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Vanderbilt, Ohio State to develop social robots to encourage activity among older adults

Jun. 18, 2020—Researchers from Vanderbilt University and The Ohio State University are teaming up to develop next-generation robotic technology that can help older adults living with forms of dementia through a grant from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. The five-year grant, totaling $3.13 million, will support research and development of robotic...

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$3.3 million project aims to transform grid management with risk metrics for renewables

Jun. 17, 2020—The U.S. electricity market has never been simple but it has relied on highly predictable models. Loads are high during very hot and very cold months. Residential loads are lower during the day when many people are at workplaces outside their homes. Even then, the price for electricity on the wholesale market fluctuates every five...

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Engineers advance insights on black phosphorus as a material for future ultra-low power flexible electronics

Jun. 16, 2020—Black phosphorus is a crystalline material that is attracting growing research interest from semiconductor device engineers, chemists and material scientists to create high-quality atomically thin films. From the perspective of a 2D layered material, black phosphorus shows promise for applications in next-generation flexible electronics that could enable advances in semiconductors, medical imaging, night vision and...

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Breast cancer vaccine research delivers promising results

Jun. 11, 2020—By Marissa Shapiro With a surprisingly simple approach in which cancer cells are first grown, ruptured and converted into nanoparticles, and then used as a vaccine, Vanderbilt researchers have developed what appears to be a promising treatment for breast cancer metastasis. Research led by Jenna Dombroski, Ph.D. student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow...

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Vanderbilt partners with NSF’s E4USA to bring engineering to Tennessee high schools

Jun. 11, 2020—Vanderbilt one of 5 U.S. universities to initiate program; 4 state high schools to join next year Engineering for US All, a national initiative to bring engineering courses to high school students, is expanding its reach for the 2020-2021 academic year. E4USA, supported by a National Science Foundation grant, will quintuple its impact with 27...

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2U $3 million scholarship fund to expand access to tech boot camps

Jun. 10, 2020—2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology, in partnership with more than 30 top non-profit universities nationwide, today announced the launch of a $3M scholarship fund designed to expand access to critical tech training boot camps for historically underrepresented candidates experiencing job loss or financial hardship. Participating programs include boot camps offered by Vanderbilt University School of...

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Transportation lab predicts “extreme traffic” for some cities following COVID-19

Jun. 8, 2020—By Marissa Shapiro As communities and cities across America embark on paths for reopening, a transportation group at Vanderbilt is asking the question: What will traffic look like if transit riders become car drivers? A new article, published online by the Work Research Group at Vanderbilt, takes a hard look at transportation modes during and...

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Statement from Vice Provost for Academic Advancement William H. Robinson regarding the violence against Black people

Jun. 5, 2020—The untimely and violent death of George Floyd has weighed heavily on my mind, as it has for many members of our community. It has brought up a confluence of feelings, memories and responses—from friends, scholars, colleagues and certainly within myself. Mr. Floyd’s death has also served as a “clarion call”—an unmissable sign that indicates...

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