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The New York Times: Four new names officially added to the periodic table of elements
It’s official. Chemistry’s highest gatekeepers have accepted the newly proposed names for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 to add to the periodic table. After a five-month waiting period when members of the public could ask questions about the new elements, the four names were officially accepted by scientists on Wednesday. Element 117 has been officially named “tennessine” in honor of the state where three of the participants in its discovery — Vanderbilt, Oak Ridge and The University of Tennessee — are located. The article features a photo of Joseph Hamilton, Landon C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics, and A. V. Ramayya, professor of physics, who played key roles in the element’s discovery. Related stories were posted by Live Science, Red Orbit, Press Trust of India, and Electronics 360.

CNBC: Weed business set to be one of fastest growing job generators in US
The cannabis boom has been a gold mine for entrepreneurs. With the plant becoming legal for medicinal use in 25 states and recreational use in four states, analysts project making marijuana could become one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation. Now entrepreneurs and advocates alike are getting formally educated in cannabis to help set them apart in the burgeoning industry. Vanderbilt University is mentioned as a university having offered a course related to cannabis in recent years.

NSF’s Science 360: Each animal species hosts a unique microbial community and benefits from it
Research by Vanderbilt graduate student Andrew Brooks, co-first author of the study, and Seth Bordenstein, associate professor of biological sciences and pathology, microbiology, and immunology, that found each species within four different animal groups has a unique community of microbes was featured on the site. Related stories were posted by Complete World News and 247 News Online.

Chicago Tribune: Spending: It’s not what you have but what you do that counts
What’s on your holiday wish list? Or your shopping list? A bunch of stuff, most likely. But if you really want to make someone happy, skip the sweater and give an experience — concert tickets, maybe, or a dinner out. A recent study has found that experiences are more satisfying than possessions in part because experiences connect you with other people more than material goods do. Vanderbilt student Sierra Palumbos is quoted.

Inside Higher Ed: What’s in a name?
Since the election, leaders of dozens of colleges and universities across the country have faced protests and petition drives calling on them to declare their institutions “sanctuary campuses” for undocumented immigrant students. The story quotes letters from several university leaders, including Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, who have responded on the issue. Lisa Guenther, associate professor of philosophy, and Tariq Thachil, associate professor of political science, are quoted. A related story that also quotes Chancellor Zeppos’ letter was published by The Tennessean.

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