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May, 2012

Golden Goose Award to recognize once obscure, odd research that yield significant benefit

May. 4, 2012—Readers of a certain age will remember the late Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wisc.) and the infamous Golden Fleece Award that he issued regularly from 1975 to 1988. The advertised purpose of the award was to identify what he considered to be wasteful government spending. Basic scientific projects were among his favorite targets. Unfortunately, the senator...

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Goldfarb is finalist for first Governor’s Award for Innovation

May. 3, 2012—  Michael Goldfarb, the H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt, was among three finalists for the first Governor’s Award for Innovation Excellence for his development of a bionic leg. The award recognizes Tennesseans “whose dedication to enhancing our world through innovation has made a major impact on society” and it was presented...

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Clarke receives inaugural environmental scientist certification

May. 2, 2012—  Jim Clarke, professor of the practice of civil and environmental engineering, has been approved for membership in American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) and for Certification by Eminence as a Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES) in the April 2012 inaugural class. In December 2011, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers approved the...

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Multicultural engineering organization honors Burgess Mitchell

May. 1, 2012—Burgess Mitchell, assistant dean for minority affairs in the School of Engineering, has been honored for his leadership of an 11-state region by the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA). Region B (West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee) was recognized as the 2012 Region...

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