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USA Today: ‘Holy moly!’ Eclipse chaser goes to great heights
A lifelong amateur astronomer discusses his solar eclipse plans in advance of the Aug. 21 event. Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory is mentioned. The story originally was published by The Tennessean. ‘Completing the course’ of antibiotics not always necessary, new report says
For the last 75 years, people with a bacterial infection have been told it is essential to finish all of an antibiotic prescription, usually seven to 10 days, to keep from getting sick again. But British researchers are now saying that patients may not need to “complete the course,” that it may actually be contributing to antibiotic resistance. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

Futurity: Class teaches Navy to navigate by the stars again
For the first time in nearly 20 years, more than 1,200 midshipmen enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps are learning to navigate by the stars with help from a free online program hosted by Vanderbilt University. Erica Grundstrom, director of astronomy labs and outreach in the physics and astronomy department, and Susan Stewart, adjoint assistant professor of astronomy, who headed a team of Vanderbilt astronomers and educators, are quoted. Vanderbilt NROTC office is referenced. A related story appeared on

Modern Healthcare: Hospitals can expect financial pain from EHR installs
Hospitals installing new electronic health record systems should expect a sizable cash drain as the process disrupts business and adds technology and training expense, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report this week. The article mentions Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s extensive preparation plans for more than a year for the Nov. 2 launch of its new Epic EHR across the entire academic health system. Kevin Johnson, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biomedical Informatics and VUMC’s EHR project leader, is quoted.

The White House (blog): Op-Ed: Intern series: Immortalizing the moment when a bill became a law
Vanderbilt student Claire Barnett
shares her story about being given the opportunity to photograph President Donald Trump signing the Veteran Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 on June 23. Two of Barnett’s photos were later posted on President Trump’s Instagram account.

Healio: Novel GERD treatment shows positive results
According to researchers, a novel formulation of bile acid sequestrant, significantly reduced heartburn severity in patients with uncontrolled gastroesophageal reflux disease. Michael Vaezi, professor of medicine and otolaryngology and one of the researchers involved in the study, is quoted.

Energy Harvesting Journal: Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion
Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even when you are sitting down. Now, a new, ultrathin energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt University’s Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory has the potential of generating small amounts of electricity from human motion when it the device is bent or pressed. Lead researcher Cary Pint, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Karl Zelik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, who did not participate in the device’s development, are quoted. The article features a video produced by Vanderbilt Video.

The Guam Daily Post (Guam): Mosquitoes and malaria
There’s extensive written evidence describing fevers that sound like malaria in ancient Greece and Rome. So we now have evidence that malaria has been around for a long time and is still killing people today. So, how do we stop it? Researchers at Vanderbilt University might have an answer to that question. They’ve found an experimental molecule that inhibits kidney function in mosquitoes and thus might provide a new way to control the deadliest creature on Earth.

The Tennessean: Opinion: Donald Trump’s drug czar: President ‘committed’ to battling opioid epidemic
The acting director of National Drug Control Policy responds to a July 11 opinion piece by Stephen Patrick, assistant professor of pediatrics, about his view on opioid addiction and the need for more funding and coordination of federal, state and local efforts for this complicated problem.

The Nashville Ledger: Vanderbilt nursing faculty gets $1.2M boost
The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a $1,221,359 grant to support Doctor of Nursing Practice students who plan to become nursing faculty. Linda Norman, dean of the School of Nursing and Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, is quoted.



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