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Law, neuroscience student earns NIJ fellowship

Dec. 6, 2017—A student from the nation’s first joint law and neuroscience J.D. and Ph.D. program, housed at Vanderbilt University, has earned a $50,000 graduate research fellowship from the National Institute of Justice.

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Beyond Politics: Private industry needs to step up on climate change

Dec. 5, 2017—Two Vanderbilt experts say evidence shows that progress can continue to be made on environmental issues regardless of what the government is doing.

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The unexpected way international business influences U.S. politics

Dec. 1, 2017—Corporations in different industries tend to donate to the same political candidates when their board members serve on the boards of international companies, too.

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Citizens’ attitudes toward taxation in Malawi

Nov. 15, 2017—Writing in the Office of Cross-College Initiatives' BreakThru blog, political science Ph.D. student SangEun Cecilia Kim finds that poverty is the most common factor driving the tax aversion of Malawi citizens.

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More experienced work teams learn quickly, but struggle with change

Nov. 7, 2017—Teams having more experience with a prior practice learn new tasks quickly, though their performance lags behind less-seasoned counterparts immediately after a new practice is implemented.

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Autism & Innovation center established to help people with ASD find meaningful work

Oct. 12, 2017—Creating a model pipeline that will assist adults on the autism spectrum find innovative jobs is the purpose of Vanderbilt University’s new Center for Autism & Innovation.

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New faculty: Kejia Hu, assistant professor of operations management

Oct. 9, 2017—Kejia Hu, new assistant professor of operations management, believes big data can be used as a tool for good, bringing about positive change in the marketplace. And her research can prove it.

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New faculty: Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins, assistant professor of economics

Oct. 9, 2017—As one of the architects of California’s successful statewide carbon cap-and-trade program, Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins, a new assistant professor of economics at Vanderbilt, worked to find a way for companies in California to reduce their carbon emissions while still remaining competitive with firms in states with fewer environmental regulations.

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Crime casts pall on Central America’s Northern Triangle

Oct. 3, 2017—LAPOP research shows that crime prevalence impacts economic progress in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras

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Large pay disparities can be regarded as fair, with proper motivational orientation

Sep. 27, 2017—When employees are guided by the pursuit of gains and advancement, they can view pay disparities as fair, according to new research by Tae-Youn Park of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

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Center for Effective Lawmaking announces highest-scoring members of Congress

Sep. 26, 2017—The most effective legislators in the U.S. House of Representative and Senate were identified by the new Center for Effective Lawmaking in Washington, D.C.

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Tolerance, participation in local government up in the Americas

Sep. 26, 2017—New data gathered by the Latin American Political Opinion Project (LAPOP) include some upticks but also discouraging news about the state of democracy in the Americas.

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