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$1.6M grant renews CLAS’ designation as National Resource Center

Aug. 27, 2018—The Department of Education grant allows Vanderbilt's Center for Latin American Studies to retain its status as one of the nation's top educational resources for subjects pertaining to Latin American society and culture.

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Can colorful blocks prep preschoolers for a future in math? This study says yes.

Aug. 27, 2018—Patterning and spatial activities like block play are simple yet powerful activities in which preschoolers develop early math skills, according to a growing body of research by Vanderbilt scholars.

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Bowtie-funnel combo best for conducting light; team found answer in undergrad physics equation

Aug. 24, 2018—Running computers on virtually invisible beams of light would make them faster, lighter and more energy efficient. A Vanderbilt team found the answer in a familiar formula.

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Clue to treating obesity found in body’s ‘rheostat’

Aug. 23, 2018—New research by Masoud Ghamari-Langroudi and colleagues has revealed that a certain brain protein called MC3R plays a role in causing the body to reset its "ideal" weight.

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Koala teeth provide insights into diet

Aug. 22, 2018—Paleontologist Larisa DeSantis' latest research confirms that the shape of tooth wear best indicates the kind of food koalas and kangaroos ate, not whether it was covered in dust and dirt.

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Dillehay receives $510K to study role of gold mining in colonization of South America

Aug. 20, 2018—Anthropology professor Tom Dillehay and co-investigators will undertake anthropological, historical, engineering and geological studies to uncover the many forces shaping the development of the southern Andes.

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High-speed atomic force microscopy reveals clock protein interactions

Aug. 20, 2018—Prof. Carl Johnson and his team discovered on-and-off interactions between KaiA and KaiC take only seconds but combine to create a 24-hour oscillation of phosphorylation in a test tube.

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Upside-down jellyfish teach land-locked teens about ocean conservation

Aug. 17, 2018—More than a dozen Cassiopea were given to the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt by the Tennessee Aquarium.

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Vanderbilt study explores how dual-eligible beneficiaries spend

Aug. 17, 2018—People who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare tend to have very serious, complex health problems, but new research by Laura Keohane shows that their rate of healthcare spending is not rising any faster than that of people eligible for just Medicare.

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Predictive models for gene regulation

Aug. 17, 2018—Modern statistical tools are not very accurate when it comes to predicting the discrete and non-symmetric behaviors of individual cells. Gregor Neuert and colleagues say that's because the wrong tools are being used.

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YAP after acute kidney injury

Aug. 17, 2018—ianchun Chen, Raymond Harris and colleagues have identified a potential new target for treating acute kidney injury.

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A new target for lung cancer

Aug. 17, 2018—Xiangming Ji, Pierre Massion and colleagues have discovered that blocking the transporter protein xCT could slow the progression of non-small cell lung cancer.

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