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Vanderbilt researcher receives $2.5 million NSF grant to establish Climate Leaders Academy

Sep. 23, 2022—Leah Dundon, research assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a $2.5 million NSF grant to establish a Climate Leaders Academy at Vanderbilt that will support students learning about climate change from a range of perspectives and include participation at the annual United Nations climate change conferences, known as COPs. The Climate...

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Nanoengineering may hold the key to developing more effective, safer treatments for a deadly childhood cancer

Sep. 15, 2022—Neuroblastoma is one of the most common—and lethal—forms of childhood cancer, accounting for 15 percent of pediatric cancer deaths each year. (Despite the name, neuroblastoma is not a form of brain cancer; it typically consists of tumors found in the abdomen, chest, neck, pelvis and bones.) Currently, children with neuroblastoma are treated with aggressive forms...

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Vanderbilt engineering professor to use $3 million grant to develop technology to help cancer patients better fight disease

Sep. 6, 2022—John Wilson, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Vanderbilt University, has received a $3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop technology that seeks to boost a person’s immune system to better fight cancer. Wilson is the Principal Investigator of the five-year grant. He specializes in the study of cancer immunotherapy...

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Vanderbilt professor to use portion of $2.3 million grant on robot technology to help patients avoid invasive colectomies

Aug. 25, 2022—Robert J. Webster III, Richard A. Schroeder Professor of Mechanical Engineering and associate professor of medicine and urology at Vanderbilt University, is part of a collaborative team that has received a more than $2.3 million grant to further develop technology that seeks to prevent patients from having invasive colectomies by using steerable robot-like instruments. Under his...

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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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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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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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Artificial intelligence researchers win international “social good” award for tool designed to optimize childhood vaccinations in Nigeria

Jul. 29, 2022—A team of Vanderbilt computer scientists, working in collaboration with Google Research and a global aid organization, HelpMum, received top honors in the “social good” category for a paper describing a new tool designed to optimize childhood health and wellness in Nigeria at the 2022 International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI). Institute for Software...

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