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Chemical company exec to discuss sustainability in chemical, energy industries

Mar. 30, 2009—Dr. Jeffrey J. Siirola, Technology Fellow in the Eastman Research Division of Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tenn., will deliver the 2009 Tis Lahiri Memorial Seminar at Vanderbilt University. The seminar is sponsored by the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and will be held Monday, April 13, at 4:10 p.m. in Jacobs Believed in...

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering News Research

Ayo Ositelu named 2009 Young Alumni Trustee

Mar. 25, 2009—Senior Ayo Ositelu was recently named the 2009 Young Alumni Trustee on the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust. Ositelu is a biomedical engineering and mathematics double major from Indianapolis, Ind. A Chancellor Scholar, Ositelu also is president of the African Students Union, vice president of the Biomedical Engineering Society and Regional Academic Excellence Chair for...

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Alumni Biomedical Engineering News

Student’s dynamo-powered otoscope delights doctors

Feb. 24, 2009—In remote locations far from electricity and replacement batteries, a basic piece of medical exam equipment – the otoscope – can be useless. The importance of an otoscope extends beyond the general examination of eyes, ears and throats. Among other uses, it can help doctors see the borders of skin lesions and find infants’ small,...

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Alumni Biomedical Engineering News Research

Paschal’s New biomedical classes are ‘engineering in action’

Feb. 24, 2009—When Cynthia Paschal created a new biomedical engineering service-learning course last fall, she hoped that 15 students would enroll. For the spring 2009 follow-up, she hoped to have 12 students, which would be a manageable number to take on an international project in Guatemala for a week. Then 46 students registered for the fall semester...

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Alumni Biomedical Engineering News

12 BME students to spend week working in Guatemalan clinic, hospital

Feb. 24, 2009—  Twelve biomedical engineering students, their professor, and a former dean of the engineering school will spend spring break (Feb. 28-March 7) in Guatemala City. Follow them at this blog. The students are currently in Associate Professor Cynthia Paschal’s BME 290F class, Service Learning and Leadership. Paschal and the class will meet Ed White, dean...

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Biomedical Engineering News

VU to calculate carbon footprint

Feb. 23, 2009—Vanderbilt plans to calculate its carbon footprint this spring through a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Conducting this inventory is an ongoing part of Vanderbilt’s commitment to a sound environmental management system that ensures the safety, health, and sustainability of our campus, according to Cynthia Paschal, associate professor of biomedical engineering and chair-elect of the Faculty...

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Civil and Environmental Engineering News Research

Aerospace Club among 20 teams picked by NASA for April ‘launch initiative’

Feb. 23, 2009—Vanderbilt’s Aerospace Club is among 20 student teams selected by NASA from colleges and universities around the country to participate in NASA’s 2008-2009 University Student Launch Initiative April 18. The annual rocketry challenge will be held April 18 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Student teams will bring their rocket projects to...

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Alumni Mechanical Engineering News

Robots monitor emotional state of children

Feb. 19, 2009—The day that robot playmates help children with autism learn the social skills they naturally lack has come a step closer with the development of a system by Professor Nilanjan Sarkar that allows a robot to monitor a child’s emotional state. “There is a lot of research going on around the world today trying to...

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Alumni Mechanical Engineering News Research

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