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November 25, 2013
The Tennessean: Nissan is bullish on fantasy football website
Can college football and the principles of the stock market merge to create the perfect sports fantasy game? That’s the question that budding entrepreneurs Will Schreiber and McArthur Gill sought to answer as they headed into their final semester at Vanderbilt University last spring.
November 22, 2013
Fast Company: Meet Russell, a robot that helps autistic children develop social skills
In a room at Vanderbilt University, Russell tries to engage a 3-year-old autistic girl. However, Russell is not a human, he is a humanoid robot created by scientists at Vanderbilt designed to gauge a child’s social interaction. Russell’s feedback helps autistic children with something they struggle with: the ability to imitate others, a skill essential to learning.
NSF Science Now: Episode 17
National Science Foundation features in an online video the work of a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University. Lead developer Cary Pint, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is interviewed.
November 21, 2013
RedOrbit: Robots might make better teachers for children with autism
Vanderbilt researchers are developing a learning environment for autistic children, who often display a strong affinity for technology, built on the foundation of state-of-the-art computing and robotics. Zachary Warren, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Nilanjan Sarkar, professor of mechanical engineering and computer engineering, are quoted.
CNet: Next up in robot suits for the paralyzed: Mind control?
Duke researchers are looking to push robotic exoskeletons into the realm of thought control, eliminating the need for hand controls and reaching those unable to use their upper bodies. The Indego exoskeleton, developed at Vanderbilt by Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, for people with lower-body paralysis, is mentioned.
November 19, 2013
Science 360: Video: Humanoid robot ‘Russell’ engages children with autism
An interactive humanoid robot developed by Zachary Warren, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Nilanjan Sarkar, professor of mechanical engineering and computer engineering, helps children with autism build fundamental social skills. The team is also building video games to incorporate into therapy.
November 15, 2013
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Will MOOCs change the way professors handle the classroom?
With the emergence of MOOCs, many of the world’s leading universities are making a surprising discovery: the teaching methods of their professors may not be very good and may have limited effectiveness for many of today’s students. Douglas Fisher, associate professor of computer science, and associate professor of computer engineering, is quoted.
November 14, 2013
PLOS Blogs: Robots to the rescue? Depends on the humans
Search and rescue robots have been used since 9/11 in the aftermath of natural disasters and building collapses. While they have definite benefits, such as being able to get into spaces that human or canine rescuers might find too difficult or dangerous to reach, they’re currently expensive and complicated to use. Julie Adams, associate professor of computer science and of computer engineering, is quoted.
November 11, 2013
Forbes: This amazing robot exoskeleton helps the paralyzed walk again
Exoskeletons are the stuff of countless sci-fi movies, but the real thing is now nearing commercialization based on work by researchers at Vanderbilt University and engineers at automation giant Parker Hannifin. Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is quoted. The story is also reported at LiveScience.
Asia News International: Artificial legs that emulate healthy ones give fresh hope to amputees
The main English language Indian newswire reports on the lower-limb prosthetics research by Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The story is also covered by United Press International.
November 7, 2013
Popular Mechanics: Five keys to making prosthetics that are just like human legs
In a review article for the journal Science Translational Medicine this week, Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, expounds on the recent advances that are shifting the paradigm for leg prosthetics—as well as what will come next.
HealthDay News: Scientists train monkeys to move two virtual arms with their minds
Scientists at Duke report they’ve taught monkeys to control the virtual movements of two arms on a computer screen using only their brains. Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering and developer of advanced prosthetics, commented on the findings.
November 6, 2013
The Tennessean: Two Nashville startups compete for $1M prize in Global Food and Health Innovation Challenge
Two Nashville startup companies, InvisionHeart and Utilize Health, are finalists for the Global Food and Health Innovation Challenge and will compete next week for the $1 million prize. InvisionHeart, which allows hospitals and clinics to access cardiac data through a mobile device, was created by a group at Vanderbilt University, includingSusan Eagle, associate clinical professor of anesthesiology, and Franz Baudenbacher, associate professor of biomedical engineering. Utilize Health founder Jennifer Harthcock is a Peabody alumna.
November 4, 2013
The New Yorker: Of mice and micro-organs
Science labs have been filled with mice since “fancy” mice being bred by a woman named Abbie Lathrop developed skin lesions and she sent samples to the famed cancer pathologist Leo Loeb. Loeb asserted that rodents might serve well as models for human disease. But the approximation between their physiology and ours is crude. However, there is a replacement in mind: organs on chips. John Wikswo, Gordon A. Cain University Professor and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education, is quoted.
LiveScience: Wearable robotics: The incredible tech of helping people walk again
The flexible and supportive Indego Exoskeleton is designed to help people rehabilitate after an injury or allow people with paralysis to walk again. The new device is the culmination of decades of work in robotics, according to Ryan Farris, one of the exoskeleton developers. Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Chair in Mechanical Engineering, another of the exoskeleton developers, is quoted.