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December, 2017

New maker class develops key skills and improves clients’ lives

Dec. 19, 2017—What does a young boy do when he wants to play sports but the helmet interferes with his cochlear implants? What about a Vanderbilt student who can’t carry her own meals because she needs both hands for a walker? Or another student who uses a wheelchair wants to hold a door open for a friend...

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VISE symposium explores interoperative fluorescence to light up tumors

Dec. 18, 2017—Using fluorescently labeled antibodies as a contrast agent can give cancer surgeons highly specific real-time detection of tumors that may accelerate diagnosis, preserve more healthy tissue, and improve patient outcomes. “There is a tension between a positive margin and taking too much normal tissue,” said Dr. Eben Rosenthal, the John and Ann Doerr Medical Director...

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Vanderbilt researchers win an R&D100 Award for MultiWell MicroFormulator

Dec. 13, 2017—A team of Vanderbilt University scientists and engineers led by Professor John P. Wikswo has won an R&D 100 Award for their MultiWell MicroFormulator. The MultiWell MicroFormulator, developed at Vanderbilt and commercialized by CN Bio Innovations in the United Kingdom, provides customized real-time formulation, delivery and removal of cell culture media to each well of...

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ChBE research assistant has ‘a good run,’ wins 4 Jeopardy! shows

Dec. 13, 2017—What was a week’s worth of Jeopardy! episodes for the viewing public in fact took place over one, long, grueling day. Kyle Becker, a School of Engineering research assistant, won his first match, then the second, then the third – all before lunch. A 20-minute break between tapings allowed for changing clothes and fixing makeup....

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Hyperlens crystal capable of viewing living cells in unprecedented detail

Dec. 12, 2017—New hyperlens crystal is capable of resolving details as small as a virus on the surface of living cells. The atomic structure of the hexagonal boron nitride crystal is shown in the cutout. (Keith Wood / Vanderbilt) Just imagine: An optical lens so powerful that it lets you view features the size of a small...

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Tech transfer course gives grad students real-world journey

Dec. 9, 2017—Expert panelists asking if a viable market exists for your product or whether your advancement is, in fact, novel enough to win patent protection makes the road to commercialization real. Fast. At the halfway point of a lauded entrepreneurship program, that’s the point. The class, which teams engineering PhD candidates with graduate students in the...

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Campus ASCE chapter invites Hillsboro students to ‘Dream Big’

Dec. 6, 2017—Engineers have made possible incredible achievements – from Shanghai Tower to solar cars, from an ancient rope bridge to underwater robots, from the Great Wall of China to smart cities. The common denominator is not math or science. It’s imagination. That’s the message the Vanderbilt ASCE Chapter shared with more than 60 Hillsboro High School...

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ISDE leads $3 million international study of radiation on 3D electronics

Dec. 5, 2017—The Vanderbilt Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) will lead an international team of researchers investigating how radiation affects 3D electronics and systems under a three-year $3 million federal project. The team includes world-leading research and development groups in 3D integrated circuit technologies in both industry and academia. The basic research grant, from the...

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