Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is a private research university of about 6,500 undergraduates and 5,300 graduate and professional students. The university comprises 10 schools, a distinguished medical center, a public policy center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center.

Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees.

The university is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 universities by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, with several programs and disciplines ranking in the top 10.

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Moderna just released the results of a phase 1 trial for a COVID-19 vaccine. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

What the phase 1 trials of the first COVID-19 vaccine really mean

Results from phase 1 trials of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine created a burst of optimism. But details the company failed to release suggest it is too early to speculate whether the vaccine is effective.
The biblical book of Ezekiel describes a vision of the divine that medieval philosophers understood as revealing the connection between religion and science. By Matthaeus Merian (1593-1650)

When religion sided with science: Medieval lessons for surviving COVID-19

Those experiencing stress and uncertainty amid the coronavirus may find guidance in medieval responses to plagues, which relied on both medicine and prayer.
The old idea of running with springs on your feet gets a high-tech makeover. Krisztina Braun

Robo-boot concept promises 50% faster running

A high-tech twist on an old idea – running on springs – could give human-powered movement its biggest boost in more than a century.
The courts are sheltering in place too. 101cats/Getty Images

Bankruptcy courts ill-prepared for tsunami of people going broke from coronavirus shutdown

The bankruptcy system has always been difficult to navigate, especially for minorities and other vulnerable groups. The pandemic is making it a lot harder.
When deadly tornadoes struck the Southeast in April, residents in Prentiss, Mississippi, struggled to keep up coronavirus precautions while salvaging what they could from their damaged properties. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Can your community handle a natural disaster and coronavirus at the same time?

If the forecasts are right, the US could be facing more natural disasters this year – on top of the coronavirus pandemic. Local governments aren't prepared.
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. NIAID-RML

Coronavirus: A new type of vaccine using RNA could help defeat COVID-19

Traditional vaccines can take years to create. Rather than immunizing people with viral proteins, the new approach gives the molecular instructions that allows the body to make its own vaccine.
Blacks have twice the incidence rates for Alzheimer’s as whites. Getty Images / Science Photo Library

Blacks are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s, but why?

Blacks are at higher risk for many diseases. This is partly due to poverty, discrimination and lack of access to care. But there may be something different about the higher rates of Alzheimer's.
Have some healthy skepticism when you encounter images online. tommaso79/Stock via Getty Images Plus

Out-of-context photos are a powerful low-tech form of misinformation

Images without context or presented with text that misrepresents what they show can be a powerful tool of misinformation, especially since photos make statements seem more believable.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tears up her copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Civility in politics is harder than you think

It's easy to perceive a political opponent as being uncivil – and that opens the door for an uncivil reply as well.

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