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Reuters: New study defines top five firms in M&A class actions, says rep deserved
Research by Randall Thomas, the John S. Beasley II Professor of Law and Business, shows that the top five class action law firms do, indeed, get better results than other firms. Up to three Ebola-infected travelers might fly each month

Up to three Ebola-infected travelers might board an international flight each month in West Africa, according to a new study, and potentially spread the deadly virus to other countries. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

CNet: Robot can perform brain surgery through the patient’s cheek
A robot five years in the making by researchers at Vanderbilt University may be in line to make surgical treatment of severe epilepsy less time consuming, less invasive and with a shorter recovery time. David Comber, graduate student in mechanical engineering, Eric Barth, associate professor of mechanical engineering, Robert Webster, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Joseph Neimat, associate professor of neurological surgery, conducted the research.

Futurity: Staph bacteria gang up to outsmart antibiotics
One way that Staphylococcus aureus and other pathogens can become resistant to antibiotics is to change the way they generate energy and become small and weak “colony variants,” says Eric Skaar, professor of pathology, microbiology, and immunology at Vanderbilt University.

Fast Company: The three women who are helping Chicago’s disadvantaged students well beyond graduation

Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district, has received a great deal of attention because of its spike in high school graduation rates. But its charter schools also boast impressive graduation rates. Alumna Nikki Grier, the principal of Gary Comer College Prep, is featured.

Time Magazine: Retirement redefined
American millennials came of age in an economic climate worse than any since the Great Depression, impossibly far from the postwar prosperity that greased our grandparents into the workforce, and have a very different relationship with work than their grandparents. What will retirement look like for them? Alumnus John Arnold is quoted.

The Tennessean: House minority leader questions pre-K grant process
State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh believes Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration missed an opportunity with its recent application for federal early education funding and may have opened up the state to a lawsuit. Haslam says he will wait till the conclusion of a Peabody study of Tennessee’s existing pre-K program before expanding it across the state.

The Tennessean: Judge denies separate trials in Vandy rape case
Judge Monte D. Watkins denied defense team efforts to separate the rape trials for former football players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, as well as several other motions argued earlier this month.



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