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Final transit forum discusses May 1 referendum vote

Apr. 23, 2018—More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the final transit forum hosted by Vanderbilt University this semester. The April 17 event, held in the Student Life Center ballrooms, featured a panel of policymakers and others involved with transit planning at a local level. Each provided their perspective on the transit plan referendum...

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Writer Amitav Ghosh discusses conflict and climate change on ‘The Zeppos Report’

Apr. 16, 2018—Amitav Ghosh, a best-selling author whose work puts Asia at the center of global history, culture and environmental challenges, lectured on campus April 4 as part of Vanderbilt Asian Studies’ 50th anniversary. Before his talk, Ghosh joined Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos on The Zeppos Report. Ghosh, whose books have been translated into more than 20...

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Amitav Ghosh to speak on ‘Commodities, Conflict and Climate Change’ April 4

Mar. 21, 2018—Read the Vanderbilt News story here. Acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh will examine how historical conflicts over resources in Asia have become a major driver of climate change in the Indian Ocean during an April 4 lecture hosted by Vanderbilt Asian Studies. The program is hosting the public talk as part of its 50th anniversary commemoration. Ghosh will address...

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Transit panel series continues; third installment features Kopstain, Getz

Mar. 20, 2018—More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the third transit forum presented by Vanderbilt this semester. The March 13 event featured Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration; Macolm Getz, associate professor of economics; and other experts who provided insights about Nashville’s proposed transit plan. The event, titled “Additional Perspectives of the Nashville Transit Plan” was hosted...

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Redesigned sustainability report expands focus to include holistic environmental efforts

Mar. 15, 2018—Vanderbilt displays a new emissions baseline in a redesigned version of its annual sustainability report that outlines the university’s environmental impact in 2016. The university’s GHG emissions come from three evenly split sources. Natural gas for the on-campus power plant and individual buildings represents 31 percent; 33 percent is power purchased from Nashville Electric Service;...

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Symposium suggests ways to make environmental regulations more palatable

Mar. 8, 2018—Read the MyVU story here. A panel of law and environmental experts will discuss making environmental regulations more palatable to conservatives by limiting where they’re enforced and moving responsibility from the federal level to state and local governments. Blake Hudson, law professor at the University of Houston, will present his paper “Relative Administrability, Conservatives, and Environmental Regulatory...

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Vanderbilt experts showcase research at second transit forum

Feb. 28, 2018—Read the MyVU story here. Approximately 110 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the second transit forum presented by Vanderbilt this semester. The forum, held Feb. 23 at the Student Life Center, featured a panel of Vanderbilt professors sharing research that brought further context to Nashville’s proposed transit plan. The event, titled “The Nashville Transit...

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New recyclable resin makes wind turbines much more sustainable

Feb. 16, 2018—by Liz Entman | Feb. 15, 2018, 10:58 AM   It generally requires a great deal of time and energy to cure the type of resin that makes the 150-foot-wide fiberglass turbines strong and durable. When they finally wear out after 20 or 25 years, very little of the material can be recycled.Doug Adams, Distinguished Professor of...

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Gaps in required curricula may explain differences in climate change views among college graduates

Dec. 8, 2017—Read the Research News @Vanderbilt story. by Liz Entman | Dec. 7, 2017, 11:24 AM The average American college student has just a 17 percent chance of learning about climate change before graduation through required core courses. The finding may help explain why having a bachelor’s degree doesn’t always lead to increased acceptance of human-caused global warming, according...

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Battery-switching device promises more road time for Tesla, Leaf drivers

Nov. 28, 2017—Read the Vanderbilt Engineering story here. Nissan Leafs, which go about 107 miles on a charge, often don’t graduate beyond commuter car status due to battery-life worries. The mass-market, standard Tesla Model 3 can travel double that distance, which is still limiting on long road trips. Both batteries could work about 50 percent longer with...

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