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Bowtie-funnel combo best for conducting light; team found answer in undergrad physics equation

Aug. 24, 2018—Running computers on virtually invisible beams of light would make them faster, lighter and more energy efficient. A Vanderbilt team found the answer in a familiar formula.

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Making high-performance batteries from junkyard scraps

Nov. 2, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered how to make high-performance batteries using scraps of metal from the junkyard and household chemicals.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: Building a Better ‘Bridge’ to the Ph.D.

May. 19, 2016—The Fisk-Vanderbilt Master's-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program, which supports minority STEM graduate students, is the subject of a feature story in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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New detector perfect for asteroid mining

Nov. 19, 2015—A new generation of gamma-ray spectrometer being developed by researchers and students in the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master's-to-Ph.D. Bridge program is perfectly suited for detecting valuable minerals hidden within the asteroids, comets, moons and minor planets in the solar system.

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NSF research grant goes to 16 Vanderbilt graduate students

Apr. 8, 2015—The grant program is aimed at aiding individuals who have demonstrated notable potential early in their research career, as well as promoting diversity in the sciences.

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The New Face of Science: How Vanderbilt became a top producer of minority Ph.D.s in STEM

Apr. 16, 2013—This year the Fisk–Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge program, directed by Keivan Stassun, professor of astronomy, will become the nation’s No. 1 producer of minority Ph.D. recipients in physics, astronomy and materials science.

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Bayuzick, chemical engineer who had experiments on space shuttle, dies

Feb. 12, 2013—Robert Bayuzick, who had experiments conducted on three separate flights of the space shuttle Columbia while he was a professor of chemical engineering and director of materials science at Vanderbilt University, died Feb. 8 in Nashville.

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VUCast Extra: Bridging the Gap in the Sciences

Jun. 8, 2012—Vanderbilt is on track this year to become the number one producer of minority Ph.D. recipients in physics, astronomy and materials science, an area where minorities are grossly underrepresented. Watch the emotional journey of the latest doctoral graduates from the Fisk-Vanderbilt-Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program.

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Physics post-doc headed to Capitol Hill as congressional fellow

May. 18, 2012—Post-doctoral researcher Andrew Steigerwald has been selected by the Materials Research Society and the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society as their 2012-2013 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

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Weeks, emeritus professor of engineering and materials science, dies

Apr. 16, 2012—Robert Andrew Weeks, research professor emeritus of materials science and mechanical engineering, died April 10 in Maryville, Tenn. He was 87. Weeks was a distinguished research scientist in the field of solid state physics as well as a notable glass scientist. At the end of a 33-year career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he joined...

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Barrier to faster graphene devices identified and suppressed

Mar. 13, 2012—Vanderbilt physicists report that they have nailed down the source of the interference inhibiting the rapid flow of electrons through graphene-based devices and found a way to suppress it.

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