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Vanderbilt engineering tech uses elephant poachers’ own weapons against them

Jun. 7, 2017—Anti-poaching authorities will soon have a powerful new weapon in their arsenal – high-tech ballistic shockwave sensors under development at Vanderbilt School of Engineering. The new system, to be integrated with existing commercial tracking collars, would be the first use of shockwave detection technology in the intensified push to thwart illegal trafficking and save endangered...

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Understanding robotic exosuit-human interaction will boost health and performance

Jun. 1, 2017—Team led by Vanderbilt researchers develops new, quicker method to measure energy transfer between assistive devices and people wearing them That robotic exoskeletons can improve mobility of people with disabilities and enhance human performance is widely understood. The same has not yet been true for how to best measure and optimize the interactions between individuals...

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fMRI maps electrical activity in brain as precisely as more invasive methods, study finds

May. 31, 2017—A commonly used brain scanning technique can map electrical activity under the skull as precisely as more invasive methods that rely on probes or electrodes, according to a research team led by John Gore, director of the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science and professor of biomedical engineering. The study supports the potential usefulness of...

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Interdisciplinary NetsBlox project makes computer programming intuitive

May. 30, 2017—Vanderbilt University Professor of Computer Engineering Akos Ledeczi doesn’t want everyone to become a programmer. But understanding how computers think, interact, and do what we want them to do – those are 21st century skills, he said. In NetsBlox, a visual programming environment, Ledeczi and an interdisciplinary team are developing a teaching tool that introduces...

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BME alumna honored with state STEM advocate award

May. 29, 2017—Biomedical engineering alumna Stacy Klein-Gardner received the 2017 STEM Advocate Award May 24 from the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. She is one of four winners the TSIN will honor with excellence awards that recognize outstanding teachers, leaders, and advocates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Klein-Gardner is the director of...

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Three postdocs to work with engineering faculty as Academic Pathways Fellows

May. 22, 2017—Three of seven scholars in the first cohort of Vanderbilt’s Academic Pathways Fellows will be working with School of Engineering faculty members. The postdoctoral program addresses the acute need for greater diversity in the professoriate by offering a specialized experience for new Ph.Ds from underrepresented backgrounds. They will receive enhanced teaching and professional development opportunities geared...

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Engineering researchers represent Vanderbilt at D.C. expo of NSF-funded projects

May. 19, 2017—Two School of Engineering researchers represented Vanderbilt in Washington D.C. this week at a showcase on Capitol Hill exhibiting projects that were funded by the National Science Foundation. Cary Pint, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Anna Douglas, an interdisciplinary materials science Ph.D. student, also met with staff from six Tennessee Congressional offices, including the...

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Novel nanotube approach earns grad student coveted spot in ORNL innovation program

May. 18, 2017—An interdisciplinary materials science graduate student has been selected for a prestigious entrepreneurship program to scale and commercialize a revolutionary method of carbon nanotube production. Anna Douglas is one of five entrepreneurs selected for the inaugural cohort of the Department of Energy Innovation Crossroads program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The accelerator program includes...

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