Bloomberg Businessweek: Roger Goodell at the 50-50 yard line
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is profiled. John Vrooman, senior lecturer in economics, is quoted here and in a related story for the Washington Post: How the government helps the NFL maintain its power and profitability.
Huffington Post: Early Earth may not have been so hellish after all
Scientists have long believed that early Earth was a brutally hot and hellish place, covered in molten rock and pelted by asteroids, but new Vanderbilt research suggests it may have been much more temperate than we thought. Coauthor Calvin Miller, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is quoted. The story was also reported by the NSF’s Science360 and tech blog io9.
Los Angeles Times: A looming problem: How to ration Ebola vaccines and medicines
The World Health Organization recommends that healthcare workers and those who dispose of bodies receive top priority for Ebola vaccine. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.
CNBC: CalPERS hedge exit may be the first of many
The $300 billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s move this week to divest itself of $4 billion in hedge fund holdings is galvanizing a debate among many other pension managers. Nick Bollen, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Finance, is quoted.
International Business Times: Midterm elections 2014: how a Republican senate victory could help Hillary Clinton
With a lame-duck president in the White House and gridlock likely in Congress for the next two years, the presidential candidate representing the Senate minority could get a lot of mileage out of campaigning against the status quo in 2016. Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science, is quoted.
Chattanooga Times Free Press: 3rd District quiet for incumbent Fleischmann; Headrick pounding pavement
After winning a hotly contested GOP primary, incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s campaign trail has been pretty quiet. Meanwhile, Democratic challenger Mary Headrick has been pounding pavement around the district. Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Vanderbilt honors 3 decades of Hamblet Award winners
For 30 years now, a graduating art student has set off on a creative journey thanks to a generous and prestigious award that originated as a husband’s tribute to his late wife. This year Vanderbilt honors that legacy and the budding careers it has helped launch with a special exhibition, “The Gift: 30 Years of the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award.” The show opens with a reception 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25, and continues through Dec. 5 in Space 204.
The Tennessean: Haslam’s wait-and-see on pre-K could stretch longer
Though Gov. Bill Haslam might apply for a federal prekindergarten grant, he’s still waiting for findings from an ongoing Peabody study before deciding whether to pursue expanding Tennessee’s voluntary pre-K program with state dollars.
The Nashville Scene: Vandy student paper report alleges rapes by current football player, recruit
A sports columnist for The Vanderbilt Hustler described a pair of rape allegations made by a student in January 2014. Beth Fortune, vice chancellor for public affairs, stated that Vanderbilt does not tolerate sexual violence and is committed to fully investigating such cases and dealing firmly and fairly with alleged offenders. Liz Latt, assistant vice chancellor for news and communications, added that university investigations into such allegations are confidential and the university is barred from disclosing information about the case to the public.