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Author: Jennifer Johnston

Understanding cultural motivations in the Boston Marathon bombings

Apr. 22, 2013—As Americans attempt to grapple with the motives behind the Boston Marathon bombings, it is important not to see the two Chechen brothers suspected in the deadly attacks through the same prism

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Child development award goes to Peabody researcher

Apr. 19, 2013—Velma McBride Murry is the recipient of the Society for Research in Child Development’s 2013 Distinguished Contributions to Cultural and Contextual Factors in Child Development Award presented April 18 at SRCD’s biennial meeting in Seattle.

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TVA privatization might benefit consumers, expert says

Apr. 15, 2013—If the Tennessee Valley Authority goes private, utility customers could benefit if risks and incentives are better aligned than under the current approach, according to a Vanderbilt law professor. The prospect of selling off the public utility has been raised by the Obama administration in a call for a strategic review.

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Regulatory failure leads to risks, expert says

Apr. 11, 2013—Failing to get proper consent from parents in a study that potentially put babies at risk is unquestionably a regulatory failure and perhaps a moral failure, according to Laura Stark, an expert on medical regulation and ethics.

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Viability of possible TVA sale in question

Apr. 11, 2013—The Obama administration launched a “modest shot across the bow” with a call for a strategic review that includes consideration of a possible sale of the Tennessee Valley Authority, according to Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University.

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Young North Korean leader’s actions may not be grounded in political reality

Apr. 10, 2013—Rising tensions in the Korean peninsula have Japan, South Korea and the United States on full alert for a possible missile launch from North Korea. “A major worry now is North Korea’s young leader, who may not understand the constraints of reality that his grandfather and father didn’t publicly acknowledge but implicitly understood,” said James...

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Expert: North Korea’s saber-rattling intended as distraction to nation’s real problems

Apr. 2, 2013—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is either leading his country’s military or being led by that military into a rhetorical battle with the United States, South Korea and Japan that he and his generals cannot win, according to James Auer, director of Vanderbilt’s Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation.

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Senate resolution honors Franklin for historic football season

Feb. 13, 2013—Vanderbilt’s James Franklin was honored Feb. 13 by the Tennessee Senate as lawmakers recognized his accomplishments as the Commodores’ head football coach.

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Emancipation Proclamation panel explores document’s meaning for today

Feb. 13, 2013—Vanderbilt Chaplain Mark Forrester moderated a lively panel discussion in War Memorial Auditorium Feb. 12 about the Emancipation Proclamation’s meaning and legacy as the document went on view at the Tennessee State Museum nearby.

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Peabody College offers ‘summer school’ for teachers

Feb. 4, 2013—Higher education and K-12 professionals will converge on Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College campus in June for a grown-up version of summer school—the Peabody Professional Institutes (PPI). Five week-long institutes run June 10-28.

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Vanderbilt’s statewide impact focus of annual Day on the Hill

Jan. 30, 2013—Vanderbilt’s 12th annual Day on the Hill highlighted the university and medical center’s contributions to all 95 counties in Tennessee and offered the opportunity for conversations between Vanderbilt officials and state lawmakers.

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Plugging In — Owen’s growing presence in the energy business

Dec. 10, 2012—A photograph of a smiling young man standing beside a gas pump at a Spur Gas station in Henderson, Ky., sits in the offices of Gigi Lazenby, BA’67, MBA’73. The year was 1931 and the young man—her father, Paul Banks Jr.—would eventually work his way to President of that same company, Spur Distributing.

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