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COVID on Twitter: town vs. country

Apr. 11, 2023—by Paul Govern Reported in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, a statistical analysis of sentiments expressed online by U.S. Twitter users captures the rural-urban divide regarding COVID-19. Google software engineer Yongtai Liu, PhD’22 in computer science; Bradley Malin, professor of biomedical informatics and computer science, and colleagues created a natural language processing system backed by artificial intelligence to...

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Provost commissions Women in STEM Initiative, 3 in engineering appointed to committee

Apr. 10, 2023—A new Women in STEM Initiative will address the need for a larger and more skilled U.S. workforce in science, engineering and math by inspiring, supporting and mentoring young women to develop their fullest potential within those fields. Launched by the Office of the Provost, the initiative builds on Vanderbilt’s partnership with the STEMM Opportunity...

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Engineering school announces 2023 alumni honorees, distinguished friends

Apr. 7, 2023—Two business leaders and a retired Navy Vice Admiral will join the School of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni, and two business professionals associated with the school have been named a Distinguished Friend of the school. They will be recognized in an induction ceremony at an April 20 Engineering Celebration Dinner. The five honorees are...

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Vanderbilt’s Shihong Lin wins Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize

Apr. 7, 2023—Shihong Lin, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Lin was honored alongside three other researchers. Shihong Lin (Vanderbilt University) The Huber Prize, named after former ASCE president Walter L. Huber, is given to researchers based on...

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Churchwell named to national list of top Black health care leaders

Apr. 6, 2023—by Kathy Whitney André Churchwell, MD, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2023 edition of the “Black health care leaders to know” list. The list acknowledges that “diversity in leadership, particularly at the executive level, lends health care organizations a broader perspective and a deeper understanding of their clients and employees. The leaders featured...

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Vanderbilt’s Data Science Institute is hosting free AI Summer workshop

Apr. 6, 2023—The Data Science Institute is offering a free summer workshop designed to help researchers, educators, and students gain a deep understanding of the latest AI technologies and techniques, specifically deep learning and transformers, and how they can be used to solve a variety of problems. Generative AI has exploded since the release of ChatGPT in November....

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Vanderbilt Engineering Professor Emeritus Richard Shiavi dies at age 80

Apr. 5, 2023—Richard Shiavi, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Emeritus and Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus, has died at the age of 80. Shiavi passed away on Friday, March 31, surrounded by his family. Shiavi joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1972. For 20 years, he was active in biomedical engineering research at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in...

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Innovative engineering method could help defang COVID-19 virus of its spike proteins, leading to new prevention options

Apr. 5, 2023—Two Vanderbilt engineering professors could revolutionize the treatment of COVID-19 and related viral infections through research using nanotechnology to remove spike proteins from the viruses. Michael R. King, J. Lawrence Wilson Professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Zhenjiang Zhang, research assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, discuss the innovative approach in their...

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