Oct. 31, 2003—When we experience an illusion, we usually have the impression we have been fooled, or that our minds are playing tricks on us. New research published in the Oct. 31 issue of the journal Science indicates our perceptions of these illusions are no hoax, but the result of how the brain is organized to process the information it receives from our senses.
Oct. 23, 2003—Avery Leiserson, a distinguished Vanderbilt University political scientist who brought national recognition to his department through a variety of leadership and service roles, will be honored Nov. 1 at a campus reunion of his colleagues and former students.
Chair of Vanderbilt English department gets rare NIH grant to study genetics in literature and popular culture
Oct. 23, 2003—Two decades of dinner-table conversation between a husband and wife have resulted in a rare grant to an English professor from the National Institutes of Health.
Oct. 10, 2003—Vanderbilt and Fisk Universities professors will conduct joint research and train doctoral students from both institutions in the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of nanoscience and nanoengineering as a result of winning a highly competitive, $2.9 million national grant.
Oct. 8, 2003—Cited for his "national influence on the development of biomedical engineering as a discipline," Dr. Thomas R. Harris, chair of the biomedical engineering department at Vanderbilt, recently received the highest award given by the Biomedical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Oct. 6, 2003—A collaboration that started in the early 1970's when a Chinese physicist wrote Joe Hamilton to request some reprints of his recent papers on physics culminated in a ceremony in Beijing on Sept. 22. At the official occasion, presided over by China's Minister of Science and Technology and broadcast on national television, Hamilton, who is the Landon C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt, received the National Prize of International Scientific and Technological Collaborations of China ñ the highest award that the Chinese government bestows on foreign scientists.
Sep. 18, 2003—In the 1990's some pundits were saying that all the important scientific discoveries have been made. Since then, however, astronomers have discovered that more than 95 percent of the universe is filled with stuff about which we know next to nothing.
Supernovae survey provides new clues to nature of mysterious dark energy that is pushing the universe apart
Sep. 16, 2003—Measurements of 11 exploding stars spread throughout the visible universe made by the Hubble Space Telescope confirm earlier, ground-based studies which produced the first evidence that the universe is not only expanding, but expanding at an increasing rate.
Sep. 4, 2003—Alain Connes, widely considered to be one of the three most influential living mathematicians, has accepted a position of distinguished professor at Vanderbilt, enabling the University to become a base for training new mathematicians to fill the ranks left vacant by a retiring generation of scholars.