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Associated Press: NFL stadium sites explored in Toronto
A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said. Sports economist John Vrooman, senior lecturer in economics, is quoted.

MedPage Today: Robotic surgery fails to cut complications
Robot-assisted and open cystectomy led to similar complication rates among patients with invasive bladder cancer in a randomized trial. Daniel Barocas, assistant professor of urologic surgery, is quoted and appears in the accompanying video, recorded at VUStar, Vanderbilt’s campus broadcast facility.

Everyday Health: New evidence for protective effects of vitamin D on your heart
In a large study, people with the lowest amounts of vitamin D in their blood were 41 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those with the highest levels, writes Paolo Boffetta, adjunct professor of medicine.

Futurity: Methadone best for babies born with drug withdrawal
A new study shows that infants treated with methadone have a shorter length of treatment and length of stay when compared to other treatment methods for infants with the condition. Stephen Patrick, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.

Diverse Issues in Education: An end to affirmative action?
Rather than defend the practice of race-conscious affirmative action that helps underrepresented minorities gain admission into highly selective colleges and universities, Sheryll Cashin (BE’84) instead pushes for a form of affirmative action that’s based on structural disadvantage, or place, that a student must overcome to attain a high-quality education. (Subscription required)

Madame Noire: Where’s the celebrity support? The unusual business of standing up for sickle cell anemia
While there are several U.S. and global organizations that help create awareness and education for sickle cell, patients can certainly use any help they can get. Michael DeBaun, director of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease, is quoted.

Chattanooga Times-Free Press: In ad, Mayfield scolds Wamp over secret recording
Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is aiming his third straight televised punch at GOP challenger Weston Wamp with a new ad in which both men’s 2012 rival, Scottie Mayfield, directly takes Wamp to task over secretly recording him last spring. John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Column: What about George Flinn?
Middle Tennessee has not heard much about Senate candidate George Flinn, but he is an articulate, well-funded candidate whose positions on immigration, education and health care appear to be in lockstep with the tea party. John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

Nashville Post: VU tech transfer center sets record for licensing agreements
Vanderbilt University announced today its Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization signed a record 101 licensing agreements with industry partners in fiscal year 2013-14. Assistant Vice Chancellor Alan Bentley is quoted.

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