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National Science Foundation: Science 360: Video: Episode 32
The video series featured research by Pietro Valdastri, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, showing how magnets can make minimally invasive surgery easier and more effective.
Phys.Org: Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh to lead new center to identify toxic chemicals
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the establishment of three new centers to develop alternative approaches for toxicity testing that could help fill the troubling gap known as the “toxicological information gap” that has developed regarding the risks man-made chemicals pose to human health and the environment. One is the Vanderbilt-Pittsburgh Resource for Predictive Toxicology (VPROMPT), which will receive $6 million for four years to develop toxicity test procedures based on three-dimensional human cell cultures. Lead principal investigator is M. Shane Hutson, associate professor of physics. Also noted as part of the team of co-principal investigators are Lisa McCawley, research associate professor of biomedical engineering, Kevin Osteen, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Center, and John Wikswo, Gordon A. Cain University Professor. Hutson is quoted.
The Conversation: Presbyterian Church (USA) decision expands the meaning and malleability of marriage
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted through a clear majority of its local governing bodies to define marriage as being between two persons. The vote will lead to a consideration by Presbyterians of issues as intimate and malleable as marriage, and as sacred as one’s relationship with God, James Hudnut-Beumler, the Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, predicts.
Money Talks News: Epic fail: More colleges likely to go under
Virginia’s Sweet Briar College has been making headlines for its announcement that the private women’s school will shut down at the end of the year. But it’s not the first and probably won’t be the last. A Vanderbilt University study that found an average of five private nonprofit colleges and universities closed every year between 2003 and 2013 is referenced.
The Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, Tenn.): Riverdale High School students witness mock crash
Murfreesboro’s Riverdale High School students got a reminder about the dangers of distracted driving. The high school conducted a mock crash scene early Thursday morning in conjunction with the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The event also featured the Vanderbilt Medical Center LifeFlight helicopter’s arrival at the scene to simulate its response to a fatal crash.
The Tennessean: 2015 Nashville Athena award winners announced
Katherine Brown, occupational therapist at Vanderbilt Home Care, received the 2015 Nashville Athena’s young professional leadership award. Vanderbilt alum Martha Craig Daughtrey is mentioned as being the first recipient of the award when the program was started 25 years ago.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt University names Ingram Commons dean
Vanderbilt University officials have named Vanessa Beasley dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons program, its 10-house campus-within-a-campus for freshmen. Beasley came to VU in 2007 to work in the Department of Communication Studies and was director of the Program for Career Development for faculty in the College of Arts and Science from 2008 to 2012.
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