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Class of 2017: Zachary Bednarke thrives at the intersection of science and music

Apr. 25, 2017—After hours of thinking about theoretical physics, senior Zachary Bednarke relaxes by playing his trumpet. While running through scales on the instrument, he is also, technically, still doing schoolwork.

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Weintraub receives 2015 Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award

Mar. 13, 2015—The American Association of Physics Teachers has given its 2015 Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award to Vanderbilt’s David A. Weintraub, professor of astronomy. The award recognizes educators who have made notable and creative contributions to the teaching of physics.

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Enjoy spring with new Vanderbilt Osher classes

Feb. 17, 2015—The 2015 Osher Lifelong Learning spring term at Vanderbilt, geared for those 50 and older, includes classes on religious beliefs and extraterrestrials, modern art, financial strategies, and diplomat Henry Kissinger.

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Weintraub to speak on religions and extraterrestrial life Feb. 12

Jan. 17, 2015—Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub will discuss his popular book "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life" Feb. 12 at the University Club.

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The most popular research news stories of 2014

Dec. 26, 2014—Electricity, learning, marijuana, outer space and planet Earth were the hot topics of 2014.

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Vanderbilt faculty name their favorite reading this year

Dec. 15, 2014—MyVU asked a handful of Vanderbilt faculty members to name the book that left a lasting impression on them this year. Their diverse recommendations span fiction, nonfiction, history, thriller, biography, memoir and more.

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Op-ed: Is your religion ready to meet E.T.?

Dec. 2, 2014—"No matter which (a)theistic background informs your theology, you may have to wrestle with the data astronomers will be bringing to houses of worship in the very near future," writes astronomy professor David Weintraub for The Conversation.

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Weintraub to discuss ‘Exoplanets, Extraterrestrial Life and Religion’

Nov. 19, 2014—The possibility of extraterrestrial life and its impact on religion is the subject of Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub’s latest book, which he'll discuss in a free campus lecture on Thursday.

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Weintraub to speak on aliens and world religion at Dyer Observatory Nov. 6

Oct. 31, 2014—The possibility of extraterrestrial life and its impact on religion will be addressed in a free, upcoming talk at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory.

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Are the world’s religions ready for E.T.?

Sep. 29, 2014—David Weintraub's new book explores how leaders in the world's major religions will react to the discovery of extraterrestrial life.

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VUCast: E.T. phone God?

Sep. 29, 2014—In the latest VUCast: A Vanderbilt astronomer looks at how different religions may handle alien life; why early Earth may not have been as “hellish” as first thought; and check out the national baseball championship bling! Watch now.

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A revolution in astronomy: How we came to know what we know

Oct. 14, 2013—Science has progressed from wild speculation about Earth’s planetary neighbors—including how they formed and whether they are inhabited—to a better understanding of our celestial neighborhood, David Weintraub, professor of astronomy, writes in "Scientific American."

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