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April, 2021

VINSE awarded VentureWell grant for undergraduate nanomaker immersion class

Apr. 14, 2021—By Miquéla Thornton Alice Leach A new Nanomaker Immersion course coming to Vanderbilt aims to train the next generation of nanotechnology entrepreneurs in a facility rarely utilized by undergraduates. The course is made possible by a $30,000 VentureWell Faculty Grant awarded to Alice D. Leach, research assistant professor of materials science and the immersion leader...

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Student-developed machine-learning techniques make surgeries safer, easier to review

Apr. 12, 2021—Warning: This video has graphic images of surgical procedures. An interdisciplinary fellowship with the Data Science Institute has resulted in a promising machine-learning technology that can effectively track complex surgical activity, thus having the potential to improve patient outcomes, safety and documentation. TingYan Deng TingYan “Nicholas” Deng, a third-year student majoring in computer science, mathematics...

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Design Day on April 30 will be an interactive, virtual environment

Apr. 11, 2021—Senior Design Day 2021 will highlight dozens of problem-solving projects developed over the 2020-21 academic year by teams of students, though the format is a bit different this year. The annual celebration and showcase of ingenuity will take place in a custom, interactive virtual environment and feature video presentations by student teams. The online Design...

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Alumna Carlotta Berry named Giacoletto Endowed Faculty Chair at Rose-Hulman

Apr. 9, 2021—Carlotta Berry, who earned her doctorate in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt in 2003, has been appointed the Lawrence J. Giacoletto Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Her three-year term begins Sept. 1, 2021. The Giacoletto endowed chair promotes professional activity for electrical and computer engineering faculty members. Berry, a...

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Research Snapshot: New microscopy technique unveils feature that can shape applications of a class of quantum materials

Apr. 8, 2021—THE IDEA A team of researchers led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory microscopist Miaofang Chi and Vanderbilt theoretical physicist Sokrates Pantelides has used a new Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope technique to image the electron distribution in ionic compounds known as electrides— especially the electrons that float loosely within pockets and appear separate from the atomic...

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NREL internship shapes student’s interest in building sciences

Apr. 8, 2021—Before the start of her sophomore year, Kristi Maisha joined other Vanderbilt students and faculty on a trip to Sterling Ranch, a mixed-use development south of Denver. The trip included a tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in nearby Golden, Co., hosted by a civil engineering alumna who is an NREL research scientist. Kim...

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Thea Henslee: First PhD student in partnership with U.S. Army Corp of Engineers’ R&D Center

Apr. 5, 2021—Thea Henslee is an Army civilian in the Corp of Engineers, a computer scientist, and a doctoral student in the School of Engineering. She is the first service member to enter a Vanderbilt engineering Ph.D. program within a partnership agreement between the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers’ Research and Development Center and the Vanderbilt University School...

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Vanderbilt civil engineer to design tech-driven decision-making and disaster response tools for Houston-area food banks

Apr. 2, 2021—Hiba Baroud, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is a co-principal investigator on a project that will develop and deploy tools to intelligently aid in disaster preparation, response and recovery. The project is centered in Harris County, Texas—a region that suffered through this year’s winter storms and associated public health emergencies—and includes the Houston...

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