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Career ended by devastating crash, cyclist turns toward curing sepsis

Nov. 2, 2017—Sinead Miller was headed for the Olympic games. Now, thanks to a Department of Defense grant to find new sepsis treatments, the Vanderbilt Ph.D. has developed a device that cleans the blood.

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Meet Vanderbilt’s first Academic Pathways fellows

Oct. 27, 2017—Seven outstanding Ph.D.’s with diverse backgrounds and experiences have come to Vanderbilt to pursue postdoctoral training with an eye toward academic careers.

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Ph.D. student publishes ‘Farzana’s Journey’ to help kids understand water quality issues

Oct. 26, 2017—Chelsea Peters, a Ph.D. student in environmental engineering, recently returned from giving out 500 copies of her book to children in Bangladesh.

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Team to develop steerable robotic needle for biopsies

Oct. 26, 2017—Collaboration between a mechanical engineer at Vanderbilt University and a pulmonologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has resulted in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grant that will be used to develop a steerable robotic needle to safely biopsy hard-to-reach lung nodules.

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New faculty: Daniel Work, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering

Oct. 26, 2017—Daniel Work can’t think of a better place to research traffic issues than Nashville. He’s bringing his expertise on applying cyber-physical systems—the combination of physical systems with technological advances—to transportation to a city that adds roughly 85 new residents per day.

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New cleanroom will boost nanoscale research

Oct. 25, 2017—The VINSE Cleanroom in the Engineering and Science Building more than triples the space that researchers have used in the Stevenson Center since 2003.

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New faculty: Marjan Rafat, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering

Oct. 16, 2017—The regimen is all too familiar for those battling breast cancer and for their loved ones: tough rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The patient goes on to live a long, cancer-free life when that regimen works. Marjan Rafat studies when it doesn’t.

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Autism & Innovation center established to help people with ASD find meaningful work

Oct. 12, 2017—Creating a model pipeline that will assist adults on the autism spectrum find innovative jobs is the purpose of Vanderbilt University’s new Center for Autism & Innovation.

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Building social values into the Internet of Things

Oct. 10, 2017—New project aims to build social norms, policies and values into the basic architecture of the Internet of Things.

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NSF Convergence grant to improve insight, data on learner-technology interaction

Sep. 19, 2017—A collaboration between Vanderbilt School of Engineering and North Carolina State University to identify the best way to analyze learning data is among the first recipients of NSF grants to address societal challenges through cross-disciplinary research.

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Vanderbilt expert: Rethinking where/if to rebuild after Hurricanes Irma, Harvey

Sep. 13, 2017—Smarter zoning, better hazard maps and more stormwater management are among the key recommendations Vanderbilt environmental engineer Mark Abkowitz has for coping with extreme weather.

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Artificial intelligence thinks like people with autism, used to develop educational tools

Sep. 5, 2017—Inspired by Temple Grandin, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Maithilee Kunda figured out how to create artificial intelligence that emulates image-based thinking.

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