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Jemison, Holt push for science literacy at year’s final lecture series event

May. 1, 2019—Two giants in the science world joined Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos onstage Tuesday for the academic year’s final Chancellor’s Lecture Series event, passionately advocating for an America that encourages its citizens to abandon simple opinion on big challenges and instead use evidence-based, critical thinking.

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Former astronaut, congressman to join Zeppos for discussion on STEM education April 30

Apr. 22, 2019—Science advocacy and innovation will be the theme of the final Chancellor’s Lecture of the 2018-19 season, set for Tuesday, April 30, in Langford Auditorium. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will host Mae Jemison and Rush Holt, two scientists with storied careers in government and public service.

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Study reveals frogs bouncing back in Panama

Apr. 5, 2018—A new study reports that some Central American frog species are recovering from a deadly fungal epidemic, perhaps because they have better defenses against the pathogen.

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Study spots undiagnosed genetic diseases in EHR

Mar. 15, 2018—Patients diagnosed with heart failure, stroke, infertility and kidney failure could actually be suffering from rare and undiagnosed genetic diseases.

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Team identifies ‘switch’ involved in DNA replication  

Feb. 23, 2017—DNA replication is an extraordinarily complex multi-step process that makes copies of the body’s genetic blueprint. It is necessary for growth and essential to life. Now researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Vanderbilt University have found evidence that one of those steps may involve the telephone-like transmission of electrical signals regulated by a chemical “switch.”

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Take a look inside the Wond’ry

Nov. 10, 2016—Students, faculty, staff, and business and community members filled the Wond'ry Nov. 9 at an open house featuring tours, makerspace demonstrations and more. See a video of the event.

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New rules for science researchers would mark an overdue ethics update

Sep. 16, 2016—New ethical rules for scientists who do experiments involving human beings are about to kick in. It's the first update in more than 40 years.

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Investigators create ‘Trojan Horse’ to fight Ebola

Sep. 8, 2016—A multi-center research team including scientists from the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center has come up with a clever “Trojan Horse” strategy for thwarting the highly lethal Ebola virus.

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Study reveals neurotransmitter glutamate’s molecular structure

Aug. 11, 2016—Terunaga Nakagawa, with colleagues from Japan and Oxford University in England, has discovered the bridgelike molecular structure of a mysterious glutamate receptor.

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Team science symposium is Sept. 25

Aug. 20, 2015—Vanderbilt will host a one-day event to bring together colleagues across campus to support interdisciplinary team science.

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Study could lead to vaccine for mosquito-borne dengue virus

Jul. 9, 2015—Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the National University of Singapore have determined the structure of a human monoclonal antibody which, in an animal model, strongly neutralizes a type of the potentially lethal dengue virus.

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Scherrer’s new blog explores the science in science fiction

Apr. 24, 2015—In his new blog “Cosmic Yarns,” Robert Scherrer, who is both chair of the Astronomy and Physics Department and a published science fiction author, explores the intersection between science and science fiction.

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