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High blood pressure may accelerate bone aging according to new study led by Vanderbilt biomedical engineering graduate student

Sep. 7, 2022—When high blood pressure was induced in young mice, they had bone loss and osteoporosis-related bone damage comparable to older mice, according to new research presented today at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2022 conference, held Sept. 7-10, 2022, in San Diego. The meeting is the premier scientific exchange focused on recent advances...

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Caldwell, Landman win Chancellor’s Award for Research

Sep. 2, 2022—Engineering professors Joshua Caldwell and Bennett Landman won a Chancellor’s Award for Research at the 2022 Fall Faculty Assembly. Vanderbilt faculty marking 25 years of service to the university also were recognized, including five engineering professors. Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver and the Faculty Senate celebrated faculty achievements and...

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New teaching faculty add industry experience, academic expertise to engineering school

Sep. 1, 2022—Seven new teaching faculty members have joined the Vanderbilt School of Engineering for the 2022-2023 academic year, bringing industry experience—including from NASA and FedEx—as well as academic expertise, to enhance the classroom experience. “The newest members of our teaching faculty add a combination of real-world experience and academic expertise to further strengthen Vanderbilt’s distinguished instructional...

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Vanderbilt research shows how a gel that “melts” at cold temperatures can be used to start chemical reactions

Aug. 29, 2022—A new study by Vanderbilt researchers demonstrates the ability to initiate chemical reactions by cooling materials instead of heating them— a counterintuitive process that could open new vistas for applications ranging from monitoring shipping conditions to developing smart clothing that guards against dangerously low temperatures. The paper, published in August by the journal RSC Advances,...

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7 Questions with Bob Higgins, President and CEO of Barge Design Solutions

Aug. 22, 2022—As a child, Bob Higgins, BE’97, says he constantly asked his father the question: Why? While an intern with Barge Design Solutions, Higgins thought about the possibility of one day leading the design firm and pondered: Why not? Today, he is the president and CEO of Barge going on 13 years. He is also a member of...

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VUSE professor receives distinguished fellowship for leadership in engineering education, entrepreneurship

Aug. 22, 2022—Justin Baba, a research associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, is being recognized for his leadership in engineering education and entrepreneurship with an esteemed fellowship. Baba is among 21 individuals from 16 higher education institutions across the country to be named a 2022 Engineering Unleashed Fellow by the Kern Entrepreneurial...

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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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