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Civil & environmental grad student takes top spot at Three Minute Thesis Competition

Mar. 2, 2016—Topics ranged from giving nanoparticles the aquatic skills of an Olympic swimmer so they can deliver anti-cancer drugs more effectively…to developing an ultrasonic Trojan horse to destroy tumors…to using blue light as an alternative to antibiotics in controlling bacterial infections. But in the end, it was Vanderbilt University School of Engineering’s Thushara Gunda who took...

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VU’s more specific drought-measuring tool could help shape policy

May. 26, 2015—A more specific drought-measuring formula created by a group of Vanderbilt University environmental engineers could have implications for emergency planning, federal relief payouts and drought mitigation efforts. With California’s record drought sending the state and farmers to the bargaining table over water, officials there and in other drought-stricken states are calling for more specific city- and...

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Environmental engineer visits home to help rice farmers overcome drought

Feb. 17, 2015—Thushara Gunda’s palm and fingertips remain bronzed with the stain of henna – applied the traditional Indian way and made to last for weeks. It’s a whimsical souvenir from a trip home. But her visit included a serious mission: to uncover how South Asian rice farmers can adapt to drought and grow the highest yields...

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