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Discovery News: Secret to surviving extinction? Don’t be a picky eater
Research by Larisa DeSantis, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, suggests that the reason cougars survived the mass extinction that killed their saber-tooth cousins was because cougars didn’t turn up their noses at bones, guts and other less savory bits. The research was also reported by Indian newswire Asian News International, Futurity, Mashable and RedOrbit. Related video was posted to the National Science Foundation website.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Momentum continues to build for Posse Foundation’s STEM program
The Posse Foundation has announced that its STEM program will double the number of its partner institutions to 10 and provide $70 million in full-tuition scholarships to 500 Posse Scholars over the next five years. Posse began 25 years ago with a single partner—Vanderbilt University.

Fox Business: Want to look like a leader? Get some gadgets

Business professionals who want to be perceived as leaders should be investing in the latest technology breakthroughs, according to research by Steve Hoeffler, associate professor of marketing.

StateImpact (Indiana): Many factors influence voucher parents’ decisions, but not necessarily A-F grades
Nearly 20,000 children are using state-funded tuition vouchers at Indiana private schools—more than double the number who did last year—but not much is known about why parents choose to take advantage of the vouchers. Claire Smrekar, associate professor of leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.

Forbes: How elders are building new communities
Journalist Beth Baker’s With a Little Help From Our Friends, published by Vanderbilt University Press, examines senior villages and other ad hoc senior living communities.

Lebanon Democrat: New FAA rules on air ambulances to affect providers, increase safety
Vanderbilt LifeFlight officials applaud new rules issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration that will have a dramatic impact for all air ambulance operators and make the industry safer. John Morris, associate chief of staff for the Vanderbilt Health System and chief medical officer for the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, and Jeanne Yeatman, administrative director of emergency services, are quoted.

Post Business: Jumpstart, Vanderbilt to partner on startup boost
Jumpstart Foundry announced today a new collaboration with Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization to boost Vanderbilt-based proposals into the Foundry’s annual business accelerator.
Alan Bentley, Vanderbilt’s assistant vice chancellor of technology transfer and intellectual property protection, is quoted.

Nashville Scene: The legislature’s two-year term closed with more fault lines dividing the state GOP
Boasting enough members to operate both chambers without a single Democrat in the room, Republicans this year began to question the governor’s ideas — and their leadership’s — in a way they were reticent to do before. John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

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