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Public lecture provides insider view of current Mars rover missions

Feb. 4, 2004—Scott Hubbard, a Vanderbilt alumnus and director of NASA's Ames Research Center in California, is scheduled to give a free public lecture at Vanderbilt on the latest information about Mars, including the latest images coming from the two robot rovers currently operating on the surface of the red planet. Scientists and engineers at Ames provided scientific guidance and developed some of the scientific instruments carried by the two rovers.

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New antioxidants are 100 times more effective than Vitamin E

Jan. 30, 2004—An international team of chemists has developed a new family of antioxidants that are up to 100 times more effective than Vitamin E.

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Vanderbilt wins grant to train vision researchers, becoming a national leader in vision research

Jan. 20, 2004—The Vanderbilt University Vision Research Center (VVRC) recently won a competitive renewal of a $2.8 million grant from the National Eye Institute to train graduate and post-doctoral students in vision research. The grant is the latest in a series of funds the University has won to support vision research.

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It really does take a village: MLK speaker to explain how neighborhood support of children can help prevent future violence

Jan. 15, 2004—How does investigating the roots of crime change a vacant lot into a community garden? Harvard public health researcher Felton Earls will discuss his findings that change can be as simple as "taking action, making an effort" as part of the Vanderbilt Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.

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Progress in probing the mosquito’s sense of smell

Jan. 14, 2004—Today, we know a little bit more about one of mankind's deadliest enemies, the mosquito. Scientists have taken an important step toward understanding the mosquito's sense of smell, an avenue of research that may lead to better ways to repel the deadly insect.

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New device can help defend against novel biological agents

Jan. 9, 2004—The ability to analyze and defend against novel biological agents has been strengthened by the development of a new device that can monitor the metabolism of living cells in near real time.

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Statistics and biology a natural pair for the classroom, Vanderbilt team receives $1.6 million for pilot project in a Nashville public school

Dec. 19, 2003—A typical school day for a middle school student might involve a biology class with a study of growing plants, and later a math class spent solving equations that can be used in statistics.

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Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory celebrates 50th anniversary

Dec. 9, 2003—For 50 years, Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory has been a window to the stars and planets for Nashvillians. Vanderbilt University officials, relatives of the founder and officials of the companies who contributed to making the observatory a reality will gather Friday, Dec. 12, to commemorate the facility's opening in December 1953.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center hosts workshop for siblings of special needs children

Dec. 1, 2003—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development will host a workshop for children who have a sibling with special needs on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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DOE power grid expert explores promising Vanderbilt diamond research

Nov. 20, 2003—A key administrator leading the national effort to secure and strengthen the national power grid visited the Vanderbilt School of Engineering last week to learn about the school's pioneering diamond and carbon technology research program.

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Vanderbilt research group receives $8.3M to establish supercomputing center

Nov. 13, 2003—What do Paul Sheldon, who studies the elementary particles, Jason Moore, who analyzes high-dimensional genetic data, and Ron Schrimpf, who investigates the effects of radiation on space electronics, have in common?

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Cook named associated dean for engineering research and graduate studies

Nov. 12, 2003—Professor of Electrical Engineering George E. Cook has been named associate dean for research and graduate studies for the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.

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