VUToday: A disturbing find in Peru, our obsession with Mars, and Starbucks’ attack on bias in weekly roundup of news

The Vanderbilt University Division of Communications publishes “VUToday,” a compilation of Vanderbilt mentions in the media, three times per week. Read a selection of Vanderbilt news stories for the week of April 30.


NPR: Remains of more than 140 children who were sacrificed found in Peru
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of more than 140 children in Peru, children who they believe were sacrificed because of heavy rains. Tom Dillehay, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, is quoted.


Time: Why earthlings are so obsessed with Mars
David Weintraub
, professor of astronomy, explains the reasons behind humanity’s historic fascination with Mars. The Los Angeles Times published a related op-ed.


PBS: As opioid crisis grows, babies and moms with hepatitis C fly under the radar
A growing number of infants are born exposed to hepatitis C, but less than a third are later screened. Stephen Patrick, assistant professor of pediatrics and health policy, is quoted.


The Atlantic: Could Starbucks’s big swing against discrimination actually work?
If Starbucks follows through, it will be one of the first major corporations to develop a comprehensive plan for tackling bias head-on. Melissa Thomas-Hunt, professor of management, and her research are mentioned.


The Conversation: Unearthed mummy recalls an Iran before the ayatollahs
David Wasserstein
, Eugene Greener Jr. Professor of Jewish Studies, explains the historical context behind the recent discovery of a mummy in Iran. WTOP also published this piece.


Reuters: U.S. investigators logged Trump lawyer’s phone calls: NBC
Federal investigators kept logs of the phone lines of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Yahoo also shared this piece, which quotes Chris Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law.

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