VUToday: Health’s racial disparity in weekly roundup of VU news stories

University News and Communications publishes VUToday, a compilation of Vanderbilt mentions in the media, each weekday. Read a selection of Vanderbilt news stories for the week of April 3. To subscribe to the daily VUToday newsletter, visit

New Scientist: Rich black people have worse health than rich white people

High income can’t buy health for everyone. African Americans have a shorter average lifespan, and are at higher risk of developing and dying from diseases like cancer and heart disease. To see whether this all comes down to lower incomes, graduate student Kanetha Wilson and her colleagues at Vanderbilt University compared the health of high-earning African Americans with that of non-Hispanic white people on similar salaries.

The Christian Science Monitor: Sober high: How ‘recovery schools’ help addicted students

Before the advent of recovery schools, parents had few options for dealing with a son or daughter who had a drug problem. They could seek private treatment, but gaining access to services isn’t easy. And when the treatment ends, the teens usually go back to their normal schools, where the temptation to start abusing drugs again can be strong. At recovery schools, they get reinforcement from students facing the same problems. Andrew Finch, associate professor of the practice of human and organizational development, is quoted.

The Washington Post: Opinion: Americans don’t like it when men (and only men) make decisions about women

A photo the White House released last month of a group of lawmakers meeting to discuss the proposed health insurance bill, which would have cut a number of key services affecting women, prompted public outrage because all the lawmakers were male. In this piece, Amanda Clayton, assistant professor of political science, and her co-authors discuss their research that indicates citizens lose faith in their political institutions when women are left out of important policy discussions.

The New York Times: They can hit 400-foot homers, but playing catch? That’s tricky

In modern youth baseball, where the culture has been transformed by the pursuit of the holy grail, a college athletic scholarship, the fundamentals are falling by the wayside in favor of flashier skills like big-league-style hitting and pitching. Vanderbilt Head Baseball Coach Tim Corbin is quoted.

The New Yorker: Arrow

“Arrow,” a poem by Beth Bachmann, writer in residence in English and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, appears in the April 10, 2017, issue of The New Yorker.

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