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New device stores electricity on silicon chips

Oct. 22, 2013—Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7. Cell phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges: These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University.

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Long-term brain impairment too common after critical illness

Oct. 8, 2013—A recent Vanderbilt study shows a significant number of patients are entering I.C.U.’s throughout the world with no evidence of cognitive — brain related issues, but are leaving with symptoms associated with mild Alzheimer’s or Traumatic Brain Injury. Barb Cramer has more.

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Most math being taught in kindergarten is old news to students

May. 16, 2013—Kindergarten teachers report spending much of their math instructional time teaching students basic counting skills and how to recognize geometric shapes—skills the students have already mastered before ever setting foot in the kindergarten classroom, new research finds.

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25th anniversary of Kurdish genocide holds lessons to prevent atrocities in Syria today

Mar. 13, 2013—This week marks the 25th anniversary of the gas attacks on the Kurdish village of Halabja, Iraq, at the hand of Saddam Hussein that killed at least 5,000 civilians. Vanderbilt University international criminal and humanitarian law expert Michael Newton says lessons learned from the Halabja attack could help the persecuted Kurds being attacked in Syria today.

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Power of the press: Can the media influence voting behavior of legislators? New Vanderbilt research says “yes.”

Feb. 28, 2013—Whether politicians and the press seem like friend or foe, elected officials regularly use news outlets to share and defend their views to the public. New research from Vanderbilt University finds certain media actually influenced the voting behavior of politicians.

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Romney foreign policy would not be focused on Israel and Middle East

Jun. 8, 2012—As a Mormon, Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs have a basis on the American continent.  Assistant Professor of Religious History Kathleen Flake explains how that might affect the Middle East and Israel. View 2012 election expertise information for Kathleen Flake>> Visit ElectionVU to find all Vanderbilt experts on the 2012 election>>

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Watch: How media coverage of campaign advertising influences election results

May. 18, 2012—How the media covers campaign advertising can influence election results. Associate professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Josh Clinton explains his research on the 2004 “swift boat” ads and how media coverage impacted the election.

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The Problem of Dueling Experts

Apr. 6, 2012—Dueling expert witnesses can give inaccurate view of science. Vanderbilt legal scholar Rebecca Haw suggests preemptive strikes against experts to prevent outliers from giving an unsubstantiated perspective of the facts to jurors.  

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The role the immigration debate will play through the election cycle

Nov. 28, 2011—The tenor of the immigration debate will probably change as the candidates get closer to the general election. Assistant professor of political science Efrén Pérez explains why the immigration debate is likely to evolve. View 2012 election expertise information for Efren Perez >> Visit ElectionVU to find all Vanderbilt experts on the 2012 election >>

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What’s wrong with our current immigration policy?

Nov. 23, 2011—Assistant professor of political science Efrén Pérez explains what  he thinks is wrong with our current immigration policy and the immigration debate. View 2012 election expertise information for Efren Perez >> Visit election VU to find all Vanderbilt experts on the 2012 election >>

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Why some Latinos and African Americans seem like ideal Republicans, but don’t vote with the GOP.

Nov. 23, 2011—Assistant professor of political science Efrén Pérez explains why Latinos and African Americans seem like they would be ideal Republicans, but don’t vote with the GOP. View 2012 election expertise information for Efren Perez >> Visit election VU to find all Vanderbilt experts on the 2012 election >>

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Mistakes Republicans are making in attracting Latino voters, especially with the immigration issue

Nov. 23, 2011—Republicans are making serious mistakes when it comes to attracting Latino voters, especially with the immigration issue.  Assistant professor of political science Efrén Pérez explains why. View 2012 election expertise information for Efren Perez >> Visit ElectionVU to find all of Vanderbilt experts on the 2012 election >>

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