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The Tennessean: Opinion: Change FAFSA form, eliminate college barrier
Simplifying the FAFSA will encourage many more low-income students to apply to college and make the most of their federal benefits, says Sen. Lamar Alexander. Alexander mentions a report from a Senate task force co-chaired by Nicholas S. Zeppos recommending streamlining federal higher ed regulations.
Wall Street Journal: Obamacare on trial: A preview of King v. Burwell
The Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to hear arguments in King v. Burwell, the latest case tied to the health-care law. The dispute involves the validity of insurance subsidies for people in more than 30 states who use the federal exchange, HealthCare.gov. James Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Policy, is quoted.
USA Today: Wanna type faster? Meet a buzzy new keyboard
The designer of a new keyboard says his product’s unique layout will enable users to type more efficiently. Neuroscientist Kristen Snyder, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
Washington Post: We could keep a huge amount of carbon out of the atmosphere just by changing people’s behavior
A new EPA rule established to incentivize people to make more energy-efficient choices could reduce emissions a lot more than the agency estimates, according to research coauthored by Michael Vandenburgh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Climate Change Research Network.
Reuters: Peanuts may lower risk of death from heart disease
Peanuts may reduce the risk of death from heart disease, a large study found, suggesting that the health benefits of this low-cost nut may be similar to pricier options like almonds and pistachios. Lead author Xiao-Ou Shu, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
ABC News: White and gold or black and blue: why people see the dress differently
Neuroscience can explain why people were so vastly divided about the color of a dress pictured in a photo that began circulating around the internet last week. David Calkins, Denis M. O’Day M.B.B.S. Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and director of research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, is quoted.
Chronicle of Higher Education: Vanderbilt and Northwestern name new arts-and-sciences deans
Lauren A. Benton, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University, and a professor of history and affiliate professor of law there, will become the next dean of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University on July 1. John M. Sloop, professor of communication studies, has been serving as interim dean since last May.
Phys.Org: Vaccines from a reactor
In the event of an impending global flu pandemic, vaccine production could quickly reach its limits, as flu vaccines are still largely produced in embryonated chicken eggs—a technique pioneered by Ernest Goodpasture at Vanderbilt 80 years ago. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems have therefore been working on a fully automated method for production in cell cultures that could yield vaccines in large quantities in a crisis.
ABC News: Disappointing year for flu vaccine effectiveness
This year’s vaccine is just 18 percent effective against the dominant H3N2 flu strain, down from 23 percent initially estimated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.
Military Times: Researchers seek combat troops with lung symptoms
Army researchers are looking for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with breathing difficulties such as shortness of breath or wheezing to study how deployments may affect lung health. A Vanderbilt University Medical Center study was the first to show a link between deployment and a rare, debilitating lung condition.
Slate: Opinion: The Hunting Ground
Vanderbilt’s role in reporting the case of a student raped by four former football players to police, and the school’s swift expulsion of the accused following its own investigation are not examined but provide a valuable counterpoint to the cases depicted in The Hunting Ground, a new documentary about campus rape, writes columnist Emily Yoffee.
The Tennessean: Project RESET plans to elevate education debate
A campaign by the Nashville Public Education Foundation hopes to gather the collective voice of the city so that people weigh in on education needs. David Williams II, vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics and athletics director, is a co-chair of a daylong forum that will feature speeches from national education leaders, hands-on activities and opportunities for Nashville residents to talk about a broad range of education topics.
The Tennessean: Study finds ‘crisis’ of affordable housing in Nashville
James Fraser, associate professor of human and organizational development, Doug Perkins, professor of human and organizational development and graduate students Amie Thurber and Jyoti Gupta assembled Nashville’s most authoritative report on the city’s affordable housing and gentrification crisis.
The Tennessean: Opinion: Feds, state have mutual goals on education standards
It would be too bad if the politics surrounding Common Core distracted lawmakers from the more important goal of preparing children for the future, says editorial board chair David Plazas. Plazas cites the Vanderbilt Poll, which showed a majority of Tennesseans support the measures laid out by the Common Core education plan, although many balk at the name.
The Tennessean: Possible GOP presidential hopefuls cozy up to Tennessee
With the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination completely wide open, most of the possible candidates are making their way to GOP-friendly Tennessee. After speaking last fall at Vanderbilt University as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series, Gov. Jeb Bush will headline this year’s Tennessee Republican Party annual dinner.
Nashville Post: VUMC appoints director of medical group
Vanderbilt University Medical Center has announced that Titus Daniels has been named executive director of the Vanderbilt Medical Group and COO of Adult Clinical Operations.
The Tennessean: Rudy Giuliani to speak at Vanderbilt in March
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is speaking at Vanderbilt University’s Impact Symposium in March during a weeklong symposium that also will feature Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, actress Anna Deavere Smith and ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith.
The Tennessean: National groups join battle for Vanderbilt rape records
A Tennessean-led fight for access to sealed third-party records related to the rape of a Vanderbilt student by four former football players is drawing support from national press freedom and First Amendment advocacy groups.
The Tennessean: Police: Second gunman ID’ed in Vanderbilt garage shooting
Police have identified Christopher James Smith, 30, as the suspected second shooter in a gunfire exchange on the first floor of the Wesley Place garage last week. The other gunman, Joeuan Booker, 31, was fatally wounded. The men were patrons of a nearby business and not affiliated with the university.
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