Entertainment Weekly: ‘The Sing-Off’ recap: From six to one
Vanderbilt’s male a capella group, The Melodores, is the first collegiate team to win NBC’s The Sing-Off.
Kiplinger: Best College Values 2015
Vanderbilt placed 15th on Kiplinger’s ranking of overall best college values, 6th among private universities and 3rd in the South.
Wired: The race to create Ebola treatments from survivors’ blood
Scientists waging war against Ebola are mining a cache of microscopic weapons hidden in Ebola survivors’ blood. James Crowe, Ann Scott Carell Professor and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, is quoted.
National Law Journal: Law schools firing up marijuana law classes
Professor of Law Robert Mikos‘ marijuana law and policy seminar is one of a growing number of law school classes focused on marijuana.
RedOrbit: Microbes played a significant role in human evolution, study says
Human children remain dependent on their parents far longer than other animals, and elderly people live a comparably long time after their reproductive cycles have come to an end. What causes this unusual phenomenon? Glenn Webb, professor of mathematics at Vanderbilt, and Martin Blaser, a microbiologist at NYU, believe that a person’s microbiome, or the bacteria and other organisms making their home inside his or her body, could be the cause of these uniquely human traits.
RedOrbit: Scientists take step forward in “editing” human genetic mutations
In a new “proof of concept” experiment, scientists at Indiana University, Stanford and the University of Texas have managed to edit the genome of sperm-producing adult stem cells, creating a break in the DNA strands of a mutant gene in mouse cells then repairing it by replacing flawed segments with corrected ones. James West, associate professor of medicine, has conducted similar research and commented on the findings.
The Tennessean: Vanderbilt gives tips for eco-friendly holidays
Vanderbilt experts ask Nashvillians to consider buying local this holiday season — not just to support the local economy, but to also help the environment. Andrea George, director of Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: As students and parents opt out of their zoned schools, will the system entice them to find their way back?
The growing strain on resources, the widening demographic changes in Davidson County, the political turbulence behind the scenes and the number of parents and promising students who have left the Metro school system indicate a looming crisis in Nashville public education. Claire Smrekar, associate professor of public policy and education, is quoted.
Nashville Scene: Scene reviewers share some of their favorite books of 2014, from Kendra DeColo to Tony Earley
Contributor Stephen Trageser recommended Mr. Tall, by Tony Earley, Samuel Milton Fleming Professor of English.
Time: The long, sad tradition of college admissions mistakes
The painful mixup of acceptance and denial letters—sometimes numbering in the tens of thousands—has become a nearly annual rite of college admissions. In 2010, Vanderbilt mistakenly sent acceptance emails to 56 international applicants and corrected the mistake a few hours later.