TIPSHEET: The future of Pluto and Ceres

Three years ago, when the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto to dwarf planet status, the unpopular decision was based on personal opinions and professional politics, not on rigorous scientific criteria that can clearly differentiate planets from lesser bodies, points out Vanderbilt astronomer David Weintraub. In the next decade, however, the amount of knowledge that we have about Pluto and another dwarf planet, Ceres, will change dramatically and this new information may affect our views of these objects and their status in the solar system as asteroids, dwarf planets or planets.

TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt experts available to talk about the health care reform debate

William Turner, former Obama health care advisor, Betts Chair and Professor of Education and Human Development, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, is among several Vanderbilt professors available to comment on health care reform.