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October, 2020

Team examines operating limits in solid-state batteries to improve driving range of electric vehicles

Oct. 22, 2020—There is huge momentum toward adoption of battery electric vehicles primarily because performances are meeting or exceeding the properties of traditional automobiles. Consumers want electric vehicles that have similar driving range (energy density) and charging styles and times (power density) to gasoline powered vehicles. “One pathway to improving the energy density of the battery, or...

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Climate adaptation is a necessity and no longer an option

Oct. 19, 2020—This opinion piece by Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Mark Abkowitz originally appeared in The Hill, an American news website based in Washington, D.C. focused on politics, policy, business and international relations. Professor Abkowitz chairs a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Extreme Weather and Climate Change Adaptation. Wildfires, inland and coastal flooding, heat waves,...

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Team receives $4 million NIH grant for rapid test of COVID-19, other respiratory infections

Oct. 13, 2020—Twice in 2019, Nick Adams and his colleagues applied for federal grant money to develop a rapid, precise, in-office test for respiratory infections. This test would skip the time-consuming and expensive steps of purifying the samples for testing or sending them to a lab. Doctors and their patients would not have to wait days, sometimes...

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Student team takes top honors in data science challenge

Oct. 13, 2020—Using data sets that included population, commuter traffic, air quality and other measures of downtown Chicago, a team of graduate and undergraduate students recently took the top spot in a challenge organized by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Urban data analytics was one of seven topical challenges organized as part of the fourth annual Smoky Mountain...

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BME student’s new sci-fi novel, written pre-COVID-19, imagines life in an epidemic

Oct. 12, 2020—Vanderbilt first-year student Morgan Butts was raised with a belief that having the “it” factor means far more than a popularity contest. For Butts, “it” stands for “independent thought.” The biomedical engineering major used this idea as a launching point for her newly published science fiction novel, Raeth Thower and the Four Princes. Vanderbilt first-year...

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Audrey Bowden is 2021 Fellow of The Optical Society

Oct. 8, 2020—Audrey Ellerbee Bowden has been elected as a 2021 Fellow Member of The Optical Society for outstanding achievements in the development of optical devices, image processing algorithms and systems for biomedicine. Bowden, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has developed several new system designs that advance optical coherence tomography, an imaging technique that provides high-resolution imaging...

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Lin wins prestigious Paul L. Busch Award for innovative water research

Oct. 7, 2020—Shihong Lin, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, has won the 2020 Paul L. Busch Award from The Water Research Foundation for his leadership in developing innovative water separation techniques. Since 2001, the award has provided more than $1.9 million in funding to up-and-coming researchers who are making major breakthroughs in...

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Engineering Associate Dean Chris Rowe receives K.C. Potter service award

Oct. 6, 2020—Chris Rowe, School of Engineering associate dean for external relations, has received the 2019-2020 K.C. Potter Outstanding Service to Students Award, which is given to a faculty member who provides outstanding service consistently to individual students or student groups through personal advising, development of programs, or improvements to university systems and policies that affect students....

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