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Sophomore sets up volunteer grocery shopping and delivery service

Mar. 30, 2020—Connor Oltman knew he’d need activities beyond engineering classes and labs to keep him busy when he got home to Cypress, a small city in Orange County, California. Even as Vanderbilt’s residence halls were closing and the business of educating moved online, Connor put the word out – he was willing to buy and deliver...

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BME class repairs medical equipment at 3 hospitals in Guatemala

Mar. 25, 2020—For a class of biomedical engineering undergraduates spring break was about frayed wires, disconnected connectors and malfunctioning monitors rather than sun, sand and surf. A dozen students spent the week in Guatemala repairing medical equipment at hospitals as part of a service learning class taught by Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Cynthia Paschal, associate...

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Two new endowed chair recipients in engineering honored at celebration

Feb. 28, 2020—Two engineering faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored for their academic achievements during a celebration Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Student Life Center. They were among nine Vanderbilt faculty members who are recipients of chairs. The engineering professors are: Craig Duvall, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Engineering Nilanjan Sarkar, David K. Wilson Chair in...

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Vanderbilt engineers mine EMRs and clinical journals for novel disease associations and new research paths

Feb. 18, 2020—The idea of simultaneously analyzing medical diagnosis codes with electronic medical records has been much like knowing valuable treasure is buried under miles of rock but lacking the tools to mine it. The payoff—connections that may detect disease earlier and identify new research paths—has tantalized engineers and clinicians alike, remaining largely out of reach. But...

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Engineers advance efforts to speed blood test results

Jan. 13, 2020—Vanderbilt engineers are working on a process that ultimately may allow patients to get blood test results fast. The process involves automating the duplication process of a person’s DNA to bring DNA levels up to the point where they can be detected. Identified by Mindy Leelawong, biomedical engineering research assistant professor, unconventional dyes eliminate certain...

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Music takes engineering major into the lab and across the country

Dec. 18, 2019—When biomedical engineering major Brett Koolik first started learning piano as a child, he wasn’t motivated solely by his love of music. He also wanted to figure out how a piano works. The Boca Raton, Florida, native has been passionate about making music and making discoveries in science and engineering ever since. At Vanderbilt, he...

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Gore named to committee on worker health overseas

Dec. 12, 2019—John Gore, director of the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science, has been appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine standing committee to advise the Department of State on unexplained health effects on U.S. government employees and their families at overseas embassies. The committee was assembled following concerns surrounding a 2018 report...

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Popular class makes a difference-for a young boy, a local company and Cheekwood

Dec. 12, 2019—Making things is cool. Making things that solve a problem, improve a life and make a difference is even better. Students in “How to Make (Almost) Anything” recently presented their final projects for clients with wildly diverse needs. Among them: A young boy with one leg eight inches shorter than the other needed a way...

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