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Class of 2018: Alexandra Doten wants to help young students reach for the stars

Apr. 26, 2018—Alexandra Doten’s passion for blending science, education and outreach was born from a failure. Doten took an astronomy class her first semester freshman year and failed the first test. But with encouragement from a professor, she turned the experience into a lesson in perseverance.

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Q&A: Going to Mars with astronomy professor David Weintraub

Apr. 20, 2018—We can go to Mars—soon. But should we? Astronomy Professor David Weintraub asks the ethical questions in his new book, "Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go."

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NASA’s TESS mission to discover new worlds will use a map developed at Vanderbilt

Apr. 16, 2018—Vanderbilt’s Keivan Stassun serves as a deputy principal investigator on the mission and is tasked with identifying the most promising stars to target in its search for habitable nearby planets.

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Planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1 star provide clues to the nature of habitable worlds

Mar. 20, 2018—The newly discovered planets appear to have too much water to sustain life but provide hints at what sorts of planets might do so.

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Keivan Stassun named 2018 AAAS mentor of the year

Feb. 15, 2018—Astrophysicist Keivan Stassun has been named mentor of the year by AAAS for his efforts in increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM Ph.D. programs.

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The 20 most popular research stories of 2017

Dec. 15, 2017—New clues to Alzheimer's disease, helping kids deal with stress, understanding why our universe is three-dimensional and—of course—electric eels all appear in this year's look back on the research stories that were visited the most frequently on Vanderbilt's website in 2017.

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Better way to weigh millions of solitary stars

Dec. 14, 2017—Astronomers have come up with a new and improved method for measuring the masses of millions of solitary stars, especially those with planetary systems.

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Vanderbilt astronomers continue international effort to map and analyze universe in greater detail than ever

Nov. 16, 2017—Vanderbilt astronomers will carry out detailed studies of nearby stars orbited by planets with the potential to harbor or sustain life.

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Filling the early universe with knots can explain why the world is three-dimensional

Oct. 13, 2017—Filling the universe with knots shortly after it popped into existence 13.8 billion years ago provides a neat explanation for why we inhabit a three-dimensional world. That is the basic idea advanced by an out-of-the-box theory developed by an international team of physicists.

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Autism & Innovation center established to help people with ASD find meaningful work

Oct. 12, 2017—Creating a model pipeline that will assist adults on the autism spectrum find innovative jobs is the purpose of Vanderbilt University’s new Center for Autism & Innovation.

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Racing the eclipse, School of Engineering weather balloon sends striking video

Aug. 24, 2017—A high-altitude weather balloon rose yesterday from a Vanderbilt garage rooftop to the edge of space to live-stream the eclipse from above Nashville and record the temporary atmospheric changes it caused.

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Stellar astrophysicist Keivan Stassun talks about total solar eclipse, scientific wonder on ‘The Zeppos Report’

Aug. 17, 2017—In prelude to the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos interviews astronomy expert Keivan Stassun on "The Zeppos Report."

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