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Author: Heidi Hall

Immune system emerges as partner in opioid cravings fight

Sep. 5, 2018—There’s promise in specific immune system peptides—amino acid compounds that signal cells how to function. In this case, they may be affecting brain activity and, by extension, drug cravings.

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VU teams take top two slots, $45K at 36|86 student pitch competition

Aug. 30, 2018—Two teams of Vanderbilt University entrepreneurs involved with the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps training program took home the top prizes at Tuesday’s 36|86: Student Edition pitch competition.

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Bowtie-funnel combo best for conducting light; team found answer in undergrad physics equation

Aug. 24, 2018—Running computers on virtually invisible beams of light would make them faster, lighter and more energy efficient. A Vanderbilt team found the answer in a familiar formula.

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Koala teeth provide insights into diet

Aug. 22, 2018—Paleontologist Larisa DeSantis' latest research confirms that the shape of tooth wear best indicates the kind of food koalas and kangaroos ate, not whether it was covered in dust and dirt.

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High-speed atomic force microscopy reveals clock protein interactions

Aug. 20, 2018—Prof. Carl Johnson and his team discovered on-and-off interactions between KaiA and KaiC take only seconds but combine to create a 24-hour oscillation of phosphorylation in a test tube.

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School of Engineering, 2U partner to deliver Engineering@Vanderbilt: two online graduate degrees

Aug. 13, 2018—Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and digital education company 2U, Inc. today announced they're partnering to deliver Engineering@Vanderbilt, a suite of two online graduate engineering degrees: a master of science in computer science and a master of engineering in engineering management.

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Soldiers, students meet up in the Wond’ry to revolutionize prototyping, production

Aug. 9, 2018—A Fort Campbell colonel recognized the potential in a match between Army engineers and the Won’dry and has launched a new collaborative process.

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Enzyme helps build motor that drives neuron death

Aug. 6, 2018—The process, discovered in the axons of neurons, is implicated in Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and other diseases or injuries to the nervous system.

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NSF I-Corps program gives boost to commercializing prosthetic ankle

Jul. 6, 2018—The seven-week program can be arduous, but teams save much time later by avoiding missteps thanks to their extensive research and the mentoring they receive.

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Vanderbilt licenses compound to Nashville’s Appello to advance Parkinson’s therapies

Jun. 29, 2018—Appello was established with major investment from New York-based Deerfield Management, which specializes in accelerating drug development projects at universities and other nonprofits.

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New research explains why some molecules have irregular forms

Jun. 29, 2018—There’s one bond that had scientists stumped: the one between some types of metals and carbon. Professor of Chemistry Timothy Hanusa set out to replicate this unique type of bond using modeling.

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Faster, more precise lab-on-a-chip holds promise of early cancer diagnosis

Jun. 25, 2018—Justus Ndukaife, who won the 2017 Chorafas Foundation Prize in Physics for his nanotweezers work, also recently was selected for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.

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