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  Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Compiled 1:50 AM CDT  
 VU in the News 
 VU in the News

Washington Post: Opinion: U.S. is a world leader in class conflict over government spending
Why does class conflict loom so much larger in U.S. public opinion about government spending than in other affluent democracies, despite doing less to redistribute income? The answer may have something to do with our peculiar system of taxation, writes Larry Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science.

National Public Radio: Tennessee bill could send addicted moms to jail

Pregnant women addicted to illegal narcotics or prescription pain pills could soon be jailed in Tennessee under a bill awaiting the governor’s signature. The strict proposal enjoys bipartisan support — despite objections from doctors. Jessica Young, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, specializes in treating addiction in pregnant women and is quoted.

Daily Mail (U.K.): Want people to think you’re a better boss? Get the latest gadget, say scientists

Vanderbilt research found that those who have the latest gadgets, be it a phone, tablet or wearable, appeared to others as better leaders and an authority. Steve Hoeffler, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.

Mashable: General Mills legal policy change spooks Facebook fans
General Mills faced a PR disaster after a report in The New York Times stated that “liking” any of the company’s brands on Facebook prevents them from suing the company in court. Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, is quoted.

U.S. News and World Report: Old-school cold remedies that really work
There’s no cure for the common cold, but there are several cheap, old-fashioned tricks that will help you stay comfortable until the bug runs its course. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

Slate: The new lifelong learners
Technology is making “just-in-time” education possible—and the economy is making it necessary. Vanderbilt’s online “Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations” course is mentioned.

Food Management: Vandy launches “Take a Professor to Lunch” program
Vanderbilt University dining services
has launched fEAsT, a new program that allows students to take their professors to lunch on campus for free.

Nashville Post: Peabody dean reappointed through 2020
Camilla Benbow
has been reappointed as dean of Peabody College of education and human development. The extension takes effect in July 2015 and is for a five-year term.

The Tennessean: Vanderbilt students solve problems on Design Day
A device to prevent teens from using cell phones while driving was one of more than 60 products created by seniors at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering during the past year to address real-world problems. The products were presented Monday at the school’s Design Day. Cynthia Paschal, associate dean of the School of Engineering, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Is it an allergy or is it cancer?
Some of the same symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, such as a sore throat or a raspy voice, are also early warning signs of cancer. Vanderbilt doctors are offering free head and neck screenings from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at two locations in Nashville. Sarah Rohde, assistant professor of otolaryngology, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Last-minute change in law lets hospitals drop patients
An amendment to a conservatorship law gives hospitals a way to petition for court approval to discharge patients no longer in need of acute care so they can be transferred to skilled nursing facilities. John Howser, assistant vice chancellor for medical center news and communications, is quoted.

 VU on the Air 
 VU on the Air

NBC’s Today show reported about a free sports screening event conducted by Vanderbilt University that focuses on the cardiac health of active student athletes. Alex Diamond, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation, is interviewed.

WKRN, Channel 2, interviewed Vanderbilt senior Ben Sataloff about the donor drive he is organizing on Tuesday, April 22, at the AEPi House to support his twin brother, who is fighting blood cancer.

 VU Athletics 
 VU Athletics

Camron Justice discusses Vanderbilt commitment

 VU Press Releases 
 VU Press Releases

Benbow reappointed as dean of Peabody College

 Higher Ed in the News 
 Higher Ed in the News

CNN: Opinion: How much are college students learning? We don’t know
We’re awash in efforts to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of our colleges, but without a better base of comparative evidence, we won’t really know how these reforms affect learning, writes Ben Wildavsky, director of higher education studies at the Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York. (Mich.): U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s controversial ban on affirmative action in public college admissions in a divided opinion released Tuesday morning, preserving a status quo that’s contributed to dwindling minority enrollment at the state’s flagship college.

New York Times: Student loans can suddenly come due when co-signers die, a report finds
For students who borrow on the private market to pay for school, the death of a parent can come with an unexpected, added blow, a federal watchdog warns. Even borrowers who have good payment records can face sudden demands for full, early repayment of those loans, and can be forced into default.

USA Today: Leaked fraternity emails outrage many at American University
American University administration is looking into a series of leaked emails sent out by members of an underground fraternity that include discussions of underage drinking, illegal drug use, rape, assault and other illicit behaviors.

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