VUToday: Higher-ed regulations and cotton-candy capillaries in weekly roundup of VU news stories

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The Washington Post: Falwell says Trump administration has tapped him to lead a higher-ed panel

The Trump administration has asked Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. to lead a panel on reform of higher education regulations, the leader of the evangelical Christian school said Tuesday. The story mentions Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos co-chaired a task force that concluded in 2015 that federal education regulations are “unnecessarily voluminous” and that compliance is “inordinately costly.” That report drew a degree of bipartisan support from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Science 360 News (National Science Foundation): VIDEO: Cotton candy machine used to regrow human tissue?

Research by a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University offers a novel approach to creating fibers the size of capillaries that could be the next advance in tissue regeneration by using a cotton candy machine. Lead researchers Leon Bellan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Hak-Joon Sung, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, are featured in the video.

The Washington Post: Opinion: When one sibling has darker skin than the other

In her book Same Family, Different Colors, Lori L. Tharps explores the impact on families when members have varying shades of skin color and the reaction in society when an individual has a darker, or unexpected, skin tone. Research by Joni Hersch, professor of law and economics, is referenced.

Inc.: 7 things to know before you start licensing intellectual property

A compilation of details is provided to give entrepreneur-licensees an understanding of what they want and need to do with intellectual property. David Owens, professor of the practice of management and innovation, is quoted.

Salon: Opinion: President Trump takes on federal workforce, but will have to handle resistance first

On Jan. 20, President Trump became the head of a sprawling federal bureaucracy, which contains more than 200 organizations with unique opportunities and complex challenges. Any new executive assuming control will want to identify parts of their organization that are performing at a high level and, perhaps more importantly, parts that are not. There is a lot riding on the president’s management choices, writes David Lewis, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science.

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