Research Blog

  • Vanderbilt University

    Microscopy method brings ‘nano-world’ into focus

    A new technique for imaging whole cells in liquid – with a nanometer resolution that brings into focus individual proteins and other intracellular structures – could dramatically improve the study of cancer, viral infections and brain function. Read More

    Oct 25, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Discoveries show value of federal support

    An update on federally funded projects at Vanderbilt and their impact on efforts to improve education, protect people from disease and meet our nation’s energy needs. Read More

    Oct 13, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Defending education and innovation in the face of the budget-cutting wave

    Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction members (C-span) These days the news is full of stories about the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, nicknamed the Super Committee, and whether it can come up with a politically acceptable way to reduce the ballooning federal deficit. This… Read More

    Oct 11, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Dean Benbow visits the White House

    First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the National Science Foundation's Career-Life Balance initiative event in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) On Monday, Sept 26, when First Lady Michelle Obama hosted an event at the White House to announce… Read More

    Sep 30, 2011

  • Empty microphone

    Computer scientist: reveal thyself!

    (iSTOCK) Like the Wizard of Oz, computer scientists have largely been happy to perform their magic behind the curtain, out of public view.  However, this reticence has begun causing problems in the digital realm. “Computer scientists face the drawbacks of lacking public awareness,” wrote an international team… Read More

    Sep 16, 2011

  • Y-class brown dwarf

    Vanderbilt’s links to the solar neighborhood

    Astronomer Davy Kirkpatrick (Courtesy of Davy Kirkpatrick) If Davy Kirkpatrick’s calculations stand up, then Vanderbilt will have solid connections to two of the Sun’s nearest stellar neighbors. One link is long standing. Barnard’s star, which is six light years away from the Sun and its second-closest… Read More

    Sep 15, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Primer on political impacts of Sept. 11

    Thomas Schwartz Thomas Schwartz, professor of history, recently responded to an interview request from a journalist in São Paulo, Brazil, about the lasting political impacts of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Professor Schwartz’s responses provide a concise overview of the lasting impact of a day… Read More

    Sep 2, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Picture the intangible: the intersection of art and science

    Scanning electron micrograph of a Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus colony by Perrin Ireland. Art and science are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, these two important fields of human endeavor often draw from and inspire each other. Think Leonardo da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin. A 21st century version of this cross-fertilization currently… Read More

    Aug 31, 2011

  • Scene 2011 Innovations

    Nashville innovations

    Last week when the Nashville Scene’s annual Innovations Issue hit the newsstands, three of its ten “forward-thinking ideas that are pushing Nashville – and the world – into the future” came from Vanderbilt. The three campus projects that impressed the Scene editors were: Digging for Drugs:… Read More

    Aug 23, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Defending funny-sounding science

      It’s easy to make fun of things you don’t understand. That is particularly true of scientific research. In fact, making fun of federally funded science projects has become an unfortunate political tradition. The Association of American Universities has taken up the challenge of defending publicly… Read More

    Aug 9, 2011

  • Crop from Sminton

    Jumping genes make the funny pages

      Every so often a piece of research makes it into the popular culture. That is the case with the discovery of Vanderbilt biologists Antonis Rokas and Jason Slot that entire gene clusters have jumped between unrelated species of mold millions of years… Read More

    Jun 24, 2011

  • Moira MacTaggert

    Real science in X-Men

    First appearance from "Uncanny X-Men" #96. Art by Dave Cockrum. Via Wikipedia. Here’s another reason to love the X-Men: real science. Listen carefully to the dialogue between Professor Charles Xavier and CIA agent Dr. Moira MacTaggart in the new movie, “X-Men: First Class,” and you’ll hear a… Read More

    Jun 21, 2011

  • Cell phone with bee & hive

    Cell phone bee mortality link: sensationalism not science

    Vanderbilt graduate student Cassidy Cobbs has investigated recent news reports linking cell phone emissions with bee mortality and found that there is no scientific basis for the claims. Read More

    Jun 14, 2011

  • blue-eyed cicada

    Bad buzz about blue-eyed cicadas

    Photo of a true blue-eyed cicada (Matt Weiss, Cicada Mania) Have you heard the latest buzz going round that scientists at Vanderbilt are paying as much as $3,000 for specimens of the rare blue-eyed cicada? If you have, I hope you haven’t spent a lot of time… Read More

    Jun 2, 2011

  • BSC 111c poster session

    Laboratory throws away cookbooks in pursuit of discovery

    Students at BSC111c poster session discussing project that determined the phylogenetic relationship of a number of common insects (Susan Urmy / Vanderbilt) In an educational environment increasingly characterized by canned and virtual science experiments that always come out right, Vanderbilt’s alternative introductory biology laboratory (BSC 111c) stands… Read More

    May 20, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    From Yugoslavia to endowed chair: six pillars of academic success

    Karoly Mirnics and Krassimira Garbett, staff scientist in his laboratory (Susan Urmy / Vanderbilt). I arrived in the states 21 years ago as a student, from what was to become the war-torn country of Yugoslavia. Twenty-one years later I am holding a title of James G. Blakemore Chair and vice… Read More

    May 18, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Prof. Rosenthal goes to Washington

    Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) chatting with Prof. Sandra Rosenthal, front, graduate student Scott Niezgoda and Christina West, assistant vice chancellor of federal relations, in Washington D.C. at the 17th annual CNSF Exhibition & Reception. (David Scavone) Last Wednesday, Sandra Rosenthal and Scott Niezgoda accepted the invitation… Read More

    May 13, 2011

  • Cicada

    Cicadas 101: All buzz, no bite

      An adult cicada (John Russell / Vanderbilt) Vanderbilt commencement speakers may have some unusual competition this year: Nashville’s largest brood of cicadas are predicted to emerge in May and hang around for about five or six weeks. Besides their practice of appearing in 13- or 17-year… Read More

    May 12, 2011

  • Amanda Kussrow

    Investment in biomedical research yields jobs, billions in return

    Federal funding from the National Institutes of Health contributed to the development of a new laser technique being used at Vanderbilt to aid in drug discovery. Research Amanda Kussrow is pictured. (Joe Howell / Vanderbilt) Federal investment in scientific research is a major driver of job growth… Read More

    May 11, 2011

  • Attacking malaria on several fronts

    Attacking malaria on several fronts

    Vanderbilt researchers are using a variety of approaches to hasten the beginning of the end of malaria. Read More

    Apr 27, 2011