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Zeppos meets with federal policymakers; co-chairs panel on government regulation

Feb. 20, 2014—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos was in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11-12 to meet with federal policymakers and to participate in the initial meeting of the U.S. Senate-appointed Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education, which he is co-chairing.

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Two from Vanderbilt will head task forces for AAU

Jan. 10, 2014—Two administrators from Vanderbilt University have been named to chair task forces for the Association of American Universities’ 2014 Council on Federal Relations. Christina West, assistant vice chancellor for federal relations, will chair the Higher Education Task Force. This group is responsible for developing and implementing an advocacy strategy, in close coordination with AAU leadership,...

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Second annual Golden Goose Awards presented in Washington

Sep. 20, 2013—The Golden Goose Award recognizes significant contributions to scientific understanding through federally funded basic research—research conducted with the goal of increasing scientific understanding rather than providing a solution to a specific problem.

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Immigration reform and higher education topic of federal forum

Jul. 10, 2013—Immigration reform and its implications for higher education will be the topic of a federal forum July 31 at Vanderbilt.

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Zeppos urges Congress to prioritize research universities and academic medical centers

Feb. 14, 2013—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos spent Feb. 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C., meeting with congressional leaders and making the case for federal investments in science and engineering research and education.

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Vanderbilt experts discuss election dynamics, fallout at Federal Forum

Oct. 16, 2012—Negative ads, excessive campaign spending, and the agenda of the “lame duck” Congress were topics of discussion at the Oct. 15 Federal Forum panel held at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt multipurpose room. The event, hosted by Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations and the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, featured four...

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Video: Panel discussion: Election 2012 and the Congressional “Lame Duck”: What’s at Stake?

Oct. 15, 2012—Watch video of a lunchtime panel discussion on “Election 2012 and the Congressional ‘Lame Duck’: What’s at Stake?”. The panel, hosted by Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations and the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, will be moderated by Beth Fortune, vice chancellor for public affairs, and will feature: John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, professor...

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Oct. 15 panel will discuss possible effects of 2012 election

Oct. 3, 2012—Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations and the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions will host a lunchtime panel discussing “Election 2012 and the Congressional ‘Lame Duck’: What’s at Stake?” on Monday, Oct. 15. The event is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Multipurpose Room 235. Lunch will be...

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Weird science: Golden Goose Awards recognize obscure but important research

Sep. 14, 2012—Eight scientists, including four Nobel laureates, received the first Golden Goose Awards on Thursday, Sept. 13 at an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill. The award was established to highlight the importance of federally funded basic research that, on the surface, seemed particularly odd or obscure, but which ended up having a large impact on society.

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Federal Forum: Campaign Hype or Substantive Policy?

Jun. 26, 2012—Watch video of the Federal Forum on “The Administration’s College Affordability & Completion Agenda: Campaign Hype or Substantive Policy?” hosted by The Office of Federal Relations. The keynote speakers were Douglas L. Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment, and dean of admissions, and Christina West, assistant vice chancellor of federal relations. Beth Fortune, vice chancellor of...

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Grad student demos tablet apps to aid visually impaired on Capitol Hill

May. 24, 2012—Each May for the past 18 years, the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) has held an exhibition and advocacy day on Capitol Hill designed to illustrate how society benefits from federal support of science, engineering and mathematics research. Vanderbilt is a member of the alliance of more than 120 organizations that advocate on behalf...

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Rep. Cooper launches “golden goose” award

Apr. 26, 2012—A new award, called the Golden Goose Award, has been established in order to highlight the often unexpected or serendipitous nature of basic scientific research by honoring federally funded researchers whose work may once have been viewed as unusual, odd or obscure but which has produced important discoveries that have benefited society in significant ways.

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