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Enzyme helps build motor that drives neuron death

Aug. 6, 2018—A biochemistry instructor curious about an enzyme discovered in the damaged neurons of people with multiple sclerosis made a leap toward a potential cure for countless neurodegenerative ills. Vanderbilt University’s Amrita Pathak, working with Bruce D. Carter, biochemistry professor and associate director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, found that the enzyme histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1),...

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Mechanical engineering student dives into conservation with Seychelles internship

Jul. 9, 2018—Jillian Bremner is steering beyond her academic focus this summer to explore her passions for scuba diving and ocean conservation, with the aim of eventually combining engineering with a marine career. A rising junior mechanical engineering major from Colorado, Bremner is spending eight weeks volunteering for Global Vision International (GVI) on the island of Mahe...

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Class of 2018 Profile: Elizabeth Lee, ME major, explores identity through web comic

May. 1, 2018—Elizabeth Lee identifies as many things. She’s a mechanical engineering major, a proud Asian American, and a woman working in the STEM fields. To give a clearer voice to these identities, Lee created a web comic called “Existing Quietly, Living Loudly.” She develops the concepts, draws the panels and writes the dialogue and captions based on her real-life...

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Vanderbilt engineer’s novel research explores way to restore silenced voices

Mar. 27, 2018—A swarm of cicadas that left thousands of insect carcasses across the Vanderbilt University campus in 2011 is leading to transinstitutional research at the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering and Vanderbilt University Medical Center to develop a surgical planning tool to help restore speech for people with vocal fold paralysis. Haoxiang Luo, Ph.D., who...

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Engineering’s Deyu Li named ASME Fellow

Feb. 20, 2018—Deyu Li, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a distinction awarded to ASME members who have made significant engineering achievements. Li has made significant contributions in nanoscale energy transport as well as microfluidics and nanofluidics.  He is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in thermal...

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Two engineering professors named American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics fellows

Feb. 15, 2018—Robert W. Pitz and Sankaran Mahadevan are members of the 2018 class of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics fellows. They join 20 other members from academia, industry and government honored by the AIAA. AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow in recognition of an individual’s notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology...

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Hyperlens crystal capable of viewing living cells in unprecedented detail

Dec. 12, 2017—New hyperlens crystal is capable of resolving details as small as a virus on the surface of living cells. The atomic structure of the hexagonal boron nitride crystal is shown in the cutout. (Keith Wood / Vanderbilt) Just imagine: An optical lens so powerful that it lets you view features the size of a small...

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Engineer’s ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Jul. 21, 2017—Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even when you are sitting down. A new, ultrathin energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt University’s Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory has the potential to do just that. Based on...

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