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Reuters: Exclusive: Can the blood of Ebola survivors create a cure?
For months, James Crowe, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, has been desperately seeking access to the blood of U.S. Ebola survivors, hoping to extract the proteins that helped them overcome the deadly virus for use in new, potent drugs. His efforts finally paid off in mid-November with a donation from Dr. Rick Sacra, a University of Massachusetts physician who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia. The donation puts Crowe at the forefront of a new model for fighting the virus, now responsible for the worst known outbreak in West Africa that has killed nearly 7,000 people.

ABC News: Caramel apples linked to four deaths in multi-state listeria outbreak
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid eating caramel apples after linking the fall treats to a multi-state listeria outbreak that has been linked to at least four deaths. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted here and in related stories for Reuters and UPI.

Denver Post: Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over marijuana legalization
In the most serious legal challenge to date against Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, two neighboring states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the history-making law. Rob Mikos, professor of law, is quoted. Mikos is also quoted in a related analysis in the Washington Post.

Washington Post: Early admission rates for Class of 2019
Vanderbilt University
has reported an early admission rate of 12 percent.

Fast Company: Three ways to manage entitled employees
Though a sense of entitlement can make an employee difficult to work with when they feel treated unfairly, it can have some benefits. Research by Lynne Vincent, postdoctoral researcher at Owen Graduate School of Management, and Emily Zitek, a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell, is mentioned.

Yahoo! Shine: Which is healthier: Marijuana or alcohol?
Research by Sachin Patel, associate professor of psychiatry, describing the anxiety-relieving effects of marijuana is mentioned.

El Civico (Argentina): Argentina, reprobada por su política de seguridad
The Argentina-related results from the Latin American Public Opinion Project’s latest Americas Barometer survey are reported here and in El Comercial.

Popular Science: Meet South America’s infamous electric eel
The magazine’s “Box Plot” blog featured a video produced by Vanderbilt News and Communications about electric eel research by Ken Catania, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences.

WPLN: How is Haslam’s Medicaid expansion different from regular TennCare?
Insure Tennessee is aimed at those who make too much money to qualify for TennCare, but too little to get a subsidy under the Affordable Care Act. John Graves, assistant professor of health policy, is quoted. The Vanderbilt Poll, which showed majority support for the expansion, is mentioned in a related story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press: With big assist from hospitals, Haslam begins building support for Medicaid plan.

The Tennessean: Vanderbilt power plant now runs on natural gas
The towering smokestack at Vanderbilt is officially out of service — the university’s power plant is now coal-free. Mark Petty, assistant vice chancellor for plant operations, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Opinion: Politics of Common Core: Is it all in a name?
The public’s apparent support or opposition to a policy or idea can depend heavily on how that policy is described by competing politicians instead of the merits of the policy itself, write John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science, and Josh Clinton, professor of political science.

The Tennessean: Editorial: McQueen must be bold as education commissioner
Tennessee Education Commissioner-designate Candice McQueen’s appointment received an extraordinarily warm welcome that united the political parties. Barbara Stengel, professor of the practice of education, and Rogers Hall, professor and chair of teaching and learning, are quoted. The Vanderbilt Poll is also mentioned.

The Tennessean: Opinion: Advent: I’m religious, but not very spiritual
Keep giving drink to the thirsty, clothes to the naked, and food to the hungry, whether or not you are always inspired to do so, writes Becca Stevens, chaplain of Vanderbilt’s St. Augustine Chapel.

The Tennessean: Decision delayed on witness in Vanderbilt rape case
Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins wants to hear from a forensic psychologist before ruling whether the doctor can testify for the defense in the trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of rape.

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