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Rebuilding concrete – Sanchez to help lead $6.7 million Hong Kong research project

Aug. 15, 2018—The Hong Kong Research Grants Council, which is equivalent to the U.S. National Science Foundation, has awarded a $6.7 million, five-year grant to a multi-university team of experts in materials science, chemistry, civil engineering, material deterioration, complex modeling, and other specialties. Florence Sanchez, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt School of Engineering,...

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Vanderbilt Data Science Institute launched

Aug. 13, 2018—Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Susan R. Wente (Vanderbilt University) Schmidt is co-director; Baroud on executive committee Vanderbilt has established the Data Science Institute to advance foundational research and data science skills across campus and to leverage the university’s collaborative culture. The new trans-institutional institute, one of several recommendations outlined in a May...

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Enzyme helps build motor that drives neuron death

Aug. 6, 2018—A biochemistry instructor curious about an enzyme discovered in the damaged neurons of people with multiple sclerosis made a leap toward a potential cure for countless neurodegenerative ills. Vanderbilt University’s Amrita Pathak, working with Bruce D. Carter, biochemistry professor and associate director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, found that the enzyme histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1),...

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Vanderbilt engineers’ smart grid platform joins new Linux Foundation energy project

Jul. 26, 2018—Vanderbilt University is the first academic partner to join a new effort by The Linux Foundation to advance open source innovation in the energy and electricity sectors, contributing both deep expertise and a platform for smart grid applications LF Energy also has support from Europe’s largest transmission power systems provider, a network that represents 43...

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Safe solid-state lithium batteries herald ‘paradigm shift’ in energy storage

Jul. 19, 2018—The race to produce safe, powerful and affordable solid-state lithium batteries is accelerating and recent announcements about game-changing research using a solid non-flammable ceramic electrolyte known as garnet has some in the race calling it revolutionary. “This is a paradigm shift in energy storage,” said Kelsey Hatzell, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. A paper –...

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Doug Schmidt named associate provost for research development and technologies

Jul. 12, 2018—Doug Schmidt (Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt) Research technology expert and computer scientist Douglas C. Schmidt has been appointed associate provost for research development and technologies by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente. Schmidt will work with faculty and leaders across campus to enhance Vanderbilt’s efforts to support and advance research technologies applied by...

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Vanderbilt engineer to participate in NAE’s Frontiers of Engineering symposium

Jul. 11, 2018—A Vanderbilt University engineering professor has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s 24th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium Sept. 5-7 in Lexington, Mass. Brett Byram, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is one of 84 engineering researchers chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants – ages 35 to 45...

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The ‘shine’ in gold particles has a new use – finding defects

Jul. 11, 2018—That glint of gold has always captured our eyes, but now the precious metal has a new use – finding defects in 3D printing. Vanderbilt researchers have developed a technique for gold to actually ‘shine’ inside 3D printed parts to highlight any problems. “This is one of the first applications using gold for defect detection....

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