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New technique unlocks ancient history of climate and wildfires recorded in California cave rocks

Jan. 19, 2023—Data gained could help with fire activity predictions and environmental planning NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A newly developed technique is revealing how prehistoric climate change shaped fire activity in California. The new data suggest that increased climate whiplash—change between extreme wetness and dryness—occurred at the same time as increases in fire activity in the region. Recent...

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Vanderbilt announces new program in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

Jan. 18, 2023—The College of Arts and Science has launched a new undergraduate program in Asian American and Asian Diaspora (AAAD) Studies, including both a major and a minor, in spring 2023. The new program, housed in the Department of Asian Studies, aims to provide students with a more comprehensive knowledge of Asian diaspora and perspectives, Asian...

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Stephen Taylor elected NANOGrav collaboration chair

Jan. 11, 2023—Stephen Taylor, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has been elected to a two-year term to NANOGrav, an international collaboration dedicated to exploring the low-frequency gravitational wave universe through pulsar timing. See the Q&A below to learn more about Taylor’s research and NANOGrav. Can you tell us a little about the type of research you...

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New Age-Dating Method Increases Ability to Date Multitudes of Stars

Jan. 10, 2023—Nashville, Tenn. — While knowing the ages of stars in the galaxy was once limited to a small number of stars painstakingly analyzed one at a time, a new age-dating method developed by a cohort of Vanderbilt and other researchers now allows for age estimates to occur for tens of thousands at once, helping further our...

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College of Arts and Science awards faculty for excellence in teaching and advising

Dec. 12, 2022—  On December 6, the College of Arts and Science recognized nine faculty members for outstanding teaching and advising. These annual awards acknowledge faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to their students, and the nominations come directly from the students. The college is pleased to announce the following fall 2022 award winners: Advising...

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inter+SECTIONS | artificial intelligence + society with Michael Bess

Nov. 30, 2022—As once only imagined technologies now become reality, Chancellor’s Professor of History Michael Bess studies the ethical implications for society as the artificial intelligence race outpaces regulation.

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Welcoming Our New Faculty

Aug. 30, 2022—Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science is honored to welcome our newest faculty members for the 2022-23 academic year, who add to our growing community of distinguished scholars. “We’re thrilled to welcome these scholars as they join the talented and accomplished A&S faculty,” said John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts...

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inter+SECTIONS: Climate Change + Evolution with Larisa DeSantis

Aug. 26, 2022—  Conservation paleobiologist Larisa DeSantis, associate professor of biological sciences, explores the intersection of climate change + evolution with her research on the extinct marsupial lion. Watch the debut episode from inter+SECTIONS, a new faculty research video series from the College of Arts and Science.

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Ph.D. Candidate Lantana Grub wins NDSEG Fellowship

Jul. 5, 2022—Second-year biological sciences Ph.D. student Lantana Grub has been named to the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG). The incredibly competitive program awarded just 165 of 3,142 applicants this year. The program supports students working toward doctoral degrees in science and engineering whose study has relevance to the...

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Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab founders conduct first research on health effects of legal same-sex marriage

Jun. 9, 2022—NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Leaders of Vanderbilt’s LGBTQ+ Policy Lab have provided the first comprehensive evidence on the effects of access to legal same-sex marriage. Their efforts revealed that marriage access impacted the LGBTQ+ community positively in multiple ways. The first-of-its-kind study, published last year, analyzed aspects of both marriage and health in same-sex households following the full...

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