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MLAS still accepting applications for fall

Aug. 16, 2012—The Master of Liberal Arts and Science Program (MLAS) still has space for adult learners this fall. Applicants should act quickly; classes start the week of Aug. 27. This unique graduate school program for working adults at Vanderbilt offers courses spanning history, writing, philosophy and media studies. The program, which costs about half the tuition...

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Engineer, astronomer and geologist receive NSF Faculty Early Career Development awards

Aug. 9, 2012—An electrical engineer who is attempting to make wireless communications more reliable, an astronomer who studies the evolution of the cosmos by creating large numbers of virtual universes and a geologist who is studying the origins of super-eruptions have received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development awards.

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Largest 3-D map of the universe released to public

Aug. 8, 2012—Star gazers – both those who have a telescope and those who don’t – should be happy to learn that the largest-ever three-dimensional map of the universe has been released to the public.

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Negative ad proves more effective for Obama

Aug. 7, 2012—Positive ads from President Obama won't get the job done of defeating challenger Mitt Romney in the presidential race, data from the Vanderbilt/YouGov Ad Rating Project continues to suggest.

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Receptionist who was welcoming face of Vanderbilt dies; memorial service set

Aug. 6, 2012—Mary McClure Taylor, beloved Vanderbilt University receptionist who left a lasting impression of warmth, grace and compassion on generations of students and others who visited Kirkland Hall, died Aug. 5 after a short illness.

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Sevin, German professor and former chair of department, dies

Jul. 31, 2012—Dieter H.O. Sevin, professor of German and former chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt, died July 29 after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer. Sevin taught German language and literature at Vanderbilt for more than 44 years.

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Vanderbilt-led team to develop ‘microbrain’ to improve drug testing

Jul. 24, 2012—Creating a device out of human cells that simulates brain chemistry is the goal of a $6.4 million grant which is part of major new federal initiative to develop a series of “organs on a chip” designed to improve the drug development process.

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Radiation damage bigger problem in microelectronics than previously thought

Jul. 19, 2012—The amount of damage that radiation causes in electronic materials may be at least 10 times greater than previously thought, say Vanderbilt scientists using a combination of lasers and acoustic waves to pinpoint the size and location of defects buried deep inside.

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Venable, molecular biologist and Vanderbilt administrator, dies

Jul. 18, 2012—John “Jack” H. Venable, who ably served Vanderbilt University as a teacher and administrator for more than three decades, has died. He was 74.

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Vanderbilt University professor writes memoir on bipolar son

Jul. 12, 2012—Charlotte Pierce-Baker, a professor of women's and gender studies and English, has written the memoir "This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son."

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What do beer, dogs and cats have in common? A tale of microbial domestication

Jul. 12, 2012—Study maps the genetic changes involved in the domestication of Aspergillus oryzae, one of the fungi used to make sake, soy sauce and miso.

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Newborn star’s spots confirm stellar growth theory

Jul. 10, 2012—The latest observations of a newly born star have found that it has a pair of spots on its surface that are heated to more than one million degrees. The presence of these spots confirms a theory for how stellar infants grow advanced by Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub and a colleague.

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