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New group of faculty endowed chairs celebrated

Sep. 28, 2011—Ten of Vanderbilt’s new endowed chairs were praised as leaders in their fields and on campus during a Sept. 26 ceremony at the Student Life Center.

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Political Scientist Alan E. Wiseman to speak at Vanderbilt Sept. 22

Sep. 16, 2011—Vanderbilt will commemorate U.S. Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 22, with a free lecture by Alan E. Wiseman at Flynn Auditorium at Vanderbilt Law School. Wiseman, associate professor of political science and co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, will examine the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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VUCast: Political past revealed

Aug. 22, 2011—See some of the unique items and stories U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander reveals to Vanderbilt from his time as governor. Plus, how one Vandy professor thinks President Obama could fix the immigration issue and why VUMC is cheering!  

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Vanderbilt physicist honored for mentoring Hispanic, Native American students

Aug. 17, 2011—Physicist David Ernst has received a 2011 Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science award for his mentorship of underrepresented minority students.

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Political Science relocates to Ingram Commons

Aug. 9, 2011—Unpacking  what seems like an endless number of boxes has kept political science professors and staff busy the past week. The entire department has relocated to the Commons Center after completion of the 19,000-square-foot project to build out the three-year-old building’s third floor. The College of Arts and Science project enables, for the first time,...

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It’s All Connected

Aug. 1, 2011—The Sustainability Project sparks a campus dialogue  about our relationship with the environment and commitment to its future       Bangladesh, in South Asia, is a flat, low-lying land situated between the melting snowcaps of the Himalayas and the rising waters of the Bay of Bengal. As the world warms due to climate change,...

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Why tech-savvy political candidates still need old-fashioned yard signs

Jul. 25, 2011—A Vanderbilt political science study offers fairly conclusive evidence that, in low-information races, a candidate’s name recognition alone positively affects voter support.

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Controversial bills might have cost General Assembly popularity points

Jun. 19, 2011—A new poll shows the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, marked by debate on a number of controversial issues, slipped in its approval rating in the four months it was in session.

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Religious bias still hurdle for presidential candidates, study shows

Jun. 2, 2011—Research by Vanderbilt and Claremont political scientists show a significant number of American voters remain biased against Mormons and other religious minorities.

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Rising junior Patrick Thomas finalist on ‘The Voice’

May. 31, 2011—Voice/economics double major will be mentored by country star Blake Shelton during the competition.

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Why people with schizophrenia may have trouble reading social cues

May. 24, 2011—Impairments in a brain area involved in social perception may help explain why individuals with schizophrenia have trouble reading social cues.

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Valuing teaching and service at a top research university

May. 23, 2011—Good teaching and basic science breakthroughs would not be possible without institutions such as Vanderbilt, says Patrick Abbot, associate professor of biological sciences. Professors, in turn, understand the critical need to “participate in the maintenance and improvement of these institutions.” That’s where service, such as editing journals, jurying research or serving on faculty committees, naturally...

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