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DNA duplicator small enough to hold in your hand

Jan. 12, 2017—Imagine a “DNA photocopier” small enough to hold in your hand that could identify the bacteria or virus causing an infection even before the symptoms appear. This possibility is raised by a fundamentally new method for controlling a powerful but finicky process called the polymerase chain reaction. PCR was developed in 1983 by Kary Mullis,...

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McCabe named associate dean of Graduate School and director of Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Jan. 6, 2017—Clare McCabe (Vanderbilt University) Clare McCabe, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been appointed associate dean of the Graduate School and director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Mark Wallace, dean of the Graduate School, announced today. The appointment was made effective Jan. 1. “I am delighted to have Clare joining the Graduate School...

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Researchers’ sensor integrates inflammatory bowel disease detection into colonoscopy procedure

Jan. 5, 2017—  Vanderbilt researchers have developed the first sensor capable of objectively identifying inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and distinguishing between its two subtypes. The device represents a substantial achievement toward a more personalized approach to diagnosing and treating IBD, a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract affecting more than 1 million Americans. Current diagnostic and treatment...

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Vanderbilt School of Engineering offers new master of cyber-physical systems degree

Jan. 3, 2017—A new master’s degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering is designed to prepare students to meet the dramatic rise in workforce needs in such high-profile fields as the Internet of Things – the advanced connectivity of devices and systems – the security of cyber domains, the smart grid and defense. The new Cyber-Physical...

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New Wond’ry makerspace, design class boost children’s hospital solutions

Dec. 22, 2016—Solutions to real-life problems at Vanderbilt’s children’s hospital ranged from the delightfully whimsical to the disarmingly simple, with MBA students, engineering undergraduates and an anthropology major teaming up in a state-of-the-art makerspace. The New Product Design and Development course, offered for 15 years by David Owens, professor for the practice of management and innovation, got...

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Fresh from company launch and I-Corps, Webster passes lessons along

Dec. 15, 2016—Robert Webster III launched his first company, Virtuoso Surgical, in April. He completed the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program for new tech companies in early August. And by the start of classes, the associate professor of mechanical and electrical engineering was passing along the lessons he learned to eight young entrepreneurs in a new class....

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Dean Philippe Fauchet is elected to the National Academy of Inventors

Dec. 13, 2016—Vanderbilt School of Engineering Dean Philippe Fauchet has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of...

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Seven young faculty to watch

Dec. 5, 2016—Impressive grants, cutting-edge research hallmark of recent hires The School of Engineering is stepping up recruiting efforts to ensure a continued pipeline of talented young professors, with administration increasing its focus on creating a diverse faculty. This year, the school unveiled its Emerging Scholars in Engineering Lecture series, a recruiting tool for members of groups...

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