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Author: David Salisbury

Robot biologist solves complex problem from scratch

Oct. 13, 2011—A team of scientists has taken a major step toward developing robot biologists. They have shown that their system, the Automated Biology Explorer, can solve a complicated biology problem from scratch.

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Defending education and innovation in the face of the budget-cutting wave

Oct. 11, 2011—These days the news is full of stories about the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, nicknamed the Super Committee, and whether it can come up with a politically acceptable way to reduce the ballooning federal deficit. This is illustrated by some recent headlines: Super Committee Holds More Closed-Door Meetings (Huffington Post); Democrats Gloomy, Republicans...

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Taking introductory astronomy beyond Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit

Oct. 7, 2011—Astronomer David Weintraub has given introductory astronomy a “CSI” format by following the scientific evidence that gives us the age of the universe and has put this in a popular science book.

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Vaughan Jones

Oct. 3, 2011—Fields medalist brings informal style to Vanderbilt When Vaughan Jones was 5 years old, he made his first mathematical discovery. “I was learning the addition tables and realized that if one plus one equals two, then 100 plus 100 must equal 200 – something that people have since told me was a non-trivial step for...

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Erin Rericha

Oct. 3, 2011—Interfacial scientist thrives on moment of discovery Erin Rericha considers herself an interfacial scientist. The new assistant professor of physics explained that she has “a bit of a split personality.” “I am trained as a condensed matter physicist,” she said, “and I spent my postdoc working in biology labs learning about cell migration.” An interest...

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Dean Benbow visits the White House

Sep. 30, 2011—On Monday, Sept 26, when First Lady Michelle Obama hosted an event at the White House to announce a new program designed to make life easier for women in research careers, Peabody Dean Camilla Benbow was in the audience. Benbow had been invited in her capacity as a member of the National Science Board. The...

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New policy for sponsoring interns and observers

Sep. 30, 2011—This year it will be substantially easier for faculty members at Vanderbilt University to sponsor student interns from other universities, local high school teachers and other non-Vanderbilt visitors for educational purposes. That is because the Office of the Provost has adopted a specific set of policies that covers interns and observers in university central. In...

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Examining the ethics of sharing genetic risk information

Sep. 28, 2011—Should scientists inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions discovered during the studies, and if so, when and how? A Vanderbilt professor is part of a team working to answer these questions.

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New technique maps twin faces of smallest Janus nanoparticles

Sep. 26, 2011—Vanderbilt chemists have developed the first method that can rapidly and accurately map the surfaces of tiny particles that possess two chemically distinct faces. The findings have broad potential applications ranging from drug delivery to video displays.

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Computer scientist: reveal thyself!

Sep. 16, 2011—Like the Wizard of Oz, computer scientists have largely been happy to perform their magic behind the curtain, out of public view.  However, this reticence has begun causing problems in the digital realm. “Computer scientists face the drawbacks of lacking public awareness,” wrote an international team of computer scientists in the article “Reaching Out to...

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Vanderbilt’s links to the solar neighborhood

Sep. 15, 2011—If Davy Kirkpatrick’s calculations stand up, then Vanderbilt will have solid connections to two of the Sun’s nearest stellar neighbors. One link is long standing. Barnard’s star, which is six light years away from the Sun and its second-closest neighbor, was discovered in 1916 by Vanderbilt astronomer E.E. Barnard. The second, discovered by Kirkpatrick and...

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New insight into impulse control

Aug. 30, 2011—How the brain is wired to control impulsive behavior differs significantly from what psychologists have thought, new research finds.

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