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January, 2021

Annual event underscores contributions of women in STEM fields

Jan. 27, 2021—Marguerite Davis was one two biochemists who discovered vitamins A and B in 1913, though her university refused to pay Davis a salary for five of the six years she worked with Elmer McCollum, her more famous colleague. In 1946, Connie Myers Guion was the first woman in the U.S. to be named a professor...

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Academic achievement in engineering strong despite pandemic restrictions

Jan. 26, 2021—Undergraduates in the School of Engineering in the fall 2020 term earned on average more credit hours and a higher grade point average collectively than in the fall 2019 semester. “There had been some concern that academic achievement would go down due to the pandemic and the many other major stressors of fall 2020. Quite...

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Dozens of engineering professors among world’s top 2% of working scientists

Jan. 25, 2021—Nearly 40 School of Engineering faculty members have been named among the top 2 percent of 7 million working scientists in the world. More than 60 percent of the school’s full professors are in this elite group, based on a recent study by a Stanford University professor and his colleagues. The study combines several different...

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Cancer Institute grant funds new integrated approach to early lung cancer detection

Jan. 22, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have received a National Cancer Institute grant to develop a novel, integrative approach to detect early signs of lung cancer. The four-year project builds on a related, recent study that established the value of using three separate measures—structural imaging, a protein marker and information available from electronic health records—to predict lung cancer in...

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Barge and GSH receive major award for Copper Basin reclamation project

Jan. 21, 2021—It had been less than two years since Carrie Little Stokes, BE’97, ME’06, earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering when she first worked on plans to restore Copper Basin, an eyesore in southeast Tennessee with a century-plus history of mining, processing and waste disposal. At the time, Stokes was a project engineer at Nashville-based...

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Alum is one of 15 ‘Engineers Who Mattered in 2020’ on engineering.com

Jan. 21, 2021—Vanderbilt engineering alumnus Bhupinder Singh, MS’86, is one of 15 “Engineers Who Mattered in 2020” featured in a list published Jan. 7, 2021, on engineering.com. After serving 26 years with Bentley Systems, a leader in infrastructure engineering software, Bhupinder Singh could have called it quits. Throughout his years at Bentley, Singh held many roles, including...

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Optical computing at sub-picosecond speeds developed at Vanderbilt

Jan. 19, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have developed the next generation of ultrafast data transmission that may make it possible to make already high-performance computing “on demand.” The technology unjams bottlenecks in data streams using a hybrid silicon-vanadium dioxide waveguide that can turn light on and off in less than one trillionth of a second. The article, “Sub‐Picosecond Response...

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Improving the Wikipedia gender gap with Women of VISE begins Jan. 18

Jan. 15, 2021—The Women of VISE are hosting a virtual Wikithon focused on women in science, technology, engineering and math the week of Jan. 18 to contribute to and improve the quality of Wikipedia pages on female scientists and researchers. The event is open to the public; it requires registration on Wikipedia. Women of VISE There is...

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