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Author: Spencer Turney

Collaborative project from VU and VUMC improves intubation box safety for COVID-19 caregivers

May. 12, 2020—A collaborative project from clinicians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering demonstrates a simple, low-cost retrofit solution that improves the safety of intubation boxes used while treating COVID-19 patients.

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Vanderbilt lab develops app for analyzing crowd-sourced songbird recordings

Apr. 20, 2020—With a new app from a team at Vanderbilt, birdsong researchers can better leverage crowdsourced fieldwork and audio recordings from amateur birders and citizen songbird scientists.

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Advanced, high-res MRI scans reveal link between cognitive abilities and ‘tree ring’ layers in the brain

Apr. 13, 2020—Object recognition and facial recognition may seem like similar abilities, but new research from Vanderbilt finds that these behaviors are on the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to physical signatures in the brain. 

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Virtual Gatherings: Grad student in Earth & Environmental Sciences keeps group hangouts on schedule

Apr. 10, 2020—When COVID-19 threw a wrench in their plans for meeting up in person, graduate students in Earth and Environmental Sciences decided to take their weekly hangout online. 

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Nutrition professor shares four tips for healthy eating while sheltering at home

Apr. 10, 2020—Jamie Pope, registered dietitian nutritionist and assistant professor of practice in Medicine, Health and Society, offers four tips for maintaining proper nutrition while balancing the stress of self-quarantine.

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Chemistry department leverages available resources for hand sanitizer production

Apr. 9, 2020—As universities across the country pool resources to tackle pressing challenges brought on by COVID-19, individuals in the Department of Chemistry at Vanderbilt are working to develop one resource in high demand: hand sanitizer. 

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Bike-inspired exoskeleton could allow humans to run 50 percent faster

Apr. 7, 2020—Runners could soon keep up with cyclists, thanks to a new exoskeleton invention from a team of mechanical engineers at Vanderbilt which would bring cycling mechanics to the human body.

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VU engineers and VUMC doctors team up for open-source ventilator design

Mar. 27, 2020—As COVID-19 continues to push unprecedented challenges on medical communities, one of the most pressing threats for hospital staff across the country is a dwindling supply of ventilators. Now, an interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty is taking on the challenge by way of a fabricated, open-source ventilator design.

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Physics grad student embraces ‘dissertation-at-home’ format for creative presentation

Mar. 25, 2020—For graduate students nearing the end of their programs, COVID-19 has created an unexpected challenge: remotely presenting an effective and engaging dissertation defense. That was the new reality for Kyle Godbey, a graduate student of physics at Vanderbilt studying nuclear reactions.

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Biology researchers capture shape-shifting delivery structures in body’s cellular “FedEx system”

Mar. 9, 2020—A new cellular biology study reports the first visualization of a unique shape-shifting structure in the human body which plays an important role in the timely delivery of fats and proteins. 

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Fasting at night or in the morning? Listen to your biological clock, says new research

Feb. 27, 2020—According to a new study published by biological science researchers at Vanderbilt, the answer to eating (or fasting) windows lies in the circadian rhythms of the body’s biological clock. 

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Bangladesh collaboration offers lessons for facing rapid environmental changes

Feb. 24, 2020—With a population of roughly 150 million people, the delta country of Bangladesh holds about half the population of the entire United States in an area the size of Louisiana, and exists under a near-constant risk of sea level rise and other dynamic climate changes. Now, as the world faces a future chock-full of increasing...

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