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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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Mechanical engineering student dives into conservation with Seychelles internship

Jul. 9, 2018—Jillian Bremner is steering beyond her academic focus this summer to explore her passions for scuba diving and ocean conservation, with the aim of eventually combining engineering with a marine career. A rising junior mechanical engineering major from Colorado, Bremner is spending eight weeks volunteering for Global Vision International (GVI) on the island of Mahe...

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NSF I-Corps program gives boost to commercializing prosthetic ankle

Jul. 9, 2018—The first team to finish the National Science Foundation’s National Innovation Corps program from Vanderbilt University’s new I-Corps site is planning to take its smart prosthetic ankle to market. Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics, graduate student Harrison Bartlett and postdoctoral scholar Brian Lawson...

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