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Professor Emeritus A.B. Bonds remembered for Vanderbilt service, passion for music and cars

Apr. 20, 2022—Vanderbilt Professor Emeritus A.B. Bonds, 75, died April 10, 2022, at his home in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 23, from 5-8 p.m. at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville. Tributes begin at 5:30 and all guests are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts, Professor Bonds’ favored attire. Alfred...

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Engineering team looks at recycled glass to improve building materials, protect environment

Apr. 19, 2022—A Vanderbilt University professor and two undergraduate students in the School of Engineering are participating in an innovative research project that aims to use recycled glass to enhance building materials and infrastructure as well as reduce waste. Juniors Emily Zeller and Nicole Witherell, both civil engineering majors, and research adviser Ravindra Duddu, an associate professor...

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Ndukaife receives NSF Early CAREER Award to investigate cell-to-cell communication

Apr. 18, 2022—Justus C. Ndukaife, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for foundational research in cell-to-cell communication. His CAREER project, “Resonant Dielectric Optical Metasurfaces for Single-Cell Extracellular Vesicles Analysis,” will enable Ndukaife to associate the properties of extracellular vesicles directly to their cell sources—up to the resolution of single cells—a capability that...

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Taha receives NSF Early CAREER Award to identify network vulnerabilities and failures

Apr. 15, 2022—Ahmad F. Taha, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for fundamental research in new approaches to network sensors and controllers scheduling. His CAREER project, “Scheduling Driving Sensing and Control Nodes in Nonlinear Networks with Applications to Fuel-Free Energy Systems,” offers a novel framework for the exploration of...

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Braun receives NSF Early CAREER Award to create next-gen robots to assist humans

Apr. 13, 2022—David Braun, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for foundational research in mechanically adaptive robotics. His CAREER project, “Mechanically Adaptive, Energetically Passive Robotics,” will enable the creation of new-generation industrial robots, transportation systems, and devices that can assist and augment humans. The five-year, $600,000 grant will support work on robot...

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International collaboration reveals how the human brain evolved to harness abstract thought

Apr. 12, 2022—By Marissa Shapiro THE IDEA The human brain is organized in functional networks—connected brain regions that communicate with each other through dedicated pathways. That is how we perceive our senses, how the body moves, how we are able to remember the past and plan for the future. The “default mode” network is the part of...

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Karl Zelik is inaugural awardee of a Scaling Success Grant

Apr. 11, 2022—Karl Zelik, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is one of three inaugural awardees for the February 2022 cycle of the Scaling Success Grant, which is the first cycle of this internal funding opportunity. Yuankai Huo, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering, is co-PI on a SSG grant. The announcement was made by the Office of the...

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The Wond’ry opens Launch incubator space for startups affiliated with Nashville’s universities

Apr. 8, 2022—The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Center for Innovation, has opened an incubator space called Launch, which is dedicated to startups affiliated with local universities. Launch is designed to support pre-seed and seed-stage venture founders in a wide array of sectors—from health care to the arts—and business models, including social ventures and benefit corporations. “Beginning new ventures is...

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