VUToday: Republican doubt about Russian meddling 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 July 17.

Newsweek: After Trump Jr. emails, Republicans still don’t think Russia interfered in election

New polling reveals that only a small number of Republicans believe Russia interfered in the 2016 election, with the majority outright denying Russian attempts to influence the result, even after the release last week of Donald Trump Jr.’s controversial exchange with a Russian lawyer. Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.

NPR’s On Point featured Larry Van Horn, associate professor of management, law and health policy, on a panel discussion about the Senate’s latest health care bill.

San Francisco Chronicle: Google aims to personalize mobile search

Google wants to make its search experience on smartphones more personalized by showing information based on users’ interests and what’s trending in their area. The company will pull information based on what the user searches across Gmail, Search, YouTube and other Google properties. It will also factor in what a user lists on Google calendar. Abhishek Dubey, assistant professor of computer science and of computer engineering, is quoted.

Southern California Public Radio reported on research by Antonis Rokas, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences, and Vanderbilt postdoctoral scholar Xing-Xing Shen who determined that delicate marine predators known as comb jellies are the oldest relative of the entire animal family, including humans.

Houston Chronicle: How planets aligned to make Rockets worth so ridiculously much

On Monday, Les Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets announced the team is for sale with an estimated value of $1.65 billion. Alexander and the Rockets are the beneficiaries of several factors that have come together in recent years to make the Houston Rockets so valuable. John Vrooman, senior lecturer in economics, is mentioned.

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