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Social media partly to blame for busybody culture, says professor

Nov. 21, 2014—Philosophy professor John Lachs blames the explosion of social media, talking heads on the airwaves, and "helicopter" parents for a busybody culture in which too many individuals meddle in other people's lives.

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Overweight women lose in the labor market: Vanderbilt study

Oct. 21, 2014—Overweight women are more likely to work in lower-paying and more physically demanding jobs; less likely to get higher-wage, public-facing positions; and make less money compared to men and average-size women.

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Men’s Health and the Politics of Masculinity: Jonathan Metzl

Oct. 21, 2014—Watch video of “Men’s Health and the Politics of Masculinity,” a forum presented by The Center for Medicine, Health and Society on Oct. 21 from Furman Hall. Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society, moderates.

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Are the world’s religions ready for E.T.?

Sep. 29, 2014—David Weintraub's new book explores how leaders in the world's major religions will react to the discovery of extraterrestrial life.

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ISIS conflict experts: Thomas Schwartz and Mike Newton

Sep. 9, 2014—Vanderbilt experts Thomas Schwartz and Mike Newton are available to comment on President Obama's new plans for Iraq and Syria.

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Vanderbilt professor proposes a different way to finance college

Apr. 14, 2014—A Vanderbilt business professor is proposing a new kind of college loan: In exchange for a full college scholarship, students would pay back a percentage of their income for a set number of years.

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Electric “thinking cap” controls learning speed

Apr. 11, 2014—In a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Vanderbilt psychologists Robert Reinhart, a Ph.D. candidate, and Geoffrey Woodman, assistant professor of psychology, show that it is possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or...

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Federal judges to recharge at Vanderbilt Law School

Mar. 13, 2014—Federal judges will reflect and learn at a seminar designed to help them meet the extraordinary demands, both personal and professional, of their work. The first Mid-Career Seminar for U.S. District Judges is set for the fall of 2014. The product of a partnership between the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) and Vanderbilt Law School, it...

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Doctors need to be political advocates for patients, expert says

Mar. 11, 2014—Doctors and other health care workers need to be advocates for improving not just biological conditions, but also social ones, said the director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Medicine, Health and Society.

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Income inequality is making Americans sick, Metzl says

Feb. 10, 2014—Vanderbilt researcher Jonathan Metzl has coined the term "structural competency" as a starting point for doctors to realize how medical problems are often downstream results of upstream societal decisions.

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Expert: Same-sex marriage issue could define Justice Kennedy’s place in history

Nov. 5, 2013—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has written all of the court’s decisions striking down discrimination against homosexuals, is poised for a prominent place in history if a same-sex marriage case makes it to the high court, says a Vanderbilt law professor. Read more.

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Using sound waves for bomb detection

Oct. 23, 2013—A remote acoustic detection system designed to identify homemade bombs can determine the difference between those that contain low-yield and high-yield explosives.

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