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NSF renews grant for scientists who study how the brain acquires visual expertise

Nov. 3, 2011—A network of scientists who study how the brain acquires visual expertise has received a five-year renewal of support from the National Science Foundation.

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Yaqiong Xu receives NSF career development award

Oct. 25, 2011—Electrical engineer and physicist Yaqiong Xu has received a prestigious career development award to study a new class of molecules called nanobiohybrids.

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Social audiences disrupt ‘learning by teaching’

Oct. 19, 2011—“Learning by teaching,” a method in which teaching facilitates the tutor’s own understanding, may be improved when the audience is not human, new research from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College finds. The study, based on research that suggests a person learns best when teaching a concept to someone else, compared teaching a person against teacher a...

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Discoveries show value of federal support

Oct. 13, 2011—An update on federally funded projects at Vanderbilt and their impact on efforts to improve education, protect people from disease and meet our nation’s energy needs.

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Robot biologist solves complex problem from scratch

Oct. 13, 2011—A team of scientists has taken a major step toward developing robot biologists. They have shown that their system, the Automated Biology Explorer, can solve a complicated biology problem from scratch.

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Computer scientist: reveal thyself!

Sep. 16, 2011—Like the Wizard of Oz, computer scientists have largely been happy to perform their magic behind the curtain, out of public view.  However, this reticence has begun causing problems in the digital realm. “Computer scientists face the drawbacks of lacking public awareness,” wrote an international team of computer scientists in the article “Reaching Out to...

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New insight into impulse control

Aug. 30, 2011—How the brain is wired to control impulsive behavior differs significantly from what psychologists have thought, new research finds.

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Nashville innovations

Aug. 23, 2011—Last week when the Nashville Scene’s annual Innovations Issue hit the newsstands, three of its ten “forward-thinking ideas that are pushing Nashville – and the world – into the future” came from Vanderbilt. The three campus projects that impressed the Scene editors were: Digging for Drugs: Cave Chemistry. This is an effort of Associate Professor...

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New ‘bionic’ leg gives amputees a natural gait

Aug. 17, 2011—A new lower-limb prosthetic uses the latest advances in computer, sensor, electric motor and battery technology to give it bionic capabilities.

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Defending funny-sounding science

Aug. 9, 2011—  It’s easy to make fun of things you don’t understand. That is particularly true of scientific research. In fact, making fun of federally funded science projects has become an unfortunate political tradition. The Association of American Universities has taken up the challenge of defending publicly ridiculed science projects with a new publication titled “AAU’s...

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Memories may skew visual perception

Jul. 19, 2011—Taking a trip down memory lane while you are driving could land you in a roadside ditch, new research indicates. Vanderbilt University psychologists have found that our visual perception can be contaminated by memories of what we have recently seen, impairing our ability to properly understand and act on what we are currently seeing. “,”...

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Prof. Rosenthal goes to Washington

May. 13, 2011—Last Wednesday, Sandra Rosenthal and Scott Niezgoda accepted the invitation of Christina West, Vanderbilt’s assistant vice chancellor for federal relations, to represent Vanderbilt at the Coalition for National Science Funding’s Capitol Hill day and exhibition. Rosenthal is the Jack and Pamela Eagan Professor of Chemistry and director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and...

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