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One issue often predicts presidential election outcomes

Oct. 20, 2011—If the real disposable incomes of voters are growing - even modestly - in the six months before Election Day, President Obama is likely to win. If they aren’t, he is likely to lose, according to political scientist Larry Bartels.

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David Hess: “Building the Local Living Economy”

Oct. 20, 2011—Watch video from the October 5 Thinking Out of the Lunchbox event. David Hess, professor of sociology, spoke on “Building the Local Living Economy.” Two of the great problems facing our 21st-century world are the economic and environmental crises. Increasingly we see that proposed solutions link economic development with the greening of the economy. Hess...

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See Vanderbilt’s national champion debaters in action Oct. 14

Oct. 12, 2011—Members of the community will have a chance to see two of Vanderbilt’s top debaters in action Friday afternoon in Buttrick Hall. Vanderbilt sophomores Saad Rehman and Karl Gressly, last year’s American Debate Association national champions in novice debate, will square off against a University of Georgia team in a public exhibition set for 2-3...

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Professor struck by car ignites pedestrian safety measures

Oct. 10, 2011—Last December, Malcolm Getz was standing at the corner of 21st Avenue and Grand, facing the Mellow Mushroom restaurant. When the light changed and the crosswalk signal indicated it was safe to cross, he stepped off the curb. What happened next, said Getz, is a blur. All he remembers is feeling as though he were...

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Edward Fischer: Cash on the Table: Anthropology Meets Economics

May. 17, 2011—Watch video of Edward Fischer, professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Latin American Studies, speaking at the Commencement 2011 Faculty Seminars. Professor Fischer has an impressive list of scholarly articles and has written or edited seven books, including Cultural Logics and Global Economies: Maya Identity in Thought and Practice and Broccoli and Desire:...

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Three Stories

May. 5, 2011—Graduates Shannon Hoffman, Nehal Mehta and Karen White come from different backgrounds and have different interests, but each will use their significant talents and valuable lessons learned at Vanderbilt to affect change in the world.

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Two Vanderbilt University students selected as Goldwater Scholars for 2010-2011 academic year

Apr. 18, 2011—Two Vanderbilt University students have been selected as Goldwater Scholars. Each will receive a two-year scholarship worth $7,500 a year for educational expenses. Each year, Vanderbilt and other four-year universities are given the opportunity to nominate up to four outstanding sophomore and junior students in the math, science and engineering fields. Two-year schools may nominate...

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First analyst to predict the financial collapse to speak at Vanderbilt University April 5

Mar. 24, 2011—Alumnus Michael Burry, the first analyst to predict the 2008 financial collapse, will be at Vanderbilt April 5 as part of this year's Chancellor's Lecture Series.

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New faculty endowed chairs celebrated

Mar. 3, 2011—Ten Vanderbilt University faculty members who have been named to new endowed chairs were recognized for their remarkable achievements and contributions on Feb. 28.

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Five cheats for catching hedge fund cheaters

Nov. 18, 2010—[Media Note: Vanderbilt has a 24/7 TV and radio studio with a dedicated fiber optic line and ISDN line. Use of the TV studio with Vanderbilt experts is free, except for reserving fiber time. A high resolution photo of Nicolas Bollen is available here.] As hedge funds come under tighter scrutiny with the federal government’s recently passed...

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United Nations report uses index developed by Vanderbilt student

Nov. 15, 2010—Suman Seth The work of former Vanderbilt student Suman Seth was used by the United Nations to develop a measure of gender inequality as one of three “innovative new measurements” in its annual Human Development Report. The 2010 Human Development Report, released Nov. 4, includes the Gender Inequality Index, based on an index measuring well-being...

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Vanderbilt value-of-life study shows Mexican immigrants fare far worse than other immigrants, U.S. natives

Oct. 26, 2010—It has been long suspected that Mexican immigrants often work on dangerous and unpleasant jobs for low pay.  New research by Vanderbilt University Law School professors Joni Hersch and W. Kip Viscusi provides hard evidence on the risks and rewards for risky jobs. They find that Mexican immigrants are concentrated in jobs with high risk...

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