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The Tennessean: Vanderbilt urges Congress to fight ‘bad budget for America’
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos
and other college leaders are urging Congress to fight President Trump’s budget proposal, which calls for unprecedented cuts to research funding from several federal departments, notably the National Institutes of Health. Federal research funding from NIH and other agencies touch nearly every aspect of the university and the proposed cuts would have clear implications at the School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In addition to Zeppos, the article quotes Vanderbilt undergraduate student Austin Hardcastle, who works in Professor of Biomedical Engineering Professor Frederick Haselton’s lab.

The Tennessean: Vanderbilt hospital chief on Trump’s proposed NIH cut: ‘It’s really bad’
Research funding for large-scale health crises like cancer, Zika and Ebola would face substantial cuts under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. Reductions to the National Institutes of Health through a proposed reorganization would hit Vanderbilt University Medical Center particularly hard. In fact, Jeff Balser, president and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and dean of the School of Medicine, was so surprised by the proposal that he said he did not believe the roughly 20 percent cut could be real. Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, Emeritus, Stanley Cohen’s research on epidermal growth and its use to treat multiple forms of cancers is referenced.

NBC News:
New reports may help men choose prostate cancer treatment
Once diagnosed with prostate cancer, men often face a difficult decision of choosing the best treatment. Should they have surgery, radiation or simply watch to see if the disease spreads? A Vanderbilt study is one of two new studies that gives doctors and patients the clearest information yet about the possible adverse effects of these options. Daniel Barocas, associate professor of surgery and leader of one of the studies, is quoted. A related story was published by Men’s Health.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: A Christian conservative professor accuses colleges of indoctrinating students
Carol Swain,
professor of political science and law, is profiled in this article about her upcoming retirement, the current state of American universities, and her support for the Trump administration.

Smithsonian: Could the tiny zebrafish teach us to cure blindness?
Vanderbilt researchers
may have discovered the key to zebrafish retina regeneration. If the process can be replicated in humans, it stands to power new treatments. James Patton, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt, who directed the study, is quoted. Co-researchers Dominic Didiano, research assistant professor, and graduate student Mahesh Rao are featured in a photo.

Chicago Tribune: Steroid shots fall short in long-term relief for low-back pain
Chronic lower back pain affects millions of Americans. Many try steroid injections to ease their discomfort, but researchers now say this remedy provides only short-term relief. Byron Schneider, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, is quoted.

The Conversation: How a study about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was doctored, adding to pain and stigma

The author writes about a phenomenon first identified in 1979 called the “file drawer problem,” where researchers report their most favorable outcomes, while keeping more disappointing results out of sight. A 2011 study on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is referenced. Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and professor of law, who is not associated with the study or article but has worked with those who have the chronic illness, is featured in the photo.

Cincinnati Business Courier: Is Jeff Ruby a mad genius for offering to give away 113,000 steaks?
A Cincinnati restaurateur made headlines on March 20 for offering to give a free steak dinner to every graduating student at seven regional universities. But is that marketing move a good bang for the buck? Vanderbilt University is among the universities listed in the offer.

ArtsATL: What to see and do this week, March 23–30
Ganesh Sitaraman
, associate professor of law and author of The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution, will discuss the status of the middle class on March 20 at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

The Tennessean: 6 cultural picks this week in Nashville
A list of upcoming activities in the Nashville area includes a new group exhibition at Vanderbilt Divinity School titled, “Triptych,” and the McGruder Creative University community workshop, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt. Vesna Pavlovic, assistant professor of art, and John Warren, lecturer in art, will be among those to facilitate the March 25 workshop.

Nashville Scene: The Poet: Tiana Clark
Vanderbilt M.F.A. candidate Tiana Clark talks about her approach to poetry and her poem “Nashville,” which is due to be published this spring in The New Yorker.

Nashville Post: Federal court getting creative as vacancies mount
When the chief federal judge in the Middle District of Tennessee steps down next month, the court is turning to federal judges from Detroit and elsewhere, as well as its own magistrate judges, to pick up some slack until two new judges can be appointed by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Tracey George, Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Professor of Law and Liberty, is quoted.


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