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The Tennessean: Nashvillians optimistic about city, worried about growth, new Vanderbilt poll finds
In a new Vanderbilt Poll, 68 percent of respondents said they believe Nashville is headed in the right direction, compared with just 26 percent who said the city is on the wrong track. And yet in the same poll, 65 percent of Nashvillians said the city is growing too quickly, a 15-point jump from October 2015. Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science John Geer, who co-directs the poll, is quoted. Several related articles about the poll also appeared in The Tennessean. Topics included the approval ratings of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and the Metro Nashville Public Schools board, and opinions on a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, a higher tax for improving public transit and the use of police body cameras. Geer is quoted in a few of the articles.
The New York Times Book Review: It’s not just unfair: Inequality is a threat to our governance
President Obama labeled income inequality “the defining challenge of our time.” But why exactly? And why “our time” especially? These questions are at the heart of The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic, a new book by Ganesh Sitaraman, associate professor of law. The book is reviewed by Angus Deaton, a Nobel Prize winner and professor emeritus at Princeton. A related article about the book appeared on BillMoyers.com.
Los Angeles Review of Books: Beyond designer babies: Epigenetic modification may be the next game-changer
Epigenetic science is still too young for us to determine how effective an instrument it will become—whether for healing the sick or enhancing the healthy—but if it pans out, it could open a whole new “instrument panel” for modifying the ongoing operation and expression of our genes, writes Michael Bess, Chancellor’s Professor of History.
USA Today: Distant, massive planet spirals toward a fiery death into its sun
A huge, Jupiter-sized planet some 1,300 light-years away is getting too close to its sun and faces certain destruction, according to a new study. The planet, dubbed KELT-16b, started its death spiral more than 2 billion years ago, and has just a few hundred thousand years of life left before it’s torn apart. Study co-author Keivan Stassun, senior associate dean for graduate education and research, Stevenson Professor of Physics and professor of astronomy, is quoted.
Forbes: Studypool’s microtutoring is flipping education upside down: Here’s how the young visionaries did it
Richard Werbe and Jimmy Zhong were both 19 when they founded Studypool, a 24/7 on-demand homework help site that has revolutionized how students learn through a concept called microtutoring. Rather than forcing students to shell out the full fee for a full-hour tutoring session when they need only a concept or two explained, microtutoring breaks down conventional tutoring into smaller, more digestible pieces of learning. Vanderbilt student and Studypool user Agnes Werbe is quoted.
The Daily Beast: Anti-LGBT doc Paul McHugh: I will not be silenced
Paul McHugh, the former Johns Hopkins psychiatry chair, made headlines last October for co-authoring a non-peer-reviewed paper for The New Atlantis questioning the current scientific consensus around sexual orientation and gender identity. Last week, in response Lauren Beach, director of LGBTI Research at the School of Medicine, released a letter signed by nearly 600 experts on LGBT health challenging the New Atlantis report. Beach is quoted, and Jesse Ehrenfeld, associate professor of anesthesiology and director of the Program in LGBTI Health at the School of Medicine, is mentioned. Related articles appeared in LGBT Weekly and the Human Rights Campaign Blog.
HistPhil: Opinion: Can endowments save higher education?
In response to the recently-released annual survey of 805 college and university endowment returns and the Trump administration’s proposed “skinny budget,” Christopher Loss, associate professor of public policy and higher education, analyzes the future of American colleges and universities.
The Tennessean: Why there’s still a fight in Tennessee about where to bury President James K. Polk
Nearly 168 years after President James K. Polk died and more than a century since the last time his body was exhumed and relocated, there’s yet another battle underway over whether to move his remains—this time, from the state Capitol in Nashville to the Polk family home 50 miles south in Columbia. Thomas Schwartz, professor of history, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: Vanderbilt Divinity School to host ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ hearings on policing
This week Vanderbilt Divinity School will host the first of four scheduled events in the Truth and Reconciliation Project on Policing, which aims to improve relations between police and communities who have been disproportionately harmed by them. Amy Steele, assistant dean for student life at the Divinity School, who is heading up the project, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt announces $23M School of Nursing project
Vanderbilt University officials announced Thursday a late spring groundbreaking on a $23 million School of Nursing building addition. Linda Norman, dean of the School of Nursing and Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, and Susan R. Wente, university provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, are quoted. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust are mentioned. A related article appeared in the Nashville Business Journal.
The Tennessean: Chronic pain sufferers feel stigma amid opioid crackdown
State and federal crackdowns on drug abuse spurred by the nation’s opioid epidemic have created stricter guidelines on the use of opioids to address chronic pain. In Tennessee, standards issued by the state Department of Health set limits on the daily doses of opioids doctors may prescribe, spell out protocols for giving the drugs to women of child-bearing age and establish new certification requirements for pain medication specialists. David Edwards, assistant professor of anesthesiology, is quoted.
Chalkbeat: Tennessee lawmakers vote to leave pre-K alone this year
Ever since Tennessee started its public prekindergarten program in 2005, Rep. Bill Dunn has questioned whether it’s money well spent. His skepticism seemed vindicated in 2015, when a landmark five-year study by Vanderbilt’s Peabody College found that children who participated in Tennessee’s program didn’t make sustainable academic gains. Dunn recently proposed allowing districts to spend their pre-K money elsewhere, but his bill was killed on Wednesday by colleagues who said they want to give new changes to public pre-K more time to work.
Tennessee Register: Lecture addresses ‘human solidarity’ between Christians, Jews
James Bernauer, the director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, delivered two lectures March 13 and 14 at Christ the King Church and Vanderbilt Divinity School on “A Human Solidarity: Jews, Jesuits and Holocaust Remembrance.” Bruce Morrill, Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies, helped facilitate Bernauer’s visit to Nashville.
Nashville Public Radio: Study finds low-income students do well after Vanderbilt, but few attend in the first place
Economists at Stanford, Harvard and Brown recently released a massive new data set examining the economic backgrounds of students attending America’s colleges and universities. One of the authors noted Vanderbilt is slightly below the average among elite schools in the percentage of poor students enrolled, but does better than average in producing favorable outcomes for graduates in their mid-30s. Douglas Christiansen, vice provost for university enrollment affairs, dean of admissions and financial aid, and Schafer Kowalchik, a Vanderbilt junior, are quoted.
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