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Two Vanderbilt biomedical engineers to lead prestigious academic societies

Oct. 25, 2021—Two outstanding scholars in the same engineering department have been elected presidents of distinguished academic societies. Anita Mahadevan-Jansen is president elect of SPIE. Cynthia Reinhart-King is president elect of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

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Meet the new faculty

Oct. 22, 2021—The School of Engineering hired 10 new CS faculty in the first year of Destination: Computer Science, a multi-year recruitment initiative.

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Decarbonization of U.S. waterways poses unique challenges

Oct. 21, 2021—Landmark study looks at alternative fuels, future propulsion technologies Compared to rail and truck, the U.S. inland waterway system is the least carbon-intense and most fuel-efficient mode of moving cargo and freight—by several orders of magnitude. Even then, the inland shipping sector contributes an estimated 6.2 million tons of C02 each year. The UN International...

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Headband device developed for home use with young ADHD patients

Oct. 21, 2021—A Vanderbilt biomedical engineering professor has developed a prototype headband to measure brain activity that could have widespread application in studying and ultimately treating ADHD and other neurological disorders. The device is lightweight, portable, and inexpensive to construct. Prototype components cost less than $250, compared to costs exceeding $10,000 for commercial systems. Audrey Bowden Dorothy...

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Immersive clinical training elevates engineering PhD programs

Oct. 21, 2021—VISE alumni positioned to transform medical procedures In working with clinicians, Winona Richey gained big-picture knowledge of workflow, patient experience and existing technology in the operating room. The interactions sparked ideas to improve tumor marking and surgery for breast cancer. Carli DeJulius shadowed a rheumatologist and multiple orthopedic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center clinics...

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Team to engineer algae for more productive biofuel potential

Oct. 19, 2021—Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, holds great promise for biofuel production because the free fatty acids they secrete are more easily recovered than those typically produced by green algae. Such fatty acids, or lipids, are readily converted into fuels. With a new $1.5 million Department of Energy grant, a three-institution team led by Professor of Chemical...

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Biomedical engineers demonstrate potential for first clinically successful osteoarthritis drug

Oct. 19, 2021—Vanderbilt biomedical engineers have demonstrated the potential for the first clinically available osteoarthritis drug that interrupts the disease process rather than solely managing the pain it causes. The group used “packages” of engineered nanoparticles to sustainably deliver a type of RNA to the cells in the joint over time after treatment. With this technique, a...

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Coursework, mentors, and career development emphasis fuel internship success

Oct. 19, 2021—Hannah Farley, CS ’23, talks about her internship at SiriusXM and Pandora and how her time at the School of Engineering set her up to succeed.

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