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Opinion: Scientific insight vital for effective public policy

Jun. 1, 2012—Policy will increasingly involve complex scientific concepts, but this does not mean that the available technical input will automatically match those needs.

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Grad student demos tablet apps to aid visually impaired on Capitol Hill

May. 24, 2012—Each May for the past 18 years, the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) has held an exhibition and advocacy day on Capitol Hill designed to illustrate how society benefits from federal support of science, engineering and mathematics research. Vanderbilt is a member of the alliance of more than 120 organizations that advocate on behalf...

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‘Extractionator’ could bring cheap and effective malaria diagnostics to millions

May. 9, 2012—The "Extractionator" is a sophisticated little device that automates the diagnostic sample collection and preparation process so it can be operated by individuals in remote environments with minimal training.

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Rep. Cooper launches “golden goose” award

Apr. 26, 2012—A new award, called the Golden Goose Award, has been established in order to highlight the often unexpected or serendipitous nature of basic scientific research by honoring federally funded researchers whose work may once have been viewed as unusual, odd or obscure but which has produced important discoveries that have benefited society in significant ways.

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Reframing the paradigm for developmental disabilities research

Apr. 18, 2012—I challenge to our research community to reframe our paradigms.

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Education and the 2012 Election

Apr. 18, 2012—"The economy and jobs will be the two biggest issues in this fall’s general election, but education will also factor in who votes for which candidate and why," writes Christopher Loss.

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Mechanical Engineering grad students take top honors at medical device conference

Apr. 13, 2012—Mechanical Engineering graduate students David Comber and Massimiliano Simi have won first and second place in the Three-in-Five competition at the Design of Medical Devices Conference.

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Vanderbilt innovations noted by NIH

Mar. 29, 2012—Two Web-based research tools developed at Vanderbilt University were highlighted March 20 during a House subcommittee hearing of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) FY13 budget request. During his testimony to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health,...

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Tennessean op-ed: Anti-science legislation offers prospect of a new Scopes trial

Mar. 26, 2012—By Roger Cone, chairman of the department of molecular physiology and biophysics at Vanderbilt, Jon Kaas, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt, and Robert Webster, Rose Marie Thomas Chair in Virology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital This opinion piece was published on the Tennessean’s website March 25, 2012. Almost 90 years ago,...

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Life without engineers

Mar. 23, 2012—In his talk titled “Engineering Excitement,” Norman Fortenberry, executive director of the American Association for Engineering Education outlined the changes in U.S. engineering education that he believes are necessary for the profession to adapt to the economic and social changes that are currently sweeping the globe.

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day 2012

Mar. 9, 2012—Undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on the cusp of research careers in developmental disabilities got a chance to shine Feb. 28 during the annual Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day. A record 123 of them presented research posters on topics ranging from molecular neuroscience to language acquisition. Ten winners each received a $250 cash prize...

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Calling all would-be documentarians

Mar. 7, 2012—  Calling all would-be Ken Burns and Michael Moores on campus: The Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI) is challenging students to create three-minute videos that celebrate American innovation. The basic instructions from TFAI are: “The video should illustrate how scientific discoveries resulting from federally funded research in the physical sciences have changed our lives....

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