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Climate change took away ancient animals’ food supply; holds implications for today’s wildlife

Jun. 5, 2017—Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. During the last Ice Age, Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea formed a single landmass. It was a strange and often hostile place populated by a bizarre cast of giant animals – massive kangaroos and others claimed in a global mass extinction 30,000 years ago. Researchers argue what...

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Campus learns about land use plan at FutureVU Expo

Apr. 20, 2017—Read the MyVU story here. More than 800 students, staff, faculty and others stopped by the Wond’ry April 19 to learn about FutureVU, Vanderbilt’s campus land use planning initiative, and how the university’s built environment might change over the next 20-30 years. The FutureVU Expo featured interactive exhibits—including posters, diagrams, historic and current photographs, maps...

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Climate Science Myth Busters Seminar

Apr. 10, 2017—Join the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering April 12 at 3:10pm in Featheringill Hall 134 for a seminar by Dr. Jonathan Gilligan: Climate Science Myth Busters. There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding climate change. Dr. Jonathan Gilligan will present on the state of climate science and answer questions such as: Is...

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Gilligan, Vandenbergh win Morrison Prize for climate change article

Feb. 21, 2017—Read the Vanderbilt News story here. Research examining the role that private governance can play in bypassing government gridlock on climate change has earned a pair of Vanderbilt University professors this year’s $10,000 Morrison Prize, which recognizes the most impactful sustainability-related legal academic article published in North America during the previous year. Michael P. Vandenbergh...

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Four in civil engineering elected to American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Feb. 2, 2017—Read the School of Engineering story here. Three Vanderbilt civil engineering professors and one senior research scientist who are nationally recognized experts in environmental sustainability and hazardous waste management have been elected for membership in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists and recognized as board certified environmental scientists. Craig Philip, George Hornberger, Doug...

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Climate change helped kill off super-sized Ice Age animals in Australia

Jan. 27, 2017—Read the Research News at Vanderbilt story here. During the last Ice Age, Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea formed a single landmass, called Sahul. It was a strange and often hostile place populated by a bizarre cast of giant animals. There were 500-pound kangaroos, marsupial tapirs the size of horses and wombat-like creatures the size...

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Cave study designed to solve puzzle of prehistoric megadroughts in the western U.S.

Sep. 2, 2016—Jessica Oster, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at Vanderbilt University, is using cave deposits to reconstruct past climates. The paleoclimatologist is also setting up an educational program to involve undergraduate, graduate, and high school students in the analysis of samples, design of independent research projects, and managing and manipulating data sets. Read the full...

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How to make electric vehicles that actually reduce carbon

Mar. 2, 2016—Read the full story here. An interdisciplinary team of scientists has worked out a way to make electric vehicles that only are not only carbon neutral but carbon negative, capable of actually reducing the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide as they operate. They have done so by demonstrating how the graphite electrodes used in the...

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Eos Project funds environmental awareness planning and programming projects on campus

Feb. 18, 2016—Thirteen seed projects in environmental awareness and campus greening have been funded by the Eos Project, an initiative to promote greater understanding of environmental issues through diverse disciplines and channels across Vanderbilt. “We are taking a broad approach, aiming to implement permanent changes in the curricula, supporting undergrads working on environmental and social justice issues, and...

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Resolving the food-energy-water trilemma

Jan. 26, 2016—Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. Food. Energy. Water. Not only are these critical natural resources, they are also inextricably linked with each other. Water is needed to grow food. Energy is needed to pump water and to plant, grow and distribute food. Water is required to produce energy. And so on. The...

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