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VISE researchers receive $3.1M grant for customizable cochlear implant programming

Jun. 26, 2020—By Michelle Bukowski A team of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers has received a $3.1 million NIH grant to develop advanced patient-specific cochlear implant stimulation models for customized implant programming. Traditional cochlear implant programming is done by expert audiologists using a guess-and-check approach based on subjective patient feedback regarding sound quality as...

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Engineering grad student shares how she handles stress during COVID-19

Jun. 25, 2020—How does a Vanderbilt chemical engineering graduate student navigate her world during a global pandemic? She keeps regular meetings, sets mini-deadlines for herself, and she cooks. Kazi Tasneem, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is featured in a Society of Women Engineers short-form blog series—Engineering in Crisis—on how SWE members...

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Data Science Institute big data model to help Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital prepare for patient needs during pandemic and beyond

Jun. 24, 2020—Vanderbilt’s Data Science Institute researchers are developing a model to use big data to address the impact of COVID-19 on policies, procedures, and resources now and in the future. The tool will help Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt evaluate short- and long-term resource needs in order to be fully prepared to meet patients’ needs as...

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BOV member Tamara Baynham to receive Vanderbilt Alumni Association’s 2020 volunteer award

Jun. 23, 2020—A dedicated volunteer leader, Tamara Baynham, BE’93, will receive the 2020 Alumni Volunteer Award, announced by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors. Baynham has served as president of the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni, on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and on the School of Engineering Board of Visitors. She also has volunteered for Reunion,...

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Vanderbilt engineer leads effort to define the pathways for solid-state battery development

Jun. 22, 2020—By Marissa Shapiro As society moves toward a future of renewable energy around the world, a vision is emerging of safe, energy-dense batteries that will allow electric vehicles to travel longer distances on a single charge, as well as decentralized grids to store massive amounts of energy to power entire communities. The development of solid-state...

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Breast cancer vaccine research delivers promising results

Jun. 11, 2020—By Marissa Shapiro With a surprisingly simple approach in which cancer cells are first grown, ruptured and converted into nanoparticles, and then used as a vaccine, Vanderbilt researchers have developed what appears to be a promising treatment for breast cancer metastasis. Research led by Jenna Dombroski, Ph.D. student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow...

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Vanderbilt partners with NSF’s E4USA to bring engineering to Tennessee high schools

Jun. 11, 2020—Vanderbilt one of 5 U.S. universities to initiate program; 4 state high schools to join next year Engineering for US All, a national initiative to bring engineering courses to high school students, is expanding its reach for the 2020-2021 academic year. E4USA, supported by a National Science Foundation grant, will quintuple its impact with 27...

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Statement from Vice Provost for Academic Advancement William H. Robinson regarding the violence against Black people

Jun. 5, 2020—The untimely and violent death of George Floyd has weighed heavily on my mind, as it has for many members of our community. It has brought up a confluence of feelings, memories and responses—from friends, scholars, colleagues and certainly within myself. Mr. Floyd’s death has also served as a “clarion call”—an unmissable sign that indicates...

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