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Blood Lines – Graphic Fiction about Genetic Enhancement

This collaborative project from 2008 features the artwork of Anna Musun-Miller and the creative narrative by Matt Walker, both former Vanderbilt students in an early iteration of this class. http://bloodlines.comicgenesis.com/d/20080418.html Continue reading

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Genetic Horror in Annihilation

Very interesting article on the new film directed by Alex Garland, Annihilation (2018). https://geneticsandculture.org/2018/04/11/genetic-horror-in-garlands-annihilation/ Advertisements Continue reading

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The latest on Billy Mitchell

For students, past and present, who have marveled at the film The King of Kong, take a look at this breaking news from NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/16/602844126/it-s-not-gonna-stop-now-disgraced-donkey-kong-master-vows-proof-he-s-innocent     Continue reading

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Le Guin on blogging, women in science fiction, and more

Interesting article about Ursula K. Le Guin’s blog and her new book, No Time To Spare in this week’s issue of The New Republic.Filed under: Le Guin, SF Tagged: Escapism, Science fiction and subversion, Women in Science Fiction Continue reading

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Video about Rani Banjarian

Inspiring video of Rani Banjarian from the fall 2015 class, who won first place in Dell’s national contest for college SF fiction writing. Rani’s story of coming to the U.S. from Beirut, meeting President Obama, singing in the a capela gr… Continue reading

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Virtual Reality Companies Look to Science Fiction for Their Next Play

A fun article! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/technology/virtual-reality-companies-look-to-science-fiction-for-their-next-play.htmlFiled under: SF Continue reading

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Robert Scherrer on college admissions.

Read Professor Scherrer’s meditation on college admissions. It is full of his characteristic idealism, his high-minded respect for tradition, his earnest, non-ironic stance toward the world, and his generous spirit toward self-reflective young me… Continue reading

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Robert Scherrer on college admissions.

Read Professor Scherrer’s meditation on college admissions. It is full of his characteristic idealism, his high-minded respect for tradition, his earnest, non-ironic stance toward the world, and his generous spirit toward self-reflective young me… Continue reading

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Intelligent life in the universe? Phone home, dammit!

Read Professor Robert Scherrer’s animated discussion of whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe:
https://theconversation.com/intelligent-life-in-the-universe-phone-home-dammit-41797Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Aliens, Ferm… Continue reading

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Robert Scherrer explains Dark Energy

Explainer: the mysterious dark energy that speeds the universe’s rate of expansion Robert Scherrer, Vanderbilt University The nature of dark energy is one of the most important unsolved problems in all of science. But what, exactly, is dark energy, and why do we even believe that it exists? What goes up must come down… right? […] Continue reading

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