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Astronomy professor wins $1M grant, takes multifaceted approach to keeping minorities and persons with disabilities in STEM

Dec. 13, 2017—Keivan Stassun was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Million-Dollar Professor for promotion of minorities in the physical sciences.

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TIPs grant funds groundbreaking LGBT policy lab

Dec. 12, 2017—Funded by a 2017 TIPs grant, the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab connects interdisciplinary faculty and students to study the impact of LGBT-related public policies. In the VU BreakThru blog, Tara McKay, assistant professor of medicine, health and society, discusses how she uses her research to influence health, legal and social policies in both the domestic and global arenas.

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New undergraduate degree requirement launches in fall 2018

Dec. 7, 2017—Immersion Vanderbilt will become a degree requirement for all incoming first-year students starting in fall 2018, all incoming sophomore transfer students starting in fall 2019, and all junior transfer students starting in fall 2020. This initiative follows on the heels of the four undergraduate schools’ formal review and approval of Immersion Vanderbilt during the last calendar year.

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University begins capital planning assessments of humanities, sciences to chart future

Dec. 6, 2017—Vanderbilt University is embarking on discovery and planning processes, guided by the Academic Strategic Plan and FutureVU, to chart a course for capital planning in the humanities and the sciences.

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Economics senior Sasha Pines creates business sisterhood

Dec. 6, 2017—Sasha Pines, a senior majoring in economics, believes combining solid business strategy with a sense of empathy can change lives.

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Faculty encouraged to submit Discovery and Research Scholar grant proposals

Dec. 4, 2017—The Office of the Provost invites faculty to submit proposals for the next round of Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants.

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New proposal development program hosts visit from Army Research Lab’s chief scientist to explore faculty partnerships

Nov. 29, 2017—The Army Research Lab's top scientist came to Vanderbilt to explore research collaborations with faculty through the provost’s new Leveraged Proposal Organization and Development program.

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Faculty grant allows Janusek to delve into mystery of stone giants

Nov. 29, 2017—With a provost-funded Research Scholar Grant, John Janusek has been able to expand his decades-long research into Tiwanaku, one of the Andes’ earliest cities and an influential religious center.

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15 faculty members elected as AAAS fellows

Nov. 20, 2017—Fifteen Vanderbilt faculty members conducting a range of biomedical and clinical research have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Six of the 15 have received funding through the university’s Trans-Institutional Programs initiative, which facilitates research and teaching collaborations across disciplines and are a core pillar of the university’s Academic Strategic Plan.

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Shining a light on the nervous system to thwart disease

Nov. 16, 2017—Researchers believe they can address problems stemming from heart rate, respiration and digestion by untangling which nerves control which bodily functions and then stimulating them with light.

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Citizens’ attitudes toward taxation in Malawi

Nov. 15, 2017—Writing in the Office of Cross-College Initiatives' BreakThru blog, political science Ph.D. student SangEun Cecilia Kim finds that poverty is the most common factor driving the tax aversion of Malawi citizens.

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New LGBT Policy Lab off and running with TIPs funding

Nov. 10, 2017—The new TIPs-supported Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab is just five months old and has already launched an Internal Seminar Series and presented at a prestigious national conference. The lab brings together faculty from five schools and 10 departments and is focused on research to understand the causes and consequences of LGBT-targeted public policies. Read more about the lab and other internally funded projects at the VU BreakThru blog.

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