VUToday: Alternative energy sources and predictions for a bad flu season in weekly roundup of VU news

University News and Communications publishes “VUToday,” a compilation of Vanderbilt mentions in the media, twice weekly. Read a selection of Vanderbilt news stories for the week of Sept. 4.

Forbes: Nanotechnology applications that can change the world: alternative energy sources
A video of Vanderbilt research, which investigates harvesting electricity from human motion, is featured.

CNN: What Australia’s bad flu season means for Europe, North America
Australia is having a worse flu season than usual this year; experts say this might not bode well for the northern Hemisphere. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

Business Insider: Medicaid fueling opioid epidemic? New theory is challenged
An intriguing new theory is gaining traction among conservative foes of the Obama-era health law: Its Medicaid expansion to low-income adults may be fueling the opioid epidemic. Andrew Goodman-Bacon, assistant professor of economics, and his research is mentioned.

Science 360: Smart underwear prevents back stress with just a tap
Features a Vanderbilt film which highlights Karl Zelik, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering,

Nashville Post: Vanderbilt center lands $500K NSF grant
Vanderbilt University’s makerspace and entrepreneurship center The Wond’ry was recently awarded, in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering, a five-year $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to become an Innovation Corps site. Robert Grajewski, Evans Family Executive Director of the Wond’ry, is quoted.

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