Nashville Business Journal: Vanderbilt measures its impact on Tennessee’s economy in billions
According to a study from Austin-based TXP Inc., Vanderbilt University contributed $8.9 billion to the state economy in the 2013-14 fiscal year. The study also found economic activity related to Vanderbilt supported 62,000 total jobs, with wages and benefits exceeding $3.5 billion. Vanderbilt itself has 25,000 full- and part-time staff. Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos is quoted.
Associated Press: Tennessee plan to make Bible ‘official’ state book derailed
Tennessee state lawmakers are grappling with constitutional and theological concerns over a bill seeking to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee. John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: How to play the college financial-aid game
The writer offers a compilation of tips geared to help college students and their parents decipher the array of financial-aid letters and find the best deal for the student’s bottom line of college costs. Brent Tener, director of student financial aid, is quoted.
The Washington Post: Why female big-game hunters become the hunted online, in a way men don’t
Comedian Ricky Gervais’s critical Facebook post and tweet of a picture of avid big-game hunter Rebecca Francis posing with a dead giraffe has been shared tens of thousands of times, sparking outrage and condemnation — not to mention numerous death threats. Now as a result of this latest social media commentary, the hunter has become the hunted. Kelly Oliver, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, is quoted.
Time: Push to make the Bible Tennessee’s official book derailed amid legal questions
Legislation to make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee was scuttled by the state Senate on Thursday, but even if the measure had become law, it would have been on constitutionally shaky ground, according to legal experts. Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.
Country Weekly: Scotty McCreery performs at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
Country music artist Scotty McCreery visited the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on Tuesday, April 14, to visit and perform for the patients and their families. The story also was posted by ABC Radio and Taste of Country.
The Huntsville Times (Alabama): After lifelong battle, 28-year-old Alabama woman gets new lungs
An Alabama woman suffering from cystic fibrosis is recovering after a double-lung transplant surgery was performed by an army of transplant surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other medical workers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who spent nine hours swapping out the set of diseased lungs for a healthy pair from an organ donor. The story was also posted by The Birmingham Observer.
The Tennessean: Fisk University to freeze tuition for incoming freshmen
Starting this fall, Fisk University will freeze its tuition rate for incoming freshmen, a move university officials say will boost enrollment while addressing the concerns of students and their families. William R. Doyle, associate professor of higher education, is quoted.
Nashville Post: Cox Enterprises EVP joins VU Board of Trust
Vanderbilt alum Alexander Taylor has been elected to the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust. Taylor is the executive vice president of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises.
The Tennessean: Area hospitals get patient satisfaction grades
Vanderbilt University is listed among 14 hospitals within 25 miles of Nashville to be included in a new federal ratings system that summarizes patient satisfaction in an online review site.
The Tennessean: More good baseball to watch on the cheap
Vanderbilt University baseball is listed among local college baseball games the community can attend over the weekend.