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Four PhD students win prestigious Eisenhower transportation fellowships

Jan. 24, 2019—  Four engineering Ph.D. students have received prestigious Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships, a showing that highlights Vanderbilt’s flourishing position as an epicenter of connected cities and transit research. 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...

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Vanderbilt makeathon helps Hawaii youngster create custom guitar pick holder

Jan. 23, 2019—Tikkun Olam Makers complete 14 design projects in 48 hours Linden strummed a guitar in the lobby of the Engineering and Science Building. The prototype of a custom guitar pick holder for his finger worked great. Zion whirled his wheelchair and kicked a round rugby ball to his TOM teammates in the ESB lobby. His...

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Labels like ‘Asian fail’ and ‘Black genius’ are no joke for STEM students of color: report

Jan. 23, 2019—Racialized terms like “Asian fail” and “Black genius” are proving detrimental both physically and emotionally for students of color according to a new NSF report. (iStock) A new National Science Foundation-funded report published in AERA Open documents the negative effects labels and stereotypes are having on high-achieving Asian and Black college students. Vanderbilt professor Ebony...

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Engineering alum is commander of Seabees, Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officers School

Jan. 22, 2019—In a change of command ceremony in Port Hueneme, California, Capt. Christopher M. Kurgan (BE’90) became commanding officer for the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering and the Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officers School at Naval Base Ventura County. After assuming command in August 2018, Kurgan spoke of his plans to further innovation and the...

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Nanoparticle targets tumor-infiltrating immune cells, flips switch telling them to fight

Jan. 21, 2019—New research builds on Nobel-winning immune checkpoint blockade work Immunotherapy’s promise in the fight against cancer drew international attention after two scientists won a Nobel Prize this year for unleashing the ability of the immune system to eliminate tumor cells. But their approach, which keeps cancer cells from shutting off the immune system’s powerful T-cells...

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Weekend inventors will build tech for people with disabilities

Jan. 18, 2019—Tikkun Olam Makers at Vanderbilt to host 48-hour makeathon starting today Teams of makers will race the clock this weekend to create innovative solutions to the problems facing those living with disabilities in Nashville and beyond. Beginning Friday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m., 14 teams will have 48 hours to “make a difference” as part...

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Engineering and Science building recognized for green design

Jan. 18, 2019—The Engineering and Science Building has been awarded gold LEED status by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, status is the rating system used to rank buildings of all types as certified, silver, gold or platinum based on the building’s environmental and cost-saving green features. “Receiving gold status...

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Stress fractures and running wearables: The mistake that could mean injuries

Jan. 17, 2019—Engineer, NFL Players Association adviser find issue with running sensors It starts as a persistent and irritating pain in the foot or lower leg, then it gets more intense, maybe with swelling, and soon a runner knows she’s being sidelined by one of the most common running injuries: a stress fracture. These tiny cracks in...

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