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National Post (Canada): Massive, potentially catastrophic super-volcanoes could give us just a year’s warning before erupting
Researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Chicago have analyzed tiny quartz crystals to determine the amount of lead time humanity might have before an enormous volcanic eruption, and their conclusion is that there may only be one year of warning. Lead author Guilherme Gualda, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted. Related articles appeared in AOL, Inquisitr, International Business Times (U.K.) and Der Spiegel (Germany).
The Conversation: Opinion: Why ‘woman’ isn’t Hillary Clinton’s trump card
Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, assistant professor of political science, public policy and education, writes that, while polls show that the American public is more willing than ever to elect a female president, there remain many “aversive sexists” who unintentionally possess negative feelings about women as leaders and bury those attitudes deep in their subconscious.
Reuters: Obama signs into law opioid addiction bill to protect newborns
President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a measure that pledges greater efforts to protect drug-dependent newborns and assist their parents. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act also stresses drug treatment and overdose prevention to help stanch the nation’s heroin and opioid drug epidemic. Stephen Patrick, assistant professor of pediatrics and health policy, is quoted.
The Conversation: Opinion: Hooking up on campus: Sexual double standards may leave students feeling disempowered
Heather Hensman Kettrey, research associate at the Peabody Research Institute, writes about the traditional sexual double standard in college hookup culture. It’s a culture, she says, that allows women to explore their sexuality in ways that previous generations of women could not, but it’s also a deeply gendered custom that can enhance a man’s reputation and damage a woman’s.
STAT: Carl Zimmer’s Game of Genomes: Episode 11: The Neanderthal inside
When scientists began comparing the genomes of Neanderthals to living humans, they found chunks of DNA from these extinct humans were nestled inside modern human genes. John Capra, assistant professor of biological sciences, is quoted about his research that found a link between Neanderthal DNA and medical conditions like depression and addiction.
Sojourners: Opinion: In a world of darkness, be like Mary Magdalene
Olivia Whitener writes that during times like these, when there seems to be an overabundance of violence and fear, we should follow the example of Mary Magdalene in the Bible. The article mentions a sermon about Mary Magdalene by Emilie Townes, dean of the Divinity School and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society.
Law.com: A weekly look at AI in law: Not another robot lawyer, the paralegal question and customer care
The impact of artificial intelligence on the legal profession was discussed at the Legal Hackers 2016 Summit in Brooklyn, New York, on July 16. The article quotes presenter Larry Bridgesmith, adjunct professor of law, and mentions the conference on artificial intelligence held at Vanderbilt Law School in the spring.
Albany Times Union (New York): Tang Museum exhibits invite participation or relaxation
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York, is hosting Flag Exchange, an interactive art installation created by Mel Ziegler, Paul E. Schwab Professor of Fine Arts and chair of the Department of Art.
The Tennessean: Mayors remain source of strength for Tennessee Democrats
Democrats haven’t won a statewide election in Tennessee in a decade. They’ve watched Republicans secure super majorities in both state legislative chambers, capture seven of Tennessee’s nine congressional districts and dominate every presidential race in the Volunteer State since Al Gore lost his home state in 2000. But during these tough times for Tennessee Democrats, one silver lining emerged and remains: mayors of the state’s largest cities. John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted. The article also appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel.
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