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Author: David Salisbury

Vanderbilt physicists appear on BBC News website

Jun. 4, 2015—Three Vanderbilt physicists who are members of a scientific team at the Large Hadron Collider appeared in a BBC News photo taken when the giant particle smasher was restarted.

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World’s smallest spirals could guard against identity theft

Jun. 2, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers have made the world’s smallest spirals and found they have unique optical properties that are nearly impossible to counterfeit.

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Deciphering clues to prehistoric climate changes locked in cave deposits

May. 22, 2015—Jessica Oster and her colleagues have shown that the analysis of a stalagmite from a cave in north east India can detect the link between El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian monsoon.

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Aerospace Club wins NASA’s Student Launch Challenge for third year in row

May. 12, 2015—For the third year in a row, the Vanderbilt Aerospace Club has won NASA’s eight-month long rocketry competition – the 2014-15 Student Launch Challenge – beating out 30 other university and college teams.

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Locating the brain’s SAD center

May. 7, 2015—Vanderbilt biologists have localized the seasonal light cycle effects that drive seasonal affective disorder to a small region of the brain called the dorsal raphe nucleus.

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Vanderbilt physicist to be featured on ‘Through the Wormhole’

May. 1, 2015—Physicist Tom Weiler talks about time travel on an upcoming episode of Discovery Science Channel's "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman."

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Gauthier selected 2015 Professor of the Year by SEC

Apr. 29, 2015—Isabel Gauthier, who studies how the brain develops expertise, has been selected as the 2015 Professor of the Year by the Southeastern Conference of Universities.

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Scherrer’s new blog explores the science in science fiction

Apr. 24, 2015—In his new blog “Cosmic Yarns,” Robert Scherrer, who is both chair of the Astronomy and Physics Department and a published science fiction author, explores the intersection between science and science fiction.

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New insight into how brain makes memories

Apr. 23, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers have identified the role that a key protein associated with autism and the co-occurrence of alcohol dependency and depression plays in forming the spines that create new connections in the brain.

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Evolutionary history of whales, dolphins and sea turtles

Apr. 17, 2015—The evolutionary history of whales, sea turtles and other land animals that have returned to the sea details the radical changes to their life style, body shape, physiology that they made to survive in an aquatic environment.

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Bordenstein receives grant to study bacterial infections passed from mother to offspring

Apr. 10, 2015—Seth Bordenstein, associate professor of biological sciences and pathology, microbiology and immunology, has been awarded a $950,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research into the regulation of bacterial infections that are passed from mother to offspring.

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Similes and metaphors abound in this year’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Apr. 7, 2015—Vanderbilt graduate students demonstrated that they can summarize their 80,000-word theses in less than three minutes using terms that members of the public can understand during this year's Three-Minute Thesis Competition.

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