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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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13 faculty proposals earn Discovery Grants

Jun. 21, 2017—Thirteen faculty proposals have earned Discovery Grants, one of Vanderbilt’s primary means of investing in advancing discovery in its core disciplines and strengthening the university's scholarly profile.

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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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Anonymous $10 million gift to Vanderbilt University will support College Halls

Jun. 5, 2017—An anonymous $10 million gift to the College Halls program continues the momentum that is transforming the undergraduate experience at Vanderbilt University through living–learning communities.

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Faculty committee proposes plan for investment in graduate education and research

Jun. 1, 2017—Following a collaborative rapid cycle process, an ad hoc faculty committee has released a report identifying four proposed thematic areas for future investment in graduate education and research at Vanderbilt.

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International exhibit unites students, faculty and staff in celebrating mapping technology

May. 22, 2017—Vanderbilt's recent hosting of the "Places & Spaces: Mapping Science" exhibition proved to be not only intellectually enriching, but also socially unifying, according to several leaders across campus.

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International Strategy Working Group issues draft Executive Summary

May. 19, 2017—The International Strategy Working Group, charged by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente last September with developing a plan to strengthen Vanderbilt’s international research, scholarship and creative expression efforts while raising the global profile of the university as a research institution, has produced a draft Executive Summary of its work.

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TIPs NetsBlox project aims to make computer programming intuitive and understandable

May. 2, 2017—Supported by TIPs funding, Engineering's Akos Ledeczi is pursuing the development of NetsBlox, a computer programming platform that could make writing programs as intuitive as writing an email.

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