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Author: Heidi Hall

The Wond’ry lands $500K I-Corps site grant, ramps up efforts to launch start-ups

Sep. 1, 2017—The I-Corps site grant will support programs to match students and faculty with teams of experienced professionals who can teach, guide and mentor them as they pursue startup endeavors. Participating teams receive grants to help them interact with potential customers and explore the commercial potential of devices they’ve designed.

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Engineering and Science Building, Innovation Pavilion garner design awards

Aug. 28, 2017—Next-generation heating, cooling, lighting and filtering systems make the Engineering and Science Building the most energy-efficient research building on campus.

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Cancer-fighting T cells are smarter, stronger than experts thought

Aug. 14, 2017—It takes a minuscule amount of force to make T cells behave in the lab as they behave in the body. That finding is a leap in cancer therapy research.

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Smart underwear prevents back stress with just a tap

Aug. 1, 2017—"Performance-boosting super suit" hidden under clothing can be activated by a double tap to save users' backs.

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Hijacking human proteins to better deliver anti-cancer drugs

Jul. 24, 2017—Vanderbilt University engineers find existing human protein is ideal carrier for powerful molecules that can signal tumors to self-destruct.

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New tools help surgeons find liver tumors, not nick blood vessels

Jul. 17, 2017—The liver is a particularly squishy, slippery organ, prone to shifting both deadly tumors and life-preserving blood vessels by inches between the time they’re discovered on a CT scan and when the patient is lying on an operating room table. Vanderbilt University’s Michael Miga and his team have published the potential solution.

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Alex’s Lemonade grant allows new engineering grad student to join neuroblastoma fight

Jul. 5, 2017—Graduate student Kyle Garland is diving into his studies with eight weeks of intense immunology research.

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Retired mechanical engineering professor, sailing team coach remembered for patience with students

Jun. 28, 2017—Johnny Hall Dunlap, a Vanderbilt University alumnus and professor emeritus of mechanical engineering known for his devotion to students, died June 17 in Nashville. He was 85.

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Cotton candy capillaries lead to circuit boards that dissolve when cooled

Jun. 26, 2017—Leon Bellan made a dissolving circuit board that, so far, just turns on an LED light. Its potential applications are far more promising.

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Drug developed for arthritis could be first to stop heart valve calcification

Jun. 12, 2017—The first drug to treat calcification of heart valves may be one originally designed for rheumatoid arthritis.

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Sensor detects shooting at elephants, helps authorities catch poachers

Jun. 7, 2017—WIPER technology detects when a bullet flies by a protected elephant and sends an alarm with its location.

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Better models predict weather disaster outcomes, help plan recoveries

Jun. 2, 2017—Bayesian modeling can include hundreds of data points and present a range of potential events and options for dealing with them.

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