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Inside Higher Ed: Fading affordability
Overall college affordability has worsened in 45 U.S. states since 2008, creating a significant financial burden for students of modest economic means. That’s the top-line finding in a new, state-by-state study by researchers from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, the University of Pennsylvania and the Higher Education Policy Institute. Co-lead author William Doyle, associate professor of higher education, is quoted. Related articles appeared in The Washington Post, Detroit News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Arizona Public Media, Penn Live, Terra (Spain), The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee), Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee) and The Tennessean.

The Atlantic: Religious-liberty laws that have no meaning
In Tennessee, conservative legislators just passed a bill allowing counselors to refuse to provide mental-health services to patients if it would violate their “sincerely held religious belief,” which Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law on Wednesday. Evon Flesberg, assistant professor of the practice of pastoral theology and counseling, is quoted.

ABC News: Mumps outbreak reaches 40 at Harvard University
There have been 40 confirmed cases of the mumps at Harvard University, even though many of those infected were vaccinated. The outbreak was first reported Feb. 29, and public health officials confirmed today that the contagious disease had continued to spread though the Harvard community. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

BBC (U.K.): The amazing chemistry of candyfloss
This look at the chemistry behind candyfloss—or cotton candy to Americans—mentions that engineers at Vanderbilt University have developed a technique for modifying cotton-candy machines so that they can create a complicated network that mimics the human capillary system.

Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh): Climate adaptation conference begins
With the focus on the value of local knowledge in building urban resilience, the 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation began in Dhaka yesterday. More than 300 practitioners, experts, academicians and policymakers on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation are participating in the conference. Brooke Ackerly, associate professor of political science and of human and organizational development, is mentioned as one of the conference speakers.

Lansing State Journal (Michigan): Episcopal priest, author to speak at E.L. church
The Rev. Becca Stevens, chaplain of St. Augustine’s Chapel at Vanderbilt, will speak at All Saints Episcopal Church in East Lansing on May 8. The article mentions her work as founder of Thistle Farms, a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

The Tennessean: Harwell’s task force grapples with primary care, healthy incentives
Lawmakers delved Wednesday into how to get people into more primary care settings and programs designed to encourage healthier behaviors during the second meeting of House Speaker Beth Harwell’s task force on her “3-Star Healthy Project.” Melinda Buntin, professor of health policy and chair of the Department of Health Policy, is quoted. A related article that mentions Harwell’s discussions with health policy experts at Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine appeared in the Memphis Daily News (Tennessee).

Chalkbeat: Relay Graduate School launches alternative teacher training programs in Nashville
Relay Graduate School of Education announced on Wednesday that it will launch its ninth campus nationwide in Nashville, adding another path to teaching careers in Tennessee’s second-largest school district. The article mentions that Linda Lentz, who will lead Relay’s Nashville campus, looks forward to collaborating with Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.

The Tennessean: Vanderbilt rape case: Memphis jury to hear Vandenburg retrial
The jury that will hear the June retrial of former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg will be chosen in Memphis, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office has confirmed. Vandenburg is charged in the rape of an unconscious female student in his dorm room in 2013. The retrial is scheduled for June 13 in Nashville.

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