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Arts and Science honors 2016 faculty and graduate student award winners

Dec. 8, 2016—The College of Arts and Science celebrated some of its most talented professors, instructors and mentors during presentation of the 2016 Faculty and Graduate Student Awards.

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Electric eels make leaping attacks

Jun. 6, 2016—Vanderbilt biologist Kenneth Catania has accidentally discovered that electric eels can make leaping attacks that dramatically increase the strength of the electric shocks they deliver. In doing so, Catania has confirmed a 200-year-old observation by famous 19th-century explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.

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The most popular research stories of 2015

Dec. 28, 2015—With discoveries ranging from the origins of consciousness to the end of the universe, 2015 was a year of incredibly diverse research at Vanderbilt University.

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Electric eel: most remarkable predator in animal kingdom

Oct. 28, 2015—Recent research by Vanderbilt University biologist Ken Catania of the electric eel has revealed that it is not primitive creature that it has been portrayed as. Instead, it has a sophisticated control of the electrical fields it generates that makes it one of the most remarkable predators in the animal kingdom.

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VUCast: Shocking Eels!

Dec. 11, 2014—In the latest VUCast: Watch how some shocking predators lure their prey; learn how a supercomputer uncovered a hummingbird mystery; and see Vanderbilt's national baseball champs celebrate the holidays. Watch now!

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Electric eels deliver Taser-like shocks

Dec. 4, 2014—A Vanderbilt biologist has determined that electric eels possess an electroshock system uncannily similar to a Taser.

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Provost search committee named

Feb. 11, 2014—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos has named a committee including a Board of Trust member, two top administrators and a number of faculty members who will search for the next Vanderbilt University provost.

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Top 10 research stories of 2013

Dec. 23, 2013—This year’s most popular research stories plumbed mysteries of the brain, examined complex social phenomena, shed light on dark matter, uncovered a surprising link between our three greatest health threats and more.

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VUCast: The vital economic impact Vanderbilt is having on Tennessee, stereo smelling in animals, and the viral video that hit 2 million views

Feb. 21, 2013—This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast: VITAL STATS: Together Vanderbilt and Tennessee make a great pair. See the vital economic impact we’re having on each other. STEREO SMELLING: Why some animals smell in stereo CUTE GONE VIRAL: See the viral video by a Vanderbilt employee with more than two million views.

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Evidence moles can smell in stereo

Feb. 5, 2013—Neuroscientist Kenneth Catania has resolved a long-standing scientific debate by showing that the common mole can smell in stereo.

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Vanderbilt neuroscientist honored by National Academy of Sciences

Jan. 17, 2013—Kenneth Catania, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University, is one of 18 scientists who have been honored by the National Academy of Sciences for their outstanding scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological and social sciences.

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Vanderbilt researchers: Alligators and crocodiles possess acute sense of touch.

Dec. 18, 2012—Crocodiles and alligators are notorious for their thick skin and well-armored bodies. So it comes as something of a surprise to learn that their sense of touch is one of the most acute in the animal kingdom. The crocodilian sense of touch is concentrated in a series of small, pigmented domes that dot their skin...

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