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Report: How six school districts changed the principal supervisor role to better support principals

Jul. 9, 2018—Principals and districts benefit when principal supervisors move beyond the role of administrator to coach and mentor, according to a new Vanderbilt University report.

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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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ORAU award supports Vanderbilt engineer’s research on 2D nanomaterials

Jul. 5, 2018—Piran Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is one of 35 junior faculty nationwide to win a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, which provides funds to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty at ORAU member institutions.

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White House honors Vanderbilt faculty for STEM mentorship

Jul. 5, 2018—The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy honored two Vanderbilt researchers for STEM mentorship.

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Mom may pass bacteria to baby in utero: Study

Jul. 5, 2018—New findings by Jörn-Hendrik Weitkamp and colleagues provide the first account of bacterial signatures in mammalian fetal intestinal tissue. The results suggest that bacterial DNA moves from the mother’s microbiome into the fetal intestine, which may be a critical stimulus for normal mucosal immune development.

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SMAD4 clue to colon cancer

Jul. 5, 2018—Chronic inflammation is a predisposing condition for colorectal cancer, the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Anna Means, Ph.D., and colleagues have now linked inflammation-driven carcinogenesis in the colon to loss of an important signaling protein called SMAD4.

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Working group releases recommendations to advance research and scholarship through technology

Jul. 5, 2018—The Research IT Special Working Group released its report this week, listing scalable data storage and processing, custom computing solutions, and expanded training and access as key priorities.

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Oak Ridge and Vanderbilt come together to explore cellular processes

Jul. 3, 2018—Vanderbilt and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are combining their expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computation to tackle some of the most pressing problems in biology.

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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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Scavengers “protect” HDL

Jun. 29, 2018—Lipid molecules that bind to HDL can modify its function — and blocking that modification can protect HDL and potentially lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease.

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New staph virulence factor

Jun. 28, 2018—The new factor, an enzyme involved in host-pathogen interactions, may be a viable target for treating staph infections.

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