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Why tech-savvy political candidates still need old-fashioned yard signs

Jul. 25, 2011—A Vanderbilt political science study offers fairly conclusive evidence that, in low-information races, a candidate’s name recognition alone positively affects voter support.

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Due process is human right, new book argues

Jul. 20, 2011—No one in the world should be detained without due process of law, and an international legal body should be created to ensure the right, says Vanderbilt University professor Larry May. May, the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt, has traced the right of habeas corpus back to the Magna Carta, and makes...

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Controversial bills might have cost General Assembly popularity points

Jun. 19, 2011—A new poll shows the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, marked by debate on a number of controversial issues, slipped in its approval rating in the four months it was in session.

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Religious bias still hurdle for presidential candidates, study shows

Jun. 2, 2011—Research by Vanderbilt and Claremont political scientists show a significant number of American voters remain biased against Mormons and other religious minorities.

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An expensive abuse of justice? Why current habeas corpus must be reformed

May. 31, 2011—The legal safeguard habeas corpus is being used in ways it was never intended, resulting in a costly waste of scarce legal resources and taxpayer dollars, according to two researchers who have studied thousands of habeas cases.

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Haitians still believe in democracy after devastating earthquake

May. 24, 2011—A new poll shows that Haitians have reacted to a devastating 2010 earthquake much as expected, with one notable exception. The destruction and poverty caused by the earthquake have done remarkably little to erode confidence in democracy.

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Vanderbilt professor named Securities and Exchange Commission’s chief economist

May. 20, 2011—Vanderbilt finance professor Craig M. Lewis has been named as the new director of the SEC's Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation and chief economist of the SEC.

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Why VW scored at the Super Bowl

May. 18, 2011—The reason Volkswagen’s Star Wars-themed Super Bowl ad featuring a lovable little Darth Vader worked so well may lie in its narrative complexity, says Vanderbilt marketing professor Jennifer Escalas.

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Vanderbilt finance professors open NASDAQ stock exchange

Apr. 20, 2011—Vanderbilt finance professors Robert Whaley and Jacob Sagi rang the opening bell for Nasdaq OMX in New York on Tuesday, April 19, to celebrate the start of options trading on a new group of indexes the pair developed to help protect stock gains from market fluctuations.

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OpEd: Justice: Too much and too expensive

Apr. 18, 2011—Legal experts Nancy J. King and Joseph Hoffmann propose a new approach to habeas corpus cases, in this op-ed which ran in the April 17, 2011, New York Times.

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Carbon labeling: putting the power in consumer’s hands

Mar. 29, 2011—A private carbon labeling system could help make a dent in greenhouse gas emissions by leveraging consumer purchasing power.

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Medical mistakes interfere with hospitals’ ‘do no harm’ aim

Mar. 18, 2011—A clear safety culture and “conceptual toolkit” are needed to reduce medical mistakes, research from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management finds.

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