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January, 2019

Civil engineering alumna named CEO of national trade association

Jan. 15, 2019—Audrey Copeland, PhD’07, has been named the next president and CEO of the National Asphalt Pavement Association. She will assume the new role at the NAPA 2019 annual meeting Jan. 20-23. NAPA is the only national trade association focused exclusively on the interests of asphalt pavement mix producers and paving contractors. During a transition period,...

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Global standards organization awards scholarship to materials science doctoral student

Jan. 14, 2019—Interdisciplinary materials science doctoral student Andrew Tonigan has been awarded a $10,000 ASTM International scholarship for his graduate studies in a field where technical standards play a crucial role. He is one of four scholarship winners. The other recipients are from the University of Alabama, McGill University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. ASTM International, formerly...

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Research team documents potential new treatment path for breast cancer

Jan. 13, 2019—Immunotherapies that take off the “brakes” on the adaptive anti-tumor response have worked well in melanoma and lung cancer but less so in breast cancers. That could change. A Vanderbilt team led by John Wilson, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Rebecca Cook, associate professor of cell and developmental biology, activated innate immunity...

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Smith’s spinal cord imaging work lauded

Jan. 10, 2019—In recognition of his research contributions to improve magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods for detecting and quantifying spinal cord damage, Seth Smith, associate professor of radiology and radiological sciences, biomedical engineering, and ophthalmology and visual sciences, was recently awarded a 2018 Distinguished Investigator Award by the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research (ARR). Seth...

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Applications open for 2019 Vanderbilt Green Fund projects until Jan. 21

Jan. 9, 2019—Engineering senior coordinates Green Fund The Vanderbilt Green Fund is now accepting applications for 2019 projects. The deadline for applications is Jan. 21. The Vanderbilt Green Fund, established in 2011 by engineering alumna Leslie Labruto, then president of Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR) and Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG), is a fund set aside...

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General Motors names alumnus Mark Reuss company president

Jan. 7, 2019—Reuss will lead electric and driverless vehicle efforts Mark L. Reuss has been promoted to president of General Motors. Reuss will continue to lead the company’s ambitious plan to develop and bring to market electric and autonomous vehicles. He remains GM’s global product chief and head of Cadillac. Along with his new role, Reuss also...

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Engineering senior ropes crown in Missouri rodeo contest

Jan. 6, 2019—Kaitlyn Ayers is likely the only Vanderbilt engineering student whose gap year will include a tiara, a horse and pole bending. Ayers, a senior in biomedical engineering, is 2019 Miss Rodeo Missouri. She won the title in September and the crown was passed to her at a coronation ceremony and fundraiser Saturday in Sikeston, Mo....

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Risk modeling, data integration drive NASA next-gen air travel safety project

Jan. 4, 2019—Low visibility, bird strikes, incorrect landing approach speed, runway debris, airframe icing, engine fires, unexpected weather and sensor malfunction are but a handful of potential causes of airplane accidents. They also are among more than 60 incident scenarios identified by an ambitious NASA effort to develop the next generation National Airspace System, known as NextGen...

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