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VUToday: Reaction to shooting at congressional baseball practice in weekly roundup of VU news stories

Jun. 16, 2017, 12:01 PM

University News and Communications publishes VUToday, a compilation of Vanderbilt mentions in the media, each weekday. Here, read a selection of those Vanderbilt news stories for the week of June 12. To subscribe to the daily VUToday newsletter, visit

Los Angeles Times: Reaction to shooting at congressional baseball practice reveals a nation that doesn’t just disagree. It hates

The targeted shooting of Republican lawmakers at play yielded a kaleidoscope of emotions Wednesday—anger, revulsion, horror—but little in the way of surprise. The attack almost seemed a natural, if sick, extension of the virulence that surrounds the country’s increasingly tribal politics. Marc Hetherington, professor of political science, is quoted. The story also ran in the Chicago Tribune.

The Atlantic: The dangers of arming autocrats

On June 8, while official Washington sat captivated by the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, a small group of bipartisan senators planned to force a vote on a subject near to official Washington’s heart: arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The article includes a quote from a legal assessment prepared for the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights by Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, on the arms sales.

Forbes: KELT survey finds a planet that is hotter than most suns

A team of astronomers from Vanderbilt and Ohio State has discovered a star close to 650 light years away that is blasting the only planet in its system with so much ultraviolet radiation that the entire atmosphere is evaporating away into space. The planet is called KELT-9b, and it belongs to a category of planets called Hot-Jupiters where its surface temperature is hotter than most stars.

The New York Times: Flexibility that ACA lent to work force is threatened by GOP plan

The Affordable Care Act has enabled many workers to get transitional coverage that provides a bridge to the next phase of their lives—a stopgap to get health insurance if they leave a job, are laid off, start a business or retire early. If the Republican replacement plan approved by the House becomes law, changing jobs or careers could become much more difficult. John Graves, assistant professor of health policy and medicine, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Secret to building a strong Nashville workforce? Hire teens

McKenna Mimms and Tanderious Williams are interviewed about their summer employment at Vanderbilt University as part Opportunity NOW, a new initiative led by the office of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, a program aimed at finding jobs and internships for Nashville youth. Malcolm Getz, associate professor of economics, and Vanderbilt University librarian Valerie Hotchkiss are quoted.

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