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Fields medalist brings informal style to Vanderbilt

Oct. 21, 2011—When Vaughan Jones was 5 years old, he made his first mathematical discovery.

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Grant bolsters liver tumor surgery techniques

Aug. 30, 2011—A team led by Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer Michael Miga 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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Patrick Fischer, former computer science chair, dies

Aug. 26, 2011—Patrick Fischer, who helped build the Department of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, died Aug. 26 in hospice care in Montgomery County, Md. He was 75.

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Time to anticipate and adapt to climate change

Aug. 19, 2011—Despite the uncertainties surrounding climate change, it is time to start developing effective strategies to keep the nation’s transportation systems and other critical infrastructure running.

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GIS moves into math and science classrooms

Aug. 17, 2011—Geographic information systems and geospatial technologies have moved into math and science courses at multiple levels, and teachers are learning how to integrate these tools into curriculums.

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New ‘bionic’ leg gives amputees a natural gait

Aug. 17, 2011—A new lower-limb prosthetic uses the latest advances in computer, sensor, electric motor and battery technology to give it bionic capabilities.

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Designing diamond circuits for extreme environments

Aug. 4, 2011—There is a new way to design computer chips and electronic circuitry for extreme environments: make them out of diamond.

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Students try to hack ‘Bank of Vanderbilt’ in network security class

Jul. 22, 2011—Yuan Xue is among the Vanderbilt engineering faculty training computer science leaders of the future to build and maintain more secure networks through innovative teaching methods.

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Final shuttle launch a family affair for Dennis Hall

Jul. 7, 2011—The July 8 launch of the space shuttle Atlantis will be a bittersweet moment for Hall, for it will be the final voyage of America’s shuttle program, but it will also be carrying his niece, Sandy Magnus.

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Glowing gland can reduce endocrine surgery risk

Jun. 20, 2011—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that parathyroid glands have a natural fluorescence that can be used during surgery to identify these tiny organs, which are hard to find with the naked eye.

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Stamping out low cost nanodevices

May. 31, 2011—A team of Vanderbilt engineers have developed a rapid and low-cost imprinting process that can stamp out a variety of devices that have unique optical, electrical, chemical and mechanical properties.

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Weiss to join Defense Science Study Group

May. 18, 2011—Vanderbilt engineer Sharon Weiss will be a member of the 2012-2013 Defense Science Study Group, which introduces selected scientists and engineering professors to and engages them in national security issues.

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