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Reverse engineering mysterious 500 million-year-old fossils that confound our tree of life

Jun. 21, 2017—In "The Conversation," Vanderbilt paleontologist Simon Darroch explains how computational fluid dynamics can help researchers understand some of the earliest life on Earth.

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Chancellor: Keep the lights on: Science funding must be national priority

Jun. 9, 2017—For well over a century, innovations by America’s research universities have made America stronger, writes Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in 'The Hill.'

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Law professor: An electoral loss hurts, but it’s not a tragedy

Nov. 16, 2016—Progress is still possible if both parties are willing to reach across the aisle, writes Suzanna Sherry in "The Tennessean."

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Op-ed: Blair School Dean Sees Renewed Vitality In Classical Music

Apr. 15, 2016—Mark Wait, the Martha Rivers Ingram Dean of the Blair School of Music, writes, "Trends in classical music, as in any other field, will come and go, but serious music is present in all ages, and in all places – including right now in Nashville."

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The Conversation: Organizing a student protest? Have a look at 1970s Germany

Mar. 11, 2016—Christoph Zeller, associate professor of German, writes: "Looking back at the protest movement in Germany reveals parallels that help to understand the present."

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Zeppos: Vanderbilt clears students’ financial pathway

Mar. 5, 2016—Vanderbilt has led a national drive to ensure that academic achievements, community service and hard work—not ability to pay—determine a student’s path to higher education, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in an opinion piece March 5.

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The Conversation: Robert Scherrer on dark energy

Apr. 24, 2015—Explainer: the mysterious dark energy that speeds the universe’s rate of expansion

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The Conversation: Hubble Space Telescope’s chief scientist on what it took to get the project off the ground

Apr. 22, 2015—Bob O'Dell reflects on the challenges of building the Hubble Space Telescope, launched 25 years ago.

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Op-ed: Americans with payday loans spent or saved their tax rebates, rather than using it to pay off debt

Apr. 15, 2015—In the London School of Economics blog, Paige Marta Skiba writes that most people with outstanding payday loan debt spent or saved a tax rebate instead of using it to pay off debt.

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Op-ed: World War II technology still with us today

Jan. 19, 2015—Dennis Hall writes that while 'The Imitation Game' film dramatizes technological discoveries that shortened World War II, there is a lesser known story about radar advances that brought us the microwave.

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Op-ed: Cuba: notes from a frequent visitor

Dec. 22, 2014—Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, says that the breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations is long overdue, but Cuba must still address its profound social problems.

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Op-ed: Rebooting the history of the world

Dec. 18, 2014— James McFarland, assistant professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts, asks: How does Ridley Scott's strange and violent retelling of "Exodus" fit into our own moral universe?

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