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75 years later D-Day continues to represent exceptionalism

Jun. 6, 2019—Imagine Europe with Communist governments in Germany, France and Italy, all satellites of the Soviet Union. If the D-Day invasion, which happened 75 years ago June 6, had failed, then it is conceivable that Stalin’s Soviet Union would have liberated all of Europe from Hitler and ended up controlling the major countries of Europe, along...

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Tennessee stands at a political crossroads: Vanderbilt Poll

Jun. 6, 2019—Despite opportunities for broad consensus, Tennessee’s long history of pragmatic politics could be affected by rising polarization along party lines, according to the most recent statewide Vanderbilt University Poll.

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Provost announces leadership positions for Beasley, George

Jun. 5, 2019—Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has announced new appointments for Vanessa Beasley and Tracey George as part of leadership promotions and reorganizations within the provost’s offices.

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Bartels elected to American Philosophical Society

Jun. 3, 2019—Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science and co-director of Vanderbilt’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, has been elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States.

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Researchers by day, rockers by night, biofunkiest engineers hit the airwaves

May. 31, 2019—The Vanderbilt Initiative of Biofunky Engineers, or VIBE, began performing together in 2017 and have played a handful of gigs, including the biomedical engineering department’s holiday party. Last week they took to the airwaves of Radio Free Nashville.

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Limited submission opportunity: Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowships

May. 30, 2019—Vanderbilt University may submit one nomination to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowships. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.

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Study: Continuity, not change, marked President Trump’s first year

May. 29, 2019—An empirical analysis of executive actions taken during President Trump's first year shows that while he focused more on immigration and deregulation than previous presidents, his use of unilateralism was largely in line with his predecessors.

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Sheree C. Wright among ‘Best of the Bar’ honorees

May. 29, 2019—Sheree C. Wright has been named to the Nashville Business Journal’s 2019 “Best of the Bar” in the category of corporate counsel.

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Inaugural Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day draws crowd for talks, posters, data blitzes

May. 28, 2019—Vanderbilt's inaugural Alzheimer’s Disease Research Day drew more than 100 attendees to hear faculty lectures on subjects ranging from diet to brain modeling, take in short “data blitzes” on individual areas of research, and visit a 35-station poster session.

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Stassun appointed to Astro2020 Steering Committee

May. 22, 2019—Vanderbilt University astrophysicist Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was named Tuesday to the National Academies’ Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) Steering Committee.

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Fort Negley receives international recognition thanks to the work of Vanderbilt scholars

May. 22, 2019—As communities throughout the South struggle to determine appropriate ways of recognizing Civil War history, Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, and Postdoctoral Fellow Angela Sutton have worked to draw attention to Fort Negley as a site that teaches the tragedy of slavery as well as celebrates the contributions of free and enslaved black people to Nashville and the nation’s history.

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Life in evolution’s fast lane

May. 21, 2019—A group of budding yeasts in the genus Hanseniaspora, which is closely related to the baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has lost large numbers of genes related to cell cycle and DNA repair processes.

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