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November, 2015

VISE symposium gives first look at medical technology, recap of tech unveiled this year

Nov. 16, 2015—A symposium out of Vanderbilt University’s newest institute will provide participants a first look at medical technology coming out of our labs and a recap of tech unveiled at conferences around the world this year. The research to be presented at the Dec. 16 Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE) event aims at making...

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Vandy_LAN packs Featheringill Hall with gamers, organizers consider expanding

Nov. 14, 2015—It’s important to realize that Dance Central rates users based on how accurately a motion-sensing camera believes they’re mimicking what they see on the screen, not on their finesse. So the first sight that visitors to Friday night’s Vandy_LAN event absorbed was a duo demonstrating the lightning-fast choreography and considerable energy it takes to beat...

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Quantum dots made from fool’s gold boost battery performance

Nov. 11, 2015—  Anna Douglas holding one of the batteries that she has modified by adding millions of quantum dots made from iron pyrite, fool’s gold. (John Russell / Vanderbilt) If you add quantum dots – nanocrystals 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair – to a smartphone battery it will charge in 30...

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GM engineer: Today’s crash test dummies cost up to $500K, saving more lives

Nov. 10, 2015—Today’s undergraduates were in preschool during the “You Could Learn a Lot from a Dummy” series of PSAs encouraging seatbelt use, but the ads were memorable for their parents. Crash test dummies Vince and Larry comically flew out windows, collected traffic citations and found themselves in pieces – all the while spouting quips and puns...

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Vanderbilt Ph.D.’s new company provides researchers ‘X-ray’ on cellular processes

Nov. 6, 2015—Researchers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries long have used cells as mini-factories to produce fuels, medication and other products. They know what goes into cells and what comes out — for instance, yeast cells take in sugar and produce alcohol. What researchers don’t know is what is happening inside the cells during that process,...

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Solar sail is secondary payload on 2018 Orion flight – NASA PI

Nov. 6, 2015—Instead of looking at space atmosphere as a toxic vacuum, look at it as an asset, said Les Johnson, who handed a silver 4-inch square of solar sail material as light as small bird’s feather to an audience member. As the piece of sail traveled through a standing-room-only crowd in Jacob’s Believed In Me Auditorium,...

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Alum Morris Morgan’s lecture caps Engineering Day slate of learning and fun

Nov. 6, 2015—A couple of memorable laboratory disasters, a few disappointing test scores, and Morris Morgan III began to question whether he’d ever really become a chemical engineer. He and eight other African-American students enrolled in Vanderbilt in 1965, all of them from the segregated South and all of them feeling immense pressure to succeed. Morgan was...

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Engineering alum among youngest African American tenured professors in computer science

Nov. 5, 2015—James Hill, an associate professor of computer and information science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has become one of the youngest African Americans to become a tenured professor in computer science at a research university in the United States. Hill gained that distinction in August, when his tenure appointment in the School of Science took...

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