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You do the math: Explaining basic concepts behind math problems improves children’s learning

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.

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Vanderbilt mathematician wins Sloan research fellowship

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.

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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.

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Network turns soldiers’ helmets into sniper location system

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.

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Treat health insurance like auto insurance and hold people accountable

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.

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President’s cabinet secretaries control the pork, Vanderbilt research finds

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.

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The law market: shopping for legal systems that benefit you the most

Mar. 12, 2009—Working in a global economy means a lot more than where a business builds or sends its products. Today, a business owner may operate a shipping business in Florida, have the business incorporated in Delaware, maintain the company's assets in an offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands and specify that any legal disputes be litigated in the United Kingdom. And this is all perfectly legal.

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Women’s and men’s earnings hurt by housework

Mar. 3, 2009—New research by Vanderbilt professor of law and economics Joni Hersch found that housework not only reduces the salaries of women, but also affects some men's wages. She also found that women's salaries are negatively impacted by housework regardless of profession.

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Molecular biologist receives Humboldt Research Award

Feb. 27, 2009—Ellen H. Fanning, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University, has received a 2009 Humboldt Research Award.

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New research offers guidance for improving primary grade writing instruction

Feb. 26, 2009—New research from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College offers guidance for teachers to help them improve writing instruction in the primary grades and develop stronger student writers.

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Vanderbilt scientists invent world’s smallest periscopes

Feb. 25, 2009—A team of Vanderbilt scientists have invented the world's smallest version of the periscope and are using it to look at cells and other micro-organisms from several sides at once.

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Op-Ed: Back to the future: Why conservatives don’t really want a return to Reagan tax cuts

Feb. 23, 2009—As the Obama administration begins its quest to right the economy through government spending, a counter story of recovery comes from admirers of the Reagan administration. President Reagan's admirers point out that he was also faced with a horrible economy upon his inauguration which, they assert, Reagan cured with deep tax cuts.

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