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NBC News: College students get ‘f’ for flu vaccinations — and that can be an issue
Vaccination rates on college campuses are “strikingly low” according to a 2016 report from the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID). Even though the worst effects of the flu are seen among people with underlying illness and those over 65, vaccinating young people is still important, according to William Schaffner, professor of health policy and medicine. Schaffner is quoted.


Educause Review:
The truth about your disastrous security awareness obsession
How effective are security and awareness programs? Vanderbilt University recently published a study explaining why training doesn’t mitigate spear phishing security threats. Eric Johnson, dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management and Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy, led the research and is quoted.

Self:
This popular video shows the absolute wrong way to remove a tick
Ticks can carry scary health threats like Lyme disease and Powassan virus, so a rapid removal is understandable. But there’s a lot of misinformation out there about how to safely remove a tick. A new Facebook video is promoting a method that experts don’t recommend. William Schaffner, professor of health policy and medicine, is quoted.

The Scientist:
A triple threat
Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads Zika virus, can likely transmit multiple viruses at once, according to a recent study from Colorado State University (CSU). The research showed that insects exposed to Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses could transmit them all in one bite. William Schaffner, professor of health policy and medicine, is quoted.

WKNO 91.1: Why Tennessee law enforcement now describes prostitution as trafficking
Law enforcement in Tennessee has altered the way it describes prostitution. Now the preferred language is “sex trafficking” or even “human trafficking.” What’s behind the change in the way police talk about the selling of sex? Jill Robinson, research associate at the Peabody Research Institute, is quoted.

The Catholic Virginian:
‘Jesus, the Jewish storyteller…’ opens third annual Keane Institute lecture series
Amy-Jill Levine
, Mary Jane Werthan Professor in Jewish Studies, spoke at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Hampton, May 3, about how first-century Jews may have interpreted Christ’s parables. Levine is quoted and featured in a photo of the event.

Knoxville News Sentinel:
As drug-related heart infections climb, doctors weigh ethics of operating — or not
A spike in the number of patients coming in with infected heart valves has surgeons speaking up — because even if the expensive and involved surgery is successful, many of these patients, who inject opioid drugs, still will die young. Anhish Shah, professor of cardiac surgery, is quoted and explains what Vanderbilt is doing to help.

The Daily Times (Knoxville): Drug abuse grows, so do Cornerstone treatment facilities
The increasing use of opioids gets the blame, according to the Vanderbilt professor who headed the study co-authored by Tennessee State Health Department researchers.

Herald Chronicle (Murfreesboro): Registration underway for Oct. 28 girls’ math-science event at MTSU
Registration is underway for the 21st annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science event at Middle Tennessee State University. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, associate professor of physics and astronomy, will be the keynote speaker.

Nashville Post:
VU chemistry building lands upgrade
Vanderbilt University
has landed a permit, valued at $450,000, allowing for interior demolition and renovation of existing space at the Stevenson Center.

The Tennessean: Mark Green to decide on entering 2018 race for governor by Memorial Day
A group of tea party leaders and other Tennessee conservatives have posted an open letter urging state Sen. Mark Green to resume his run for governor. Carol Swain, professor of law and political science, was among those who signed the letter. Related articles appeared in the Nashville Post and the Blaze.

The Tennessean: 17 things to do in Nashville Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29, 2017
The 44th Annual Music City Tennis Invitational is this weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Curry Tennis Center. This is an event for all experience levels.

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