling Olympicetus avitus.

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Vanderbilt team determining how seasonal light for pregnant moms affects offspring’s mental health

May. 14, 2019—Seasonal light exposure during pregnancy had effects on serotonin and depression that persisted into adulthood in mice.

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VanDiver and Lieberman selected for NEH Summer Stipend awards

May. 13, 2019—Faculty members Rebecca K. VanDiver and Phillip I. Lieberman are the only professors in Tennessee to receive 2019 Summer Stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Gordon Logan elected to National Academy of Sciences

May. 9, 2019—Gordon Logan, Centennial Professor of Psychology, has been elected a foreign associate of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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