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Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Jul. 21, 2017—A new energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt University can generate electrical current from the full range of human motions and is thin enough to embed in clothing.

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Cotton candy capillaries lead to circuit boards that dissolve when cooled

Jun. 26, 2017—Leon Bellan made a dissolving circuit board that, so far, just turns on an LED light. Its potential applications are far more promising.

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How six cups of ground coffee can improve nose, throat surgery

Jun. 20, 2017—Vanderbilt engineers have designed a “granular jamming cap” filled with coffee grounds that can improve the accuracy of the sophisticated “GPS” system that surgeons use for nose and throat surgery.

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Celebrating the Class of 2017

May. 12, 2017—Damp weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of Class of 2017 members on Friday, May 12, when Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos presided over Commencement exercises and nearly 4,000 undergraduates, graduate and professional students received diplomas.

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VU Inside: Cut the noise! New research making hospital alarms smarter and quieter

May. 2, 2017—VUMC anesthesiologist Joseph Schlesinger is teaming up with undergrads in neuroscience and biomedical engineering to make hospital alarms better, quieter and easier to work with.

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Class of 2017: David Rodgers is composing a life in music

Mar. 14, 2017—Blair School of Music senior David Rodgers is graduating with a newly released album of jazz originals he composed, arranged and performed, as well as a spot in the touring band of Grammy Award-winning blues musicians Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal.

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New DIVE website launched

Feb. 20, 2017—The Office of the Provost has launched a new website and video to promote and share information about Vanderbilt’s Quality Enhancement Plan: Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience, or DIVE.

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The Student/Faculty Relationship

Feb. 9, 2017—Hear from Vanderbilt students about what Vanderbilt faculty are really like and how small classes with research faculty and immersive experiences lead to future-changing opportunities.

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Climate change helped kill off super-sized Ice Age animals in Australia

Jan. 26, 2017—A new study has compared the diet of a variety of Australian megafaunal herbivores from the period when they were widespread (350,000 to 570,000 years ago) to a period when they were in decline (30,000 to 40,000 years ago) by studying their fossil teeth. The analysis suggests that climate change had a significant impact on their diets and may well have been a primary factor in their extinction.

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DNA duplicator small enough to hold in your hand

Jan. 11, 2017—Imagine a “DNA photocopier” small enough to hold in your hand that could identify the bacteria or virus causing an infection even before the symptoms appear.

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Cool food with a mission: Student runs first-ever campus kosher food truck

Dec. 1, 2016—Vanderbilt student Zack Freeling runs Aryeh’s Kitchen, the only campus food truck in the United States offering a fully kosher menu, including meat items.

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Tennessine approved as name of newly discovered element

Nov. 30, 2016—Tennessee joins California to become only the second American state memorialized in the periodic table of elements.

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