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Diversity in chemistry professor’s lab creates opportunity, explores clues to Alzheimer’s

Jun. 3, 2020—Renã Robinson, associate professor of chemistry, has been immersed in science-related activities and classes since she was a child. Today, she is leading a diverse lab of researchers, using chemistry to uncover clues surrounding Alzheimer’s disease.

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Qualities Applicable to Music and Medicine: Rachel Miles, BMUS’20

Apr. 30, 2020—When applying to colleges, Rachel Miles wanted to keep her options open. Vanderbilt proved to be the perfect fit for the Brunswick, Ohio, native, who majored in oboe performance through the Blair School and minored in chemistry and biological sciences through the College of Arts and Science.

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Ask an Expert: What does COVID-19 reveal about racial health disparities?

Apr. 24, 2020—Renã Robinson, associate professor of chemistry, discusses what the COVID-19 pandemic is revealing about racial health disparities.

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Birth of an Idea: Steven Townsend’s pathbreaking molecular research into human milk

Feb. 17, 2020—This year alone, Townsend has earned an $800,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award for his research on the protective properties of human milk, a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to discover new antibiotics, a $110,000 award from the American Chemical Society, and a place on the Chemical & Engineering News 2019 “Talented 12” list of scientists.

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Professor, Chemist, Mentor: Steve Townsend, assistant professor of chemistry

Oct. 29, 2019—Steven Townsend, whose research into human milk could one day help all babies get their best start in life, is also a committed mentor devoted to helping young scholars get the best start on their careers.

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Limited submission opportunity: 2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

Aug. 19, 2019—VU can nominate one candidate for the Chemistry and one candidate for the Physical Science & Engineering award categories. VU and VUMC are holding a joint competition to select one candidate for the Life Sciences award category.

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‘Research squad’ propels student during two summer immersions

Jul. 19, 2019—Chemistry major Puxin Xuanyuan put her creativity to work this summer while splitting time between an immersion experience at a medical biotech startup in Toronto and conducting cancer-fighting research on the Vanderbilt campus.

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Rosenthal to step down as VINSE director; planning for institute’s future begins

Feb. 27, 2019—Sandra Rosenthal will step down as director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering on June 30 following 12 years of service.

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Vanderbilt collaboration yields promising compound to treat arrhythmia

Feb. 21, 2019—In addition to establishing potency, the team’s tests on cells and, later, mice showed that even high doses of the compound caused no ill effects.

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Lindsley named to National Academy of Inventors

Dec. 11, 2018—Craig W. Lindsley, William K. Warren Jr. Professor of Medicine and co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, has been elected a fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Inventors.

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Grant enhances study of new chemotherapy targets

Oct. 19, 2018—Vanderbilt chemists have been awarded $7.2 million over the next five years from the National Cancer Institute to lead an initiative to better understand how a combination chemotherapy for breast cancer targets DNA.

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Gould awarded $10K prize for achievement in research

Aug. 24, 2018—Vanderbilt’s most prestigious faculty prize for accomplishments in research, scholarship or creative expression was awarded to Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Kathleen Gould Aug. 23. She was one of 10 award recipients during Fall Faculty Assembly.

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