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Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies receives $2 million federal grant

Sep. 2, 2010—Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies will expand its collaborations in Tennessee and beyond through world-class research, teaching and community service – thanks to a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Vanderbilt study looks at government shakeup in Honduras

Aug. 4, 2010—Based on surveys in Honduras, the combination of low levels of education for the masses and high levels of wealth among the elite is a good recipe for undermining democracy. The Latin American Public Opinion Project, a consortium of universities and research institutes based at Vanderbilt University which tracks attitudes about democracy in the Americas,...

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Vanderbilt University study to be most comprehensive look at link between stress and health disparities

Jul. 6, 2010—Vanderbilt University is launching a landmark study in Nashville to look at the role stress plays in the health disparities observed across socioeconomic status and race. The study will seek 1,600 individuals who will be asked to participate in interviews and provide blood and urine samples that will allow the simultaneous assessment of physical, emotional...

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Implicit bias against Latinos affects all immigrants, Vanderbilt research shows

Jul. 1, 2010—Most Americans, despite their best intentions, harbor a negative bias against Latino immigrants, which deeply colors their outlook on policy proposals for immigration reform, according to research findings by Vanderbilt University political scientist Efren Perez. “I found that when the issue of immigration is broached, whether legal or illegal,   many individuals automatically think of Latino...

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Wartime memories of Vanderbilt community preserved through oral history project

Jun. 22, 2010—Website offers audio interviews and transcripts World War II memories that include historic battles, hide-outs from the Nazis and campus war relief projects have been preserved through the Vandy Goes to War oral history project, which can be heard on the Vanderbilt University Libraries’ website. “Vandy Goes to War is one way we document the...

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Creating lifetime connections through tourism

Jun. 1, 2010—The thing that makes Israeli officials nervous about the program to keep their country connected with young American Jews may be the reason it’s working so well.

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VU undergrads present research on presidential appointments

May. 18, 2010— Two Vanderbilt undergraduates had the rare opportunity to present their research findings on the influence of patronage on presidential appointments and government performance at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association Conference.

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Vanderbilt undergraduates present research at national political science meeting

May. 12, 2010— Two Vanderbilt University undergraduates had the rare opportunity to present their research findings on the influence of patronage on presidential appointments and government performance at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association Conference.

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Fitting monstrous crimes into a legal framework

Apr. 26, 2010— "In the non-legal context, genocide has come to be thought of as the epitome of ’evil,’" writes Vanderbilt philosopher Larry May in his new book, Genocide. "Some authors have argued that we should regard genocide as merely a plain fact that should not be further investigated lest we risk that our explanations and conceptual inquiries will be mistakenly seen as forgiveness for the horror of what genocide is."

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Is there a middle ground between creationism and evolution?

Mar. 23, 2010—The battle between creationists and Darwinians sometimes appears to be irresolvable. Pick science or religion – you can't have both.

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More nasty ads expected outcome of Supreme Court ruling

Jan. 21, 2010—Count on more political attack ads in 2010 after a Supreme Court ruling lifting the ban on corporation and labor donations, according to Vanderbilt University political scientist John Geer.

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TIPSHEET: Grading Obama: Vanderbilt presidential experts offer analysis

Jan. 19, 2010—Vanderbilt experts David Lewis, John Geer and Thomas Schwartz are available to discuss the one-year anniversary of the Obama presidency and his Jan. 27 State of the Union address.

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