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Can lessons from manufacturing cure health care?

Feb. 1, 2011—Using Vanderbilt University’s Trauma Care Center as a case study, Owen Graduate School of Management professor Nancy Lea Hyer asks how operations management can help improve health care. With millions of new patients coming into the U.S. health care system over the next decade, the term “operations” is taking on a whole new meaning in...

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

Dec. 16, 2010—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. Synthetic biology is research that combines elements of biology, engineering, genetics, chemistry, and computer science. Achievements in synthetic biology...

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Five cheats for catching hedge fund cheaters

Nov. 18, 2010—[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.] As hedge funds come under tighter scrutiny with the federal government’s recently passed...

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Analysis of 2010 midterm elections: Vanderbilt experts

Nov. 3, 2010—[Vanderbilt has a 24/7 video and audio 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.] Voters didn’t always look at incumbents’ political records: The continued weak economy, widespread public distrust and massive spending by special interest groups all...

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Vanderbilt professors develop new Nasdaq indexes that guard against market gyrations

Nov. 3, 2010—New research by Vanderbilt finance professors Robert Whaley and Jacob Sagi has led to the creation of a recently launched group of Nasdaq indexes.

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Vanderbilt value-of-life study shows Mexican immigrants fare far worse than other immigrants, U.S. natives

Oct. 26, 2010—It has been long suspected that Mexican immigrants often work on dangerous and unpleasant jobs for low pay.  New research by Vanderbilt University Law School professors Joni Hersch and W. Kip Viscusi provides hard evidence on the risks and rewards for risky jobs. They find that Mexican immigrants are concentrated in jobs with high risk...

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Brookings scholar lecture marks official opening of new Vanderbilt center

Oct. 20, 2010—Noted congressional scholar Thomas E. Mann will speak at Vanderbilt University on Oct. 28 about the outlook for the 2010 midterm elections. The public lecture marks the official launch of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, which is housed within Vanderbilt’s Department of Political Science.

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More shake-ups for Obama’s team of rivals, says Vanderbilt political scientist

Sep. 30, 2010—President Barack Obama’s declining approval ratings increase the challenges of keeping his once-lauded “team of rivals” in place through 2012, according to David E. Lewis, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.

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New NRC report provides data on 31 Vanderbilt doctoral programs

Sep. 28, 2010—A new report from the National Research Council offers insights into 31 doctoral programs at Vanderbilt University, and finds the programs to be competitive with those at other top research institutions in the United States. The report is based on data collected for the 2005-2006 academic year on 20 key variables identified by the NRC...

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Public/private partnerships key to maximizing Nashville’s sports potential: VU study

Sep. 27, 2010—Nashville should seek new public/private partnerships that generate additional revenue sources if the city wants to maximize its economic potential as a sports city, according to a report prepared by the Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies.

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Shame versus guilt when your company misbehaves

Sep. 23, 2010—New research by Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management professor Ray Friedman found that employees who personally identified with their company felt the most shame for the wrongful acts. These employees wanted to hide from the bad act and disassociate themselves from the organization, which means they were most likely to quit.

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Health care business leaders discuss big issues in health care

Sep. 16, 2010—Vanderbilt hosts Health Care Business Alliance Health care is the hot button issue impacting every person in this country. As health care itself dramatically changes, the business of health care is evolving. Leaders from the health care field, along with economists, and academic experts are coming together at the third annual Health Care Business Alliance...

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