Research Blog

  • Between Citizens and the State

    Education and the 2012 Election

    "The economy and jobs will be the two biggest issues in this fall’s general election, but education will also factor in who votes for which candidate and why," writes Christopher Loss. Read More

    Apr 18, 2012

  • Mechanical Engineering grad students take top honors at medical device conference

    Mechanical Engineering grad students take top honors at medical device conference

    Mechanical Engineering graduate students David Comber and Massimiliano Simi have won first and second place in the Three-in-Five competition at the Design of Medical Devices Conference. Read More

    Apr 13, 2012

  • Vanderbilt innovations noted by NIH

    Vanderbilt innovations noted by NIH

    Two Web-based research tools developed at Vanderbilt University were highlighted March 20 during a House subcommittee hearing of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) FY13 budget request. During his testimony to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Thomas Insel, director of the… Read More

    Mar 29, 2012

  • Siegel High School students at VINSE

    Tennessean op-ed: Anti-science legislation offers prospect of a new Scopes trial

    By Roger Cone, chairman of the department of molecular physiology and biophysics at Vanderbilt, Jon Kaas, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt, and Robert Webster, Rose Marie Thomas Chair in Virology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital This opinion piece was published on the… Read More

    Mar 26, 2012

  • Norman Fortenberry

    Life without engineers

    In his talk titled “Engineering Excitement,” Norman Fortenberry, executive director of the American Association for Engineering Education outlined the changes in U.S. engineering education that he believes are necessary for the profession to adapt to the economic and social changes that are currently sweeping the globe. Read More

    Mar 23, 2012

  • VKC science day

    Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day 2012

    Undergraduate student Sarah Hart presents her research to Aaron Bowman and others at VKC Science Day 2012. (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt University) Undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on the cusp of research careers in developmental disabilities got a chance to shine Feb. 28 during the annual Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day. Read More

    Mar 9, 2012

  • tefai logo

    Calling all would-be documentarians

      Documentarians Michael Moore and Ken Burns at work Calling all would-be Ken Burns and Michael Moores on campus: The Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI) is challenging students to create three-minute videos that celebrate American innovation. The basic instructions from TFAI are: “The… Read More

    Mar 7, 2012

  • Vanderbilt University

    Thank you for the research

      Printha K. McCallum, right, and her mother, Lenda Bates DuBose Lenda Bates DuBose knew she would not survive peritoneal cancer. Yet the longtime Nashville resident and Vanderbilt graduate was grateful for the treatments that prolonged her life. She wished there was a way she could express her… Read More

    Feb 28, 2012

  • element 117

    Adding to the periodic table

    Nuclear physicist Joseph Hamilton (Daniel Dubois / Vanderbilt) The year has gotten off to a good start for modern-day alchemists like Vanderbilt physicists Joe Hamilton and A.V. Ramayya who are engaged in the extremely challenging scientific endeavor of extending the periodic table by creating new… Read More

    Feb 7, 2012

  • Vanderbilt University

    The research story that keeps on giving

    For better or for worse, what’s posted online, stays online. That embarrassing photo, the awkward comments, your less than stellar PowerPoint? Yep, they’re still there. For those of us in the research communications business, the elephantine memory of the Internet allows our stories to continue to reach readers for years… Read More

    Jan 20, 2012

  • Vanderbilt University

    Innovations in children’s care next topic for new video chat series

    When the human genome was sequenced in 2003, scientists around the world turned their collective attention to discovering what roles genetic variation plays in human health and illness. Their goal: to use that knowledge to tailor disease treatment and prevention strategies based on an individual’s own DNA blueprint, a concept… Read More

    Jan 9, 2012

  • The first graduating class of the School for Science and Math

    Vanderbilt’s science high begins 5th year

    The first graduating class of the School for Science and Math celebrates last spring. Photo by Tommy Lawson Their research papers are published in a scientific journal. They win accolades in a prestigious national science competition. And that’s before they graduate from their public high schools. These are the… Read More

    Jan 4, 2012

  • Landmark HIV prevention study Breakthrough of the Year

    Landmark HIV prevention study Breakthrough of the Year

    A landmark study that found early antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce the risk of HIV transmission between sexual partners by 96 percent has been named Breakthrough of the Year by Science magazine. The study, conducted by the… Read More

    Dec 22, 2011

  • Lipids-JCMay

    Pushing lipids into the limelight

    Photo of post doctoral researcher Michal Kliman that ran on the cover of Chemical & Engineering News magazine in October. (Steve Green / Vanderbilt) In the world of molecular biology, lipids haven’t gotten as much respect or attention as nucleic acids and proteins even though they play… Read More

    Dec 6, 2011

  • CMS-Higgs

    Failure to find ‘God particle’ hints at fundamentally new physics

      Vanderbilt's virtual control room for the CMS detector that allows scientists and students to participate in meetings, monitor the experiment and analyze the data that it produces (John Russell / Vanderbilt University) After the most complete search yet, the world’s largest atom smasher, the… Read More

    Nov 21, 2011

  • Arun Majumdar

    Seeking game-changing energy technologies

    Arun Majumdar is the first director of the Department of Energy's ARPA-E (Zach Goodyear / Vanderbilt University) “Gentlemen, we have run out of money. It’s time to start thinking.” This quote, attributed to the New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford, summarizes the main point of the presentation that… Read More

    Nov 11, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Remove a polyp? There’s an app for that!

    By packing many tools into one advanced, minimally invasive platform, the MAC offers new capabilities for medical providers and less discomfort for patients undergoing colonoscopy or endoscopy. The robot is one of the initiatives of the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering. SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A team of Vanderbilt… Read More

    Oct 28, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Scientists: engage the public or perish

    While listening to a physics colloquium titled “Science: What the Public is Thinking, What Congress is Doing, How You Can Contribute” delivered by Michael S. Lubell, professor of physics at the City College of New York and director of public affairs for the American Physical Society (APS), I couldn’t… Read More

    Oct 26, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Microscopy method brings ‘nano-world’ into focus

    A new technique for imaging whole cells in liquid – with a nanometer resolution that brings into focus individual proteins and other intracellular structures – could dramatically improve the study of cancer, viral infections and brain function. Read More

    Oct 25, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Discoveries show value of federal support

    An update on federally funded projects at Vanderbilt and their impact on efforts to improve education, protect people from disease and meet our nation’s energy needs. Read More

    Oct 13, 2011