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Yahoo! News: College is expensive. And thanks to Washington, you might soon be paying more
Paying for college in America is hard. And a fight may be brewing in Washington that could leave college grads paying more—maybe a lot more. Christopher Loss, assistant professor of public policy and higher education, is quoted.
Reuters: Pfizer takes its shot at a vaccine for evasive superbug
A new vaccine from Pfizer could tame the superbug MRSA, a drug-resistant bacterium that can ravage even healthy people. Buddy Creech, assistant professor of pediatrics and infectious disease specialist, is quoted.
USA Today: Scientists worry about bird flu’s potential to mutate
The H7N9 bird flu appears to be evolving, and could be only a few mutations away from a form that could be passed easily from person to person, according to a new report. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine and infectious disease expert, is quoted.
Associated Press: Kansas lawmakers pass bill on gun lobbying
Kansas legislators gave final approval Tuesday to restrictions on using state funds to promote or oppose gun control policies despite criticism that the new law would violate public officials’ free-speech rights. Gene Policinski, senior vice president for the nonpartisan First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt, is quoted. The story ran in several Kansas news outlets.
The Hill: Poll: Alexander positioned to stave off primary challenger
The Vanderbilt Poll indicates Sen. Lamar Alexander is in a strong position for reelection, as it shows him with solid support from voters in both parties.
Scientific American: Google CEO’s condition spotlights vocal cord paralysis and its treatment
When Google CEO Larry Page blogged about his struggles speaking and, at times, breathing last week on his Google+ page he spotlighted a rare condition, bilateral vocal cord paralysis, which leaves sufferers short of breath and with few viable treatment options. Research on electrical vocal fold stimulators by David Zealear, professor of otolaryngology, is mentioned.
Detroit News: Dodd-Frank reform giving investors a voice on executive pay
More investors are getting serious about deflating corporate chiefs’ ballooning pay. There are signs, experts say, that many firms’ boards of directors are working harder to make sure executives’ compensation is closely tied to profits and stock returns — known as “pay for performance.” Randall Thomas, John S. Beasley II Professor of Law and Business, is quoted.
Chattanooga Times-Free Press: More Tennesseans supporting same-sex marriage
The Vanderbilt Poll has found that 49 percent of Tennesseans support gay marriage or civil unions while 46 percent are opposed to both, suggesting the state is now evenly divided on whether to extend legal recognition to same-sex couples. Meanwhile, 62 percent of Tennesseans say health insurance and other employee benefits should be extended to the domestic partners or spouses of gays and lesbians. The results of the poll were also covered by the Elizabethton Star, Chattanooga news blog Nooga.com, the Memphis Business Journal, the Nashville Business Journal and the City Paper.
Knoxville News Sentinel: Northwestern seeks to join legal fight over Knoxville teen’s confession
One of the nation’s most prestigious law schools is asking to weigh into a battle over whether a teenager’s confession was illegally coerced by investigators who told him he would be repeatedly gang raped in prison. Terry Maroney, professor of law, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Opinion: Common Core will help provide boost to students
Tennessee students have long performed below national averages in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, so we can be thankful for the Common Core’s more ambitious goals, writes Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development.
Nashville Business Journal: Former CBO official to lead Vandy’s new Department of Health Policy
Vanderbilt University Medical Center has tapped Melinda Buntin, deputy assistant director for health at the Congressional Budget Office, to chair its new Department of Health Policy, starting this August.
Nashville Post: Vanderbilt seeks local kids with autism symptoms for national study
Vanderbilt University is looking for children between the ages of 18 months and five years to participate in a nationwide autism study to help doctors identify the neurological disorder as early as possible.
WTVF, Channel 5, WZTV, Channel 17, WTVC (Chattanooga, Tenn.), and WWTV-FM reported on the results of the latest Vanderbilt Poll.
WZTV, Channel 17, aired a report about 9-year old Robby Novak, better known as the Internet star Kid President, who is a patient at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt due to a rare genetic bone disorder. Jill Simmons, assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
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