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‘John R. and Donna S. Hall Lecture’

Tissue engineering expert to deliver Hall Lecture on lessons from use of biomaterials in surgery

Nov. 6, 2019—An expert in tissue engineering who recently received the prestigious NIH Director’s Pioneer Award will deliver a public talk Nov. 18 about lessons learned from biomaterials used in orthopedics and plastic surgery. Jennifer Elisseeff is the fall 2019 speaker in The John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture Series. Elisseeff is the Morton Goldberg...

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Yale expert in advanced membrane materials to deliver Hall Lecture on March 13

Feb. 28, 2019—Menachem Elimelech, an internationally recognized scholar of membrane-based technologies for next-generation desalination and water purification, will deliver the John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture on March 13. Elimelech is the Roberto Goizueta Professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. His research focuses on the water-energy nexus, next-generation materials...

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Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology

Nov. 7, 2013—Watch video of the Donna S. and John R. Hall Engineering Lecture, delivered by synthetic biology pioneer James J. Collins. Collins is the recipient of a MacArthur grant and a renowned biomedical engineering professor at Boston University. One of the earliest biomedical engineering programs in the United States, Vanderbilt’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is celebrating...

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Coursera co-founder discusses digital learning platform’s rapid growth, success

Oct. 4, 2012—Since its launch roughly a year ago, the online learning consortium Coursera has grown to more than 1.5 million registered users. This rapid expansion speaks to the “hunger” around the world for access to higher education, said Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller, who spoke at Vanderbilt Oct. 2 as part of the 2012-13 John R. and...

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Vanderbilt University to offer free courses online through Coursera

Sep. 19, 2012—Vanderbilt University will make its first institution-wide foray into offering worldwide, free, digital courses by some of its leading faculty members in spring 2013 via the digital learning consortium Coursera. “Partnering with Coursera will allow Vanderbilt to move forward with our digital learning strategy while leveraging the university’s existing strengths—our unique on-campus experience; our culture...

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Verimag Lab founder to speak at engineering school Jan. 20

Jan. 10, 2011—The founder of Verimag Laboratory in Grenoble, France, will deliver Vanderbilt University School of Engineering’s John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture Thursday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. in Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium, Featheringill Hall. A reception will follow the lecture. Joseph Sifakis is a researcher with the French National Center for Scientific...

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