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Virtual reality world offers drug addicts low-risk place to just say ‘no’

Mar. 19, 2018—Opioid addicts and others battling compulsion around drugs or alcohol are using a new high-tech, low-risk method to practice saying no—through virtual reality.

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VU BreakThru: Undergraduates get immersive experience in new VINSE cleanroom

Feb. 28, 2018—Last fall, TIPs funding allowed the VINSE cleanroom to support laboratories for four courses, covering a broad range of topics spanning traditional semiconductor materials processing to cutting-edge synthesis of two-dimensional materials. Cleanroom Immersion Leader Alice Leach writes about the wide range of immersion opportunities for undergraduate students. Read more about TIPs grants and other internal faculty funding programs—including University Courses, Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants—at the VU BreakThru blog.

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Spinach protein and blackberry dye give juice to biohybrid solar cells

Feb. 23, 2018—Combining a natural dye from blackberries with photosynthetic proteins extracted from spinach leaves increases the voltage of biohybrid solar cells by a factor of 20.

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New recyclable resin makes wind turbines much more sustainable

Feb. 15, 2018—New composite materials make wind energy even greener by making the turbines themselves recyclable.

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Duvall elected into American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows

Feb. 14, 2018—Duvall conducts research on advanced drug delivery systems designed for regenerative medicine applications, such as tissue engineering, wound healing, vascular bypass grafts and protection of tissue from degenerative diseases.

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‘Smart cane’ could one day help flag gait problems, falling risks more quickly

Feb. 12, 2018—Falling is no joke when you're a senior citizen or have other balance issues. Vanderbilt engineers are working on a 'smart cane' that could help physical therapists spot and treat problems sooner.

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Vanderbilt wins top prize in first round of DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

Jan. 30, 2018—The DARPA challenge seeks to uncover efficient solutions to our increasingly connected world's equally growing appetite for bandwidth.

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VU BreakThru: Human milk as a source of narrow spectrum antimicrobial agents

Jan. 29, 2018—Assistant Professor of Chemistry Steven Townsend explores the role that human breast milk can play as a source of narrow spectrum antimicrobial agents in this VU BreakThru blog. Townsend brought together members of the Vanderbilt Pre-3 Initiative, a 2015 Trans-Institutional Program, to assist with his research.

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Vanderbilt IRIS Initiative: Shaping the infrastructure of tomorrow

Jan. 18, 2018—Learn about recent developments for the Vanderbilt Initiative for Intelligent Resilient Infrastructure Systems, a 2016 TIPs project led by associate professor of civil and environmental engineering Caglar Oskay focused on improving the nation's flood infrastructure, in this VU BreakThru blog post.

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Astronomy professor wins $1M grant, takes multifaceted approach to keeping minorities and persons with disabilities in STEM

Dec. 13, 2017—Keivan Stassun was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Million-Dollar Professor for promotion of minorities in the physical sciences.

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Hyperlens crystal capable of viewing living cells in unprecedented detail

Dec. 11, 2017—A fundamental advance in the quality of an optical material used to make hyperlenses makes it possible to see features on the surface of living cells in greater detail than ever before.

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New proposal development program hosts visit from Army Research Lab’s chief scientist to explore faculty partnerships

Nov. 29, 2017—The Army Research Lab's top scientist came to Vanderbilt to explore research collaborations with faculty through the provost’s new Leveraged Proposal Organization and Development program.

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