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  Sunday, April 19, 2015 Compiled 7:37 AM CDT  
 VU in the News 
 
 VU in the News

Nashville Business Journal: Vanderbilt measures its impact on Tennessee’s economy in billions
According to a study from Austin-based TXP Inc., Vanderbilt University contributed $8.9 billion to the state economy in the 2013-14 fiscal year. The study also found economic activity related to Vanderbilt supported 62,000 total jobs, with wages and benefits exceeding $3.5 billion. Vanderbilt itself has 25,000 full- and part-time staff. Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos is quoted.

Associated Press: Tennessee plan to make Bible ‘official’ state book derailed
Tennessee state lawmakers are grappling with constitutional and theological concerns over a bill seeking to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee. John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

The Wall Street Journal: How to play the college financial-aid game

The writer offers a compilation of tips geared to help college students and their parents decipher the array of financial-aid letters and find the best deal for the student’s bottom line of college costs. Brent Tener, director of student financial aid, is quoted.

The Washington Post: Why female big-game hunters become the hunted online, in a way men don’t
Comedian Ricky Gervais’s critical Facebook post and tweet of a picture of avid big-game hunter Rebecca Francis posing with a dead giraffe has been shared tens of thousands of times, sparking outrage and condemnation — not to mention numerous death threats. Now as a result of this latest social media commentary, the hunter has become the hunted. Kelly Oliver, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, is quoted.

Time: Push to make the Bible Tennessee’s official book derailed amid legal questions
Legislation to make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee was scuttled by the state Senate on Thursday, but even if the measure had become law, it would have been on constitutionally shaky ground, according to legal experts. Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.

Country Weekly: Scotty McCreery performs at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
Country music artist Scotty McCreery visited the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on Tuesday, April 14, to visit and perform for the patients and their families. The story also was posted by ABC Radio and Taste of Country.

The Huntsville Times (Alabama): After lifelong battle, 28-year-old Alabama woman gets new lungs
An Alabama woman suffering from cystic fibrosis is recovering after a double-lung transplant surgery was performed by an army of transplant surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other medical workers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who spent nine hours swapping out the set of diseased lungs for a healthy pair from an organ donor. The story was also posted by The Birmingham Observer.

The Tennessean: Fisk University to freeze tuition for incoming freshmen
Starting this fall, Fisk University will freeze its tuition rate for incoming freshmen, a move university officials say will boost enrollment while addressing the concerns of students and their families. William R. Doyle, associate professor of higher education, is quoted.

Nashville Post: Cox Enterprises EVP joins VU Board of Trust

Vanderbilt alum Alexander Taylor has been elected to the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust. Taylor is the executive vice president of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises.

The Tennessean: Area hospitals get patient satisfaction grades
Vanderbilt University
is listed among 14 hospitals within 25 miles of Nashville to be included in a new federal ratings system that summarizes patient satisfaction in an online review site.

The Tennessean: More good baseball to watch on the cheap
Vanderbilt University baseball is listed among local college baseball games the community can attend over the weekend.

 
 
 VU on the Air 
 
 VU on the Air

Brian Bachmann, associate professor of chemistry, will be featured on HBO’s “Post Antibiotic World” tonight at 10pm. Bachmann explores caves for microorganisms with the potential to produce new drugs. Watch the trailer.

CSPAN 3 aired testimony by Sen. Lamar Alexander discussing the results of a task force co-chaired by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos on federal regulation of higher education.

WSMV, Channel 4, and WTVF, Channel 5, reported that Miles Finley, one of the California men charged with destroying cell phone evidence in the case of two former football players convicted of rape, is scheduled to appear before a judge today.

 
 
 VU Press Releases 
 
 VU Press Releases

Cox Enterprises executive named to Vanderbilt Board of Trust

 
 
 Research News @ Vanderbilt 
 
 Research News @ Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Aerospace Club continues its winning ways at national rocket competition

 
 
 Social VU 
 
 Social VU

Vanderbilt’s economic impact on Tennessee was shared on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedInGoogle+ and Instagram.

As veterans enter the business world, Vanderbilt is emerging as a leading choice – a story shared on Facebook and Twitter.

On Facebook, people left remembrances of the late Dr. Levi Watkins Jr.

Alumnus and St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy caused a stir on Twitter when he stopped by Rand for breakfast.

The removal of the campus smokestack has begun, and video of the removal process was shared on Instagram and Tumblr.

Video of student a cappella group The Melodores singing along to highlights of the baseball team was shared on Twitter.

 
 
 Higher Ed in the News 
 
 Higher Ed in the News

The Atlantic: Why graduate students of America are uniting
College students are again emerging as activists determined to challenge what they see as major injustices of the system. One group of college folk that are part of the renewed activism is graduate students. They are becoming more engaged than ever—protesting administrations, lobbying legislators, and mounting large-scale outreach campaigns. But instead of advocating for causes outside the world of academia, they’re fighting to improve their status on college campuses.

The Washington Post: How one college was cleared in a Federal sexual assault case
A growing number of U.S. colleges and universities are under federal investigation for their response to sexual assault reports. Often the investigations take more than a year, to the frustration of school officials, who want a rapid verdict. Last week, a different scenario emerged: An investigation was resolved in less than a year with the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Education Department finding insufficient evidence to sustain allegations that Virginia Military Institute mishandled a sexual assault report.

The Boston Globe: MIT awards pirate certificates to undergraduates
Becoming an MIT pirate is no small feat. It’s been an unofficial, underground practice among students for at least 20 years: Any student who completes courses in pistol, archery, sailing, and fencing is considered a pirate. As of this school year, the physical education department is formally conferring pirate status on students, printing certificates on faux parchment with diploma-esque calligraphy.

 
 
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