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  Friday, September 19, 2014 Compiled 12:52 AM CDT  
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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.

 
 
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WATE and WBXX (Knoxville) mentioned an ongoing Peabody study of the effectiveness of public pre-K in Tennessee in a report on Gov. Haslam’s decision to apply for federal pre-K funding.

Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, was interviewed on WTVF’s “Issues of Faith” about her book Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.

WKRN, Channel 2, aired a story about William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, who has emerged as the go-to expert for media organizations reporting on the Ebola outbreak.

WSMV, Channel 4, reported on a Vanderbilt Hustler report about a pair of rape allegations made by a student in January 2014. The report included a statement from Beth Fortune, vice chancellor for public affairs, saying that sexual misconduct investigations are often complex and that the university takes steps to fully investigate reports in a manner that respects the integrity of the process.

 
 
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Hechinger Report: Colleges let taxpayers help poor students while they go after rich, report says
In what it calls “an elaborate shell game,” universities and colleges are shifting their financial aid from low-income students to high-income ones to bolster their prestige and raise them up the rankings, a new report says. Meanwhile, according to the report by the nonprofit, nonpartisan New America Foundation, universities are leaving their poorest families to vie for a piece of billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded Pell Grants.

NPR: These people can make student loans disappear
Since November 2012, Rolling Jubilee has purchased and eradicated about $15 million worth of debt arising from unpaid medical bills. Today, the group announced that it has erased $3.9 million in private student loans for almost 3,000 students of the for-profit Everest College.

Pacific Standard: Opinion: A law professor walks into a creative writing workshop
A dearth of writing practice results in another generation of scholars unable to translate their research for a broader audience because a poorly written academic article on an already-esoteric topic is destined to have zero impact, says Florida State law professor Ryan Rodenburg.

 
 
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