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Vanderbilt biologist receives early career development award to study tree of life

Oct. 8, 2009—Antonis Rokas is a member of a small cadre of scientists who are applying the growing power of genomics to untangle and correctly arrange the branches of the tree of life.

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Bad movie physics subject of free public lecture

Oct. 8, 2009—"Bad movie physics from the perspective of art and science" is the subject of a free public lecture that is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in Stevenson Center Room 4327 on the Vanderbilt campus.

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Vanderbilt astronomers participate in new search for dark energy

Oct. 1, 2009—The most ambitious attempt yet to trace the history of the universe has seen "first light." The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III), took its first astronomical data on the night of Sept. 14-15 at the Sloan Foundation telescope in New Mexico.

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Vanderbilt founding member of new online research news channel

Sep. 23, 2009—Concerned with the dramatic decline in the traditional media's coverage of newsworthy scientific and academic activities, Vanderbilt has joined with 34 other top research universities to create Futurity.org, an online news channel designed to showcase the achievements of their scientists and engineers, medical researchers and scholars.

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Fisk/Vanderbilt program receives $3.7 million to increase minority Ph.D.s in the physical sciences

Aug. 27, 2009—A unique collaboration between Fisk and Vanderbilt universities that is poised to become the nation's top source of Ph.D.s in physics and astronomy awarded to underrepresented minorities has received a major boost from three federal grants totaling $3.7 million.

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Vanderbilt astronomer receives $50,000 fellowship to further racial equality

Jul. 23, 2009—Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Keivan G. Stassun has been awarded a $50,000 fellowship from the Fletcher Foundation to support his efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing scientific careers.

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Multitasking ability can be improved through training

Jul. 15, 2009—Training increases brain processing speed and improves our ability to multitask, new research from Vanderbilt University published in the June 15 issue of Neuron indicates.

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Ultra-sensitive detector promises improved treatment of viral respiratory infections

Jun. 26, 2009—A Vanderbilt chemist and a biomedical engineer have teamed up to develop a respiratory virus detector that is sensitive enough to detect an infection at an early stage, takes only a few minutes to return a result and is simple enough to be performed in a pediatrician's office.

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Ability to literally imagine oneself in another’s shoes may be tied to empathy

Jun. 23, 2009—New research from Vanderbilt University indicates the way our brain handles how we move through space—including being able to imagine literally stepping into someone else's shoes—may be related to how and why we experience empathy toward others.

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Water snake with a unique angle: It startles fish in fashion that causes them to flee into its jaws

Jun. 18, 2009—Forget the old folk tales about snakes hypnotizing their prey. The tentacled snake from South East Asia has developed a more effective technique. The small water snake has found a way to startle its prey so that the fish turn toward the snake's head to flee instead of turning away. In addition, the fish's reaction is so predictable that the snake actually aims its strike at the position where the fish's head will be instead of tracking its movement.

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Putting a name to a face may be key to brain’s facial expertise

Jun. 16, 2009—Our tendency to see people and faces as individuals may explain why we are such experts at recognizing them, new research indicates. This approach can be learned and applied to other objects as well.

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Vanderbilt doctors and software engineers pioneer an advanced sepsis detection and management system

Jun. 15, 2009—Jason Martin, a fellow in allergy, pulmonary and critical care medicine, is part of an interdisciplinary team at Vanderbilt University that has come up with a high-tech approach to combat this deadly illness, which is one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States and kills more than half a million people worldwide every year.

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