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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt professors are ready to talk about upcoming Supreme Court decisions

Jun. 26, 2007—The United States Supreme Court is set to make decisions on a number of hotly debated cases and a diverse group of Vanderbilt University experts is ready to talk about those cases.

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Major airline taps Vanderbilt ‘business boot camp’ for creative ideas; American Airlines has students focus online

Jun. 12, 2007—One of the country's most successful airlines is challenging students in the Vanderbilt Accelerator Summer Business Institute to focus their creativity on an area most young people in the "Y-Generation" know better than the back of their hand, the Internet.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert can talk about developments in the war crimes case surrounding a young Guantanamo detainee

Jun. 4, 2007—A military judge Monday threw out a war crimes case against Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr. He is accused of the 2002 grenade killing of a U.S. Army soldier in Afghanistan. Khadr was 15 at the time of the alleged attack. Judge Peter Brownback found that the charge sheet did not meet a two-step process defined in the Military Commissions Act.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt economist helps sway Supreme Court to overturn telecom antitrust lawsuit

May. 22, 2007—The Supreme Court followed the advice of a Vanderbilt University professor and 25 other top antitrust economists and overturned the decision made by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on the telecom antitrust lawsuit Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly.

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Shut up and work! Vanderbilt professor examines the erosion of free expression in the workplace

May. 17, 2007—An employee is fired for having a political bumper sticker on his car. Another is let go for complaining about co-workers on a MySpace page. A third person didn't receive a call-back on a prospective job because of the sermon he gave on his church's podcast. Are these violations of free speech? Are private companies breaking the law by firing or not hiring these people?

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Illegal immigration hurts African Americans; Vanderbilt professor believes Congressional Black Caucus is ignoring the issue

Apr. 30, 2007—New research by a Vanderbilt professor of law and political science found that illegal immigration is hurting African Americans and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is not doing enough about it.

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Investing in college: How to pick the right school at the right price; Vanderbilt professor sorts through the confusion of choosing a college

Apr. 23, 2007—College is clearly an investment in a person's future. But how do you pick the right school for you and which school will give students and parents the best return on their investment?

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The brain’s role in violence; Vanderbilt researcher examines how brain science could affect legal responsibility

Apr. 19, 2007—A man with no prior history of sexual misconduct was caught trying to molest a child. A brain scan found that he had a large tumor pressing on his right frontal cortex. When the tumor was removed, he no longer wanted to molest children. A suicidal man tried to kill himself with a crossbow. When the arrow went into his skull, the damage done to his prefrontal cortex reversed his anti-social tendencies.

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Why do women earn less than men?; Two Vanderbilt economists explain this persistent issue and show which professions are worst at pay parity

Apr. 9, 2007—In this day and age women are CEO's, senators, construction workers, stock brokers, economists and more. Women have made their way into every aspect of the workforce and comprise 46 percent of employees. Yet women consistently earn less than men.

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Apology and forgiveness in resolving conflicts; Experts come to Vanderbilt to learn how apology and dispute resolution interact with law

Mar. 9, 2007—Violent crime, racial oppression, ethnic tensions, mass atrocities and transitioning societies are all volatile situations that could be helped with effective conflict resolution techniques, including apology and forgiveness. But the complex emotional transition necessary for effective conflict resolution becomes even more complicated in the context of group conflicts. A conference being held at Vanderbilt Law School on March 30-31 will provide a unique opportunity to explore trends in conflict resolution.

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Food security: helping make the world‘s food supply safe

Feb. 1, 2007— Researchers will present papers on a series of topics including the impact of agro-terrorism; the role of international agreements in achieving food security; what tragedy teaches us about 100-year-old food laws; food-borne infections and the global food supply and regulating food aid in disasters.

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Skin color and salary; Lighter and taller equals a bigger paycheck for immigrants

Jan. 25, 2007— A new study by a Vanderbilt University professor of law and economics found legal immigrants in the United States with a lighter skin tone made more money than those with darker skin.

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