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BME team develops quick DNA test for malaria drug resistance

Jun. 13, 2019—One of the keys to quickly diagnosing anti-malarial drug resistance — potentially saving lives — lies in testing whole blood instead of extracting DNA, eliminating processing steps that can take hours or days. A team of Vanderbilt University biomedical engineers cracked the code to doing just that and are working on applying the method to...

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Data Science Institute welcomes first cohort of undergraduate summer research fellows

Jun. 13, 2019—The Data Science Institute Summer Research Program aims to engage students who are interested in data science-related research with Vanderbilt faculty. (Vanderbilt University) The Vanderbilt Data Science Institute welcomed its first cohort of undergraduate summer research fellows in early June. The Data Science Institute Summer Research Program aims to engage students who are interested in...

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iPhone plus nanoscale porous silicon equals cheap, simple home diagnostics

Jun. 12, 2019—The simplest home medical tests might look like a deck of various silicon chips coated in special film, one that could detect drugs in the blood, another for proteins in the urine indicating infection, another for bacteria in water and the like. Add the bodily fluid you want to test, take a picture with your...

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New leadership announced for the Wond’ry

Jun. 7, 2019—David A. Owens (Vanderbilt University) David A. Owens, a leading thinker on innovation and new product development and Owen Graduate School of Management faculty member, has been named the Evans Family Executive Director of the Wond’ry. Owens is a professor of the practice of management and innovation and succeeds Robert Grajewski, the Wond’ry’s inaugural director....

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Cummings to present plenary lecture at global thermodynamics conference

Jun. 5, 2019—Peter T. Cummings will present the Molecular Physics Lecture, one of five plenary lectures, at the global Thermodynamics 2019 conference on the coast of Huelva at Punta Umbría, Spain, June 26-28. The lecture—“The Molecular Simulation Design Framework (MoSDeF): Capabilities and Applications”—is sponsored by Taylor & Francis, publishers of the journal Molecular Physics. A division of...

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Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building wins international S-Lab Award

Jun. 3, 2019—Vanderbilt’s Engineering and Science Building has won an international S-Lab award in the category of Engineering and Related Buildings for Wilson HGA, a national design and architecture firm specializing in science and technology facilities for higher education. S-Lab awards recognize excellence in science buildings, equipment, facilities and management. Designed by Wilson HGA, the 230,000-square-foot, seven-story...

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ChemE major earns prestigious DOD scholarship

Jun. 2, 2019—Rachel Strons, a rising junior, has been selected as a SMART Scholar by the U.S. Department of Defense. The SMART award—which stands for Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation—was designed to enhance the DoD workforce with “talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers” by supporting students like Strons, a chemical engineering major from Naperville,...

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Researchers by day, rockers by night, biofunkiest engineers hit the airwaves

May. 31, 2019—When some of Vanderbilt University’s biomedical engineers aren’t improving lives, they’re dropping beats. The Vanderbilt Initiative of Biofunky Engineers (VIBE) – a wink at the university’s love for both initiatives and acronyms – began performing together in 2017 and have played a handful of gigs, including the biomedical engineering department’s holiday party. On Tuesday afternoon,...

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