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U.S. News and World Report: Silicon Valley snubs Donald Trump
The tech industry, long known for progressive social policies and youth-driven innovation, is struggling to reconcile the demands of special interests urging companies to distance themselves from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump with the need to preserve the appearance of political neutrality. John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

Scientific American: Electric eels versus horses: Shocking but true
Kenneth Catania, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences, is interviewed about electric eel research that led him to accept 19th-century naturalist Alexander von Humboldt’s account of electric eels attacking horses.

The New Yorker: Meet the Moringa tree, an overqualified, underachieving superfood

On the western margin of a town down the Pacific coast of Mexico, a professor in evolutionary biology has established a farm with the world’s largest and most diverse aggregate of trees from the genus Moringa, which he believes are “uniquely suited to feeding poor and undernourished populations of the dryland tropics, especially in the era of climate change,” writes Amanda Little, writer in residence in English.

The Conversation: Criminal injustice: Wounds from incarceration that never heal
Mass incarceration damages individuals and communities in ways that scholars are just starting to explore. According to new research we’ve compiled, the data shows that African American men who are former inmates are irrevocably harmed by time they spent behind bars, write co-authors Tony Brown, associate professor of sociology, and Evelyn Patterson, assistant professor of sociology. Co-author Mary Laske Bell, a recent Ph.D. graduate, is mentioned.

MedPage Today: Video: Mass shootings and emergency departments
The Orlando nightclub shooting, which left 49 people dead and a similar number wounded, gripped the nation earlier this month. MedPage Today asked emergency medicine specialists what this incident, and others that preceded it, are teaching us about preparing for mass shootings. Corey Slovis, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is featured. The taped interview was conducted using VUStar, Vanderbilt’s broadcast facility.

HealthDay: Health risks higher for LGBT community
According to a new study, lesbian, gay and bisexual people are more likely to drink heavily and smoke, which promotes additional health risks. The study, which mirrors the findings of earlier research, doesn’t determine why gay, lesbian and bisexual people face these higher health risks. However, the study authors suggested that discrimination causes stress and could be a contributing factor. Lead author Gilbert Gonzales, assistant professor of health policy, is quoted. A related stories were posted by Yahoo! Finance, WebMD, EurekAlert! and Agence France Presse (France).

Baltimore Magazine (Maryland): Spirit of ’76
Baltimore’s City Council president’s plan to celebrate America’s bicentennial on July 4, 1976, by sending a 35-ton birthday cake into the Baltimore harbor on a barge was not feasible, but that didn’t stop him. The doomed cake had already picked up the nickname “Wally’s Folly” around town. As a metaphor for the government ineptitude of the 1970s—Watergate, Vietnam, the oil crisis, Love Canal, school busing, deindustrialization, double-digit inflation, crime, radical politics—Wally’s Folly wrote itself. Jefferson Cowie, James G. Stahlman Professor of American History, is quoted.

Music Row: RaeLynn, Montgomery Gentry team with ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp
ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp welcomed campers from around the country to Nashville. The camp is a partnership between ACM Lifting Lives and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. On Friday, singer-songwriter RaeLynn participated in a Q&A on-air at the Seacrest Studios located inside Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.  Beth Moore, senior development officer for VUMC Community Development, is pictured.

The Tennessean: Metro unveils protections for Music Row
The Metro Planning Department is proposing a first-of-its-kind Music Row Code that would fight back against the demolition of historic buildings and encourage new development that keeps the famous corridor a thriving place for music-related businesses. Vanderbilt University is mentioned.

The Tennessean: What’s new about Nashville’s July Fourth celebration
Nashville’s free Independence Day party has several changes this year, including where the concerts are. In a list of details for what’s new this year, Vanderbilt University is noted as the medical provider, and will provide seven first aid stations.





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