VUSE Media Spotlight
June 24, 2014
Science News for Students: Hazing: How to hide in nearly plain sight
A new invisibility cloak can hide objects in semi-plain sight — sometimes. Unlike earlier cloaking devices, this one can conceal things from light of any color and coming from any direction. But that flexibility comes at a price: This cloak only works under hazy conditions, such as in fog, in a cloud or when viewed through frosted glass. Jason Valentine, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted.
June 19, 2014
The Tennessean: Vanderbilt playing key role in the Internet of Things
The Internet of things, or “Industrial Internet,” as General Electric named it, allows every ordinary object to be connected to a complete network of objects that can interact with one another by exchanging data. For this to work, every object would need to be embedded with a sensor that can automatically transmit that data on its own. Vanderbilt has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium, a group of corporations and research institutes dedicated to untangling the practical and ethical challenges of developing such a network. Janos Sztipanovits, director of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University, is quoted.
National Science Foundation: Guarding against ‘Carmageddon’ cyberattacks
Vanderbilt Institute for Software Integrated Systems researchers led by Gabor Karsai, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and professor of computer engineering, are helping to develop software to secure the nation’s computerized traffic control systems, both present and future, against cyberattacks.
Nashville Post: ‘Drugs behave differently in animals than they do in people’
Pharmaceutical testing is a time-consuming, difficult and expensive process. John Wikswo, director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education, is part of a multi-institutional team working under a five-year $19 million grant from the federal Defense Threat Reduction Agency to develop a miniaturized “desktop” human–interconnected modules that will act like a human body.
June 18, 2014
Wall Street Daily: The robot needle that destroys fatal blood clots
At Vanderbilt University, engineers have developed a robot with an ultra-precise needle called the Active Cannula. It’s a needle designed to navigate its way through the brain to remove potentially fatal clots… while leaving the healthy surrounding tissue intact. Kyle Weaver, assistant professor of neurological surgery, and Robert Webster, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, are quoted.
June 12, 2014
Phys.Org: Guarding against ‘Carmageddon’ cyberattacks
Gabor Karsai, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and professor of computer engineering, is collaborating with a team of researchers to design ways to “hack-proof” the nation’s computerized traffic control systems.
June 9, 2014
The Tennessean: Get a sneak peek at Nashville’s emerging leaders
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville have announced the 2014 finalists for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. Janey Camp, research assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Eric Pittel, administrative manager in pediatric endocrinology, are nominees.
June 4, 2014
Gizmodo: Could we build electricity-storing houses out of supercapacitors?
New research by Cary Pint, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, into structural supercapacitors, which can withstand the stress and vibrations of bearing weight, could eventually inspire an energy-storing house.
June 3, 2014
My4.org: Watch students’ winning rocket reach 4,850 feet
Students from Vanderbilt’s Aerospace Club were the defending champions in NASA’s national rocket competition. For the second year in a row, their rocket’s picture-perfect performance propelled them to a first place finish in the annual competition, which includes much more than simply designing and building a reusable rocket.
Nashville Business Journal: Blog: How a Nashville company is helping Google build the phone of the future
MetaMorph Software Inc., which spun out of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University, is developing a tool kit for Google’s Project Ara, a modular phone whose hardware can be switched out to fit a user’s need. Ted Bapty, research associate professor of electrical engineering and cofounder of MetaMorph, is quoted.