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VUToday: Grad student’s virtual reality lab, children and opioids in weekly roundup of VU news

Jul. 20, 2018—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 July 16.

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Save the date: Employee appreciation ‘Vandy Chills’ ice-cream event

Jul. 20, 2018—Chill out from the heat and take part in the Vandy Chills Employee Appreciation event on Thursday, Aug. 9. Pick up a frozen treat of your choice on Library Lawn or at one of the ice cream truck stops across campus. Dairy-free, gluten-free and no-sugar-added options will be available.

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My Southern Health: Myths about type 2 diabetes

Jul. 20, 2018—A diabetes expert sorts myth from fact when it comes to type 2 diabetes.

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My Southern Health: Low-back pain? You’re not alone … at all

Jul. 20, 2018—Get the scoop on sciatica, one of the most common lower-back pains.

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Save the Date: Employee Appreciation Day at Dyer Observatory Aug. 10

Jul. 20, 2018—Employee Appreciation invites you to enjoy an afternoon at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory on Friday, Aug. 10. Dyer team members will provide physics experiments and solar telescopes. The free event is open to university employees and their families.

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Save the date: Employee appreciation event at the Grand Ole Opry Aug. 3

Jul. 20, 2018—Mark your calendars for Friday, Aug. 3, when the Grand Ole Opry hosts Vandy Night, an Employee Appreciation event. Visit the discounts page for instruction on how to receive $10 off your ticket, no tax, and no service fee. 

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8 ways to manage your anger when the temperature rises

Jul. 20, 2018—How can you beat the heat and avoid getting heated? Here are eight suggestions for managing anger more effectively.

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Grant to develop method of measuring medical trust in African American men

Jul. 20, 2018—Developing a good measurement of medical trust is the first step toward increasing rates of health care utilization by African American men.

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Understanding deaths from post-surgical complications

Jul. 20, 2018—Robert Freundlich and colleagues analyzed records for nearly 1.2 million patients and found that, among patients who died within 30 days of surgery, one in five had a complication independently associated with mortality.

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Fueling the MATE transporter

Jul. 20, 2018—In new research, Hassane Mchaourab and colleagues have uncovered new insights into drug resistance that could lead to the development of new anti-cancer and antibacterial drugs.

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Novel insights on “leaky” gut

Jul. 20, 2018—Disruption of the integrity of the intestinal lining or epithelium contributes to a “leaky” gut and is a common feature of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Yash Choksi, Christopher Williams and colleagues found that low levels of a certain protein exacerbated the condition.

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New Campus Planning and Construction office created

Jul. 20, 2018—Effective Aug. 1, the Renovation and Small Construction office will merge with the Office of Capital Projects to form the Campus Planning and Construction team. The merge will offer the campus community streamlined customer service by creating one point of contact for planning, design and construction services.

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Blair School of Music offers music lessons, classes and ensembles 

Jul. 19, 2018—From Kindermusik to private lessons in all orchestral and most folk instruments, the Blair School of Music offers a wide array of music-making opportunities to students from birth through adulthood.

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Connections between arts and sports focus of student-athlete workshops

Jul. 19, 2018—Engaging student-athletes in creative forms of expression and building connections between excellence in sports and the arts are among goals for three summer workshops organized by the Curb Center.

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Safe solid-state lithium batteries herald ‘paradigm shift’ in energy storage

Jul. 19, 2018—Kelsey Hatzell studied the performance of a promising electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries under real-world conditions.

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