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Vanderbilt weekend program for gifted youth now taking applications Oct. 10-11 program designed for 7th-10th graders

Sep. 16, 2009—Academically talented 7th through 10th graders will have a chance to expand their horizons, intellectually and socially, in an overnight Vanderbilt program this fall specifically designed for gifted students. Applications are currently being accepted for the program, Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University or WAVU, which will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11.

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Project Lift Off prepares pre-k grads for kindergarten

Aug. 20, 2009—Moving to kindergarten from pre-k is a big step for many kids, particularly given the learning loss many experience over the summer. Project Lift Off, a new program developed by Carin Neitzel at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development, aims to ensure that students retain the skills they learned in pre-k and are ready to transition to kindergarten.

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Teacher-designed performance pay programs offer smaller incentives to more teachers

Aug. 20, 2009—Performance pay programs designed by teachers, for teachers have been found to offer small incentives to a large number of teachers, new research indicates.

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Vanderbilt affordable housing expert James Fraser to testify before Congress July 29

Jul. 27, 2009—James Fraser, associate professor of human and organizational development, will testify before the Congressional Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity July 29 at 9 a.m. CT on the topic of public housing. U.S. Subcommittee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) invited Fraser to testify.

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Peabody faculty honored with national appointments, awards

Jul. 21, 2009—Faculty from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development have been honored with an appointment to a new national education forum and have received awards this summer.

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Genetic marker may help identify and prevent problem behaviors in adults with developmental disabilities

Jul. 21, 2009—A common variation of the gene involved in regulating serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain may be linked to problem behaviors in adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, new research indicates.

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Flores to explore barriers to college completion

Jun. 29, 2009—Stella Flores, assistant professor of public policy and higher education, will explore barriers to college completion as a co-investigator on a new $1.9 million Harvard Graduate School of Education study. The research is part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Postsecondary Success initiative to double the number of low-income students who earn postsecondary degrees by age 26 - an increase of approximately 250,000 graduates each year.

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Neural noise created during binocular rivalry

Jun. 19, 2009—Neural "noise" may cause you to miss important changes in your environment when you are concentrating on something else, new research indicates.

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Family-focused care needed to break cycle of depression for parents and their children

Jun. 18, 2009—Health and social service professionals who care for adults with depression should not only tackle their clients' physical and mental health, but also detect and prevent possible spillover effects on their children, says a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.

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Vanderbilt University to assist veterans under Yellow Ribbon Program

Jun. 17, 2009—Eligible veterans can attend Vanderbilt University at a significantly reduced cost thanks to the school's participation in the Yellow Ribbon GI Educational Enhancement Program.

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Cognitive behavioral program may help teens at-risk for depression

Jun. 2, 2009—New research reveals that a cognitive behavioral program for teens at-risk of depression may help prevent future depressive episodes. However, the program did not show benefits for teens with a currently depressed parent.

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Video: “Historic Uncertainties and New Opportunities in Funding American Higher Education”

May. 22, 2009—Watch “Historic Uncertainties and new Opportunities in Funding American Higher Education,” a talk by Michael K. McLendon, Associate Dean and Chief of Staff and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.

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