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Money: Why Trump’s fat shaming affects all working women, not just beauty pageant contestants
Job-related weight discrimination is usually less blatant than Donald Trump’s comments toward former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, but the implications are just as dangerous. As a growing body of research indicates, fat phobia can severely impact a woman’s career. The article quotes Jennifer Shinall, assistant professor of law, who found in her research that overweight women typically earn less than average-size women, and less than all men, regardless of weight. The article was reprinted in Fortune.
The New Yorker: Practice doesn’t make perfect
Conventional wisdom says that with enough training—an average of 10,000 hours, as the famous formulation goes—you can reach your dreams, whether they involve golf or poetry. But research shows, while practice matters, in many fields it matters much less than you might think. The article discusses the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth and quotes its co-director David Lubinski, professor of psychology and human development. SMPY co-director Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development, is mentioned.
Self: Measles has officially been eradicated from the Americas
Good news from the infectious disease community: Endemic measles—meaning cases caused by local strains instead of imported ones—has been banished from the U.S. and the rest of the Americas, according to a press release from the Pan American Health Organization. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted. A related article in the New York Daily News quotes Kathryn Edwards, Sarah H. Sell and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics.
Mental Floss: Humans feasted on horses and sloths in Argentina 14,000 years ago
Archaeologists report today in the journal PLOS One that they’ve discovered buried leftovers of ancient feasts in the grassy plains south of Buenos Aires. The bones not only offer a snapshot of the diet of early Argentinians, but they might also help scientists reconstruct the bigger picture of how the first humans migrated through South America. The article mentions research by Tom Dillehay, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. A related article in the Daily Mail (U.K.) also mentions his research.
The Guardian (U.K.): Google-funded loan startup to pay $6.3m for ‘deceptive’ practices
A Google-funded lending startup will have to pay $6.3 million in fines and refunds for a number of “deceptive” practices, signaling the U.S. government’s interest in regulating the growing industry of online alternatives to traditional payday loans. Paige Marta Skiba, professor of law, is quoted.
Futurity: Alternatively certified teachers more likely to bail
Alternatively certified teachers bring quality and diversity to the classroom, but are more likely to leave the profession than traditionally certified teachers, according to new research. Study author Christopher Redding, a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, is quoted.
YNaija (Nigeria): Opinion: Moses Ochonu: Why can’t we acknowledge the truth of Buhari’s incompetence?
Moses E. Ochonu, professor of history, writes that Nigerians who support President Muhammadu Buhari cannot bring themselves to acknowledge the truth of Buhari’s incompetence and cluelessness, and would rather blame everyone and everything but the president himself for the economic collapse he brought on Nigeria.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis): Measured in Big Macs, U.S. workers are doing great
Joerg Rieger, Distinguished Professor of Theology and holder of the Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair in Wesleyan Studies, is mentioned as one of the speakers at the Nobel Conference held at Gustavus Adolphus College this week.
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Opinion: If governor wants to help failing schools, provide basic funding required by law
Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District proposal, which will be voted on by Georgians on Nov. 8, is modeled after the state-run Recovery School District imposed post-Katrina on failing schools in New Orleans. But turning those schools over to charter operators did not magically improve them. The article mentions a study by Peabody College researchers of Tennessee’s state-run Achievement School District.
The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina): After son’s slaying in Israel, a South Carolina couple channels grief into action
On Wednesday, Stuart and Robbi Force were in Washington, D.C., to unveil legislation named in honor of their son Taylor Force, a student at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management who was killed during a terrorist attack in Israel in March. The Taylor Force Act is a measure aimed at cutting funding for the Palestinian Authority if it continues monetarily rewarding acts of terrorism. A related article appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas).
Chalkbeat Tennessee: Want to reduce suspensions and expulsions in pre-K? Find a coach
A Vanderbilt researcher’s study of a discipline model aimed at building positive social-emotional responses among young students says it shows promise as a national model to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Mary Louise Hemmeter, professor of special education and one of the creators of the model, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Busy, busy cheap weekend: 15 free things to do
Shakespeare lovers will want to know about the Vanderbilt University Theatre production of Othello this coming week. Performances are in Neely Auditorium on campus. Also, the Blair School of Music’s fall calendar is loaded with free concerts. Associate Professor of Trumpet Jose Sibaja will be featured with Associate Professor of Trombone Jeremy Wilson on Sunday and with the Blair Big Band on Thursday. He will make his debut as first trumpet of the Blair Brass Quintet on Oct. 24. Also at Blair, the Blakemore Trio will perform Oct. 7.
The Tennessean: Brandon Vandenburg’s sentencing in Vanderbilt rape case delayed
The Friday sentencing of Brandon Vandenburg, a former Vanderbilt football player found guilty in the 2013 rape of an unconscious female student, has been delayed. Vandenburg’s new sentencing date is Nov. 4.
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