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‘Queen of Carbon’ to speak at VINSE Colloquium

Oct. 3, 2014—Acclaimed MIT Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita, Mildred Dresselhaus will speak at the next VINSE Colloquium.

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Nanoscale optical switch breaks miniaturization barrier

Mar. 13, 2014—An ultra-fast and ultra-small optical switch has been invented that could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles.

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VUCast Extra: Blackberries, electricity and high school students

Oct. 23, 2013—How do you get students excited about science? Try mixing blackberries and a lesson in nanotechnology with some eager Tennessee high school students in a Vanderbilt lab. Watch the results on VUCast Extra now.

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Vanderbilt outreach initiative puts science in the hands of Tennessee students

Jan. 23, 2013—Middle school students in Robertson and Dickson counties will get hands-on science instruction thanks to a Vanderbilt University outreach initiative.

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Radiation damage bigger problem in microelectronics than previously thought

Jul. 19, 2012—The amount of damage that radiation causes in electronic materials may be at least 10 times greater than previously thought, say Vanderbilt scientists using a combination of lasers and acoustic waves to pinpoint the size and location of defects buried deep inside.

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Probing the roots of depression by tracking serotonin regulation at a new level

Jun. 27, 2012—An interdisciplinary team of scientists have successfully tagged a protein that regulates the neurotransmitter serotonin with tiny fluorescent beads, allowing them to track the movements of individual molecules for the first time. This capability makes it possible to study the manner in which serotonin regulates mood, appetite and sleep at a new level of detail.

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Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff share discoveries at USA Science & Engineering Festival

Apr. 25, 2012—A group of Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff will share their research and passion for science and technology with middle and high school students at the nation’s largest science fair April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

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High school students turn blackberries into solar cells

Mar. 21, 2012—VINSE is starting new high school field trip program where they will have students create a solar cell out of blackberries and raspberries.

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Science comes alive for middle school students during Vanderbilt lab visit

Mar. 13, 2012—The Art2STEM students were divided into groups to participate in several hands-on activities. Some grew protein crystals and learned how to use X-rays to determine structures. Liquid nitrogen is often used to protect crystals from X-ray damage, so the students had the opportunity to observe some dramatic experiments involving liquid nitrogen and rubber objects. Some...

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VINSE engineers and researchers explore possibilities on the nanoscale

Dec. 15, 2011—There is much to celebrate, including the fact that in the past decade, VINSE has attracted more than $75 million in federal funding for nanoscience research, says VINSE Director Sandra J. Rosenthal.

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Something big from something small: The 10th anniversary of VINSE

Dec. 13, 2011—Vanderbilt researchers working at the smallest scale celebrate a huge milestone this year. The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE), seeded from a university-funded $16 million venture capital fund initiative, celebrates its 10th anniversary in December.

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ARRA grant allows update of nanoscience institute’s air-handling equipment

Oct. 13, 2010—If there is one thing that nanoscientists need above all else to study the behavior of materials and create devices at the scale of individual atoms, it is an ultra-clean environment. The fresh air that we breathe contains something like one million microscopic particles in a cubic foot, more than enough to wreak havoc with...

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