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Released: 8-Apr-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Vanderbilt nursing students experience social distancing … and provide virtual clinical patient care
Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has found innovative ways to allow their nursing pre-specialty students continue with their clinical education while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 19-Dec-2019 11:45 AM EST
Post-9/11 wars may have killed twice as many Americans at home as in battle: Analysis
Vanderbilt University

An analysis by a Vanderbilt economist who specializes in the valuation of fatality risks finds that the post-9/11 wars may have resulted in more than twice as many indirect deaths back home as were lost in battle, due to the diversion of war costs from the U.S. economy and the subsequent impact on the nation’s health.

Released: 5-Dec-2019 4:55 PM EST
It doesn’t matter how nicely you wrap that gift. Except when it does.
Vanderbilt University

A neatly wrapped gift will impress your acquaintances, but might leave your loved ones feeling let down when the gift doesn't live up to expectations, suggests new research by Vanderbilt postdoctoral scholar Erick Mas.

15-Nov-2019 3:00 PM EST
Here’s how a Vanderbilt astrophysicist plans to observe a 'black hole symphony' using gravitational wave astronomy
Vanderbilt University

New research led by Vanderbilt astrophysicist Karan Jani presents a compelling roadmap for capturing intermediate-mass black hole activity.

Released: 31-Oct-2019 12:35 PM EDT
Partisan Attacks on Class Actions Unfounded: Vanderbilt Law Scholar
Vanderbilt University

In a new book, Vanderbilt law professor Brian Fitzpatrick addresses partisan complaints about class actions with empirical evidence and proposes an approach to class action lawsuits that both sides of the aisle can agree on.

Released: 30-Aug-2019 12:50 PM EDT
I'll Have What She's Having: How Peer Pressure Does—and Doesn’t—Influence Our Choices
Vanderbilt University

New research by Vanderbilt marketing professor Kelly Haws helps explain why we match our friends' orders at a restaurant—but not exactly.

Released: 20-Aug-2019 5:05 PM EDT
When it comes to investing, love at first sight doesn’t always pay off
Vanderbilt University

It's very easy to get too attached to a particular investment—even when there are better options out there. New research by Vanderbilt business professors explains why it happens, and how to avoid it.

Released: 29-Jul-2019 3:50 PM EDT
When Legislatures Can and Can’t Check Executive Powers
Vanderbilt University

The largest analysis of gubernatorial executive orders to date reveals important nuances that explain how and when legislatures are able to constrain executive power.

Released: 29-Jul-2019 3:05 PM EDT
The momentum myth: Staggering primaries didn’t affect outcome of 2016 nominating contests
Vanderbilt University

During the 2016 primary season, voters didn't shift their preferences based on who was winning, according to a massive analysis of more than 325,000 tracking poll results.

Released: 10-Jul-2019 2:30 PM EDT
Blow Your Diet? Admitting It to Someone Might Help You Do Better Next Time.
Vanderbilt University

Disclosing a lapse in self control, like straying from a diet or spending too much on something frivolous, can help you do better next time if you truly feel guilty about it, but insincere confessions can actually make you more likely to slip up again.

Released: 19-Jun-2019 9:30 AM EDT
First step towards a better prosthetic leg? Trip people over and over
Vanderbilt University

The first step a Vanderbilt team took in addressing a challenge in lower-body prosthetics was coming to understand the way people with two legs catch themselves, accomplished by covering test subjects with motion-capturing sensors.

Released: 17-Jun-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Human rights treaties benefit the world’s most oppressed
Vanderbilt University

By incorporating the role of dissent, a new theory of treaty effects shows that international human rights agreements, even if they don’t work perfectly, can still greatly benefit some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

12-Jun-2019 2:30 PM EDT
Quick DNA test for malaria drug resistance is life-saver, holds promise for other diseases
Vanderbilt University

Drug-resistant malaria is prevalent in Southeast Asia and may spread. Doctors currently can tell whether powerful malaria drugs will work through or a DNA duplication method that allows for optical detection of a disease’s biomarkers, but it's tough to use in low-resource areas.

Released: 11-Jun-2019 12:05 PM EDT
iPhone plus nanoscale porous silicon equals cheap, simple home diagnostics
Vanderbilt University

The team combined their research on low-cost, nanostructured thin films with a device most American adults already own.

Released: 6-Jun-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Think Treasuries are risk-free? Not so fast.
Vanderbilt University

Oversight of the Treasury market hasn't kept up with new technology, leaving these very safe investments unexpectedly vulnerable to major shocks, says Vanderbilt law professor Yesha Yadav in a new paper.

Released: 29-May-2019 4:30 PM EDT
Study: Continuity, Not Change, Marked President Trump’s First Year
Vanderbilt University

While the various unilateral executive actions taken by President Donald Trump during the first year of his administration received great public scrutiny, a new Vanderbilt analysis shows he didn’t actually use them any more or less than his immediate predecessors did. Where he did differ was the focus of those actions—emphasizing immigration and deregulation more than previous administrations did.

Released: 24-May-2019 11:00 AM EDT
Technology better than tape measure for identifying lymphedema risk
Vanderbilt University

New research by School of Nursing professor Sheila Ridner finds that a special scan measuring lymphatic fluid volume is significantly better than a tape measure at predicting which women undergoing treatment for breast cancer are at risk of developing a common complication resulting from damaged lymph nodes.

Released: 9-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Why some rules are meant to be broken
Vanderbilt University

Most research into compliance looks at how organizations follow regulations. Researchers at Vanderbilt and University of Virginia are among the first to examine whether the rules themselves could be contributing to violations.

Released: 7-May-2019 11:45 AM EDT
Adaptive Cruise Control Vehicles Create Phantom Traffic Jams in Road Test
Vanderbilt University

Work and his collaborators tested seven different cars from two manufacturers on a remote, rural roadway in Arizona. They simulated various driving conditions with a pace car changing its speed, followed by a vehicle using adaptive cruise control. The team measured how quickly and aggressively the ACC system responded to the pace car speed changes.

Released: 30-Apr-2019 8:30 AM EDT
Vanderbilt Poll: Nashville residents uneasy about growth
Vanderbilt University

Three-quarters of residents of the South's "It City" are souring on the rapid pace of growth and say they want their tax dollars to go toward something other than business development.

Released: 19-Apr-2019 4:20 PM EDT
Vanderbilt University to Develop and Test "Safe Harbor" Standards of Care
Vanderbilt University

A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University’s schools of law, medicine and management has received a five-year research grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and test “safe harbor” standards of care based on scientific evidence.

Released: 15-Apr-2019 4:25 PM EDT
Indicators of Despair Rising Among Gen X-ers Entering Middle Age
Vanderbilt University

In 2016, a surprising decline in life expectancy was ascribed to "deaths of despair" among working-class middle-aged white men displaced by a changing economy. However, new research shows indicators of despair are rising among Americans approaching middle age regardless of race, education and gender.

Released: 2-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT
When ‘Sorry’ Makes Things Worse
Vanderbilt University

Laws intended to reduce malpractice litigation by protecting doctors who want to apologize don’t work, according to a new analysis of proprietary insurance data. This provides the most detailed look yet at the impact of apology legislation on such claims.

Released: 27-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EDT
How to cross-examine a machine in court
Vanderbilt University

As society becomes more automated, our trial system needs to identify new ways to cross-examine evidence generated by processes and machines, without requiring human witnesses to vouch for it.

Released: 26-Mar-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Depoliticizing the Supreme Court may mean radically overhauling it
Vanderbilt University

To minimize the influence of partisanship on the Supreme Court, Vanderbilt law professor Ganesh Sitaraman suggests tapping judges on the federal court of appeals for temporary service on the Supreme Court.

Released: 18-Mar-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Robot-guided video game gets older adults out of comfort zone, learning and working together
Vanderbilt University

The game isn’t about talking robots or colorful books. It’s about getting seniors in the early stages of dementia out of their rooms, moving their bodies and, most importantly, working together.

Released: 15-Mar-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Current sexual harassment penalties are too low: Study
Vanderbilt University

The existing federal cap on monetary damages for workplace sexual harassment don't reflect the true cost of harassment and is far too low to incentivize firms to take stronger measures to prevent the behavior, finds Vanderbilt economist and law professor Joni Hersch.

Released: 12-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
They call it puppy love, but what is it really?
Vanderbilt University

Even if animals have ulterior motives for teaming up, they teach humans a lot about love.

Released: 29-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST
How making an accusation at work makes you seem more trustworthy
Vanderbilt University

Making an accusation about unethical business practices undermines trust in the accused and enhances trust in the accuser, but only if the accusation is made in good faith, according to new research led by Vanderbilt business professor Jessica Kennedy.

Released: 29-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Creating space within law for nonbinary genders
Vanderbilt University

In order to make our policies and regulations more inclusive of nonbinary gender identities, we need to rethink the role of sex and gender in our laws.

Released: 23-Jan-2019 5:05 PM EST
Vanderbilt School of Nursing celebrates grand opening of revolutionary building expansion
Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing opened a new $23.6 million building expansion containing a state-of-the-art simulation lab and technologically advanced classrooms with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event on Jan. 22. The building was designed to be both LEED- and WELL-certified.

Released: 18-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Pioneering Vanderbilt School of Nursing building designed with health in mind
Vanderbilt University

Once certified, the Vanderbilt School of Nursing's new expansion is expected to be the first complete building in Nashville to meet the WELL Building Standard, developed to support the health and well-being of a building's occupants.

Released: 10-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
New analysis suggests lepers may not have been pariahs in Jesus’ time
Vanderbilt University

New insights into how disease and impurity were viewed in first-century Jewish society suggests scholars may need to reevaluate how they interpret Jesus' interaction with people affected by leprosy.

Released: 27-Nov-2018 5:00 PM EST
The ‘Clean Plate’ Mentality Drives US to Overeat--So Much That We Lie to Ourselves About How Unhealthy It Is. ‘to-Go’ Bags Can Help
Vanderbilt University

We’re more likely to overeat when we only have a little bit of food left over, and we justify it by convincing ourselves it’s not as unhealthy as it is, according to new research by Vanderbilt's Kelly Haws.

Released: 1-Nov-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Take a Lot of Sick Days? Who You Know and Where You Live Might Be Partly to Blame
Vanderbilt University

New research by Lijun Song suggests that knowing high-status people may not always be good for your health--but it depends on how economically unequal your country is.

Released: 31-Oct-2018 8:05 AM EDT
Lifespan and Sexual Maturity Depends on Your Brain More Than Your Body
Vanderbilt University

New Vanderbilt research finds how long humans and other warm-blooded animals live—and when they reach sexual maturity— may have more to do with their brain than their body. More specifically, it is not animals with larger bodies or slower metabolic rates that live longer; it is animals with more neurons in the cerebral cortex, whatever the size of the body.

Released: 3-Oct-2018 9:45 AM EDT
New model of polarization sheds light on today’s politics
Vanderbilt University

When voters go to the polls, they aren't just voting for the candidate who best represents their views--they're also voting strategically to shape the balance of power between parties in the legislature.

Released: 21-Sep-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Want to restore faith in Congress? Elect more women
Vanderbilt University

New research shows that Americans have more faith in legislatures where women are equally represented--both in the kinds of decisions they make and in the decision-making process itself.