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Nature: Astronomy data bounty spurs debate over access
Now under construction atop a mountain in northern Chile, the 8.36-metre Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will sweep the entire southern sky every three nights when it starts operating in 2022 — creating a wealth of data that will be available to all US astronomers and dozens of international partners. It promises to be a democratizing force and to usher in a new era of survey astronomy. But that promise could go unrealized without the proper infrastructure, astronomers warn. Keivan Stassun, professor of astronomy and chair of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey executive committee, is quoted.

ABC News: How this Enterovirus outbreak could affect adults
There’s one silver lining in the ominous news about the mysterious respiratory virus that has sickened children in 46 states since August, even causing paralysis in some: It does not seem to be spreading into adults. But experts aren’t sure why. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, is quoted.

Phys.org: Are the world’s religions ready for ET?

Realization that the nature of the debate about life on other worlds is about to fundamentally change led Vanderbilt Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub to begin thinking seriously about the question of how people will react to the discovery of life on other planets.

USA Today: Video: Dierks Bentley revs up engines for charity
Country singer Dierks Bentley gathered up his fellow singers to hop on a Harley and raise money for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with a motorcycle ride and concert last weekend in downtown Nashville. The event raised $335,479, which marks the event’s largest donation.

Los Angeles Daily News: Cancer centers limited under Covered California
While many patients are pleased to learn that they are saving money with Covered California, some have discovered that cancer centers are off limits. A survey conducted by The Associated Press earlier this year found that of the 19 centers that are part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, only four reported access through all insurers: the Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Fox Chase Center in Philadelphia, Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, N.C., and Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville.

The Tennessean: Vanderbilt partners with Mapp on Ebola
Mapp Biopharmaceutical, the developer of the experimental Ebola treatment ZMapp, has entered into a partnership with researchers at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt announced the collaboration with the San Diego-based company on Tuesday. The goal is to develop antibody therapies that can provide short-term protection in health workers and others at risk of exposure to the viruses. James Crowe, Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, is quoted.

The Tennessean: Ingram launches Gulch center to promote purposeful living
Stephanie Ingram, who helped create Currey Ingram Academy and along with her husband, John, were integral in funding and establishing Vanderbilt’s Center for Integrative Health, which is now known as the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University, is joining forces with Louis Upkins Jr., an author and speaker on well-being, to create Well Placed Smile. The Nashville business, opening Oct. 16, seeks to help people build a better life and provides a process designed to support them.

The Tennessean: Judges block access to Vanderbilt rape case records
The Tennessee Court of Appeals has denied access to records related to a Vanderbilt University rape case in which four former football players await a November trial. The three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that records sought by The Tennessean and a media coalition should not be made public because they are part of a continuing police investigation.

The Tennessean: Mold in Vanderbilt dorms spurs inspections in 500 rooms
Mold in some Vanderbilt University residence halls triggered inspections of about 500 separate rooms in September. Jim Kramka, director of housing, is quoted.

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