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Gizmodo: Why the military is pinning its hopes on Google’s modular phone
In its small red brick headquarters, Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integration Systems is working on a revolution in smartphone technology. It’s not better screens, or battery life or anything for a major carrier. It’s a puzzle-piece phone that will (hopefully) change the way the military communicates. Project director Sandeep Neema, research associate professor of electrical engineering, ISIS director Janos Sztipanovitz, E. Bronson Ingram Chair in Engineering, and Ted Bapty, research associate professor of electrical engineering, are quoted.
ABC News: Ebola outbreak worsens with reports of looting, U.S. scare
The Ebola outbreak continues to spiral out of control amid reports of looting at a Liberian health center and the isolation of a traveler from Sierra Leone in the U.S. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted. Schaffner also commented on a potential treatment in LiveScience: Nano silver? Nigeria’s potential Ebola treatment unlikely to work.
HealthDay News: More children hit by cars in September, experts say
Parents, drivers and others need to be especially vigilant about traffic safety when schools across the United States are in session, Vanderbilt University Medical Center experts say.
Daily Mail (U.K.): ‘I only have two to three years left to live’: Pope Francis speaks for first time about his own death as he hints at ‘nerve problems’ and early retirement
Pope Francis has spoken publicly about the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself ‘two or three years’ before he meets his maker. The story cites earlier comments by William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, about the infection that caused one of the pope’s lungs to be removed in childhood.
WPLN: The benefits — and pitfalls — of private sponsorships in public schools
Two Nashville-based companies will officially be putting their names on public high school academies this week: Griffin Technology celebrated its naming of the Academy of Technology and Design at Hunters Lane High School on Monday, and later this week, Aegis Sciences Corporation will do the same at the Academy of Health Science and Law at McGavock High School. Steven Posavac, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Marketing, is quoted.
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AL.com: University of Alabama, national sorority investigating racial incident following Bid Day
The University of Alabama is investigating a Bid Day incident involving a social media post with racially offensive language. Chi Omega national sorority leaders say they’ve already kicked the responsible member out of the chapter.
National Public Radio: The power of the peer group in preventing campus rape
A number of studies, on college campuses and elsewhere, have shown that having friends who support violence against women is a big risk factor for committing sexual assault. Now prevention efforts are exploring the idea that having male friends who object to violence against women can be a powerful antidote to rape on college campuses.