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Cho receives prestigious National Academy of Education fellowship award

Oct. 1, 2013—Sun-Joo Cho, assistant professor of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development, has been named a 2013 National Academy of Education (NAE)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.

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Group prenatal care led to improved birth outcomes

Sep. 19, 2013—Women with access to group prenatal care had improved birth outcomes, including longer gestational periods and higher birth weight, in a study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt’s Peabody Research Institute.

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Constant innovation helped early MOOC course succeed

Sep. 17, 2013—Constant innovation helped make one of the first massive open online courses, or MOOCs, at Vanderbilt more like a “real class” and benefited faculty and students by improving on-campus teaching, according to Douglas Schmidt, professor of computer science and of computer engineering at Vanderbilt.

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Two Vanderbilt professors part of PBS series ‘Brains on Trial’ Sept. 11 and 18

Sep. 5, 2013—Research conducted at Vanderbilt is featured in "Brains on Trial with Alan Alda," a two-part televised series airing Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 on PBS that explores how the growing ability to separate truth from lies may radically affect the way criminal trials are conducted in the future.

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Tom Schwartz on the crisis in Syria: Domestic politics as foreign policy

Sep. 5, 2013—“From a historical perspective, which looks at the American presidency since the end of World War II, Obama’s decision reflects a turning point, the clear triumph of domestic political considerations over foreign policy priorities,” according to Thomas Schwartz, a professor of history and political science at Vanderbilt.

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Positive classroom interactions vital to pre-K learning

Sep. 4, 2013—Positive interactions in a pre-kindergarten classroom may be equally or more important to the future academic development of 4-year-olds than learning letters and numbers, according to Dale Farran, senior associate director of the Peabody Research Institute at Vanderbilt's Peabody College for education and human development.

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Marijuana regulation may replace marijuana prohibition under new federal guidelines

Aug. 29, 2013—New U.S. Department of Justice guidelines regarding the enforcement of the federal government’s longstanding marijuana prohibition constitute a “major policy shift,” according to Robert Mikos of Vanderbilt University Law School. Mikos, an expert on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws, is available to provide expert commentary on the DOJ announcement.

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Vanderbilt finance study: No long-term effects for high frequency trading

Aug. 29, 2013—While high-frequency trading has been linked to several high-profile episodes, a new study conducted by Vanderbilt University finance professors Nicolas P.B. Bollen and Robert E. Whaley finds there has been no discernable uptick in average global market volatility correlated with the rise of high-frequency computer trading.

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$10M grant establishes center to boost outcomes for children with learning disabilities

Aug. 27, 2013—A team of Vanderbilt professors will develop new math and reading strategies aimed at improving student success with the support of a new $10 million federal grant.

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Snowden revelations compel government to address surveillance enforcement

Aug. 7, 2013—Christopher Slobogin, the author of a book that addresses privacy and government intrusion, is available for expert commentary for ongoing stories regarding whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations of massive phone surveillance by a federal spy agency.

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Community mourns death of former Graduate School dean

Aug. 1, 2013—Ernest Campbell, who was instrumental in revitalizing Vanderbilt's Department of Sociology and Anthropology and known nationally for his research in race relations, desegregation and education, died July 28.

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Consumer taste for high altitude beans shifts opportunity to small farmers

Apr. 29, 2013—Economic prospects improved for small mountain farmers in Guatemala when consumers developed a taste for coffee brewed with beans grown at high altitude, according to a new study from the Vanderbilt Institute for Coffee Studies.

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