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GPS co-creator is E-Week speaker at engineering school

Jan. 28, 2020—The chief engineer for design and development of the Global Positioning System and its atomic clocks will visit the School of Engineering as part of 2020 National Engineers Week events, Feb. 17-21, at Vanderbilt University. Hugo Fruehauf, one of four engineers who created the Global Positioning System, will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 4...

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Film Detective helps kids with autism interpret actors’ actions

Jan. 27, 2020—  Elementary school teachers seemed particularly excited about Film Detective, a game to help adolescents on the autism spectrum learn to decode social scenarios, at the 7th annual ED Games Expo Jan. 9 in Washington, D.C. “They liked how engaging the game is, using television and movie clips as our instructional content,” said Maithilee Kunda,...

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A path toward shapeshifting new materials—Engineering’s Hall Lecture Feb. 12

Jan. 24, 2020—Next-generation materials will be defined by their ability to adapt, change their properties, change their shape—shapeshifters. “We want to be able to make material that can flow when it wants to flow, that can be rigid when it needs to be rigid, that can appear one way or appear another way,” said Sharon Glotzer, John...

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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 and Innovation 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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