Apr. 15, 2009—A team of synthetic chemists at Vanderbilt University report in the March 18 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society that they have created an efficient way to make a naturally occurring alkaloid that could have anti-cancer properties and may combat memory loss from scratch.
Turning science fiction into legal reality: The impact of behavioral genetics and neuroscience on the law
Apr. 15, 2009—A time could soon come when genetic tests and neurological brain scans are introduced as evidence in criminal trials as readily as DNA evidence is today.
Apr. 14, 2009—Early data from a project evaluating the first-year impact of New York City's performance pay program, the School-Wide Performance Bonus Program (SPBP), finds no discernable impact on student achievement thus far. However, the report's authors caution that it is too soon to draw any overall conclusions about the program's impact.
New Vanderbilt Peabody research featured at American Educational Research Association conference April 12-18
Apr. 10, 2009—K-12 and higher education experts from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development will present their latest research April 12-18 in San Diego, Calif., at the American Educational Research Association's annual conference.
Apr. 10, 2009—As parents and policymakers increasingly worry about the quality of public schools, alternatives such as charter schools, magnet schools and vouchers appear more attractive. But experts wonder: What difference do schools of choice make?
Apr. 10, 2009—Comparing different ways of solving math problems is a great way to help middle schoolers learn new math concepts, researchers from Vanderbilt and Harvard universities have found.
Apr. 10, 2009—New research from Vanderbilt University has found students benefit more from being taught the concepts behind math problems rather than the exact procedures to solve the problems. The findings offer teachers new insights on how best to shape math instruction to have the greatest impact on student learning.
Apr. 2, 2009—Jesse Peterson, assistant professor of mathematics at Vanderbilt University, has won a $50,000 research fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation aimed at encouraging promising young scholars.
Black church participation up in urban areas; family programs, economics and real-world sermons drive attendance
Apr. 1, 2009—Churches with predominantly black congregations are thriving in urban and suburban areas, and the most successful churches employ a variety of sophisticated marketing and programming strategies to draw members, a new study by Vanderbilt University researcher Sandra Barnes finds. The research offers insights into what successful black churches have in common today, when parishioners have more choices and expect more from their churches than they have in the past.
Mar. 24, 2009—Imagine a platoon of soldiers fighting in a hazardous urban environment who carry personal digital assistants that can display the location of enemy shooters in three dimensions and accurately identify the caliber and type of weapons they are firing.
Mar. 18, 2009—The keys to fixing the U.S. health care system are to hold people accountable for their actions; treat health insurance like auto insurance and tax individual's health care benefits said Larry Van Horn, a leading expert and researcher on health care management and economics.
Mar. 17, 2009—While many people associate the word "pork" with lawmakers' wasteful spending for pet projects, new Vanderbilt research demonstrates the importance of cabinet secretaries and their political ideology in the distribution of lucrative federal grants.