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Vanderbilt to host conference on historic and present-day conflicts in Colombia

Mar. 16, 2016—To mark Colombia's historic peace accord with rebels, scholars from around the world will gather at Vanderbilt to consider the history of conflict in Colombia and its prospects for peace moving forward.

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Nobel Prize-winning economist will deliver Steine Lecture March 22

Mar. 16, 2016—Alvin E. Roth, who shared the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, will discuss “Who Gets What and Why: The Economics of Matching and Market Design" March 22. Roth is responsible for re-designing the National Resident Matching Program, through which approximately 20,000 doctors a year find their first employment as residents at American hospitals.

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The Conversation: Organizing a student protest? Have a look at 1970s Germany

Mar. 11, 2016—Christoph Zeller, associate professor of German, writes: "Looking back at the protest movement in Germany reveals parallels that help to understand the present."

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The Conversation: Are looser gun laws changing the social fabric of Missouri?

Mar. 10, 2016—Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, writes: "Again and again, people with whom I spoke raised concerns, not just about the lethal potential of firearms, but about the ways that allowing guns into previously gun-free communal spaces might impact a host of commonplace civic encounters as well."

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Lim’s research on evangelical activism awarded Louisville Institute grant

Mar. 9, 2016—A Vanderbilt Divinity School professor has been awarded a grant from the Louisville Institute for his transnational study of the evangelical community's fight against human trafficking.

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Vanderbilt Economics ranked first in the South in top scholarly output

Mar. 7, 2016—Vanderbilt’s Department of Economics has been ranked first in the South by researchers who study economics education at Columbus State University and the University of New Haven. The ranking measures research competitiveness.

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Vanderbilt mourns former Graduate School dean Russell Hamilton

Mar. 4, 2016—The first African American dean of a Vanderbilt school or college has died. Russell G. Hamilton was 81.

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Graduate students compete in fourth annual Three Minute Thesis competition

Mar. 1, 2016—Vanderbilt graduate students demonstrated that they can summarize their 80,000-word theses in less than three minutes using terms that members of the public can understand during this year's Three Minute Thesis competition.

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Special-edition beer inspired partly by Vanderbilt archaeology debuts in Chicago

Feb. 24, 2016—A corn-and-pepper beer whose significance to an ancient South American empire was confirmed by archaeologist Tiffiny Tung has inspired a custom brew commissioned by Chicago's Field Museum.

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Eberl receives grant to study the cultural identity of Q’eqchi’ Maya

Feb. 23, 2016—Markus Eberl will study how the relocation of a Maya community in Guatemala affects their connection to the past.

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Donato appointed 2016-17 Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar

Jan. 26, 2016—While in residence, Katharine Donato will analyze how race and gender affect how immigrants find their place in the United States.

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Resolving the food-energy-water trilemma

Jan. 25, 2016—A computer model has been developed that provides new insights into the food-energy-water nexus and can help resource managers around the world do a better job of weighing food and energy tradeoffs when water is scarce.

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