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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 computer scientists awarded NSF grant to restructure research’s road to the public

Sep. 22, 2020—Vanderbilt researchers have been awarded a National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator 2020 Cohort Phase 1 grant to create a standardized platform that will streamline the development, testing and dissemination of technology that can improve human health. The nine-month project, “Scalable, Traceable AI for Imaging Translation: Innovation to Implementation for Accelerated Impact (STRAIT I3),” looks specifically...

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Vanderbilt leads project to study applications of new Microsoft biothreat monitoring tech

Sep. 22, 2020—NSF Convergence grant involves data from global sensor network to predict pathogen outbreaks  Vanderbilt engineers are leading the academic component of a massive Microsoft project that combines robotics, genomics, big data collection—and mosquitos—to monitor the environment and detect potential pandemics and other threats before they cause widespread outbreaks. Microsoft announced today expansion of its PREMONITION program...

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Dubey receives $3.9M in grants to redesign regional transit system using AI, community engagement

Sep. 18, 2020—A $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation and a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will provide funding for Vanderbilt researcher Abhishek Dubey, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, to reimagine regional transit systems using cutting-edge data science techniques through a group of projects called Smart Transit. Abhishek...

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NSF grant to Baroud, scientists to examine the future of international shipping in the Arctic Ocean

Sep. 17, 2020—As the Arctic Ocean becomes less icy as a result of a warming climate, it could prove to be a viable—and more convenient—shipping route for global logistics companies. To determine the feasibility of navigating the challenging Arctic environment, Hiba Baroud, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Ralf Bennartz, professor of earth and environmental...

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Vanderbilt leads $5 million project to revolutionize neurodiverse employment through AI

Sep. 10, 2020—NSF grant aligns with school’s Inclusion Engineering focus The National Science Foundation has awarded a highly competitive $5 million grant to Vanderbilt University that greatly expands a School of Engineering-led project for creating novel AI technology and tools and platforms that train and support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the workplace. The significant federal...

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Bell siblings reflect Vanderbilt’s culture of innovation

Sep. 9, 2020—By Jenna Somers Charleson Bell Charleson Bell, research assistant professor of biomedical engineering and National Science Foundation I-Corps consultant at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, and Charreau Bell, senior data scientist at the Data Science Institute, share a lot in common. They are siblings, business partners, innovators and entrepreneurs. As a power pair who has...

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Vanderbilt engineer develops tiny tweezers to trap nanoscale molecules as small as proteins

Aug. 31, 2020—An assistant professor of electrical engineering has developed the first-ever opto-thermo-electrohydrodynamic tweezers, optical nanotweezers that can trap and manipulate objects as small as proteins and viruses. The technique, developed by Justus Ndukaife and two graduate students in his group, gives researchers a powerful new tool for the study and perhaps early detection of viruses, cancer...

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