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August, 2022

Vanderbilt Engineering professor, student receive prestigious Fulbright awards to study abroad

Aug. 16, 2022—A professor and undergraduate student in Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering are both recipients of esteemed 2022-2023 Fulbright awards that allow scholars to teach and conduct research abroad. Ravindra Duddu is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and Kristi Maisha is a civil engineering major. Duddu will use his Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship to...

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Nanoparticles boost anti-cancer immunity

Aug. 16, 2022—by Bill Snyder The growth of epithelial ovarian cancer, one of the most lethal malignancies, is associated with the presence of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs), white blood cells that can block the anti-cancer activity of the immune system and immunotherapy. Fortunately, TAMs can be “repolarized,” converted from immunosuppressive tumor-promoters to inflammatory tumor-fighters. Now, Associate Professor of Pharmacology Fiona Yull,...

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New School of Engineering faculty members strengthen critical research areas such as AI and clean energy

Aug. 16, 2022—The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering has appointed nine new faculty members for the 2022-2023 academic year, with research and teaching activities ranging from artificial intelligence and cyber security to medical devices and clean energy. Six of the new professors are computer science faculty who were recruited as part of Destination Vanderbilt, a $100 million university initiative...

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Vanderbilt computer scientist selected as 2022 EECS Rising Star

Aug. 15, 2022—Computer scientist Nicole Hutchins, PhD’22, has been selected to participate in an annual EECS Rising Stars program. Hutchins was accepted based on her work on technology-enhanced K-12 STEM classrooms for integration of real-world, problem-based curricula. Rising Stars is an intensive workshop for top women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers...

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Environmental engineering graduate student wins DOE nuclear technology R&D award

Aug. 12, 2022—Megan Harkema, a third-year graduate student studying nuclear environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, has been awarded a prize in the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Fuel and Supply Chain. Harkema’s research paper, The Dynamic Nature of Risk in DOE Facilities in the Surveillance...

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Biomedical Engineering scholar Brett Byram named as a Senior Member of global optics and photonics society, SPIE

Aug. 11, 2022—Vanderbilt Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Brett Byram, joins a group of 77 international scholars who were named Senior Members of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in August. Byram’s research specializes in improving the imaging quality of ultrasound technology, which is a relatively low-cost, highly versatile diagnostic tool. He runs the Biomedical...

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Vanderbilt research on nuclear safety offers new pathways for clean energy, leads to industry awards

Aug. 10, 2022—Two leading energy companies that used a Vanderbilt-pioneered process to develop safer nuclear reactors received a prestigious technology award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in June. A team led by Steve Krahn, professor of the practice of nuclear environmental engineering, worked in collaboration with EPRI to develop a “safety-in-design” methodology that was adopted...

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Vanderbilt’s Frist Center for Autism & Innovation wins NSF grant to support neurodiverse engineering students in their education, careers

Aug. 4, 2022—The Vanderbilt School of Engineering’s Frist Center for Autism & Innovation, working in partnership with Fisk University, has won a $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a system of programs to support neurodiverse students in engineering majors and careers. The Autism Self-advocacy Center for Equity and Neurodiversity in Engineering (A-SCENE) at...

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