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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Tennessee Newsletter for Sunday May 10, 2020 ( 25 items )  

American Federation for Children: Chancellor Martin Rules Against Families in Education Savings Account Case
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- The American Federation for Children issued the following statement by Tennessee State Director Shaka Mitchell in response light of Davidson County Chancellor Anne Martin's decision to enjoin the ESA program and prevent participation this fall: "This is an extremely disappointing decision, and unfairly penalizes the thousands of families who were hoping to utilize the ESA program. These families are desperately looking for options to help their children succeed academically  more

College & University Professional Association for Human Resources Report Examines Professional Leadership Positions in Higher Education
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, May 7 -- The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources issued the following news release: Examining representation in professional leadership positions is crucial, as these positions often serve as the pipeline to higher-level administrative positions. Of the 396 professional positions surveyed in CUPA-HR's 2020 Professionals in Higher Education Annual Report released, 38 percent are leadership positions that require supervising others or directin  more

Douglas R. Green, Ph.D., of St. Jude Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, April 30 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release: Douglas R. Green, Ph.D., chair of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Department of Immunology and Peter C. Doherty Endowed Chair of Immunology at St. Jude, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Green is one of 120 new members and 26 international members elected this year by the renowned society of scholars in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achieveme  more

Future of Human Experience 2030 Framework Released by Beryl Institute
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 7 -- Beryl Institute issued the following news release: Future of Human Experience 2030 Framework Released by The Beryl Institute Reinforcing its commitment to elevate the human experience in healthcare, The Beryl Institute shares initial concepts for its Future of Human Experience 2030 (HX2030) exploration. HX2030 is a community inquiry focused on uncovering fundamental actions to guide healthcare in ensuring an unwavering commitment to the human experience over the   more

Institute for Justice: Tennessee Parents Blast Court Ruling Against ESA Program
ARLINGTON, Virginia, May 9 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release on May 7: The Chancery Court for Davidson County declared that it would not stay its injunction halting Tennessee's Education Savings Account Pilot Program Act, which the Court had declared unconstitutional Monday. Absent relief from Tennessee's appellate courts, this means that the state must stop processing ESA applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Natu Bah and Builguissa Diallo have already sough  more

Institute for Justice: Tennessee Parents Defending ESA Program in Court Vow to Appeal Ruling
ARLINGTON, Virginia, May 6 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release: Monday evening, the Chancery Court for Davidson County held that Tennessee's ESA Pilot Program Act violated the Home Rule Amendment of the Tennessee Constitution and enjoined further implementation of the program. The ruling follows a February lawsuit on behalf of the governments of Nashville and Shelby County along with the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education. Recognizing the significance of  more

Journal of American Studies Issues 6 Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
STAFFORDSHIRE, England, May 9 -- The Journal of American Studies, a journal that says it seeks to critique and interrogate the notion of "America", pursuing this through international perspectives on the history, literature, politics and culture of the U.S. from the British Association for American Studies, published research articles, including the following topics, in its May 2020 edition: * "Students Are [Not] Slaves": 1960s Student Power Debates in Tennessee * "You'll Never Get It If You D  more

Liberty Justice Center Attorneys Plan to Appeal Ruling to Block Scholarships for Low-Income Students
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 6 -- The Liberty Justice Center issued the following news release: Attorneys at the nonprofit Liberty Justice Center have announced that they will be appealing a Tennessee judge's ruling that blocks a new scholarship program for low-income families from going into effect. The ruling came down on Monday night. A group of parents and school leaders represented by the Liberty Justice Center, a national Supreme Court case-winning law firm, is fighting to protect Education  more

National Council & Qualifacts Partner to Understand Role of Virtual Care on Behavioral Health Care Providers Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 9 -- The National Council for Behavioral Health issued the following news release: The National Council for Behavioral Health and Qualifacts, a leading EHR platform for Behavioral Health and Human Service organizations, have partnered to conduct a national survey of behavioral health care providers to gauge the role virtual care has had on their businesses during and post COVID-19. "As federal and state leaders look to make policy and budget changes to meet the curren  more

Pediatric Neurologist Richard Finkel, M.D., Joins St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, May 7 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced that Richard S. Finkel, M.D., a leading pediatric neurologist, has joined St. Jude to lead the creation of a Center for Experimental Neurotherapeutics. Finkel's arrival signifies an expansion of the institution's pediatric catastrophic diseases into neurologic disorders. Finkel has served as chief of neurology at Nemours Children's Hospital in Or  more

Psycho-Oncology Journal Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
BRENTWOOD, Tennessee, May 9 -- Psycho-Oncology, a journal that says it features cancer and AIDS-related tumors, epidemiology, palliative and supportive care, psychiatry, psychology, sociology and nursing from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and British Psycho-Oncology Society, published research articles on the following topics in its May 2020 edition: * Body image in older breast cancer survivors: A systematic review PAPERS: * The impact of attachment security on death preparatio  more

Public Funds Public Schools: Judge Strikes Down Tennessee School Voucher Law
NEWARK, New Jersey, May 6 -- Public Funds Public Schools issued the following news: Public school children in Tennessee won when Davidson County Chancellor Anne C. Martin struck down the state's private school voucher law, known as the Education Savings Account (ESA) Pilot Program. Because the law applies only to students in Davidson and Shelby counties, Chancellor Martin ruled that it violates the Home Rule provision of the Tennessee Constitution, which prohibits the General Assembly from pass  more

St. Jude Awarded Federal Grant for Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, May 8 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has received a National Science Foundation grant to integrate biology and engineering at the molecular level to tackle childhood disease. The $2 million grant is one of four the foundation awarded for Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation related to chromatin and epigenetic engineering, which focuses on how DNA is packaged and deciphered in cells.   more

Tennessee Bar Association Celebrates Lawyer Well-Being Week
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 5 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news on May 4: Lawyer Well-Being Week kicks off with organizations across the country coming together to raise awareness and encourage action across the legal profession to improve well-being for lawyers and their support teams. To promote the physical, occupational and emotional health of Tennessee attorneys, the TBA has created a Well-Being Resource Page and will provide activities and resources all week long t  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Builds a Service Line Around Care of COVID-19 Patients
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 5 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Care of COVID-19 patients has led to swift establishment of a COVID service line at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, complete with the institutional infrastructure, planning and multi-disciplinary coordination implied by the service line designation. "This has arisen as a natural consequence of our continued focus on a unified team approach to COVID-19 care across adult inpatient and outpatient  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Center for AIDS Research Lands NIH Grant Renewal
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 8 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed its support of the Tennessee Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), a four-way partnership between Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Meharry Medical College, the Tennessee Department of Health and Nashville CARES. The grant, announced last week, will provide approximately $7.5 million over the next five years to enable the CFAR to continue its efforts  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Erik Hess Named New Chair of Department of Emergency Medicine
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 8 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Erik Hess, MD, MSc, professor and interim chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, has been named the new chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He will join the faculty on July 1. Hess, a physician-scientist, succeeds Corey Slovis, MD, who has served as the department's leader f  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: New Method Captures Early Viral-Host Protein Interactions
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 8 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: More than 70% of all viruses known to cause human disease, including the one that causes COVID-19, are RNA viruses. They invade the body by hijacking the internal machinery of cells. Yet little is known about how viral RNA commandeers host proteins to replicate the virus. Now researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine have developed a method to identify the primary interactions between i  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: New Rule Outlines When to Challenge a Penicillin Allergy
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: An estimated 10% of the U.S. population report having a penicillin allergy. Most --75% -- were given the label in the course of a childhood health care encounter, 75% by age 3. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than 1% of the population is truly allergic to penicillin. The rest were never allergic to begin with or have outgrown their allergy -- an estimated 80% o  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: New Study Examines Alzheimer's Disease Images and Molecular Biomarkers
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 8 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Alzheimer's disease (AD) involves distinctive wasting away of certain brain regions, such that medical imaging of these regions can distinguish the disease from other subtypes of dementia. A new study examines associations between various brain pathology biomarkers (measured in cerebrospinal fluid) and two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signatures of AD gray matter atrophy, identified within the pa  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Project Seeks to Help Adults With TBI Access Social Media
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 8 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: With more than $2 million in funding, researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center are developing software to make social media platforms more accessible for adults with cognitive disabilities. The four-year project, conducted in collaboration with Bilge Mutlu, PhD, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lyn Turkstra, PhD, CCC-SLP, at McMaster University, will build and test a Facebook p  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients on Medicare Seeing Increased Out-of-Pocket Costs for Specialty Medications
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 8 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: After a sharp drop in out-of-pocket costs between 2010 and 2011, Medicare patients who use specialty biologic medications for rheumatoid arthritis have seen higher out-of-pocket spending for those same drugs because of gradual price increases, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Open finds. Led by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student Alexandra Erath, and Stacie   more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Study Finds AI Can Categorize Cancer Risk of Lung Nodules
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 8 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Computed tomography scans for people at risk for lung cancer lead to earlier diagnoses and improve survival rates, but they can also lead to overtreatment when suspicious nodules turn out to be benign. A study published in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine indicates that an artificial intelligence strategy can correctly assess and categorize these indeterminate pulmonary nodu  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Study to Explore Memory System's Role in TBI Behavior Deficits
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 8 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center are beginning a new five-year study to characterize the role of a memory system in behavioral deficits commonly seen in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study, backed by more than $3 million in funding and conducted in collaboration with the University of Illinois, will analyze the impact of relational memory impairments on flexi  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Unplanned Extubations in Preterm Infants Studied
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 7 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Unplanned extubations (UEs) in adult and pediatric populations have long been associated with poor clinical outcomes and increased costs to health care systems. A very common adverse event in intensive care unit settings, the long-term outcomes of (UEs) in critically ill, preterm infants have never been studied until now. UEs are defined as any removal of the endotracheal tube that the medical team   more