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April, 2021

Engineering marvel may save Venice; Parker Lecture is April 23

Apr. 19, 2021—Venice is a city made up of about 100 islands within a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. The Italian floating city is sinking. Between 1950 and 1970, Venice sank almost 5 inches and continues to sink by about one-fifth of an inch each year. In 2019, Venice suffered severe flooding from an extremely high tide,...

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Engineers’ groundbreaking discovery points to a new route to create thermal superconductors

Apr. 16, 2021—The relentless increase in heat loads imposed on devices in modern technologies is driving renewed interest among engineers and materials scientists in the area of heat transfer. A key challenge is finding approaches to enhance the materials’ capability of conducting heat. A team of engineers led by Vanderbilt mechanical engineering Professor Deyu Li and his...

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Widely used software, developed by Young Lab, tops 1,000 academic licenses

Apr. 15, 2021—INCA enables robust metabolic tracer studies A software tool for metabolic analysis developed by a Vanderbilt chemical engineer recently passed 1,000 total academic licenses and is the most licensed software on the university’s online licensing and e-commerce platform. Additionally, it was the third highest revenue generator on the platform, VU e-Innovations, for 2020. About 20...

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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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