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Legal academy needs to embrace complexity science: Ruhl

Mar. 30, 2017—Law professor J.B. Ruhl says legal scholars should embrace a research approach that analyzes how the relationship between various parts of a system influence its behavior.

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Nashville is strong, but feeling growing pains: Vanderbilt Poll

Mar. 26, 2017—Davidson County residents give high marks to Mayor Megan Barry, but are concerned about the pace of Nashville’s growth and want to improve public transportation.

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Rebuilding middle class is the key to preserving democracy

Mar. 24, 2017—Law professor Ganesh Sitaraman: "Our Constitution wasn’t designed for a country with significant economic inequality."

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Neuroscientists can measure criminal intent – at least in the moment

Mar. 13, 2017—Intent to commit a crime is a crucial factor in determining prison sentences. A new neuro study suggests it is possible to measure subtle variations in intent while a crime is being committed.

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Contract clause in Constitution finding new relevance

Mar. 9, 2017—Vanderbilt professor James Ely has written a book about the contract clause of the Constitution. The clause has recently been used to block state legislatures from trimming the benefits of teachers.

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Three Vanderbilt student teams advance to next round of ‘Nobel Prize for students’

Feb. 23, 2017—Three teams from Vanderbilt will compete for the Hult Prize, an international social entrepreneurship competition dubbed “the Nobel Prize for students.” These teams will advance to the next round of competition in hopes of winning a $1 million prize in start-up funds to launch their project.

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Understanding political polarization in legislatures

Feb. 8, 2017—Too many safe seats, partisan voters and "wave" elections all influence how polarized a legislature is.

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Study finds smaller insurers earning profits in new market

Feb. 2, 2017—The researchers examine whether the financial struggles of some major insurers under the Affordable Care Act reflect a policy failure or a mismatch of these firms’ capabilities and strategies to a newly created market.

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Early experience with federal health coverage suggests how future Medicaid reforms may work

Feb. 1, 2017—Proposed Medicaid reforms are similar to the capped federal financing system in place during the '50s and early '60s, when states generally reimbursed a much smaller proportion of health care for the needy.

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Apology laws don’t help doctors avoid malpractice payouts

Feb. 1, 2017—Letting doctors apologize to patients without letting the apology be used in court does not lessen malpractice claims, say three researchers from Vanderbilt University.

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Vanderbilt study finds that as leaders gain power, dissent against unethical behavior declines

Jan. 31, 2017—New research suggests that holding high-ranking positions may blind people to the unethical practices they are responsible for stopping.

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Former Federal Reserve governor and longtime Vanderbilt professor J. Dewey Daane dies

Jan. 4, 2017—An international monetary expert and one of the most esteemed economic minds of the last century, J. Dewey Daane died Jan. 3 in Nashville at the age of 98.

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