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Main Street: Passive investing may cost more in fees than you think (Video)
If you’ve been taking advantage of the popular trading strategy known as passive investing, research by Jesse Blocher, assistant professor of finance, suggests you might want to think about how much you’re paying your fund manager first. The video also appears at and

Wallethub: Super Bowl XLIX by the numbers
John Vrooman
, senior lecturer in economics, is one of the experts interviewed about the economics of the Super Bowl.

Agence France-Presse: Los guatemaltecos son los que menos confían en la policía
The Vanderbilt Latin American Public Opinion Project’s latest AmericasBarometer report looks at how citizens feel about security. The report was localized by newspapers in several countries, including El Heraldo (Honduras) and Telemetro (Panama).

Futurity: Middle managers pass along bad treatment
To cut turnover among lower-level workers, businesses should keep middle managers happy with their own bosses, finds new research by Ray Friedman, professor of management at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. The story also appears at Science Daily.

Psych Central: Autistic kids have different brain activity during play
A first of its-kind-study shows that brain activation patterns and stress levels in children with autism spectrum disorder are significantly different as compared with typically developing children. Principal investigator Blythe Corbett, associate professor of psychiatry, and Kale Edmiston, graduate student in neuroscience, are quoted.

Nashville Post: Vanderbilt team chosen for regional finals in $1M social competition
A team of Vanderbilt students will compete in the regional finals of the Hult Prize Challenge, a social enterprise project developed by the Hult Prize Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. The Vanderbilt team includes three students from the Owen Graduate School of Management, one Peabody College of Education and Human Development student, and one Peabody alumna. Eric Johnson, dean of Owen Graduate School of Management, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Anthropologists share zoo’s graveyard findings
Tiffiny Tung
, associate professor of anthropology, presented findings from her analysis of some of the remains of slaves from the old Grassmere Plantation, whose graves were excavated earlier this year. By analyzing carbon and oxygen isotopes in their teeth, she was able to determine that most of them were born and raised in Middle Tennessee.

The Tennessean: Feds, AG agree: TN can opt out of Insure Tennessee
The Tennessee attorney general and the head of the federal health department agree: Tennessee can opt out of Gov. Bill Haslam’s health care plan in the future if the state no longer likes the program. James Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, is quoted for this story and related stories by the Chattanooga Times-Free Press and Knoxville News-Sentinel.

The Tennessean: Vigil for sexual assault survivors held at Parthenon
Divinity student Sarah O’Brien and graduate student Anna Carella, founder of the Nashville Feminist Collective, attended a rally in support of sexual assault survivors and are quoted.

The Tennessean: Vanderbilt University’s full statement on rape trial
Beth Fortune
, vice chancellor for public affairs, delivered a statement following the conviction of two former football players charged with rape. “Our hearts go out to the victim,” she said. She described the disciplinary measures Vanderbilt took against the men and reiterated Vanderbilt’s commitment to student safety and increased sexual assault awareness and prevention education. The statement was excerpted in a related story, quoting students Sara Polett, Ariana Yeatts-Lonske and Greg Knox, and Hustler editor Tyler Bishop: ‘Sigh of relief’ at Vanderbilt after verdicts. Other Tennessean stories about the trial outcome include: Vanderbilt rape trial: Defendants found guilty on all charges, Vanderbilt rape victim speaks out after verdict, Attorneys react to Vanderbilt rape trial verdict (video), Rape survivors describe Vanderbilt victim as hero, Detective: Victim one of ‘strongest women I’ve ever met,’ Vanderbilt football under scrutiny after rape verdict, Vanderbilt players express support for ex-teammates, victim, an op-ed by Sexual Assault Center vice president Rachel Freeman: Vanderbilt trial brought new attention to horror of rape and a column by Frank Daniels III: Vandy rape trial shows justice can be harsh. Stories from the Associated Press and Reuters ran in outlets across the country.






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