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San Francisco Chronicle: Google aims to personalize mobile search
Google wants to make its search experience on smartphones more personalized by showing information based on users’ interests and what’s trending in their area. The company will pull information based on what the user searches across Gmail, Search, YouTube and other Google properties. It will also factor in what a user lists on Google calendar. Abhishek Dubey, assistant professor of computer science and of computer engineering, is quoted.
Electronics 360: New tool developed to help surgeons accurately find liver tumors
A research team from Vanderbilt has developed surgery-tested software that better marries the CT scan image to an intraoperative tracking device image. This is an advance that could help more than half a million liver cancer patients each year. Michael Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor of Biomedical Engineering, is quoted. A related story ran in Medgadget.
Vermont Public Radio: Dartmouth College recognized for efforts to prevent campus sexual assault
Earlier this summer, Dartmouth College received the Campus Prevention Network’s 2017 Prevention Excellence Award. Dartmouth is one of five schools to receive the recognition, including American University, Juniata College, State University of New York at Buffalo and Vanderbilt University.
Forbes: Blog: Second chances: Shopping centers welcome bold new uses
Retail properties are shifting more of their space to new options. In addition to the rise in dining out and fitness classes, there is the growing business of health care and the need to make it more accessible. A decade ago, Vanderbilt University agreed to build a 450,000 square-foot medical center at Nashville’s 100 Oaks Mall. In the decade since, traffic increased at remaining stores and occupancy rose from 45 percent to 99 percent by the time the property was resold in 2012.
Atlanta Jewish Times: Fellowship connects professors to Israeli colleagues
Gregory Melchor-Barz, professor of musicology (ethnomusicology), is one of 26 U.S. university professors participating in the 2017 Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute. The fellowship, sponsored by the Jewish National Fund and Media Watch International and offered to professors across the United States, provided an in-depth look at Israel’s politics, history, economy and culture over 12 days while promoting enduring collaborations within each professor’s field. Melchor-Barz is quoted in the article.
Nashville Public Radio: With Nashville teacher diversity still low, Middle Tennessee universities say they can help
Diversity in Nashville continues to be disproportionately low even years after the school district set out guidelines to increase it. Almost one-third of all Metro Nashville students identify as African American, Hispanic or Asian, yet just 16 percent of the teachers that they see every day look like them, according to a study released this week by Conexion Americas’s education policy team. Among other initiatives, Lipscomb is committing to funding scholarships for minority students who want to teach, and Vanderbilt is funding further research.
Memphis Business Journal: Oh, baby: New prenatal program gets moms-to-be together
A national nonprofit is partnering with organizations across Tennessee to improve the health of moms-to-be and their babies. As part of the initiative, the March of Dimes and Regional One Health — with the support of the Tennessee Department of Health and UnitedHealth Group — are offering Supportive Pregnancy Care to pregnant women in the Memphis area. The March of Dimes has contracted with Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute to conduct the research and evaluation for SPC’s pilot phase.
The Tennessean: Arts and culture: 6 events worth seeing in Nashville this week
A roundup of arts events in Nashville this week mentions “American Modernism at Mid-Century: The Work of Morris Davidson,” an exhibit curated by students on view through Sept. 17 at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery.
Nashville Post: Of Note: 19 July 2017: VU, UT partner on “Drive to 55” research
Researchers at Vanderbilt are partnering with colleagues at the University of Tennessee Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to research the effectiveness of initiatives developed under the state’s “Drive to 55” campaign. Carolyn Heinrich, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics, is quoted.
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