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National Public Radio: Americans don’t disagree on politics as much as you might think
interviewed Marc Hetherington, professor of political science and co-author of “Why Washington Won’t Work,” about why Americans distrust Washington and why partisanship seems more intense than ever.

CBS News: Farm recalls produce in Costco chicken salad linked to E.coli outbreak
A California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states, according to the Food and Drug Administration. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

ABC News: ‘Kissing Bug’ can lead to dangerous parasite infection while you sleep
Chagas disease, a rare parasitic infection caused by blood-sucking insects known as “kissing bugs,” has been gaining headlines in recent weeks after cases were reported in at least five states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted. Related stories were posted by Yahoo! News and International Business Times.

International Business Times: Obama signs law to give U.S. citizens full right to own asteroid materials, boosting future of asteroid mining
President Barack Obama has signed a law recognizing the right of citizens to own any space material. The law is expected to lead the improvement of commercial exploration of space objects, boosting the future of the asteroid mining industry. A device called gamma-ray spectroscope, which was developed by a team of scientists that included Vanderbilt researchers, is referenced. Keivan Stassun, professor of astronomy, is quoted.

People: In fight against blood disease, two sisters and their best friend spend a year traveling America to register donors
A 23-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, battling a rare blood cancer joins her sister and their best friend to organize bone marrow donor registration drives at colleges from coast to coast. Vanderbilt student Connor Henderson is quoted.

The Tennessean: Opinion: Law and facts make case for welcoming Syrian refugees
Terry Maroney,
professor of law, discusses the political battles that have broken out among Tennessee lawmakers regarding the fate of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks across the globe.

The Tennessean: New Nashville federal courthouse project in limbo
The fate of Nashville’s proposed new federal courthouse should be clear by Dec. 11, which is the deadline the House and Senate must agree on fiscal 2016 appropriations bills in order to avert a federal government shutdown. Bruce Oppenheimer, professor of political science, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Over 1,000 smocks donated for Vanderbilt NICU babies
Music City Modern Quilt Guild’s annual smock drive resulted in over 1,000 smocks being set to be delivered mid-December to several area hospitals, including Vanderbilt’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Tennessean: Ms. Cheap’s sales of the season
Ms. Cheap’s compilation of holiday sales events in the area include the HCI Fundraising’s $6 sales event at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from Dec. 15-17  and the annual Sarratt Holiday Arts Festival at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Center from Nov. 30 – Dec. 5.

Nashville Post: VU School of Engineering lands $3.5 million grant
The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering has landed a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The grant will support VU researchers’ efforts to create software that can control the Smart Grid — a decentralized power system that is more efficient, sustainable and reliable than America’s current electrical power delivery. Lead researcher Gabor Karsai, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and professor of computer engineering, is quoted.





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