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Alvey, Weintraub address United Nations on music and astronomy

Apr. 24, 2012—Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory Director Rocky Alvey celebrated two things he cares about deeply at the United Nations on April 12: music and astronomy. Singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman and Alvey’s collaborative album project The Mighty Sky was featured at the U.N.’s celebration of the International Day of Human Space Flight. Hit songwriter Annie Roboff, another album collaborator, joined them...

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High school students turn blackberries into solar cells

Mar. 21, 2012—VINSE is starting new high school field trip program where they will have students create a solar cell out of blackberries and raspberries.

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Ultrafast sonograms shed new light on rapid phase transitions

Mar. 7, 2012—A method for taking ultrafast "sonograms" of materials undergoing phase transitions sheds new light on the dynamics of this important phenomenon in the world’s fastest phase-change material.

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Vanderbilt physicist wins Sloan research fellowship

Feb. 28, 2012—Physicist Kirill Bolotin is one of 126 researchers who received Sloan Foundation research fellowships this year.

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Discovery of the smallest exoplanets: The Barnard’s star connection

Jan. 11, 2012—The smallest exoplanets yet discovered orbit a dwarf star almost identical to Barnard’s star, one of the Sun’s nearest neighbors. The similarity helped the astronomers calculate the size of the distant planets.

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Listen: Making astronomy meaningful

Oct. 25, 2011—Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub wanted his students to remember more of what they learned in his introductory class than the answers to typical questions on a quiz show. That was a strong impetus for his book How Old Is The Universe? It strives to make astronomy understandable for all students…not only science majors. Ann...

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Michael Sims: “Nature Looks in the Mirror”

Oct. 25, 2011—Watch video of science writer Michael Sims speaking about art and nature at Dyer Observatory Oct. 17. Sims’ talk examines mankind’s creative response to nature and the creative process as a natural instinct. Sims, the author of Apollo’s Fire: A Day On Earth In Nature And Imagination and Adam’s Navel: A Natural and Cultural History...

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GIS moves into math and science classrooms

Aug. 17, 2011—Geographic information systems and geospatial technologies have moved into math and science courses at multiple levels, and teachers are learning how to integrate these tools into curriculums.

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VUMC awarded $20M to coordinate science consortium

Jun. 14, 2011—Consortium will advance biomedical research nationwide.

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Sponsored Research awards for February 2011

Mar. 25, 2011—The Division of Sponsored Research received notification in February that the following grants in excess of $25,000 had been awarded: Theodore A. Bapty, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received an award in the amount of $899,438 by the Department of Defense for “BCTM-Battle Command Systems Prototype.”  Sandeep Neema and Jason M. Scott are co-principal...

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What our medical past can tell us about our genomic future

Mar. 4, 2011—Watch video from the March 2 Thinking Out of the Lunchbox event. Holly Tucker, associate professor, Center for Medicine, Health & Society and associate professor, French & Italian, spoke on “What Our Medical Past Can Tell Us About Our Genomic Future.” Every era, particularly one deep in “Scientific Revolution” as we now find ourselves, necessarily has to...

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Stellar Nights program Nov. 16 to focus on ‘Mining the Milky Way’

Nov. 1, 2010—The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is celebrating the anniversary of “The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Ten Years Observing the Universe” with a series of special Stellar Nights lectures this fall. “Mining the Milky Way” will be given by Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, assistant professor of astronomy and physics, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the observatory....

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