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The Tennessee Tribune: Tribune’s Person of the Year 2016: Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos
Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos
has been named a “person of the year” for 2016 by The Tennessee Tribune, Nashville’s African American newspaper. Zeppos was honored for the university’s efforts to remove the name “Confederate” from Memorial Hall.

The New York Times: Anti-vaccine activist says Trump wants him to lead panel on immunization safety
President-elect Donald Trump discussed vaccines with the prominent anti-vaccine activist Robert Kennedy Jr. on Tuesday and, according to Kennedy, asked him to chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted. Schaffner also is quoted in related articles in USA Today, The Scientist and Tech Times. A related article in The Daily Beast mentions Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics.

Science (AAAS): Student performance measures that don’t perform
GRE scores don’t predict students’ future graduate school productivity, according to a new study from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College and School of Medicine. Study co-author Roger Chalkley, senior associate dean for biomedical research, education and training at the School of Medicine, is quoted.

The Conversation: Influenza: The search for a universal vaccine
Ian Setliff
, a doctoral student in the Chemical and Physical Biology program, and Amyn Murji, a doctoral student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, write that scientists are nearing their goal of producing a “universal” vaccine capable of protecting against diverse strains of influenza. The article was reprinted in the Houston Chronicle.

The 74: 3 Big problems in how schools hire teachers—and what research says about how to solve them
Every year, 15 percent of teachers quit, either switching schools or leaving the profession entirely, often to retire. The subsequent hiring process to replace these teachers often represents a missed opportunity for increasing the quality and diversity of the teaching staff. The article mentions research from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College examining how the teacher hiring process is changing as a result of teacher evaluation reforms.

Las Vegas Sun: Endgame murky for schools chosen for Nevada’s Achievement School District
Assuming Democrats fail to repeal the program next session, Nevada’s controversial Achievement School District is set to take control of its first schools in time for the 2017 academic year. Charter companies will assume leadership of the struggling public institutions chosen for the ASD. But when, if ever, will they give them back? The article mentions a study by researchers at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College that showed Shelby County’s school intervention effort—called the Innovation Zone—outperformed Tennessee’s state-run schools.

Nashville Scene: Winter Arts Preview 2017: Books
The upcoming Gertrude and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series, which includes a reading by Centennial Professor of English Mark Jarman, is previewed.





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