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    Focus on black, gay or Hispanic men troubling in study of the macho man

    We all know how to spot a macho guy – right? He’s a man’s man with a certain swagger and a way with the ladies. Well, social scientists have a different opinion – one that perpetuates stereotypes about black, Hispanic and certain homosexual men. In social science circles, a… Read More

    Jan 6, 2011

  • Aliquots – VUMC research highlights

    Aliquots – VUMC research highlights

    RSV prefers stressed cells “Stress granules” – globs of proteins and RNAs – form inside cells in response to environmental stressors and are thought to regulate protein production. Several viruses induce stress granule formation, but the function of these structures during virus replication is not well understood. James Crowe Jr.,… Read More

    Jan 6, 2011

  • Impact of Recovery Act funds profound for VU

    Impact of Recovery Act funds profound for VU

    During the past 18 months, scientists at Vanderbilt University have received $148 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to buy major equipment, hire additional staff and accelerate their research. University officials predicted the impact of the 246 two-year “stimulus” grants awarded to more than 200 researchers across campus… Read More

    Jan 6, 2011

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    Brain imaging predicts future reading progress in children with dyslexia

    (Photo credit: iStock photo) Brain scans of adolescents with dyslexia can be used to predict the future improvement of their reading skills with an accuracy rate of up to 90 percent, new research indicates. Advanced analyses of the brain activity images are significantly more accurate in driving predictions than standardized… Read More

    Dec 20, 2010

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    Participants sought for study treating speech disorders in young children with cleft palate

    Young children born with cleft lip or palate are sought to participate in a groundbreaking intervention study to help improve their language and speech. The study, launched by Vanderbilt University and East Tennessee State University in January 2010, has already been found to have a positive impact on addressing speech disorders in these children. Read More

    Dec 19, 2010

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    Vanderbilt law professor gives input to first report from White House commission on bioethics

    Nita Farahany The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released its first report Thursday focusing on the emerging field of synthetic biology. Vanderbilt associate professor of law and philosophy Nita Farahany is on the bioethics commission. Read More

    Dec 16, 2010

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    Ezra Fitz: In His Own Words

    Ezra Fitz (Photo credit: Daniel Dubois, Vanderbilt University) In late January of 2006, I was looking neither at tide pools, nor at stars. I was staring intently – just as I am now, as I’m writing this – into a computer screen, trying to cover a bone-white Word document with… Read More

    Dec 8, 2010

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    Texas program sees gains in student achievement, teacher retention

    Student achievement improved and teacher turnover declined in schools participating in the Texas state-funded District Awards for Teacher Excellence (D.A.T.E.) program, the National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt University has found. “Our findings suggest that, more often than not, participants in the D.A.T.E. program had a positive experience and… Read More

    Dec 7, 2010

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    Lessons learned from urban cultural tax plans focus of Vanderbilt study

    Nashville Jazz Band, directed by Jim Williamson, performing in Ingram Hall with the Blair Big Band. (Photo credit: Vanderbilt University / Steve Green) Proponents of creating a cultural tax district for Nashville would need to identify community-specific goals that address voters’ shared values and ideals, according to a report prepared… Read More

    Dec 7, 2010

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    TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert able to comment on DREAM Act

    As members of Congress spar over whether or not to provide tuition benefits and a path to legalization to undocumented students through the DREAM Act, an examination of the nation’s first state-level “dream act” indicates such policy effectively boosts college enrollment by these students. Read More

    Dec 6, 2010

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    Developing robots for the hospital emergency room

    (Photo credit: iStock photo) Are you ready for robots in the ER? A group of computer engineers at Vanderbilt University is convinced that the basic technology is now available to create robot assistants that can perform effectively in the often-chaotic environment of the emergency room. The specialists in emergency medicine… Read More

    Dec 6, 2010

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    Babies’ biological clocks dramatically affected by birth light cycle

    Graduate student Chris Ciarleglio who performed the study in the McMahon Lab that found the circadian clock in mammals is imprinted by the day/night cycle when an individual is born. The finding may help explain why people born in the winter at high latitudes are at greater risk for seasonal… Read More

    Dec 6, 2010

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    New Comprehensive Care Center at One Hundred Oaks feels like home to its first patient

    Dr. Stephen Raffanti, M.D., with Loren Antes at the Comprehensive Care Clinic opening. (Photo credit: Joe Howell, Vanderbilt University) Loren Antes, 41, was dying to stay alive – literally. Diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1987, Antes was subjected to a pharmaceutical regime that just about killed him. Each day he faced… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

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    TIPSHEET: Expert on surveillance can comment on National Opt-Out Day

    Torin Monahan, associate professor of human and organizational development and medicine at Vanderbilt University, is available to discuss how and why resistance to surveillance is on the rise in the United States and ways in which surveillance has developed in recent years. Read More

    Nov 19, 2010

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    Five cheats for catching hedge fund cheaters

    [Media Note: Vanderbilt has a 24/7 TV and radio studio with a dedicated fiber optic line and ISDN line. Use of the TV studio with Vanderbilt experts is free, except for reserving fiber time. A high resolution photo of Nicolas Bollen is available here.] (Photo credit: iStock photo) As hedge… Read More

    Nov 18, 2010

  • New initiative to develop a system that controls prosthetic limbs naturally

    New initiative to develop a system that controls prosthetic limbs naturally

    Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Duco Jansen and Peter Konrad Using beams of light to allow amputees not only to control but also to feel the movement of prosthetic limbs is the ambitious goal of a new $5.6 million Department of Defense initiative. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is tapping the… Read More

    Nov 17, 2010

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    Important brain area organized by color and orientation

    Photo courtesy of National Eye Institute A brain area known to play a critical role in vision is divided into compartments that respond separately to different colors and orientations, Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered. The findings have important implications for furthering our understanding of perception and attention. The research… Read More

    Nov 15, 2010

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    Educators need to shift focus from achievement gap to opportunity gap to better serve racially diverse students

    A report released this week by the Council of Great City Schools finds black students continue to perform and test at levels significantly below their white counterparts. A new book released this month by Vanderbilt University education professor H. Richard Milner details strategies for closing this persistent achievement gap by… Read More

    Nov 10, 2010

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    Babies learn best from parents, not video

    New research from Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia finds that infants learn little to nothing from popular educational videos and learn the most from face-to-face interactions with their parents and other familiar figures. Read More

    Nov 10, 2010

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    Vanderbilt University to collaborate on new $40 million National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning

    Helping foster children’s learning and readiness for school through the federal Head Start program is the goal of a new National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, created this fall with a $40 million grant from the Office of Head Start. Read More

    Nov 9, 2010