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Vanderbilt doctoral thesis helps protect rare domestic sunflower

Oct. 23, 2014—The doctoral thesis of former Vanderbilt graduate student Jennifer Ellis Mandel played a key role in protecting a rare domestic sunflower.

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Campus trees celebrated with new website, mobile device tours

Oct. 17, 2014—Fall is the perfect time to learn more about the trees of Vanderbilt through a new website and mobile device-assisted tours.

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Mosquito facts and fictions

Sep. 9, 2014—Mosquito researcher Jason Pitts collects interesting facts and stories about his research subjects, nature’s ultimate bioterrorists.

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Celebration honors nine new faculty chair holders

Sep. 5, 2014—A Sept. 3 celebration at the Student Life Center honored nine new faculty chair holders and recognized the support of generous donors.

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Three researchers receive EAGER awards

Aug. 22, 2014—Three Vanderbilt researchers have received an award designed to better understand how complex behaviors emerge from brain activity.

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Treatments for frog fungus

Jul. 25, 2014—The fungicide amphotericin B may be a useful treatment for a frog fungus that is killing amphibians worldwide.

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Quanta Magazine: Evolving with a little help from our friends

Jun. 5, 2014—Seth Bordenstein, associate professor of biological sciences, and graduate student Robert Brucker, discovered that the survival of a new hybrid of wasp depended not on their genes but on the microbes that naturally lived on and inside the insects.

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Repair protein’s DNA recognition motif

May. 23, 2014—Insights into the workings of DNA damage response proteins such as SMARCAL1 could suggest new ways to improve genome integrity and prevent cancer.

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Vanderbilt University honors 20 as emeriti faculty

May. 9, 2014—Twenty retiring faculty members were recognized during Vanderbilt’s Commencement ceremony May 9, when the university honored their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty.

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Research is shaping the undergraduate experience

May. 6, 2014—According to a 2013 survey of graduating seniors, more than half did faculty-guided or independent research during their Vanderbilt careers. Read about five students for whom research has helped shape their undergraduate years.

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Pen pal project unites graduate, middle school students

Apr. 17, 2014—More than 100 sixth graders from Wright Middle School met the Vanderbilt graduate student pen pals with whom they have been corresponding and were treated to a tour of Vanderbilt University Medical Center facilities on April 16.

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Two Vanderbilt professors awarded 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships

Apr. 11, 2014—Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science professors Ken Catania and Helmut Smith are among 178 scholars, artists and scientists named 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows.

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