Nov. 4, 2003—A film examining the spread of AIDS around the world will be screened at Vanderbilt University on Thursday, Nov. 20, followed by a panel discussion and reception.
Nov. 3, 2003—Brian research received significant new support today through the creation of the E. Bronson Ingram Chair of Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt psychology professor Jeffrey D. Schall has been named as the holder of the new endowed chair, which was established with the goal of improving the lives of children through brain research.
Nov. 3, 2003—Buchanan and Schulz will debate the United States' changing political landscape in the wake of 9/11 and the impact of the U.S. Patriot Act, a bill passed by Congress that gives law enforcement far-reaching power in the fight against terrorism.
Nov. 3, 2003—A Vanderbilt LifeFlight nurse has been named National Medical Crew Member of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services, one of the most prestigious awards to be given in the aeromedical field.
Oct. 31, 2003—When we experience an illusion, we usually have the impression we have been fooled, or that our minds are playing tricks on us. New research published in the Oct. 31 issue of the journal Science indicates our perceptions of these illusions are no hoax, but the result of how the brain is organized to process the information it receives from our senses.
Oct. 31, 2003—Al Franken, a political satirist and author of the best-selling book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, will speak at Vanderbilt University on Monday, Nov. 17, as part of Vanderbilt's ongoing Project Dialogue series.
Vanderbilt study shows strong ties between companies and politicians worldwide; connections not limited to "corrupt" countries
Oct. 31, 2003—Companies that form political connections with government officials to obtain perks or preferential treatment are characteristic not only of countries traditionally labeled as corrupt, but are commonly found in countries known for their transparent systems, according to a new study by the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. It is the first study to closely examine the legal connections to politicians and the various restrictions placed on their behavior.
Oct. 30, 2003—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is hosting a photo exhibit and forum to raise awareness of the education needs of those with vision impairments. The exhibit, "Focusing on the Future of Students with Vision Impairments: Teachers in Action," showcases photos taken by the Brentwood Camera Club of teachers and students with vision impairments interacting in different learning situations.
Ancient Maya stone altar recovered in Guatemala, unparalleled investigation leads to looters’ haven and arrests
Oct. 30, 2003—Vanderbilt University and National Geographic Society today announced recovery of a 600-pound elaborately carved Maya altar, replete with images and writing that offer new information on the shrouded history of the Maya civilization. The altar was recovered through an unusual collaboration among Guatemalan undercover agents, local Maya villagers and American archaeologists that included a six-month pursuit of the relic and the arrest of a ring of antiquities looters.
Oct. 30, 2003—A historical chronicle of the journey of the 600-pound Mayan altar, detailing events such as its commission in 796 A.D., its theft by gangs in 2001 and its recovery this fall.
Oct. 30, 2003—Archaeologist Arthur Demarest first learned of the ancient altar's existence from Maya village elders near his project site in Guatemala. Their information, given at personal risk, also led to the altar's recovery and the arrest of the looters who had it. The villagers' concern for the looted altar and their fragile heritage had come about in part as a result of a sustainable tourism and indigenous development project that is directed by Vanderbilt University, National Geographic and Counterpart International, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and many other organizations.
Oct. 29, 2003—Top executives of MCI and America West Airlines will discuss how to lead a company through the most trying times and how to weather corporate challenges-from falling stock prices to economic pressures to bankruptcy-at the one-day "Managing in Turbulent Times" conference at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University on Nov. 14.
Harvard University professor to deliver second of five lectures commemorating 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Oct. 29, 2003—The second lecture at Vanderbilt University commemorating the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that outlawed educational segregation is titled "Brown v. Board after a Half Century: The Gains of Integration, the Consequences of Resegregation."
Oct. 29, 2003—Within the last decade astronomers have discovered more than 100 planets orbiting stars other than our sun. The significance of these profound discoveries on Earth's place in the universe is the focus of the next "Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box" talk on Nov. 5. Vanderbilt Professor of Philosophy David Wood will lead the conversation, titled "A Question of Planets," with David Weintraub, associate professor of astronomy.
Significance of Christian art and architecture to be examined at Vanderbilt University through Luce Foundation chair
Oct. 28, 2003—Students at Vanderbilt Divinity School will take a closer look at how art is intertwined with Christian worship with the help of Robin Margaret Jensen, the first holder of the Luce Chancellor's Chair of the History of Christian Worship and art.