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How Obama uses rhetoric to bring together nation key to inaugural, says Vanderbilt speech expert

Jan. 19, 2009—One of the most important themes to listen for in Barack Obama's inaugural address is a call for a united American body or citizenry, says Vanessa Beasley, an associate professor of communication studies at Vanderbilt University. Beasley is the author of You, The People: American National Identity in Presidential Rhetoric, which looks at previous inaugural addresses from 1885 to 2001.

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Vanderbilt expert: Tennessee legislative coup could benefit Williams in long run

Jan. 14, 2009—Voters in Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams' district could continue to support and re-elect the Elizabethton representative – even if he switches parties – says Vanderbilt University political scientist Christian Grose.

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Obama presidency signals new era in America’s struggle with self-identity, says Vanderbilt historian

Jan. 8, 2009—America's arduous struggle over competing visions of nationhood involving race is a giant step closer to resolution with the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, says Vanderbilt University historian Gary Gerstle.

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Mounting restrictions on hedge fund withdrawals can erode investor value by as much as 15 percent

Dec. 16, 2008—The fast-growing number of withdrawal restrictions being imposed by hedge funds to curtail capital drain during the financial market crisis comes with a hefty price tag for fund investors, says a new study from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. The research comes as investors seek desperately to exit hedge funds to avoid further declines and the possibility of fund failure, yet face a suspension of redemptions by fund managers.

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How the brain thinks about crime and punishment

Dec. 10, 2008—In a pioneering, interdisciplinary study combining law and neuroscience, researchers at Vanderbilt University peered inside people's minds to watch how the brain thinks about crime and punishment.

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Payday loan problem: financial ‘quick fix’ leads to personal bankruptcy

Dec. 4, 2008—New research by Vanderbilt Law School Assistant Professor Paige Marta Skiba found that payday loan applicants who received the quick cash after their first application were significantly more likely to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy than those whose initial application was denied.

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Having privately and publicly managed prisons in the same state brings benefits

Nov. 21, 2008—New Vanderbilt research finds that states can save a substantial amount of money if they use a shared system of both privately and publicly managed prisons. The savings don't come from the use of private prisons alone, but

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New AmericasBarometer Insights offers concise public policy analyses

Nov. 14, 2008—Results from an unprecedented collection of public opinion data in 23 nations on wide-ranging political issues and their policy implications are included in the new AmericasBarometer Insights, a series of short studies now available to the public.

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TIPSHEET: Education, health care expected to be among Obama’s priorities: Vanderbilt experts

Nov. 7, 2008—Vanderbilt experts are available to comment on education, immigration and health care policy.

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Experts: Obama will move quickly to show he’s ready to govern

Nov. 7, 2008—Political pundits have time to reflect in the days ahead on the reasons behind Barack Obama's historic election as the first African American president, but the president-elect must focus immediately on his transition and the challenges ahead, according to several Vanderbilt professors.

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2008 presidential election signals transition: Vanderbilt experts

Oct. 31, 2008—A smooth presidential transition with an emphasis on advance preparation and avoidance of past pitfalls is crucial to a strong start for the next administration, says political scientist David E. Lewis. Vanderbilt experts are available to discuss the many aspects of this year\'s presidential election.

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Employers beware: aggressive job negotiations can have long-term impact on employer-employee relationships

Oct. 23, 2008—Research conducted by professors Ray Friedman and Neta Moye finds that the perceived mistreatment of potential employees during the recruitment process has a significant and lasting impact on workers' long-term relationships with employers.

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