Washington Post: Opinion: U.S. is a world leader in class conflict over government spending
Why does class conflict loom so much larger in U.S. public opinion about government spending than in other affluent democracies, despite doing less to redistribute income? The answer may have something to do with our peculiar system of taxation, writes Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science.
National Public Radio: Tennessee bill could send addicted moms to jail
Pregnant women addicted to illegal narcotics or prescription pain pills could soon be jailed in Tennessee under a bill awaiting the governor’s signature. The strict proposal enjoys bipartisan support — despite objections from doctors. Jessica Young, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, specializes in treating addiction in pregnant women and is quoted.
Daily Mail (U.K.): Want people to think you’re a better boss? Get the latest gadget, say scientists
Vanderbilt research found that those who have the latest gadgets, be it a phone, tablet or wearable, appeared to others as better leaders and an authority. Steve Hoeffler, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.
Mashable: General Mills legal policy change spooks Facebook fans
General Mills faced a PR disaster after a report in The New York Times stated that “liking” any of the company’s brands on Facebook prevents them from suing the company in court. Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.
U.S. News and World Report: Old-school cold remedies that really work
There’s no cure for the common cold, but there are several cheap, old-fashioned tricks that will help you stay comfortable until the bug runs its course. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.
Slate: The new lifelong learners
Technology is making “just-in-time” education possible—and the economy is making it necessary. Vanderbilt’s online “Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations” course is mentioned.
Food Management: Vandy launches “Take a Professor to Lunch” program
Vanderbilt University dining services has launched fEAsT, a new program that allows students to take their professors to lunch on campus for free.
Nashville Post: Peabody dean reappointed through 2020
Camilla Benbow has been reappointed as dean of Peabody College of education and human development. The extension takes effect in July 2015 and is for a five-year term.
The Tennessean: Vanderbilt students solve problems on Design Day
A device to prevent teens from using cell phones while driving was one of more than 60 products created by seniors at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering during the past year to address real-world problems. The products were presented Monday at the school’s Design Day. Cynthia Paschal, associate dean of the School of Engineering, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Is it an allergy or is it cancer?
Some of the same symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, such as a sore throat or a raspy voice, are also early warning signs of cancer. Vanderbilt doctors are offering free head and neck screenings from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at two locations in Nashville. Sarah Rohde, assistant professor of otolaryngology, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Last-minute change in law lets hospitals drop patients
An amendment to a conservatorship law gives hospitals a way to petition for court approval to discharge patients no longer in need of acute care so they can be transferred to skilled nursing facilities. John Howser, assistant vice chancellor for medical center news and communications, is quoted.