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Five graduate students named Eisenhower Fellows

Jan. 21, 2020—Five engineering Ph.D. students have received prestigious Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships and one of them was named the top Eisenhower Fellow in the U.S. The fellows were selected through a competitive process that included university panels and a national selection panel. The awards, up to $30,000 each, are made by the U.S. Department of...

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Molecular Physics honors Peter Cummings as a ‘scientific force’ over four decades

Jan. 17, 2020—While others may have opened somewhat traditional gifts during the 2019 holiday season, Peter Cummings received an extraordinary one:  A singular issue of Molecular Physics, Volume 117, numbers 23-24, honoring him on his 65th birthday and recognizing him as “a constantly innovating scientific force” in molecular theory and molecular simulation for more than four decades....

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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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Kidambi receives NSF Early Career Award to support atomically thin membrane research

Jan. 10, 2020—Piran Kidambi has received a 2020 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant. The five-year, $500,000 grant—Deconstructing Proton Transport through Atomically Thin Membranes—begins July 1, 2020. Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, will use the award to support his research on membrane technology. His work focuses on  atomically-thin two-dimensional materials that allow...

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TEDx Talk highlights Frist Center for Autism work

Jan. 9, 2020—This past November, Frist Center for Autism and Innovation communications coordinator Claire Barnett spoke at TEDxVanderbilt about autistic employment. Her talk, titled “Why autistic unemployment is so high – and what we can do about it,” explores several reasons that autistic adults struggle to obtain meaningful work. Barnett also discusses the steps that both businesses...

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Experiments into amorphous carbon monolayer lend new evidence to physics debate

Jan. 8, 2020—Plastic, glass and gels, also known as bulk amorphous materials, are everyday objects to all of us. But for researchers, these materials have long been scientific enigmas – specifically when it comes to their atomic makeup, which lacks the strict ordered structure of crystals found in most solids such as metals, diamonds and salts. Although...

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Engineering alumnus and Uber product leader named to 2020 Forbes’ list of 30 Under 30

Jan. 7, 2020—Engineering alumnus Nikhil Goel, BE’13, has been selected for the 2020 Forbes “30 Under 30.” The list highlights “600 revolutionaries in 20 industries changing the course—and the face—of business and society.” Goel is the head of product at Uber Elevate, a division that he co-founded after working on Uber’s emerging markets team. According to Forbes, he...

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Two CS professors awarded Provost Research Studios for 2019-20

Jan. 6, 2020—Matthew Berger and Ipek Oguz, assistant professors of computer science and computer engineering, have received a Provost Research Studio for the 2019-20 academic year. They are among 13 outstanding full-time faculty from across the university to receive this additional support for professional development. Provost Research Studios are targeted for a critical time in the faculty...

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