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Brunger leads $1.5 million NSF project to develop advanced brain organoids

Jan. 7, 2021—Vanderbilt engineers have received a $1.49 million National Science Foundation grant to advance the science of organoids with cells that organize themselves and mimic development of human brain structures. Organoids are lab-produced groups of cells that serve as research models for human physiology in development and disease, including design and testing of drugs and other...

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Vanderbilt civil engineer partners with TDOT to seek ways to mitigate opioid epidemic

Jan. 6, 2021—One of the largest obstacles for patients seeking effective substance abuse treatment is a lack of transportation to the treatment facilities. Vanderbilt University researcher Janey Camp, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is working on a project to help clear those roadblocks. Janey Camp (Vanderbilt University) Camp is leading an 18-month, in-depth analysis of...

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Custom, virtual world highlights annual VISE symposium

Jan. 5, 2021—Interactive showcase remains open For the last eight years, on the second Wednesday in December, poster boards were set up at the crack of dawn in the lobby of Light Hall. Students, postdocs and faculty members would trickle in a few hours later to hang the poster themselves. By afternoon, the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery...

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Engineering Triple ’Dore selected for 2020 Student Media Hall of Fame class

Dec. 17, 2020—A Vanderbilt Television pioneer-turned-rocket scientist is one of five newest members of the Vanderbilt Student Media Hall of Fame. Patrick Taylor, credits his 12 continuous years of working in student media with helping launch his career at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation and Missile Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Taylor, a Triple ’Dore who...

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Neuroengineer joins School of Engineering Jan. 1, 2021

Dec. 16, 2020—Christos Constantinidis has been appointed professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering beginning Jan. 1, 2021. At Vanderbilt, he also will be a member of the university’s Brain Institute and the Vision Research Center. He joins the School of Engineering from the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Constantinidis’ research focuses on uncovering how neuronal activity...

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Engineering alumna Kimberly Robinson named U.S. Space & Rocket Center Executive Director and CEO

Dec. 15, 2020—Kimberly Robinson, a 31-year NASA veteran, has been named the executive director and CEO of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission said she will begin her new role Feb. 15, 2021. “I look forward to joining the remarkable team at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to inspire our...

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Computer science team wins global contest with AI model that translates English to code

Dec. 14, 2020—IBM will use Vanderbilt model as end-user scripting assistant in its open-source Command Line AI Project One day, a deep learning model will translate the sentence you type in English to computer code that will accomplish what you stated in the sentence. A team of Vanderbilt computer scientists has shortened the distance with a top...

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Engineering school’s three new endowed fellowships support researchers, faculty recruitment

Dec. 8, 2020—Through a Faculty Fellowship Challenge, donors have established endowments that will support rising faculty talent in the School of Engineering. Sally Baker Hopkins, BE’78, and David L. Hopkins, Caroline and Jack P. Williams Jr., BE’86, and Laura J. and William W. Hoy Jr., BA’64, have provided support for faculty fellowships that will receive a match...

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