Mar. 24, 2006—Doug Fisher, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University, talks about the state of the art in artificial intelligence and robotics in this interview by Adelyn Jones of WRLT FM radio in Nashville. The interview was aired Sunday, March 19, and was co-produced by Dan Buckley. Music by John Scofield. (Used with permission from Tuned In Broadcasting and John Scofield.)
Mar. 23, 2006—Henry Petroski, the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University, will speak on "The Paradox of Design: Success through Failure" on Wednesday, April 12, at Vanderbilt University in the final presentation of the 2005-06 Chancellor's Lecture Series.
Feb. 27, 2006—Educators and researchers have reacted with both enthusiasm and skepticism to President Bush's State of the Union call to improve America's competitiveness in math and science. Vanderbilt education and science experts are available to discuss what it will take to stop the United States' slide towards scientific and mathematic irrelevancy on the global stage.
Vanderbilt engineering receives National Science Foundation “CAREER” Award for nano-fiber concrete research
Dec. 7, 2005—"Cast in concrete" is not all it's cracked up to be. Concrete structures from bridges to condominium complexes are susceptible to cracks, corrosion and other forces of natural and man-made chemical assault and degradation. Aging structures can be repaired, but at significant cost.
Dec. 5, 2005—Soccer-ball-shaped "buckyballs" are the most famous players on the nanoscale field, presenting tantalizing prospects of revolutionizing medicine and the computer industry. Since their discovery in 1985, engineers and scientists have been exploring the properties of these molecules for a wide range of applications and innovations.
Nov. 7, 2005—Credited with launching the fields of sustained drug delivery and tissue engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Institute Professor Robert S. Langer will give the John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture at Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.
Oct. 13, 2005—Thomas R. Harris, Vanderbilt chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department and Orrin H. Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering, has received a distinguished service award from the major scientific and professional society in the field of biomedical engineering.
Oct. 11, 2005—Dr. Andre' Lemont Churchwell, a Vanderbilt University cardiologist whose distinguished career has included extensive professional and community service and support for aspiring minority faculty, is the recipient of the 2005 Walter R. Murray Jr. Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Oct. 6, 2005—Tamara Baynham, a senior research scientist for the Guidant Corporation, will speak to encourage engineering majors Oct. 13 during her presentation "Survive and Thrive in Engineering School: It Takes a Village." The talk will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center as part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series sponsored by the center.
Sep. 12, 2005—Dongqing Li -- an international leader in "lab-on-a-chip" biotechnology who is joining Vanderbilt as the new H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering -- dreams of creating a miniature, portable laboratory the size of a business card, capable of on-the-scene diagnosis of diseases and rapid detection of biochemical warfare agents.
Sep. 7, 2005—Hurricane Katrina has left most of New Orleans a virtual toxic wasteland, and a Vanderbilt University professor says that perhaps this once great city that is below sea level should not be rebuilt, at least in its present form. Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering, says "imagine the infrastructure expense required to rebuild the levees that can withstand far more than what was included in the original design, installation of a pumping system with greater capacity and less prone to failure, and add to that the knowledge that the climate change will increase the frequency and severity of hurricanes in the region."
Sep. 2, 2005—Peter Eisenman, an internationally recognized architect and educator who has designed projects ranging from NFL stadiums to unique private homes, will speak Sept. 23 at Vanderbilt University as part of the Chancellor's Lecture Series.