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Wall Street Journal: Overweight women suffer in labor market
According to a new Vanderbilt University study, obese women are more likely to work in lower paying and more physically demanding jobs, compared to average size women and all men. Yet obese men seem to do just as well as average size men in terms of income, regardless of the occupation. Study author Jennifer Shinall, assistant professor of law, is quoted. Related stories were posted by Huffington Post, The Street (video), Main Street, Science Daily and Essence. The video interviews were conducted at VUStar, Vanderbilt’s campus broadcast facility.

Forbes: Why you won’t catch Ebola on the New York City subway
Ebola has come to New York City. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is interviewed about whether New Yorkers should be concerned about the Ebola virus after a local doctor tested positive for the disease after returning from a trip to Guinea. A related story was posted by the Tampa Bay Times.

The New York Times: Ebola vaccine, ready for test, sat on the shelf
Almost a decade ago, scientists reported that they had created a vaccine that was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys against the Ebola virus. The researchers said tests in people might start within two years. It never happened. The vaccine sat on a shelf. James Crowe, Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, is quoted. The story was posted by MSN and Times of India.

National Geographic: Phenomena: Not exactly rocket science
A Vanderbilt study has found that a common bacteria trait called GH25-muramidase, which makes an enzyme that can break apart a bacterium’s outer wall, has also jumped from bacteria into every other major branch of life. It’s in animals, plants, fungi, archaea, and even some viruses. Lead author of the study Seth Bordenstein, associate professor of biological sciences, is quoted. Co-researcher and graduate student Jason Metcalf is mentioned.

The Christian Science Monitor: Artifacts reveal that early humans adapted to very high elevations
Archaeologists have discovered evidence for 12,000-year-old human settlements in the Andes Mountains at more than 14,200 feet above sea level. The sites are higher than any human settlement from the same period anywhere in the world. Tom Dillehay, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, is quoted.

Huffington Post: ‘Why I treat breast cancer’
Carlos L. Arteaga
, American Association for Cancer Research president and Donna S. Hall Professor of Breast Cancer, is one of the 11 people asked by the writer to share their stories about why they have dedicated their lives to breast cancer research, treatment and patient support.

The Atlantic: Tennessee set to ‘review’ the Common Core
Tennessee governor Bill Haslam announced the state will launch a review of the standards for the Common Core program, which will include inviting the public’s input on what specifically should be changed. This decision appears to represent a big shift for Haslam, who had stated in a speech last spring at Vanderbilt University that he would stay the course on the standards for English/language arts and mathematics despite facing political resistance.

The Dallas Morning News: Experts question role of Parkland, UT Southwestern in area’s Ebola treatment center
National health care experts want to know whether the history of infection control failures by two Dallas, Texas medical institutions was considered before they were entrusted to operate a new Ebola treatment center. Ranga Ramanujam, professor of management, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Metro police roll out mandatory Ebola training
The Metro Nashville Police Department invited Corey Slovis, chair of emergency medicine, to its training academy to give a presentation on the facts about Ebola and procedures officers should follow if they arrest someone who might have the virus. Slovis’ presentation was posted online, and it is mandatory viewing for all police department employees.

The Tennessean: Mobile Makerspace sparks imaginations at Vanderbilt children’s hospital
The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has tapped into the global Maker movement by introducing its patients to a new interactive cart, known as Mobile Makerspace, which allows them to interact and create projects using tools such as a 3-D printer and an Instax camera. Vanderbilt’s version of the makerspace is the brainchild of graduate student Gokul Krishnan and the first one to ever be in a children’s hospital.

Nashville Post: HealthSouth explores partnership with Vanderbilt
HealthSouth announced it was in discussions with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to develop a potential joint venture to increase physical rehabilitation services to residents of Williamson and surrounding counties. A statement from Laura Beth Brown, vice president of Vanderbilt Health Services and president of Vanderbilt Home Care Services, was included. A related story was posted by Nashville Business Journal.

Nashville Scene: Three nights of Blair school concerts 
Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music
will feature three nights of concerts by various ensembles on Friday, Oct. 24, Sunday, Oct. 26, and Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Ingram Hall. All shows are free and start at 8 p.m.



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