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Negative ads may not be Gingrich’s problem

Jan. 3, 2012—The conventional wisdom about Newt Gingrich's troubles at the Iowa caucuses may be mistaken, says John Geer of Vanderbilt University. Blaming a barrage of attack ads aimed at the former House speaker for his decline in the polls may be inaccurate, Geer believes.

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Top 20 news stories of 2011

Dec. 29, 2011—Bionics, time travel, Bono and, of course, cicadas are just some of the exciting stories that marked 2011 at Vanderbilt. Below are the year’s top 20 Vanderbilt news stories, in order of the number of views they each received on the Vanderbilt News Network.

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Vanderbilt students to learn firsthand about presidential election process at Iowa Caucus

Dec. 29, 2011—About 20 Vanderbilt University students will get a firsthand lesson in politicking by participating in the Iowa Caucus in early January. Students will attend political rallies, volunteer for candidates’ campaigns and generally observe the Republican caucuses.

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Vanderbilt professor brings first-century context to Christmas story

Dec. 13, 2011—The Jewish Annotated New Testament, co-edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, offers insight into how first-century Gospel readers would have understood the message of Jesus' birth.

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Parent-led discussion enhances children’s learning from television

Dec. 7, 2011—Children learn more from television when parents interact with them similarly to book reading.

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Groundbreaking legal research shows potentially serious failures in the Model Penal Code

Dec. 1, 2011—Groundbreaking new legal research from a team of Vanderbilt University and other researchers suggests that juror confusion over how to apply the Model Penal Code in criminal trials could cause major, unnoticed and life-altering sentencing errors.

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Researcher: Republicans are fumbling the immigration issue

Nov. 28, 2011—When the Republican presidential candidates ramp up anti-immigrant rhetoric this campaign season, they are likely to alienate conservative-leaning Latinos.

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Vanderbilt Poll: Economy is troubled and taxing rich is one solution

Nov. 16, 2011—Tennesseans agree by a wide margin that the economy is the most pressing problem for state and federal government, and many believe higher taxation on the wealthiest Americans is one way to fix it.

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Vanderbilt Poll: Tennessee teachers are underpaid, need unions

Nov. 15, 2011—Most Tennesseans believe that public school teachers are underpaid and many support their right to be represented by unions, according to voters surveyed by the Vanderbilt Poll.

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Vanderbilt Poll: Tennesseans stout in support of Herman Cain

Nov. 13, 2011—Businessman Herman Cain is the favorite of Tennessee voters for the state’s March 6 presidential Republican primary election, but female voters are far less likely to support him. That pattern is unlikely to change in light of allegations of sexual harassment against him, according to a new poll by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University.

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Nov. 15 debate: Are record labels obsolete?

Nov. 7, 2011—A distinguished panel of business and academic experts will discuss the viability of record labels in the digital age during the first Vanderbilt-Melbourne Global Debate. The debate, the first of an ongoing series born of Vanderbilt University’s partnership with The University of Melbourne, will be held 9 to 10:45 a.m. Nov. 15 in Flynn Auditorium at Vanderbilt Law School.

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Libyan adviser from Vanderbilt outlines steps for life after Gadhafi

Oct. 26, 2011—Only a society built on Libyan culture and values has any chance to bring peace and democracy to that nation after years of abuse under dictator Moammar Gadhafi, says a Vanderbilt University professor who is advising the new government there.

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