Around the industry: William & Mary student contracts Zika virus

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  • Illinois: The suspended University of Missouri assistant professor charged with assault for trying to remove student photojournalists from a public protest reached a settlement Friday with prosecutors. Melissa Click pledged to complete 20 hours of community service but will receive no fines and spend no time in jail, as long as she as no more run-ins with the law (AP/Chicago Tribune, 1/29).
  • Texas: A group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students won a competition at Texas A&M University to design Elon Musk's "Hyperloop," a high-speed transportation concept that aims to move 20 to 30 people in pods at about 700 mph. The top teams, including those from Delft University of Technology, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and University of California-Irvine, will build their pods and test them at the Hyperloop Test Track currently under construction in California (AP/U.S. News & World Report, 1/31).
  • Virginia:  A College of William & Mary student contracted the Zika virus but does not seem to be a risk to other community members, school officials announced. The virus, which causes flu-like symptoms and is linked to serious birth defects, has spread to 24 countries and territories in the Americas. The student traveled to Central America—one of the affected regions—over winter break, but "is expected to recover fully and is not currently experiencing symptoms," according to the school (Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 2/1).

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