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New low-profile ankle exoskeleton fits under clothes for potential broad adoption

Mar. 21, 2019—A new lightweight, low-profile and inexpensive ankle exoskeleton could be widely used among elderly people, those with impaired lower-leg muscle strength and workers whose jobs require substantial walking or running. Developed by Vanderbilt mechanical engineers, the device is believed to be the first ankle exoskeleton that could be worn under clothes without restricting motion. It...

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Town hall March 28 on future academic capital projects; focus on engineering, science

Mar. 20, 2019—Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente Deans Fauchet, Marnett and Geer to participate The Vanderbilt community is invited to a March 28 town hall with several university senior leaders to learn about two studies underway for future capital improvements: one designed to respond to current and future facility needs in the...

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Robot-guided video game prompts peer interaction among older adults

Mar. 18, 2019—Two residents of Elmcroft Senior Living sat side-by-side facing a large screen, raising their hands in tandem as watch-style devices on their wrists controlled the avatars in front of them. Every so often, a squat little robot off to the side would remind them the object of the game: Get your avatar’s books into the...

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Engineering students, doggie day care owner team up to build the better pooper scooper

Mar. 18, 2019—Dan Spangler’s doggie day care and boarding business found itself in some deep … trouble last year. An inspector cited the New Bern, N.C., entrepreneur and dog lover for having a rusty pooper scooper, a violation under state Department of Agriculture guidelines. It frustrated Spangler, who spent countless hours maintaining the metal scoopers and hundreds...

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‘U.S. News’ posts 2020 graduate program rankings

Mar. 12, 2019—U.S. News published its 2020 rankings today for graduate programs. Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering ranked 39th. Its specialties are ranked as follows: Biomedical, 22nd (tie) Chemical, 36th (tie) Mechanical 37th (tie) Civil, 40th (tie) Environmental, 48th (tie) Electrical, 50th (tie) Materials, 57th (tie) Materials science rose 7 points; mechanical engineering rose 6 points in this...

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New report provides data on faculty composition and demographics

Mar. 11, 2019—The intersections of tenure status, gender, race/ethnicity and faculty title for all full-time Vanderbilt University-employed faculty members are represented in a new report released March 11. “This report will provide faculty members with valuable information as a baseline of our colleges and schools, and it will help to identify potential areas for growth through the...

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New working group to assess environmental health and safety at Vanderbilt

Mar. 8, 2019—Two engineering deans are members of a new working group formed to assess the current status and plan for the advancement of environmental health and safety at Vanderbilt University. The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Assessment and Planning Working Group will report to Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and Vice...

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Engineering school announces 2019 alumni honorees, distinguished friend

Mar. 5, 2019—Vanderbilt engineering alumni Joseph Flowers, Sally Hopkins, Richard Schroeder and Cynthia Warner will be inducted into the School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at a special event in March. Jaret Riddick will be inducted as a member of the school’s Circle of Distinguished Friends. “The newest members of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni and...

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