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March 10, 2014
Midwest Energy News: Is coal ash safe to use on roads?
Coal ash, the residue from burning coal to generate electricity, is abundant, and cheap. And it’s one way that at least some Midwestern communities provide traction on snowy and icy roads. But experts are concerned about the effects of the ash when it washes into nearby soil and water. David Kosson, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, is quoted.
VentureBeat: How these social robots are helping autistic kids
Robotics experts are testing a fluffy blue robot called Romibo at schools around the country to see if it can help children with autism develop better social skills. A robot with similar functions developed at Vanderbilt by Nilanjan Sarkar, professor of mechanical engineering, is mentioned.
February 21, 2014
Futurity: Baby hearts need rhythm to grow the right way
A Vanderbilt research team has taken an important step toward the goal of growing replacement heart valves from a patient’s own cells. The team determined that the mechanical forces generated by the rhythmic expansion and contraction of cardiac muscle cells play an active role in the initial stage of a baby’s heart valve formation. W. David Merryman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Joey Barnett, professor of pharmacology, and graduate student Mary Kathryn Sewell-Loftin are quoted.
The Tennessean: Program helps girls crack the career code
Vanderbilt University graduate Kimberly Bryant founded a program called the Black Girl Code in 2011 to expose and nurture young African-American and Latino girls in computer coding and Web design.
The Tennnessean: Students enhance learning with Betty’s Brain software
Vanderbilt University computer engineers have developed a software system called Betty’s Brain for use in local classrooms to help students learn and master more complex concepts while educators can assess their comprehension in real time.
February 20, 2014
Red Orbit: Rhythm needed by babies’ hearts to develop correctly
A new study has suggested that baby hearts need rhythm to develop correctly, even before they have blood to pump. W. David Merryman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Joey Barnett, professor of pharmacology, and graduate student Mary Kathryn Sewell-Loftin reported that they have determined that the mechanical forces generated by the rhythmic expansion and contraction of cardiac muscle cells play an active role in the initial stage of heart valve formation.
February 13, 2014
FoxNews.com: Researchers work to secure military smartphones
Soldiers in Afghanistan are experimenting with smartphones engineered to better protect operational datas designed by scientists at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems, or ISIS. Vanderbilt experts and researchers are working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, on a program called Transformative Apps, an effort designed to develop a family of military-relevant software applications, or apps. Douglas Schmidt, professor of computer science, is quoted.
February 7, 2014
DefenseTech: Vanderbilt works to secure military smartphones
Soldiers in Afghanistan are experimenting with smartphones engineered by scientists at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS), to better protect operational data.
January 28, 2014
Washington Post: U-Md. and Johns Hopkins offer specialized sequences of online courses via Coursera
Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, two of Coursera’s partners, are among the first to offer specialty sequences of courses. U. Maryland is teaming with Vanderbilt University on a three-course sequence in mobile cloud computing with Android, with certificates available for $196.
January 22, 2014
Chronicle of Higher Education: Coursera will offer certificates for sequences of MOOCs
Coursera announced on Tuesday that it planned to give certificates to students who take sequences of MOOCs from its university partners. The new program, called Specializations, will include certificates in data science, mobile-app development and cybersecurity. One of the sequences comprising three MOOCs, on building apps for the Android operating system, is from Vanderbilt University and the University of Maryland at College Park. Douglas Schmidt, professor of computer science, was quoted in the story that appeared in TechCrunch. The story was also reported in Forbes, Inc. and numerous other technical websites.
January 14, 2014
National Public Radio: Skunk Bear: Hummingbird animation
NPR’s new science Tumblr blog features an animation simulating the air currents surrounding a hummingbird’s wings, created by Haoxing Liu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
January 13, 2014
Gizmodo: How Vanderbilt’s secret software lab is saving America
On a quiet street just off of Nashville’s historic Music Row, a dedicated team of more than 100 researchers at Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) are developing software systems that may very well revolutionize the modern world.Doug Schmidt, associate chair of computer science and engineering, is interviewed.
Forbes: 30 under 30
Five Vanderbilt alumni—including the co-founder of an alternative energy company, the co-inventor of a portable exoskeleton that helps paraplegics to walk, the director of luxury accessories for a leading U.S. auction house, a national leader in improving higher education attainability and a jewelry designer to the stars—have been named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30.” The story was also reported by the Nashville Post.
New York Times: Light-bulb moments for a nonprofit
As chief executive of a nonprofit organization called D-Rev, Vanderbilt School of Engineering alumna Krista Donaldson had a mission: to design first-rate medical equipment better suited to developing countries, then license it to for-profit distributors in those areas. Garrett Spiegel, D-Rev product manager and Vanderbilt biomedical engineering alumnus is also mentioned.