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Vanderbilt invests $30 million and issues chair challenge to boost faculty support

Aug. 25, 2017—Vanderbilt University has announced to alumni and supporters the Chancellor Chair Challenge, a yearlong, $30 million investment by the university designed to create 30 new endowed chairs.

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Academic Strategic Plan continues to blaze path for university’s future course

Aug. 23, 2017—Entering its fourth year, Vanderbilt University’s Academic Strategic Plan still charts the course for the university’s efforts as it moves forward to address the complex problems facing society.

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Vanderbilt launches Library Collections Initiative

Aug. 21, 2017—The Jean and Alexander Heard Library’s special and permanent collections will be strategically expanded this year via a new one-year program called the Library Collections Initiative.

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New search committee for VBI director is appointed

Aug. 7, 2017—A new committee has been named to lead a national search for the Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.

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Vanderbilt begins Phase 1 trials of new Alzheimer’s drug

Aug. 7, 2017—Developed at Vanderbilt, VU319 is designed to precisely target a specific neuron receptor associated with cognitive function while avoiding potentially dangerous side effects.

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Career Center’s Wise Wanderings method teaches students how to translate any major into a career

Aug. 4, 2017—"We want to provide services that reach students whatever their background is and whatever their interests are in," says Vanderbilt Career Center director Kate Brooks.

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Smart underwear prevents back stress with just a tap

Aug. 1, 2017—"Performance-boosting super suit" hidden under clothing can be activated by a double tap to save users' backs.

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Hijacking human proteins to better deliver anti-cancer drugs

Jul. 24, 2017—Vanderbilt University engineers find existing human protein is ideal carrier for powerful molecules that can signal tumors to self-destruct.

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New tools help surgeons find liver tumors, not nick blood vessels

Jul. 17, 2017—The liver is a particularly squishy, slippery organ, prone to shifting both deadly tumors and life-preserving blood vessels by inches between the time they’re discovered on a CT scan and when the patient is lying on an operating room table. Vanderbilt University’s Michael Miga and his team have published the potential solution.

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TIPs funding awarded to 15 innovative interdisciplinary projects

Jul. 17, 2017—Fifteen interdisciplinary concepts—from LGBT policies to the autism advantage to life at the cellular level—will be explored at Vanderbilt, thanks to the 2017 round of TIPs funding.

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In two years, TIPs awards have made significant impact

Jul. 17, 2017—More than 250 faculty members and several hundred students are addressing a vast range of topics through the TIPs award program. TIPs projects have secured more than $12 million in external funding.

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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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