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  Monday, July 28, 2014 Compiled 1:30 PM CDT  
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CBS News: Two Americans infected with deadly Ebola virus in West Africa
An American doctor and another U.S. aid worker helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa are now infected with the disease. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted. The interview in the accompanying video was conducted at VUStar, Vanderbilt’s campus broadcast facility.

Business Insider: Eleven crucial lessons everyone learns in business school
Professors from top business schools, including Tim Vogus, associate professor of organizational behavior, discuss the most important case studies they teach.

Mother Jones: Babies are getting brain bleeds—are vaccine fears to blame?
As of May, seven infants aged between seven and 20 weeks old, had arrived at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt over the past eight months with a very rare, very dangerous condition called “vitamin K deficiency bleeding,” or VKDB. The condition is typically prevented with a high-dose vitamin K shot at birth, but lately parents have begun refusing them, perhaps motivated by a similar resistance to vaccination.

Forbes: Roundup of free cloud computing online courses midyear update
Amazon Web Services, Coursera, Google, MIT Courseware and Microsoft are accelerating the depth and variety of cloud computing courses, courseware and learning materials they are freely making available online. Vanderbilt’s Android  mobile development courses on the Coursera platform are mentioned.

Knoxville News-Sentinel: Ads stoke state justices’ retention debate
Tennessee lawyers are forming a bedrock of support for three state Supreme Court justices striving to win new terms, recently adding get-out-the-vote efforts to financial support, as court critics escalate attempts to convince conservative Republican voters that the judges are liberal Democrats. John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

Knoxville News Sentinel: Fleischmann, Wamp swing at each other in rematch
Other political races in Tennessee may be getting bigger headlines, but the rematch in the 3rd Congressional District between the two-term Republican congressman and the 27-year-old upstart with a pedigree in politics has turned into one of the more colorful and confrontational campaigns leading up to the Aug. 7 primary. Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science, is quoted.

Chattanooga Times-Free Press: Joe Carr and George Flinn blast Lamar Alexander
For a low-key, even-keeled kind of a guy, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is nonetheless managing to ignite a lot of passion from his two main GOP primary opponents, state Rep. Joe Carr and Memphis multi-millionaire radiologist and radio station-chain owner George Flinn. John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

Chalkbeat Tennessee: Vouchers could transform Memphis, and one network of schools

Memphis’ Jubilee Schools are among the leading advocates for a new controversial form of school choice in Tennessee: vouchers, which would let low-income families zoned to low-performing schools use public funds to pay for private schools. Claire Smrekar, associate professor of leadership, policy and organizations, is quoted.

WPLN: A fierce abortion debate to soon play out in Tennessee media campaigns
Both supporters and opponents of Amendment 1 will be canvassing in advance of this year’s elections, sending out mailers and launching advertisements. Taken together, their campaigns have already raised nearly $1 million, and if the campaigns hit their fundraising goals, many millions more will flood in. The Vanderbilt Poll, which measured Tennesseans’ opinions about the role government should play in abortion, is mentioned.

The Tennessean: Vanderbilt study links yogurt, weight control
New Vanderbilt University research led by Sean Davies, assistant professor of pharmacology, shows mice could eat a high fat diet but, if given a probiotic compound like one found in yogurt, not gain weight. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted. The story is also covered by the Canada Journal, Red Orbit, The Daily Mail and Gizmag.

The Tennessean: Opinion: School board should focus on fundamentals
Charter schools, which enroll about 7 percent of students in Metro Nashville Public Schools, are tools for helping drive change in public education, but they are not silver-bullet solutions to our problems, writes Metro school board representative Will Pinkston. Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development, is quoted.

 
 
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WZTV, Channel 17, interviewed William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, about a Vanderbilt study that found lab mice ingesting healthy bacteria helped with preventing weight gain. The interview was conducted at VUStar, Vanderbilt’s campus broadcast facility. ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates across the country also aired the report.

 
 
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 Higher Ed in the News

Kansas City Star: UMKC’s misleading march to the top
After decades of struggling to boost its profile beyond that of a commuter college, the University of Missouri-Kansas City finally could call itself a global leader after an academic study ranked UMKC’s business school ahead of Harvard, Stanford and other top colleges in innovation management research. But a Kansas City Star investigation found a pattern of exaggerations and misstatements that polished the school’s reputation as it sought to boost enrollment and open donors’ checkbooks.

New York Times: Building a better college ranking system. Wait, Babson beats Harvard?
Money magazine is the latest publication to put its own twist on college rankings, focusing on the ration between the school’s affordability and starting salary after graduation.

Wall Street Journal: At Purdue, a case study in cost cuts
A year and a half into his tenure, Mitch Daniels has frozen tuition (for the first time in 36 years), cut the cost of student food by 10 percent and introduced volume purchasing to take advantage of economies of scale.

 
 
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