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  Saturday, April 19, 2014 Compiled 10:15 PM CDT  
 VU in the News 
 
 VU in the News

Associated Press: Federal team investigating fatal Tennessee explosion
An explosion and fire at a Tennessee ammunition plant killed one person and injured three others. Craig Boerner, senior information officer, is quoted.

Reuters (United Kingdom): Micro-organs to shape the future of personalized medicine
Vanderbilt University researchers are developing an artificial liver as part of a larger system of synthetic organs called micro-organs that are being built to test drugs. If successful, the technology may provide doctors with a way to personalize treatment for patients. Lead researchers John Wikswo, Gordon A. Cain University Professor, and John McLean, associate professor of chemistry, are quoted. The story was also posted on Yahoo! News and on AOL News.

NPR: Why mumps and measles can spread even when we are vaccinated
William Schaffner,
professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is interviewed about the recent outbreaks of mumps and measles and the effectiveness of vaccines.

Marketplace: ‘Consent is a fiction’ in consumer contracts
Brian Fitzpatrick
, professor of law, is interviewed about how the arbitration clause inserted into consumer contracts has gained traction as a way for companies to avoid lawsuits.

The Tennessean: FAA: Air ambulances must improve safety
Under improved safety rules issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, air ambulances must take more safety precautions before taking off in bad weather and upgrade their flight equipment. Jeanne Yeatman, interim administrative director of emergency services, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Parnassus best-sellers
A spotlight on Vanderbilt alum and former Titan Jovan Haye’s memoir titled, “Bigger than Me” and is noted in the local bookseller’s number one slot.

The Tennessean: Ms. Cheap: Race to volunteer for Country Music Marathon
The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt
will have its annual free Appalachian Celebration at 8 p.m. on Saturday in Ingram Hall.

The Tennessean: Drug Take Back event with recycling, shredding April 26
Dickson County Fairgrounds will be the site of the Drug Take Back event on April 26. Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing is noted as an event partner.

Nashville Scene: Nashville Film Festival 2014: Happy Valley and more opening night
Today is the opening day of the Nashville Film Festival. Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema is referenced as being an earlier location for the annual event.

Nashville Scene: Chef Hal Holden-Bache of Lockeland Table wins Iron Fork 2014
Vanderbilt University’s Student Life Center
hosted the annual Iron Fork 2014 competition among local chefs.

Nashville Scene: Billy Adair Memorial Concert featuring The Blair Big Band
Vanderbilt’s Blair Big Band
and Nashville Jazz Orchestra will perform two separate memorial concert at Martha Rivers Ingram Hall as a tribute to the late Billy Adair, who led the Blair Big Band at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.

 
 
 VU on the Air 
 
 VU on the Air

Al Jazeera America aired a report about the Sense Theatre program at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. Blythe Corbett, associate professor of psychiatry, was interviewed.

WAFB (Baton Rouge, La.) reported on research by Ph.D. student Robert Reinhart and Geoffrey Woodman, assistant professor of psychology, showing that it is possible to improve learning by applying a mild electrical stimulus to the brain.

WZTV, Channel 17, reported that prosecutors in the rape case against former football player Brandon Vandenberg have responded in court to the defense’s allegations of misconduct.

WSMV, Channel 4, read a statement by Beth Fortune, vice chancellor for public affairs, in response to an opinion piece by The Hustler’s editor-in-chief, senior Andre Rouillard, condemning online attacks of a female student who reported she had been assaulted at a Vanderbilt fraternity. Rouillard is quoted.

 
 
 VU Athletics 
 
 VU Athletics

Vanderbilt may change weekend rotation

 
 
 VU Press Releases 
 
 VU Press Releases

Two new Vanderbilt Divinity hires help guide students

Alumni Association honors John Geer for educational contributions

 
 
 Research News @ Vanderbilt 
 
 Research News @ Vanderbilt

Sporting latest tech toy can make you seem more like a leader

 
 
 Social VU 
 
 Social VU

April 15 was Tax Day, so with finances on everyone’s minds, we shared via Twitter and Facebook Prof. Miguel Palacio’s opinion piece on financing college.

The latest VUCast newscast was teased with a short video on Instagram.

Alumni answering questions by current students is the concept behind the Twitter initiative Dores at Work, which had its first Q&A this week.

Every date this week is a palindrome –  the same backwards and forwards – a fun fact that was shared and reshared on Twitter.

Alumnus Brandt Snedeker shared that he was using Vanderbilt tees to compete in the Master’s Tournament. Fellow alum Sonny Gray wished him well via Twitter.

 
 
 Higher Ed in the News 
 
 Higher Ed in the News

The Hechinger Report: Needing revenue, old universities open new campuses where the students are
Several older colleges and universities, most of them from slow-growth areas in the East, are opening or expanding campuses across the country in places with booming populations and economies. The focus is to zero in on cities where there is demand for mid-career education, but not enough supply.

CNN: Just say yes? The rise of ’study drugs’ in college
Prescription ADHD medications like Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are becoming increasingly popular “study drugs” for overworked and overscheduled college students, who have not been diagnosed with ADHD.

The Huffington Post: Harvard accused of retaliating against professor who defended sexual assault survivors
A Harvard University professor claims she was denied tenure and will lose her job due to her advocacy for victims of sexual violence who were critical of the Ivy League school’s handling of their cases.

The Huffington Post: University Of Michigan announces steps to boost black student enrollment
The University of Michigan Black Student Union joined with the school’s administration to announce plans to boost minority student enrollment and take other steps to improve the campus climate.

 
 
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