VUToday: A ‘rigged’ election, new faculty featured in weekly roundup of VU stories in the news

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NPR: 5 reasons (and then some) not to worry about a ‘rigged’ election

Donald Trump is warning that the presidential election will be rigged by financial elites, the media, illegal immigrants and crooked Democrats, even though he has precisely zero evidence to back up that claim. The article offers a handful of reasons not to worry about any rigging. Marc Hetherington, professor of political science, is quoted.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Five African Americans join the Vanderbilt University faculty

The article highlights five new African American faculty members at Vanderbilt: Jada Benn Torres, associate professor of anthropology; Brandon Byrd, assistant professor of history; Nicole Joseph, assistant professor of mathematics education; Sharece Thrower, assistant professor of political science; and Duane Watson, associate professor of psychology and human development.

The New York Times: To the first lady, with love

Jon Meacham, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science, is the writer of one of four thank you notes to first lady Michelle Obama published by The New York Times in the closing weeks of the presidential election. Others were written by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, feminist activist and writer Gloria Steinem, and writer and actress Rashida Jones.

Daily Mail (U.K.): One fingered typists aren’t slower, researchers find (as long as they can see the keyboard)

Most people know how to type, but a majority of today’s typists are self-taught and use nonstandard styles that go against ‘touch typing’ that is taught in classes. A new Vanderbilt University study reveals these modern typists are comparably fast to trained typists in practical typing tasks. Lead author Gordon Logan, Centennial Professor of Psychology, is quoted.

Ebony: A black man’s guide to good health

African American men are at higher risk for heart disease than other segments of the population, but most don’t see their physicians on a regular basis. Derek Griffith, associate professor of medicine, health and society, is hoping to change that mindset. “It is critical to try and develop a relationship with a doctor’s office or clinic because many health issues that are important can only be detected by looking at changes in health over time,” he says.

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