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Using virtual reality to help teenagers with autism learn how to drive

Jul. 21, 2016—A team of engineers and psychologists have developed a virtual reality driving simulator designed to help teenagers with autism spectrum disorder learn to drive, a key skill in allowing them to live independent and productive lives.

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Six attract National Institutes of Health grants for wide-ranging research

Jul. 12, 2016—Five biomedical engineering professors and an electrical engineering and computer science professor are celebrating news about newly approved or resubmitted Research Project Grants (R01) from the Nationals Institutes of Health.

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Open-source instructions for focused ultrasound provide cancer research boost

Jun. 30, 2016—Vanderbilt University’s William Grissom and Charles Caskey are throwing open doors with a do-it-yourself, open-source software and hardware guide to enabling existing imaging machines with focused ultrasound technology.

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Student rocketeers win fourth national championship in a row

May. 12, 2016—Vanderbilt student rocketeers have won NASA’s Orbital-ATK University Student Launch competition for the fourth year in a row.

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New director sees Innovation Center as both startup and catalyst for campus and city

Apr. 22, 2016—A startup veteran and investor whose ventures range from retail to manufacturing joined Vanderbilt University this spring as the inaugural executive director of the newly created Innovation Center. Robert Grajewski joined Vanderbilt as the Evans Family Executive Director of the Innovation Center on April 1. The Innovation Center, set to open late summer, will support a maker culture that encourages innovation and creativity and bolsters implementation of the four intersecting themes that make up the university’s Academic Strategic Plan.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Zero-energy home and zero-emission microbrewery designs part of Vanderbilt engineering school’s Design Day

Apr. 21, 2016—A number of exciting projects are among the 74 design projects featured at the School of Engineering’s annual Design Day, including zero-energy home designs and a solar-powered desalination system.

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Vanderbilt rocketeers win sixth payload design award at NASA launch competition

Apr. 20, 2016—The Vanderbilt student rocket team collected two key awards in NASA’s Student Launch Challenge following a near flawless flight April 16 at Bragg Farms in Toney, Alabama.

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Advance in creating atomically thin electronic and optical devices

Apr. 15, 2016—A future generation of atomically thin optoelectronics devices, including transistors, photodetectors and solar cells, is a step closer because of an advance in the art of epitaxy made by scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with an assist from a pair of Vanderbilt physicists.

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Mechanical engineering grad student wins NASA space research fellowship

Apr. 14, 2016—Vanderbilt graduate student Darren Tinker has been selected by NASA for its 2016 class of Space Technology Research Fellows.

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Measuring drought impact in more than dollars and cents

Apr. 13, 2016—A pair of Vanderbilt doctoral students has assembled a multi-disciplinary team of graduate students from around the country to conduct a multi-faceted study of how people are affected by and responding to drought conditions in the United States.

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New MOOC will teach core Java programming

Apr. 6, 2016—The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning has launched Java for Android, a massive open online course that will teach students from around the world how to apply core Java programming languages, features and software patterns in Android, the dominant platform for developing and deploying mobile device apps.

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Technology and learning theorist to deliver engineering school’s Schmidt Lecture April 13

Apr. 5, 2016—A leading theorist and researcher on how technology impacts learning, George Siemens thinks digitization of content and interaction has profound implications on teaching and learning and the organization of universities in general.

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