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Show love for the Earth this Valentine’s Day

Feb. 4, 2011—Vanderbilt University expert suggests environmentally friendly Valentine’s Day celebration alternatives Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, is a day filled with cards, sweets, flowers and gifts.  Like many holidays, its celebration can create unintentional environmental side effects, such as the consumption of natural resources and the generation of solid waste. But that doesn’t have to be the...

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Vanderbilt expert: Keep partisan politics out of Tucson tragedy

Jan. 11, 2011—[Vanderbilt has a 24/7 video and audio 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.] Blaming the Tea Party or heated political rhetoric in general for the Tucson mass shooting would be the wrong response to a terrible...

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Tipsheet: State legislators pushing to limit power of public-employee unions could deal major blow to labor movement, widen income gap, slow pay gains for women

Jan. 6, 2011—“Efforts to weaken unions and cut wages and benefits among state and local government workers in the U.S. will reduce worker bargaining power and widen the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ in the nation," says sociology professor Dan Cornfield.

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Tipsheet: Outlook for 2010 midterm elections: Vanderbilt experts

Oct. 18, 2010—Expect the campaign rhetoric to sizzle the last two weeks before the 2010 midterms, says John Geer, chair and Distinguished Professor of Political Science.

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More shake-ups for Obama’s team of rivals, says Vanderbilt political scientist

Sep. 30, 2010—President Barack Obama’s declining approval ratings increase the challenges of keeping his once-lauded “team of rivals” in place through 2012, according to David E. Lewis, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.

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Vanderbilt experts available to discuss issues related to 9/11 anniversary

Sep. 3, 2010—Vanderbilt experts are available to discuss issues related to 9/11 anniversary.

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Vanderbilt Peabody education experts available for back-to-school stories

Aug. 12, 2010—Education experts from the Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development are available for back-to-school interviews. Peabody was named the No. 1 graduate school of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the second consecutive year in 2010. For more information, go to Helping kids handle stress Judy Garber...

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Vanderbilt political experts: Tennessee governor’s race remains fluid

Jul. 9, 2010—Vanderbilt political science professors John Geer and Bruce Oppenheimer are available to speak about the Tennessee gubernatorial race.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Byrd’s leadership style fit mold, says Vanderbilt professor who studies Congress

Jun. 29, 2010—The late Sen. Robert Byrd was among a group of highly effective Democratic Senate leaders who shared the trait of representing small-population states, says Vanderbilt political scientist Bruce Oppenheimer, who has researched this phenomenon. “Others who come to mind are Mike Mansfield, George Mitchell, and more recently, Tom Daschle and Harry Reid. The lawmakers from...

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BP disaster predictable, says Vanderbilt civil and environmental engineer

Jun. 11, 2010—The worst environmental disaster to hit the U.S. occurred in part because of BP’s institutional arrogance, pushing a technology beyond its limits, and basic communication failures, according to Vanderbilt University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Mark Abkowitz, an emergency preparedness and response expert.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt experts can talk about Supreme Court justice search

Apr. 28, 2010—As the Obama administration researches candidates to succeed retiring Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, Vanderbilt experts are ready to weigh in on Justice Stevens, the Supreme Court and the list of potential nominees.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt legal and military expert can talk about military commissions

Mar. 9, 2010—President Obama is now debating whether to have the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, prosecuted in a military tribunal, despite Attorney General Eric Holder's plan to try Mohammed in civilian court.

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