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Author: David Salisbury

What scientists know about cicadas

May. 19, 2011—Periodic cicadas, like those currently emerging in Middle Tennessee, play an important role in the local ecosystem.

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Prof. Rosenthal goes to Washington

May. 13, 2011—Last Wednesday, Sandra Rosenthal and Scott Niezgoda accepted the invitation of Christina West, Vanderbilt’s assistant vice chancellor for federal relations, to represent Vanderbilt at the Coalition for National Science Funding’s Capitol Hill day and exhibition. Rosenthal is the Jack and Pamela Eagan Professor of Chemistry and director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and...

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Cicadas 101: All buzz, no bite

May. 12, 2011—  Vanderbilt commencement speakers may have some unusual competition this year: Nashville’s largest brood of cicadas are predicted to emerge in May and hang around for about five or six weeks. Besides their practice of appearing in 13- or 17-year cycles, cicadas are best known for the buzzing and clicking sounds that they make, which...

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Cicadas 101: All buzz, no bite

May. 12, 2011—Vanderbilt commencement speakers may have some unusual competition this year: Nashville’s largest brood of cicadas are predicted to emerge in May and hang around for about five or six weeks.

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New insect repellant may be thousands of times stronger than DEET

May. 9, 2011—Discovery of a new class of insect repellant raises the possibility of formulations that are thousands of times more effective than current repellants.

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Could bacterial hitchhikers influence formation of new host species?

May. 5, 2011—Vanderbilt researchers are exploring what role, if any, bacteria play in environmental diversity, with the aim of answering one of biology's most fundamental questions.

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Nanotechnologists take lessons from nature

Apr. 28, 2011—Accepting and understanding natural variability is the key for engineers seeking to make nanoscale devices that are as efficient as living microorganisms.

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Vandy rocketeers strike again

Apr. 22, 2011—Last Sunday, Vanderbilt’s Aerospace Club participated in a major NASA rocket competition at Huntsville, Alabama and came away with a first place award for their payload design. This is the fourth year that the Vanderbilt group has been invited to the NASA Student Launch Projects rocketry challenge and the second year in a row that...

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Beyond knot theory

Apr. 14, 2011—I’ve always been fascinated, and occasionally frustrated, by the tendency of string, yarn, rope and wire – any thing that is long, thin and flexible – to knot and tangle. Clearly, I’m not the only one. Mathematicians have been studying knots since the early 1800’s and the field of knot theory is alive and well...

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Sleep strategy used by night nurses throws off their circadian clocks

Apr. 14, 2011—As many as 25 percent of hospital nurses use sleep deprivation to adjust to working on the night shift, the poorest strategy for adapting their internal, circadian clocks to a night-time schedule.

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Fields Medalist joins Vanderbilt faculty

Apr. 6, 2011—One of the world’s foremost mathematicians, Vaughan F. R. Jones, has accepted a position as distinguished professor of mathematics at Vanderbilt University beginning in the fall of 2011.

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Big Bang or Big Bounce?

Apr. 5, 2011—There is a new dark-horse entry in the cosmological sweepstakes. In the last 50 years, the Big Bang theory has gradually become the standard scientific model for how the universe began and has been written into the grade school science textbooks. That is because it has done an amazing job of explaining many of the...

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