‘U.S. News’ rankings, Schaffner featured in weekly roundup of VU stories in the news

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The Tennessean: Vanderbilt stays at No. 15 in list of top universities

Vanderbilt University held on to its No. 15 spot in the annual rankings of the country’s best universities released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. The university also was No. 10 in a list of national universities with the best undergraduate teaching and was named the sixth-best national university for veterans. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos is quoted.

Associated Press: Clinton’s pneumonia fuels debate about candidate health data

Anybody—no matter their age or how healthy they are—can develop pneumonia. And it’s possible the campaign trail’s grueling schedule increased Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s risk. Clinton’s illness appears mild, but it is fueling the question of what else voters need to know about whether she and Republican nominee Donald Trump are fit enough to be president. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted. ABC News and Yahoo! News posted related stories. USA Today and The Weekly Standard feature a taped interview with Schaffner, which was conducted using VUStar, Vanderbilt’s broadcast facility.

The Huffington Post: Seminaries that change the world: A growing list of transitioning institutions for transformational times

Question: Where do you go to graduate school if you want to change the world? Answer: Seminaries and Divinity schools across the country are attracting, training and launching some of the most excited, committed and creative leaders in our society today. Vanderbilt’s Divinity School is included in the list of schools making an impact.

Ozy: The astrophysicist at the cutting edge of black holes

Jedidah Isler, postdoctoral fellow in physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt, is featured in a story about her academic and professional journey into astrophysics. Isler credits the Fisk–Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge program for getting her professional pursuit back on track after a setback. The program’s co-founder Keivan Stassun, professor of astronomy and senior associate dean for graduate education and research, is quoted.

USA Today: The top 10 NCAA Division I schools for men’s golf

Vanderbilt University is ranked No. 1 in College Factual’s ranking of the best colleges for men’s golf. The list takes into account the quality of the golf team, the academic success of the players and the quality of the school.

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