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Jules White to lead Future of Learning and Generative AI Initiative; interdisciplinary advisory board created

Jun. 7, 2023—Vanderbilt University has created the Future of Learning and Generative AI Initiative and appointed members of an advisory board for the initiative. Both will center their efforts around scholarship and opportunities connected to the growing use of nascent artificial intelligence technologies. As generative AI grows and evolves, so do its uses and best practices. The...

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Service providers charged with keeping kids safe are cautious but see value in AI tool to track risky behavior online

Jun. 7, 2023—Photo/Getty Images Educators, mental health professionals, juvenile justice officers, and child welfare caseworkers who often see first-hand the trials faced by vulnerable youth, and who are charged with their protection, do see some value in using artificial intelligence as an early risk detection tool for online safety. But they are concerned about feasibility due to...

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Somto Dimobi Okoye to serve as Vanderbilt Board of Trust young alumni leader

Jun. 2, 2023—Somtochukwu “Somto” Dimobi Okoye, BE’19, will begin a two-year term as Vanderbilt Board of Trust young alumni leader on July 1. Okoye, of London, was confirmed as a young alumni leader after serving a three-year term on the Vanderbilt Alumni Association board. After her graduation from Vanderbilt in 2019 in chemical engineering with a minor in engineering...

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Karl Zelik receives distinguished Goel Award for translational research in biomechanics

May. 31, 2023—Karl Zelik, associate professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and physical medicine and rehabilitation, is being recognized for his contributions to the field of biomechanics with a prestigious Goel Award from the American Society of Biomechanics. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in translational biomechanics research, entrepreneurship, and societal benefit. Zelik co-directs the Center for Rehabilitation...

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Vanderbilt part of coalition awarded $1M engine development award to advance sustainable manufacturing and supply chain innovation

May. 30, 2023—Vanderbilt University, in partnership with other institutions across Tennessee and Kentucky, has been awarded $1 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Regional Innovation Engines, or NSF Engines, program. The team’s proposal, “Advancing carbon-centric circular economy technologies for advanced manufacturing solutions (KY, TN),” is led by a coalition named Generate Advanced Manufacturing Excellence for Change...

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Discovery Vanderbilt invests in two engineering faculty-initiated startups: HeroWear and Virtuoso

May. 29, 2023—A university leadership committee has approved Discovery Vanderbilt investments into three faculty-initiated startups—HeroWear, IDBiologics and Virtuoso Surgical Inc.—as part of its mission from the offices of the chancellor and provost to boost innovation across the university. “These three initial investments will fuel discovery and accelerate the translation of our research into real-world benefits,” Chancellor Daniel...

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Vanderbilt launches free online ChatGPT course, shaping the future of AI education

May. 26, 2023—Chances are you’ve heard of ChatGPT. Perhaps you’ve even tested out the headline-worthy AI tool yourself. But do you know how to harness ChatGPT to be more productive in your personal and professional life? Jules White, associate dean for strategic learning programs and associate professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University, is making ChatGPT more...

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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Nuclear fusion and the future of clean energy

May. 25, 2023—History was made in December when scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility successfully produced a nuclear fusion reaction resulting in a net energy gain. And a Washington-based start-up backed by hundreds of millions of dollars of venture capital announced a few months later that it expects to have a fusion power plant built...

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