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Study links Celebrex, heart valve calcification after earlier research declared drug safe

Feb. 22, 2019—A well-known, four-year study found popular arthritis drug Celebrex no more dangerous for the heart than older drugs in its same classification – commonly called NSAIDs. Now, a big-data analysis of patient records at Vanderbilt University has found a link specifically between Celebrex and heart valve calcification. W. David Merryman, professor of biomedical engineering, and...

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First step toward model brain: turning iPSCs into working blood-brain barrier

Feb. 21, 2019—Vanderbilt University engineering researchers took a major step toward building a “brain in a dish:” They cultured induced pluripotent stem cells into a successful three-dimensional blood-brain barrier model. The future of drug testing and disease research lies in creating organoids, or models of human organs, to determine efficacy and potency of medications. Duplicating the endothelial...

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Disney-themed Engineers Week promotes the importance of imagination

Feb. 15, 2019—Vanderbilt Engineers Week 2019 – February 18-22 – is spreading a little magic through more than a dozen activities during the annual five-day celebration of engineering education. “We decided to go with a Disney theme because we think Disney really brings out our inner child and stresses the importance of imagination,” said Stephanie Wang, Engineering...

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Fauchet advocates for STEM education and federal research support

Feb. 11, 2019—Left to right: Interim Dean Mark Dean (UT-Knoxville), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN05), Dean Richard Sweigard (University of Memphis) and Dean Philippe Fauchet (Vanderbilt). By Heather Bloemhard School of Engineering Dean Philippe Fauchet, who holds the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean’s Chair in Engineering, was in Washington, D.C., last week to advocate for federal support of...

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U.S. Army Engineer R&D Center chief scientist to give Parker Lecture Feb. 5

Feb. 1, 2019—David W. Pittman of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will discuss “Environmental Engineering and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center” on Tuesday, Feb. 5, as part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Frank L. Parker Distinguished Professor Lecture Series. The talk will begin at 4:10 p.m. in Jacobs Believed in...

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Vanderbilt team wins $750K with AI to manage RF spectrum

Jan. 29, 2019—Vanderbilt team MarmotE cleared Phase 2 of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Spectrum Collaboration Challenge held in December at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. With no real estate left to expand the radio spectrum, DARPA’s challenge seeks machine-learning algorithms to sort out frequency priorities based on urgency – emergency and critical...

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Vanderbilt Boot Camp addresses workplace shortage as Nashville emerges as new tech hub

Jan. 29, 2019—The following is an excerpt from a Jan. 23, 2019, article – Why Build a Boot Camp? –  in Campus Technology by Dian Schafhauser.  When Doug Schmidt persuaded his institution to sign on with Trilogy Education Services to launch the Vanderbilt University Coding Boot Camp, he considered it one more step forward in a 16-year...

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Vanderbilt makeathon helps Hawaii youngster create custom guitar pick holder

Jan. 23, 2019—Tikkun Olam Makers complete 14 design projects in 48 hours Linden strummed a guitar in the lobby of the Engineering and Science Building. The prototype of a custom guitar pick holder for his finger worked great. Zion whirled his wheelchair and kicked a round rugby ball to his TOM teammates in the ESB lobby. His...

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