Web-based toys create a new set of security risks, M. Eric Johnson, a widely recognized IT security researcher and dean of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, gives practical tips to protect your family.
Vanderbilt political scientist Bruce Oppenheimer weighs in on all things related to the possible government shutdown—how much time Congress will try to buy, what deals need to be made, who's to blame and more.
An artist painstakingly recreates the “Mona Lisa” using the same variety of paints, brushes and canvas as did Michelangelo. Across town, a factory stamps out hundreds of replicas of the iconic painting each day, using state-of-the-art printing. In a copyright infringement case, is there any legal difference between the lovingly recreated painting and one of the mass-produced prints made by the factory? There should be, says Joseph Fishman, a copyright law expert and assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School.
Would you believe that Hillary Clinton’s supporters are more liberal than those of Bernie Sanders? How about this? In the voting booth, election-year droughts and floods have a major impact on whether an incumbent or challenger wins an election. And finally: People don’t choose a candidate because they agree with them on the issues.
While some people today feel driven to purchase the latest smartphone or other technology, historian Michael Bess worries how near-future generations will deal with innovations ranging from pills that boost intelligence to bioengineered body parts for all ages.
The U.S. federal government is preparing to launch a set of sweeping new regulations that will have a major impact on how biomedical researchers and social scientists work. It will require researchers to change how they get ethics approval, how they collect informed consent from participants, and more. “These proposed rules are the first major changes in more than 40 years to the laws on how researchers get permission for studies,” said Laura Stark, assistant professor of medicine, health and society, who has closely followed the evolution of research protocols and wrote a recent book on ethics regulations.
When chosen wisely, apps can help a child learn important skills such as reading, algebra, fractions and even computer coding—all while having fun. Vanderbilt experts give tips on picking a great app and list their favorites.
Beth Bachmann, whose first poetry collection explored how her world changed through a violent personal loss, has expanded her focus to the psychological effect of traumatic memories on soldiers and others affected by war.
Using anthropology to look at similarities between different cultures can tell us a lot about what "the good life" means for everyone, says Vanderbilt anthropologist and World Health Organization wellbeing adviser Ted Fischer.
The recent explosion of social media in our lives and domination of the air waves by so many "experts" are among the reasons people don't feel free to live their lives as they wish, according to Philosophy Professor John Lachs.
As schools nationwide prepare for the new academic year, education experts from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development are available for back-to-school interviews on a variety of topics.
Scripture has played a pivotal role in shaping America's justification for going to war from the nation's earliest beginnings, according James P. Byrd, an assistant professor of American religious history. "My research showed how important the Bible was to our founding generation -- even those who did not regularly attend church."
Education experts from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development are available for back-to-school interviews. Peabody was named the No. 1 graduate school of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth consecutive year in 2012.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that the prevalence of children in the United States with autism has increased. The newly-released statistics suggest one in 88 children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, up from one in 110 released in 2009.
Zachary Warren, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Vanderbilt University, says effective early identification and treatment of autism is a public health emergency.
The 20-minute bloody birth scene in Breaking Dawn – Part One continues a long line of horror films featuring women giving birth to otherworldly creatures, says Kelly Oliver, a philosophy professor who has written a book on images of pregnancy in recent movies and popular culture.
Education experts from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development are available for back-to-school interviews. Peabody was named the No. 1 graduate school of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the third consecutive year in 2011.
Larry Van Horn, associate professor of health care management and executive director of health affairs at Owen, co-teaches a course with U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., on health care policy. His current research interests include nonprofit conduct, governance and objectives in health care markets, and the measurement of health care outcomes and productivity.
As members of Congress spar over whether or not to provide tuition benefits and a path to legalization to undocumented students through the DREAM Act, an examination of the nation’s first state-level “dream act” indicates such policy effectively boosts college enrollment by these students.
In light of the charges against Bishop Eddie Long, Vanderbilt sociologist Richard Pitt is available for comment to media. Pitt’s research interests include the intersection of sexual identity and religion. He looks specifically at homosexuality and the black church in his papers “Killing the Messenger: Gay Black Men’s Negotiation of Anti-Gay Religious Messages,” and “Still Looking for My Jonathan: Gay Black Men’s Management of Religious and Sexual Identity Conflicts.”
Vanderbilt University experts with research and expertise related to the Supreme Court and the nomination of a new justice are available to discuss a range of topics. All of the Vanderbilt experts have done extensive TV, radio and print interviews. Vanderbilt has a 24/7 TV and radio studio. Use of the studio with Vanderbilt experts is free, except for reserving fiber time.
Education experts from the Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development are available for back-to-school interviews. Peabody College was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 education school in the nation in 2009.
Michael Steele should embrace a proposed system of checks and balances on the RNC chairman's spending power, says political scientist Carol Swain. Steele has blasted a proposal to impose new controls on his power to award contracts and spend money on legal and other services. Swain said that this has become an unnecessary distraction for the GOP.
The keys to fixing the U.S. health care system are to hold people accountable for their actions; treat health insurance like auto insurance and tax individual's health care benefits said Larry Van Horn, a leading expert and researcher on health care management and economics.
America's struggle over competing visions of nationhood involving race is a giant step closer to resolution with Obama's inauguration, says historian Gary Gerstle. He's the author of American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century, recently recommended on NPR as one of the best books for understanding the nation's new civic movement.
Education reform strategies, performance pay for teachers and No Child Left Behind are among the education policy issues expected to be tackled by the Obama administration in the coming months. The U.S. health care industry and future outlook for health care policy are likely to be priorities as well. Academic experts are available for interviews.
A smooth presidential transition with an emphasis on advance preparation and avoidance of past pitfalls is crucial to a strong start for the next administration, says political scientist David E. Lewis. Lessons learned from past presidents include the need to prioritize positions associated with public safety and president's agenda.
While Palin and Hillary Clinton are putting cracks in the glass ceiling below America's highest office, they are still battling that double-bind for women in power "“ being seen as too womanly or not womanly enough, says a Vanderbilt University expert on women and the media.
A popular course on the 2008 elections melds rigorous academic research with real world politics. Former Congressmen Harold Ford Jr. and Vin Weber, who remain active in national politics, join two political scientists to teach the class, which provides students a broader understanding of how elections fit generally into American political culture.
The recent controversy about whether Wal-Mart Stores Inc. unlawfully pressured employees to vote against Democrats in November is another instance of the increasing erosion of free expression in the workplace, according to Bruce Barry, author of a book on this subject.