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Huffington Post: Freaky physics experiment may prove our universe is a two-dimensional hologram
Everyone knows the universe exists in three dimensions, right? Maybe not. For some time now serious physicists have been pondering the seemingly absurd possibility that three-dimensional space is merely an illusion–and that we actually live in a two-dimensional “hologram.” Vanderbilt graduate student Brittany Kamai is featured in photograph depicting the Fermilab device.

U.S. News and World Report: How to make the most out of your sleep tracker
A good night’s rest can do wonders for your health, and there are a ton of devices that promise to help you improve the quality and quantity of your sleep simply by tracking it. Many of these devices just shove data into your face without giving you any advice on how to use the numbers to change your habits; however, sleep experts say when used properly, sleep trackers can be a great tool. Beth Malow, Burry Professor of Cognitive Childhood Development and director of the sleep disorders division at Vanderbilt, is quoted.

USA Today: Voices: Why college women must report rapes
The writer of the opinion piece talks about how students need to report rapes, seek help and stop blaming themselves for sexual assaults. The Vanderbilt University is noted for having emergency phones located throughout the campus in case someone needs help.

Yahoo! Finance: Flu-shot shopping made easy
With the upcoming flu season approaching, this story lists tips on how to find the right vaccine for you and ways to combat the flu. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

Scientific American: Patient Zero believed to be sole source of Ebola outbreak
The new study reveals that the current Ebola outbreak stemmed from an earlier initial leap from the wild into humans, rather than the virus repeatedly jumping from a natural reservoir—perhaps infected animals—to humans. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

The Washington Post: What do political ads really do anyway? Come find out today!
John Geer
, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is noted as a participant in a panel discussion for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C.

The New Yorker: The good news about Medicare and the budget
A new report that was published by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that Medicare is experiencing a slowdown in spending growth per person. A 2013 study co-authored by Melinda Buntin, chair of health policy, is referenced.

The Daily Beast: Opinion: A continuing struggle for working moms
An opinion piece that argues if women hope to achieve true equality in the workplace, the time has come to call for additional structures to be implemented to help the working mothers. A Vanderbilt University study finding women with MBAs from prestigious institutions are more likely to leave their jobs after having children is referenced.

HealthDay News: ‘Doctor-shopping’ for painkillers common after broken-bone surgery, study finds
About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds.
The study was based on Vanderbilt University Medical Center medical and pharmacy records.

The Guardian (United Kingdom): Science and sustainability goals: what researchers want businesses to know
Sustainability advocates are increasingly encouraging companies to get a better grasp on the science behind various environmental impacts and to set goals accordingly. Jeff Gowdy, adjunct professor, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Nashville economy welcomes impact of foreign students

International students have a big impact on the American economy. Between 2008 and 2012, Nashville hosted 3,330 international students, who contributed more than $87 million in tuition costs and almost $40 million in local spending. Laxminag Mamillapalli (MBA, ‘14), manager of health information systems for the vice chancellor for health affairs, and Sherif Barsoum, director of international student and scholar services at Vanderbilt, are quoted.

The Tennessean: Advocate: sexual assault reports could prevent others
According to Cara Tuttle Bell, director of Project Safe, the attention that results from increased reporting of sexual assaults on college campuses is an effective tool in the battle against the vastly underreported crime.



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