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Audrey Bowden is 2021 Fellow of The Optical Society

Oct. 8, 2020—Audrey Ellerbee Bowden has been elected as a 2021 Fellow Member of The Optical Society for outstanding achievements in the development of optical devices, image processing algorithms and systems for biomedicine. Bowden, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has developed several new system designs that advance optical coherence tomography, an imaging technique that provides high-resolution imaging...

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Lin wins prestigious Paul L. Busch Award for innovative water research

Oct. 7, 2020—Shihong Lin, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University, has won the 2020 Paul L. Busch Award from The Water Research Foundation for his leadership in developing innovative water separation techniques. Since 2001, the award has provided more than $1.9 million in funding to up-and-coming researchers who are making major breakthroughs in...

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Engineering Associate Dean Chris Rowe receives K.C. Potter service award

Oct. 6, 2020—Chris Rowe, School of Engineering associate dean for external relations, has received the 2019-2020 K.C. Potter Outstanding Service to Students Award, which is given to a faculty member who provides outstanding service consistently to individual students or student groups through personal advising, development of programs, or improvements to university systems and policies that affect students....

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Team’s sustained work in T-cell immune response awarded P01 grant totaling $11 million

Oct. 4, 2020—For more than a decade Matt Lang and collaborators across the U.S. have worked to recreate key components of T-cells and how they know when to start fighting disease. Conventional wisdom suggested that T-cells formed regular, force-free bonds with infected cells, and in doing so caused the chain reaction of immune response. The team slowly...

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$8.7 million DARPA grant advances AI-assisted CPS design work

Oct. 4, 2020—A new, $8.7 million project—Design. R–AI-assisted CPS Design—involves pathbreaking work for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as future cyber-physical systems will rely less on human control and more machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence processors. Smart grid, driver-assist and autonomous automobile systems, health and biomedical monitoring, smart cities, robotics systems, and new agricultural technologies are...

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NSF seed grant supports biomanufacturing of new drug delivery technologies

Oct. 2, 2020—Vanderbilt researchers awarded one of NSF’s 24 new projects to drive future manufacturing One of the challenges of drug delivery systems is to optimize their targeting properties so therapeutic compounds used in smaller amounts reach only a specific area of the body and result in little or no side effects. The ability to engineer the...

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Vanderbilt wearable exosuit that lessens back muscle fatigue could redesign the future of work

Sep. 30, 2020—Vanderbilt University engineers have determined that their back-assist exosuit, a clothing-like device that supports human movement and posture, can reduce fatigue by an average of 29–47 percent in lower back muscles. The exosuit’s functionality presents a promising new development for individuals who work in physically demanding fields and are at risk for back pain, including...

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ASCE chapter’s Ashley Smith receives inaugural Richard H. Nettleton Outstanding Practitioner Advisor Award

Sep. 23, 2020—The practitioner advisor to the School of Engineering’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers is the recipient of the inaugural Richard H. Nettleton Outstanding Practitioner Advisor Award. Ashley T. Smith is the first recipient of the Nettleton award for outstanding advisors throughout ASCE nationally and internationally. The award was renamed in 2019 to...

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