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earth and environmental sciences

Growth rings on rocks provide new insights into past climates

Jan. 15, 2016—Application of new micro-analytical techniques have transformed rocks and gravel buried in a special type of soil into a rich source of data about past climates that can help scientists understand how the climate will change in the future.

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Paris Climate Agreement subject of public lecture, roundtable at Vanderbilt Wednesday, Jan. 13

Jan. 8, 2016—The Paris Climate Agreement is the subject of a lecture by a Columbia University law professor and a roundtable discussion to be introduced by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. Both events will be held at Vanderbilt Law School Jan. 13.

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The most popular research stories of 2015

Dec. 28, 2015—With discoveries ranging from the origins of consciousness to the end of the universe, 2015 was a year of incredibly diverse research at Vanderbilt University.

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Kudos: Read about faculty, staff and student awards, appointments and achievements

Nov. 23, 2015—Read about faculty, staff and student awards, appointments and achievements.

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New ‘geospeedometer’ confirms super-eruptions have a short fuse

Oct. 20, 2015—A new "geospeedometer" that can measure the amount of time between the formation of an explosive magma melt and an eruption confirms that the process took less than 500 years in several ancient super-eruptions.

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Vanderbilt glacier expert to give library talk on Antarctica

Oct. 5, 2015—The history of Antarctic exploration and the role that the coldest continent on Earth plays in global earth systems will be discussed at a Williamson County Public Library talk by Vanderbilt researcher Dan Morgan Oct. 9.

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A VU Inside: Professor explores caves for clues to climate change

Sep. 3, 2015—Jessica Oster is a member of a small group of earth scientists pioneering the use of mineral cave deposits in stalagmites, collectively known as speleothems, as proxies for the prehistoric climate.

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Evidence that Earth’s first mass extinction was caused by critters, not catastrophe

Sep. 2, 2015—The Earth's first mass extinction event 540 million years ago was caused not by a meteorite impact or volcanic super-eruption, but by the rise of early animals that dramatically changed to prehistoric environment.

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A VU Inside: Professor explores caves for clues to climate change

Sep. 1, 2015—VIDEO» For Vanderbilt Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Jessica Oster, getting data means getting dirty. Oster and her team are collecting mineral deposits deep inside caves to find clues to climate change.

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Enroll now in Vanderbilt Osher Lifelong Learning fall classes

Sep. 1, 2015—The Osher Lifelong Learning classes at Vanderbilt this fall draw from professors' research in areas that include earth science, Hebrew Bible, music history, urban planning and more.

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Eight Vanderbilt researchers named ‘Inspiring Women in STEM’

Aug. 17, 2015—The award honors highly accomplished women working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics who have made a positive impact on the trajectories of other women thinking about or newly embarking on STEM careers.

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Deciphering clues to prehistoric climate changes locked in cave deposits

May. 22, 2015—Jessica Oster and her colleagues have shown that the analysis of a stalagmite from a cave in north east India can detect the link between El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian monsoon.

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