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2010: Year in review

Dec. 23, 2010—A look back at 2010, in no particular order.

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Participants sought for study treating speech disorders in young children with cleft palate

Dec. 19, 2010—Young children born with cleft lip or palate are sought to participate in a groundbreaking intervention study to help improve their language and speech. The study, launched by Vanderbilt University and East Tennessee State University in January 2010, has already been found to have a positive impact on addressing speech disorders in these children.

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New initiative to develop a system that controls prosthetic limbs naturally

Nov. 17, 2010—Using beams of light to allow amputees not only to control but also to feel the movement of prosthetic limbs is the ambitious goal of a new $5.6 million Department of Defense initiative. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is tapping the new and rapidly growing field of “neurophotonics” to overcome one the biggest technical...

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Vanderbilt University to collaborate on new $40 million National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning

Nov. 9, 2010—Helping foster children’s learning and readiness for school through the federal Head Start program is the goal of a new National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, created this fall with a $40 million grant from the Office of Head Start.

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ARRA grant allows update of nanoscience institute’s air-handling equipment

Oct. 13, 2010—If there is one thing that nanoscientists need above all else to study the behavior of materials and create devices at the scale of individual atoms, it is an ultra-clean environment. The fresh air that we breathe contains something like one million microscopic particles in a cubic foot, more than enough to wreak havoc with...

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Vanderbilt plays key role in $20 million federal grant designed to strengthen Tennessee’s R&D infrastructure

Sep. 9, 2010—Five years from now, high school and college students throughout Tennessee should have more and better opportunities to learn about and pursue careers in alternative energy science and technology.

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Mosquitoes use several different kinds of odor sensors to track human prey

Aug. 31, 2010—Origin of DEET’s repellent effect confirmed It now appears that the malaria mosquito needs more than one family of odor sensors to sniff out its human prey. That is the implication of new research into the mosquito’s sense of smell published in the Aug. 31 issue of the online, open-access journal Public Library of Science...

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Landmark national project on law and neuroscience to be based at Vanderbilt

Jul. 20, 2010—Vanderbilt University professor Owen Jones, who is one of the nation’s few professors of both law and biology, has been named director of the national Law and Neuroscience Project, which will now be headquartered at Vanderbilt.

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Vanderbilt University study to be most comprehensive look at link between stress and health disparities

Jul. 6, 2010—Vanderbilt University is launching a landmark study in Nashville to look at the role stress plays in the health disparities observed across socioeconomic status and race. The study will seek 1,600 individuals who will be asked to participate in interviews and provide blood and urine samples that will allow the simultaneous assessment of physical, emotional...

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