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School of Engineering issues one-year fee waiver for Ph.D. program applications

Dec. 1, 2023—The Vanderbilt School of Engineering announced that it is waiving the $95 application fee for candidates applying to its esteemed Ph.D. program for admission in Summer/Fall 2024 and Spring 2025. Those who have already paid the application fee will be given a full refund. All graduate programs in the School of Engineering will also continue...

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NIH grant supports wearable technology system to improve recovery from leg fractures

Nov. 21, 2023—Karl Zelik, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, is using wearable technology to explore better patient recovery methods from shinbone fractures and the surgeries required to repair them. The research team has received $2.7 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for this 5-year project. The study is a collaboration between Vanderbilt’s...

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Researchers’ breakthrough in thermal transport could enable novel cooling strategies

Nov. 10, 2023—Vanderbilt mechanical engineering professors Deyu Li and Josh Caldwell are part of a team of researchers who have discovered a new heat dissipation channel using phonon polaritons that could have extensive implications for novel cooling technologies in devices like smart phones and other modern electronics. The research was recently published in Nature under the title, “Remarkable...

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Tiny hairlike robots could transform treatment options for chronic lung diseases

Nov. 7, 2023—Vanderbilt scientists have created robotic cilia—similar to the vibrating hairlike structures responsible for moving viscous fluids in the lungs—that can clear mucus from airway stents used to treat conditions like lung cancer, cystic fibrosis (CF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The invention is the first of its kind and addresses the challenge of keeping...

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Vanderbilt engineering professor Joshua Caldwell elected Optica fellow

Nov. 2, 2023—Joshua Caldwell, a professor of mechanical engineering and director of Vanderbilt’s Interdisciplinary Materials Science (IMS) graduate program, has been elected to the 2024 Fellow Class of the Optica Society. Optica, formerly the Optical Society of America, is the preeminent professional society in the field of optics and photonics, with 22,000 members from 180 countries and 41 Nobel...

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VISE expands programming for summer research fellows

Nov. 1, 2023—This past summer, 13 Vanderbilt undergraduates were selected to work on projects focused on epilepsy, miniature soft climbing robots, stroke treatment, kidney disease research, cancer resection and surgical skill assessment as part of the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering’s Summer Fellows Program (VSF). Each students gained valuable research experience working in a VISE lab...

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Vanderbilt welcomes ORNL researchers for collaborative climate and justice workshop

Oct. 23, 2023—Vanderbilt hosted the Vanderbilt University–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Workshop on Climate Change and Environmental Justice on Oct. 9, welcoming ORNL researchers for a dynamic discussion on the climate change research the organizations are undertaking and to explore potential collaborations. The workshop, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation, was the...

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VISE-affiliated researchers conduct phase 1 trial of novel magnetic endoscope for colonoscopies

Oct. 19, 2023—The research team includes, left to right, Bruno Scaglioni, PhD; Keith Obstein MD, MPH; James Martin, PhD; Claire Landewee; Simone Calò, PhD; and Pietro Valdastri, PhD. (photo by Susan Urmy) by Jill Clendening A Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) research team is conducting the first phase 1 clinical trial of a magnetic, flexible...

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