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April, 2022

Re-engineering Boundaries: Whether in lacrosse or engineering, Bri Gross redefines what’s possible

Apr. 21, 2022—There was a time when someone like Bri Gross wasn’t supposed to excel in lacrosse. In a sport that has spread only gradually beyond its East Coast roots, Californians like her have often been afterthoughts on the national recruiting scene. Yet this past year, Gross helped lead Vanderbilt to the NCAA Tournament and became one...

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Engineering’s Design Days 2022 returns to in-person, jam-packed event April 28-29

Apr. 21, 2022—Two-day event in Featheringill Hall to showcase 77 engineering design projects Design Days 2022 in the Vanderbilt School of Engineering will highlight 77 problem-solving projects developed by teams of students during the 2021-2022 academic year. The annual celebration returns to an in-person jam-packed event in Featheringill Hall following two years of virtual showcases. A Design Days catalog features...

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Professor Emeritus A.B. Bonds remembered for Vanderbilt service, passion for music and cars

Apr. 20, 2022—Vanderbilt Professor Emeritus A.B. Bonds, 75, died April 10, 2022, at his home in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 23, from 5-8 p.m. at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville. Tributes begin at 5:30 and all guests are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts, Professor Bonds’ favored attire. Alfred...

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Engineering team looks at recycled glass to improve building materials, protect environment

Apr. 19, 2022—A Vanderbilt University professor and two undergraduate students in the School of Engineering are participating in an innovative research project that aims to use recycled glass to enhance building materials and infrastructure as well as reduce waste. Juniors Emily Zeller and Nicole Witherell, both civil engineering majors, and research adviser Ravindra Duddu, an associate professor...

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Ndukaife receives NSF Early CAREER Award to investigate cell-to-cell communication

Apr. 18, 2022—Justus C. Ndukaife, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for foundational research in cell-to-cell communication. His CAREER project, “Resonant Dielectric Optical Metasurfaces for Single-Cell Extracellular Vesicles Analysis,” will enable Ndukaife to associate the properties of extracellular vesicles directly to their cell sources—up to the resolution of single cells—a capability that...

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Taha receives NSF Early CAREER Award to identify network vulnerabilities and failures

Apr. 15, 2022—Ahmad F. Taha, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for fundamental research in new approaches to network sensors and controllers scheduling. His CAREER project, “Scheduling Driving Sensing and Control Nodes in Nonlinear Networks with Applications to Fuel-Free Energy Systems,” offers a novel framework for the exploration of...

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Braun receives NSF Early CAREER Award to create next-gen robots to assist humans

Apr. 13, 2022—David Braun, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for foundational research in mechanically adaptive robotics. His CAREER project, “Mechanically Adaptive, Energetically Passive Robotics,” will enable the creation of new-generation industrial robots, transportation systems, and devices that can assist and augment humans. The five-year, $600,000 grant will support work on robot...

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International collaboration reveals how the human brain evolved to harness abstract thought

Apr. 12, 2022—By Marissa Shapiro THE IDEA The human brain is organized in functional networks—connected brain regions that communicate with each other through dedicated pathways. That is how we perceive our senses, how the body moves, how we are able to remember the past and plan for the future. The “default mode” network is the part of...

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