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Aerospace club wins payload design category of annual NASA rocket contest

Apr. 22, 2013—For the fourth year in a row, the Best Payload Design award went to the Vanderbilt Aerospace Club in the 12th annual NASA University Student Launch Initiative Sunday, April 21, in a field at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala. This is the sixth year the club has entered the national rocketry competition.

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Prosthetic limb advances could help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings

Apr. 19, 2013—Within the next one to three years, "bionic" prosthetic devices will become available for the people whose limbs were amputated in the Boston Marathon bombing that are substantially smarter, more capable, more active and more interactive than those currently on the market.

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Seniors earn Aeronautics Institute win before Design Day debut

Apr. 17, 2013—A novel redesign of industrial exhaust stacks that could result in 12% energy savings has earned a Vanderbilt student design team a second-place win in the team division at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Region II conference last week.

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Tabletop plasma generator brings Jupiter’s core to the lab

Apr. 9, 2013—A Vanderbilt engineering graduate student has created a small-scale, efficient way to produce high-energy density plasma--the state of matter found in the center of stars and gas giants like Jupiter--with a tabletop device.

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Grant bolsters liver tumor surgery techniques

Apr. 8, 2013—A team led by Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer Michael Miga, associate professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology and Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery, has been awarded a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to enhance image-guided surgery techniques for safely removing liver tumors.

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ME student selected for 2013 NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program

Apr. 8, 2013—Theodore Malik Russell has received early acceptance notice to take part in the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md.

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Pint’s lab brings first ALD systems to Vanderbilt

Apr. 2, 2013—Cary Pint’s lab – Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory in Olin Hall – is close to completion and it brings to Vanderbilt its first two atomic layer deposition (ALD) systems, relatively small tools that deposit atomically thin layers of material on virtually any surface.

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Telerobotic system designed to treat bladder cancer

Apr. 2, 2013—An interdisciplinary collaboration of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities has designed a robotic microsurgery system specifically designed to treat bladder cancer, the sixth most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the most expensive to treat.

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Technology transfer efforts bolstered by recent agreements

Mar. 28, 2013—Last month, Vanderbilt University announced a collaboration agreement with GlaxoSmithKline, a leading pharmaceutical and consumer health care company, to develop potential new drugs for severe obesity.

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Humanoid robot helps train children with autism

Mar. 23, 2013—An interdisciplinary team of mechanical engineers and autism experts at Vanderbilt University have developed an adaptive robotic system and used it to demonstrate that humanoid robots can be powerful tools for enhancing the basic social learning skills of children with autism.

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The Tennessean: Vanderbilt sophomore is science student by day, CEO by night

Mar. 6, 2013—Sophomore Param Jaggi was recently named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for his invention of a tailpipe filter that uses algae to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. Last summer the 18-year-old founded a company to license the technology.

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High Fidelity: Cochlear implant users report dramatically better hearing with new Vanderbilt process

Mar. 5, 2013—Longtime cochlear implant users are reporting such dramatic improvements in their hearing, thanks to new image-guided programming methods developed by Vanderbilt University researchers.

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