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The Washington Post: Senate Democrats seek answers about a Trump higher ed task force
In a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released Thursday, Senate Democrats are asking for details on the Trump administration’s higher education task force. A 2015 task force co-chaired by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos on federal regulation in higher education is mentioned.

Business Standard (India): Editorial: How undocumented immigrants negotiate a place for themselves in America
When a person with a viable asylum claim enters the U.S., or when an undocumented person is stopped by a police officer, the first challenge that the migrant faces is to simply make him or herself understood in English. In such a situation, the officer has to fill in a lot of the missing details in order to understand key facts. This is where the transmission of information moves from translation to interpretation, from a purely linguistic act to a kind of negotiation, writes Robert Barsky, professor of French and comparative literature. The original article was published by The Conversation and reposted by EconoTimes.

The Washington Post: Yes, our ‘flawed’ democracy just got downgraded. Here’s why.
In January, a British advisory organization demoted the United States from “full democracy” to “flawed democracy.” The main reason for the downgrade to the category of flawed democracy — there was a drop in the levels of trust in political parties, elected representatives and governmental institutions. Data from the 2014 AmericasBarometer, an extensive survey conducted by Vanderbilt’s Latin American Public Opinion Project on citizens in Western Hemisphere countries, is referenced.

Fast Company: Why becoming a leader makes some people more unethical
According to a new study, the higher up the corporate ladder you climb, the more likely you might be to engage in unethical behavior. Study co-author Jessica Kennedy, assistant professor of management, is quoted.

Cosmopolitan: How frat bros are trying to combat sexual assault on campus
Through new rules and programs, Greek organizations at many campuses are working to change students’ attitudes and behavior on sexual assault. Kelly Oliver, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, is quoted.

CIO: Opinion: Radiation from outer space could sabotage your smartphone
Next time your computer crashes or your smartphone freezes don’t be too quick to blame the manufacturer. Cosmic ray hits to digital devices have endangered airplanes and disrupted the vote count in a European election. Your smartphone could be next. A Vanderbilt University study is referenced. Lead researcher Bharat Bhuva, professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering, is quoted. A related story was published by Daily Disruption.

The Verge: Gone but not forgotten: how ancient Neanderthal genes still affect modern people
According to a new study, DNA inherited from Neanderthals make us more susceptible to certain diseases. John Anthony Capra, assistant professor of biological sciences, is quoted.

Anthropoliteia: #BlackLivesMatter Syllabus, week 20: Sameena Mulla on policing mental health and Metzl’s The Protest Psychosis
In an ongoing discussion about police brutality: the deadly confluences between mental health patients and the lethal force that meets them when police respond features the incident of an emotionally disturbed person who was killed by a Milwaukee police officer. The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease by Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is referenced. A video featuring Metzl is included.

O Globo (Brazil):
Defesa de armas nas escolas ganha força entre americanos
Schools in the United States are becoming the new battleground on the right to arms. Since Betsy Devos, President Trump’s secretary of education, has called for an end to gun restrictions as a way to protect students from possible “brown bear attacks,” the phrase is helping to stimulate a movement for gun advocacy that experts and activists fear could amplify gun violence. Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society, is quoted.

Nashville Scene: Splices: A Full Belcourt Docket, Get Out and Tickled
In a roundup of events this week for The Belcourt, Hortense Spillers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, and Terrance Dean, Terrance Dean, a doctoral student in the Graduate Department of Religion, are noted as being a guest speakers in a post-screening discussion of “I Am Not Your Negro,” scheduled to start at 7 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 24.

Out and About Nashville: Nashville Pride announces new board of directors
Nashville Pride has announced changes to the organization’s board of directors and the election of community leaders from local businesses and non-profit organizations. Chris Purcell, director of the LGBTQI Life, and Shellena Burton, administrative assistant III, Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, are mentioned.

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