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  Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Compiled 10:21 AM CDT  
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NPR: Tennessee holds parents accountable for children born addicted
Jessica Young
, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of Vanderbilt’s addiction clinic for pregnant women, was interviewed about a Tennessee law that criminalizes drug abuse while pregnant.

The Guardian (U.K.): What is the VIX volatility index?
The VIX volatility index—known popularly as the fear index—hit a near three-year high last week, reflecting the toxic cocktail of bad news that has sent stock markets tumbling. The index was developed by Robert Whaley, the Valere Blair Potter Professor of Finance.

Science of Us: In the future, a robot-surgeon will operate on your brain through your cheek
A surgical robot developed by Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Eric Barth and other Vanderbilt researchers will allow doctors performing surgery to relieve severe epileptic seizures to access the affected part of the brain less invasively. The research was also reported on the NSF website Science 360 and by the Boston Globe.

Associated Press: Ebola lapses persisted for days at Dallas hospital
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pointed to lapses in communication and infection control measures by a Dallas hospital during the initial days of its treatment of a man infected with Ebola, which may have led to the infection of two healthcare workers who treated him. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted here and in related stories:

CBS News: Coming soon to pro athletes’ jerseys: Ads
The four major U.S. professional sports leagues have watched their counterparts elsewhere in the world reap millions in deals from ads placed on their players’ uniforms, and now they want a piece of that action. John Vrooman, senior lecturer in economics, is quoted.

Self Magazine: Female lawmakers are way better than men at getting things done
Alan Wiseman
, an associate professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, and Craig Volden, professor of public policy and politics at the University of Virginia, graded members of the House based on how effective they were, and found that women are far better at bringing bills to fruition. Their research was also cited in a related news story in the Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader: Long lags behind Hartzler, other congressional peers on legislative effectiveness.

Ms. Magazine: Student activists across the country are fighting extreme anti-abortion ballot measures
In Tennessee, North Dakota, and Colorado—three states deciding ballot measures aimed at restricting birth control access and outlawing abortion in the upcoming election—student activists are mobilizing to get out the vote. The Vote No on 1 campaign, supported by Vanderbilt Feminists, has been recruiting voters to help raise awareness and galvanize voters in opposition to the proposed Amendment. Student Erin Lee is quoted.

Christian Post: Apple, Facebook insinuate ‘mothers are not welcomed in the workplace’ with freezing egg benefit, says Christian theologian
Although some are praising Silicon Valley technology companies Facebook and Apple for offering to pay for their female employees to undergo egg freezing procedures that would allow them to put off childbirth until after the prime of their careers, others say it sends a message that mothers are unwelcome at work. Lyndsey Godwin, assistant director for the Carpenter Program on Religion, Gender and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School, is quoted.

Boston.com: How about tech that changes how you think (literally)?
Most talk about ‘wearable’ tech tends to focus on the external, like the Apple Watch, Google Glass and Oculus Rift. What isn’t so familiar is technology that can affect us internally. The story cites research by Robert Reinhart, Ph.D. candidate in psychology, and Geoffrey Woodman, assistant professor of psychology, showing that stimulating a certain part of the brain electrically can affect how quickly a person learns from their mistakes.

Portland (Maine) Press-Herald: Latest bids to legalize marijuana cause split
In communities across the state, there is a growing realization that legalized recreational use of marijuana is on its way and that the state might as well regulate and tax the drug, according to advocates who led the charge to put legalization questions on the Nov. 4 ballots in the two cities. Rob Mikos, professor of law, is quoted.

Bowling Green Daily News: Summit teaches about children with disabilities
Ann Kaiser
, the Susan Gray Professor of Special Education, gave a talk during Western Kentucky University’s Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex’s Special Needs Summit called “Making Meaningful Differences in Children’s Communication Outcomes.”

Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times: Opinion: Believe it or not, a positive story about elections
The barrage of election coverage may actually be a good thing for our democratic process, and ultimately for how we are governed, writes Western Carolina University political scientist Christopher Cooper. John Geer, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

Knoxville News Sentinel: Opinion: Speculating on constitutional amendment outcomes
Doubtless the most controversial matter on our statewide ballot next month is the notion of granting the legislature authority to ignore the Tennessee Constitution — or at least the state Supreme Court’s interpretation of it — in writing new restrictions on abortion, writes columnist Tom Humphrey. The Vanderbilt Poll, which shows that a majority Tennesseans don’t want the legislature to regulate abortion, is mentioned.

Nashville Public Radio: What Tennessee voters should know about Amendment 2: judicial selection

Amendment 2 touches on how those judges are selected, and it raises two questions: Should we slightly tweak the way we do it now, or leave it alone and set the stage to radically reform it? Tracey George, the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Professor of Law and Liberty, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Vanderbilt, Fisk, TSU students rally in Ferguson
Vanderbilt senior Alexis Jackson joined students from Fisk, TSU and other local universities in traveling earlier this month to a rally in Ferguson, Mo., to protest the Aug. 9 killing of an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, by a white police officer.

 
 
 VU on the Air 
 
 VU on the Air

Kevin Kim, senior lecturer in history, was interviewed on CSPAN about his upcoming book about Henry Wallace and Herbert Hoover and their impact on America’s Cold War policy.

CSPAN covered a panel at the Southern Festival of Books featuring Tom Schwartz, professor of history, Ganesh Sitaraman, assistant professor of law, and Mike Newton, professor of the practice of law.

CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper and CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer interviewed William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, about the response of a cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker suspected of being exposed to the Ebola virus.

WPHT (Philadelphia, Penn.) cited Vanderbilt University as one of the institutions that conducted a study on the effectiveness of surgery among transgender people.

 
 
 VU Athletics 
 
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 VU Press Releases 
 
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‘New Yorker’ cartoonist, humor writer to speak at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Libraries plan Open Access Week celebration

 
 
 Higher Ed in the News 
 
 Higher Ed in the News

Los Angeles Times: Advisors work to freeze ’summer melt,’ get students to college
“Summer melt” refers to the substantial, but often invisible, group of usually low-income students who intend to start college and even send deposits to enroll but are stymied by personal and financial issues in the weeks before classes begin. Their situation is made worse by their families’ lack of experience with college bureaucracy.

Wall Street Journal: How to sell a liberal arts education

Brian Casey, president of DePauw University, is interviewed about the challenges liberal arts colleges are facing in the face of increased pressure to funnel more students toward STEM degrees.

Washington Post: Tally of federal probes of colleges on sexual violence grows 50 percent since May
The number of federal investigations into how colleges handle sexual violence reports has jumped 50 percent in the past six months to 89, reflecting a surge of recent discrimination claims and the difficulty of resolving high-profile cases that often drag on for years.

 
 
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