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New biomaterial could improve bone grafting

Feb. 26, 2019—A new biomaterial-based bone graft extender created by Vanderbilt and U.S. Army researchers has the potential to improve treatment of critical orthopedic conditions.

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Signals from the “conveyor belt”

Jan. 18, 2019—Carlos Lopez, Tina Iverson and Vsevolod Gurevich propose that a conveyer belt best describes the mechanism by which cellular signals are handed off from enzyme to enzyme in the brain.

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Trans-institutional team documents potential new treatment path for breast cancer

Jan. 16, 2019—A team led by biomolecular engineer John Wilson and cancer biologist Rebecca Cook have found a way to trigger an immune response that targets breast cancer cells.

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Breast cancer-killing RIG

Dec. 19, 2018—New research led by Rebecca Cook demonstrates that an antiviral receptor called RIG-I has potent immunogenic and therapeutic effects in breast cancer.

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Online platform assures cyber-physical systems research is legit, results don’t disappear

Nov. 16, 2018—Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems is unveiling the Cyber-Physical Systems Virtual Organization Portal, created and curated by researchers at Vanderbilt, Arizona State University, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and University of Arizona.

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Today’s budding yeasts shed traits from their 400-million-year-old ancestor

Nov. 8, 2018—Evolutionary biologists decoded the genomes of nearly a third of known budding yeast species, allowing them to reconstruct an ancient parent’s metabolic characteristics.

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Vanderbilt earns $6.6M in special education training grants

Nov. 2, 2018—The Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development has received five grants totaling $6.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

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Karate kicks keep cockroaches from becoming zombies, wasp chow

Oct. 31, 2018—Far from being a weak-willed sap easily paralyzed by the emerald jewel wasp’s sting to the brain, the cockroach can deliver a stunning karate kick that saves its life, biologist Ken Catania has found.

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Volcano researcher learns how Earth builds supereruption-feeding magma systems

Oct. 11, 2018—After studying layers of pumice, measuring the amount of crystals in the samples and using thermodynamic models, the team determined magma moved closer to the surface with each successive eruption.

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Vanderbilt selected to evaluate NSF-funded, high school engineering curriculum

Oct. 4, 2018—The $4 million pilot program, entitled Engineering For US All, will test the effectiveness of a standardized educational curriculum across multiple states and eventually may lead to college credit.

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New model of polarization sheds light on today’s politics

Oct. 2, 2018—No politics is local anymore and it’s driving us apart, according to a new mathematical model of political competitiveness developed by political economist Mattias Polborn.

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Second cohort of Academic Pathways fellows arrives on campus

Sep. 28, 2018—The Academic Pathways postdoctoral program bridges academic training and entry-level faculty positions with a particular emphasis on scholars with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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