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BME students repair medical devices at Guatemala hospitals during spring break

Mar. 19, 2018—An anesthesia vaporizer that doesn’t deliver enough anesthesia; a rattling infant incubator with a tilted impeller; an infusion pump stuck in permanent “hold” mode; and a room filled with hundreds of medical devices needing attention are not typical spring break fare for university students. But this wasn’t a typical spring break trip. A dozen Vanderbilt...

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Vanderbilt’s Cummings to receive FOMMS 2018 Founders Medal

Mar. 19, 2018—Peter Cummings, John R. Hall Professor and associate dean for research, will receive the 2018 FOMMS Medal in July at the seventh triennial Foundations of Molecular Modeling and Simulation conference where he will deliver the FOMMS Medal Lecture. The FOMMS Medal honors profound and lasting contributions by one or more individuals to the development of...

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iSeminar offers personal view of Nashville history, changes as part of deep dive into cities

Mar. 15, 2018—Steve Turner (BA‘69) was a student of cities long before Nashville became a hip place to visit as well as live. He and his wife Judy envied the European lifestyle where city residents worked at their street-level shops or businesses and lived upstairs. That historic model, born of convenience if not necessity, created vibrant urban...

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SPIE Medical Imaging conference gives students new perspective – as presenters

Mar. 8, 2018—Engineering graduate students who made presentations at SPIE Medical Imaging 2018 expected some performance jitters and anxiety about what their peers at this premier academic gathering thought of their work. What they may not have expected is the collegial give-and-take following their talks that sowed the seeds for new research avenues. Participating at such a...

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Venture capitalist Bruce Evans shares entrepreneurial fundraising advice at Chambers Lecture

Mar. 2, 2018—Every startup company begins with an idea, but as a group of aspiring entrepreneurs at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering learned Feb. 26, it is the funding behind the idea that ultimately determines success. As part of the Spring 2018 Chambers Family Entrepreneurial Lecture, alumnus Bruce R. Evans, BE’81, senior adviser and chairman of Boston-based...

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Creativity, curiosity, community on display during E-Week 2018

Feb. 25, 2018—New events, student organizations, and challenges highlighted E-Week 2018, a lineup designed to spark interest in engineering and remind students what got them excited about studying engineering in the first place. The Engineering Council, which pulls the week together each year, added daily scavenger hunts with prizes on Snapchat. Themed Entertainment Association at Vanderbilt, a new...

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VINSE director Rosenthal honored for achievements in chemistry, STEM education

Feb. 22, 2018—Sandra Rosenthal, the Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, has been named the winner of this year’s Charles H. Herty Medal by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society. The award is given to recognize outstanding chemists in the Southeast U.S. who...

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Spinach protein and blackberry dye give juice to biohybrid solar cells

Feb. 20, 2018—Berries really do pack extra punch – increasing the voltage of spinach-derived biohybrid solar cells developed by Vanderbilt researchers by up to a factor of 20. The interdisciplinary team discovered that combining a natural dye from blackberries with photosynthetic proteins extracted from spinach leaves creates a device that can produce vastly more voltage than a...

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