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Forbes: Study: Women, want higher pay? Lose weight. Men, you’re fine as you are
A Vanderbilt study by Jennifer Shinall, assistant professor of law, shows obese women were less likely to work in a personal interaction job. On the other hand, the study found obese men are not more or less likely to work in any particular type of job. The problem is that personal interaction jobs pay more — and that explains why obese women earn less than non-obese women.

CNBC: Ending Obamacare subsidies: Risks vs. rewards debated
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide whether to hear a case that challenges the legality of the Affordable Care Act subsidies. However, the public may not learn the court’s decision until next week. James Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, is quoted.

NBC News: Nikon small world marks 40 years of seeing the invisible (slideshow)
The winning images of 2014′s Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition focus on colorful cells, a spider’s eyes and a rotifer’s wide-open mouth. This year, Nikon received more than 1,200 entries from scientists, artists and photographers all over the world. Dylan T. Burnette, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, is noted in 20th place for his entry of an osteosarcoma (bone cancer) cell at 8000X magnification.

Futurity: Brain ‘architecture’ differs in kids with dyslexia
The brains of children with dyslexia may be structured differently, according to a Vanderbilt study targeting the thalamus, the part of the brain that serves as its connector. Laurie Cutting, professor of special education, is quoted.

The Washington Post: Forget Ebola and get a free flu shot
Take a break from worrying about Ebola and get a flu shot this fall. While the Ebola virus has so far affected just four people in the United States, tens of millions are expected to get influenza this season according to the CDC. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

Prevention: Six natural depression remedies worth trying
Steven Hollon,
Gertrude Conaway Professor of Psychology, is noted among a list of professionals offering advice to treat depression by using natural remedies.

Live Science: Can you really get Ebola from a sneeze?
Experts say it’s extremely unlikely that Ebola could spread through a sneeze. And in fact, this has never happened. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

The Tennessean: State board takes no action on AP U.S. History test

The Tennessee State Board of Education heard from a small contingent of supporters and critics of the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course, but took no action regarding the discussion. Thomas Schwartz, professor of history, is mentioned.

The Tennessean: School cafeteria serves as place of connection for reading tutor
Peabody graduate student Kaela Thomasson-Pavao
is featured as one of 32 volunteers who serve as part of the mayor’s program called Team Dean’s Reading Coaches, which is a group that supports the placement of reading mentors in middle schools with the goal to help students increase their reading skills and succeed in high school.

The Tennessean: Kindergartner gives $6,100 to children’s hospital
Five-year-old Morgan Rogers presented a $6,100 check to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for pediatric brain tumor research. In late September, the Indian Lake Elementary School kindergarten student and her supporters held a family-friendly event to raise funds and awareness of the illness. Morgan was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in March.

The Tennessean: Plenty of fun. Cheap weekend things to do, sales too
A list of activities being held at the Vanderbilt University campus is noted, including Vanderbilt basketball’s annual “Dore Jam” fan event, Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music’s “Cornelia Heard and Friends,” the “Conversations” series featuring singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow and Vanderbilt University Theatre’s presentation of Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls.”  Days and times are noted.

Nashville Post: VU lands $15M federal education grant
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has awarded a $15 million grant to the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Project co-director Chris Lemons, assistant professor, is quoted. Joseph Wehby, associate professor, and professors of special education Douglas Fuchs and Lynn Fuchs are mentioned as also serving the role of project co-directors along with Lemons.

The Tennessean: DA details ex-players’ roles in Vandy rape
Lawyers involved in the case of four former football players charged with rape continue to address issues involving the defendants in order to prepare for the trial next month.



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