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Music Residencies Offer Unique Opportunities for Scholarship, Practice, Performance
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, Dec. 8 -- Brown University issued the following news release:

On the eve of a performance at Brown's Granoff Center, renowned violinist Tracy Silverman settled into a rehearsal room in Steinert Hall to run through several new works created specifically for him.

With his six-stringed electric violin, an instrument he designed in the early 1980s, a music stand in front of him and a host of equipment at his feet -- the pedals and controls he uses to loop, add distortion, reverb and other effects -- Silverman delved into a piece called "Rock and a Hard Place" by Brown sophomore ... Show Full Article

Lipscomb University Accreditation Reaffirmed for Second Consecutive Time Without Recommendation for Improvement
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Dec. 8 -- Lipscomb University issued the following news release:

Lipscomb University officials have received reaffirmation of its accreditation through 2027 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The announcement was made Tuesday, Dec. 5, during the commission's annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. Lipscomb was reaffirmed with no recommendations, meaning there are no outstanding issues to be addressed. This is the second consecutive reaffirmation with no recommendations.

The reaffirmation comes after a series of vigorous reviews-both ... Show Full Article

How Well Will the Flu Vaccine Work This Winter?
GALVESTON, Texas, Dec. 8 -- The University of Texas Medical Branch issued the following news release:

The most effective way of preventing seasonal influenza is to be vaccinated each autumn. The reason that people are encouraged to get vaccinated annually is because flu virus can cause severe disease. One of the problems is that there are many different flu viruses circulating around the world and which ones circulate changes over time.

Each year, pharmaceutical companies produce vaccines against the flu viruses predicted to be dominant during the upcoming flu season. How well the vaccine works ... Show Full Article

Harvard Medical School: Social Memory
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Dec. 8 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news:

How do we recognize others? How do we know friend from foe, threat from reward? How does the brain compute the multitude of cues telling us that Susan is not Erica even though they look alike? The complexity of social interactions--human as well as mammalian--has mystified brain researchers for decades.

Now a new study conducted in mice by regenerative neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital provides critical insights into the neural circuitry ... Show Full Article

Georgia State in Top 50 Colleges, Universities on Social Mobility Index
ATLANTA, Georgia, Dec. 8 -- Georgia State University issued the following news release:

Georgia State University ranks in the top 50 colleges and universities of the 2017 Social Mobility Index, a rating of institutions according to how effectively they enroll students from low-income backgrounds and graduate them into good-paying jobs.

The university ranked 50th among 1,363 U.S. colleges and universities offering four-year degrees, the highest ranking of any Georgia college or university. The data-driven index uses multiple variables to determine its rankings, including tuition, economic background ... Show Full Article

Baruch College Honors John H. Banks, III and Betsy Werley at 'Power of Community' Reception
NEW YORK, Dec. 8 -- Baruch College issued the following news release:

Baruch College honored John H. Banks, III, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, and Betsy Werley, director of Encore.org's network expansion, at its "Power of Community" reception held on December 6. The annual event was created to celebrate outstanding individuals who contributed greatly to Baruch College, and to New York City.

"For more than a decade, Baruch has hosted this event as a way to recognize the value, importance, and power of what can be accomplished when we work together as a community," said Baruch ... Show Full Article

Alum, News Anchor to Deliver Commencement Address
COLUMBUS, Mississippi, Dec. 8 -- Mississippi University for Women issued the following news release:

Mississippi University for Women alumnus Joey Barnes will deliver the commencement address to Mississippi University for Women graduates Friday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. in Whitfield Hall, Rent Auditorium. Approximately 180 candidates have applied for December graduation.

Barnes is a 15-year veteran reporter and currently serves as the lead anchor and managing editor at WCBI in Columbus. He is a seven-time award winner by the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association that includes two first-place ... Show Full Article