VUSE news roundup

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 ForbesInc. 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.