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Author: Heidi Hall

Insect gene allows reproductive organs to cope with harmful bacteria

May. 17, 2018—Bordenstein’s team studied Nasonia parasitic wasps, which are about the size of a sesame seed, and they serve as one of the best models to dissect and characterize the evolution of insect genomes.

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Vanderbilt wins NASA rocketry championship for fifth time

May. 11, 2018—The Vanderbilt Student Launch team won the NASA University Student Launch Competition for an unprecedented fifth time—following up on their eighth Payload Design Award—the space agency announced Friday.

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Chancellor suggests top 5 ways new graduates can use their education for good

May. 11, 2018—Acknowledging that their Vanderbilt degrees will grant 2018 graduates a wide range of options, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos offered up five specific ways to use their education for good.

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Amal Clooney to graduates: ‘Be courageous. Challenge orthodoxy. Stand up for what you believe in’

May. 10, 2018—In a Senior Day speech that brought a packed Memorial Gymnasium to its feet, Amal Clooney took the crowd through historic examples of courage, including Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumnus Rev. James Lawson.

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Ultrasound helmet would make live images, brain-machine interface possible

May. 8, 2018—Vanderbilt professor Brett Byram plans to use a grant from the National Science Foundation to utilize machine learning for the delivery of better real-time brain images, an advance decades in the making.

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NSA Lablet at Vanderbilt to make sure America keeps moving after hacks

May. 7, 2018—It’s not a question about whether cyber-physical systems connecting humans and technology are hackable—it's how to keep them running after inevitable hacks occur. The National Security Agency is giving a Vanderbilt University team and their collaborators five years and several million dollars to figure out how to make that happen.

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Expert: Autonomous vehicles could help traffic, but not anytime soon

Apr. 30, 2018—Engineer Dan Work says his promising research shows adding autonomous vehicles to roadways could end the stop-and-go traffic that drives commuters insane.

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Crowd honors eight new endowed chair recipients

Apr. 27, 2018—Colleagues, friends and family gathered April 25 to honor eight Vanderbilt University faculty named to endowed chairs.

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Former defense secretary Gates talks presidents he’s served, relations abroad

Apr. 26, 2018—Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates demonstrated his encyclopedic knowledge both of presidents since Lyndon B. Johnson and of U.S. relations around the world, sharing his views with Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and a crowd at Langford Auditorium April 24.

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From fresh drone batteries to clean water, Design Day presents solutions

Apr. 25, 2018—Sixty teams of graduating seniors packed the Student Life Center for the School of Engineerin's annual Design Day, inviting hundreds of advisers, professors and fellow students to see their work.

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Unraveling genetic mystery next step in Zika and dengue fight

Apr. 23, 2018—How a bacteria hijacked insect fertility remained a mystery for five decades, until Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Seth Bordenstein and his team helped solve it.

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Q&A: Going to Mars with astronomy professor David Weintraub

Apr. 20, 2018—We can go to Mars—soon. But should we? Astronomy Professor David Weintraub asks the ethical questions in his new book, "Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go."

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