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Time when climate was topsy-turvy in Western U.S. aids climate prediction efforts

March 2, 2015 — Climate scientists now put the odds that the American Southwest is headed into a 30-year “mega drought” at 50/50. Meanwhile, the forecast for the Pacific Northwest is continued warming with slightly drier summers and even wetter winters. However, 21,000 years ago, at the peak of the last Ice Age, a period known as the Last...... KEEP READING »

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Dr. Randy Blakely’s lab wins 2015 basketball “Greenest Group on Campus” award

February 11, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Dr. Randy Blakely’s lab group has been named winner of the 2015 Vanderbilt Basketball Sustainability Competition. Dr. Blakely’s lab staff celebrated their title of “greenest group on campus” at the Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina basketball game Feb. 7 with a catered hospitality event, tickets to the game, an autographed basketball...... KEEP READING »

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Family tradition helps expand environmental and sustainability studies

February 3, 2015 — Originally published by Vanderbilt News. Read the article here. For Sommers Kline, BA’14, it all began the first semester of her first year when she signed up for an oceanography course. “Within the first two weeks, I learned that coral reefs were unlikely to last beyond the next 30 years,” Kline recalled. “I thought that...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Engineering Students Prepare for 2015 Solar Decathlon

September 17, 2014 — Selected last spring for the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a team of Vanderbilt students is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville to build Harmony House. It’s a 1,000-square-foot, energy efficient, fully solar-powered home likely to be used as a test site for the housing nonprofit after the contest ends. “A lot of Solar...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt professor speaks on climate change at TEDxNashville

June 1, 2014 — Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, recently spoke on “Buying Time: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change” at TEDxNashville. Professor Vandenbergh’s academic research explores the relationship between formal legal regulation and informal social regulation of individual and corporate behavior, the influence of social...... KEEP READING »

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Nashville team’s ‘Harmony House’ scores a spot in international Solar Decathlon

February 18, 2014 — [Originally published by Research News @ Vanderbilt] Team Music City, an interdisciplinary group from Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, has been selected to compete in the Solar Decathlon 2015, a U.S. Department of Energy event that challenges students to design and build a functioning, energy-efficient, solar-powered house....... KEEP READING »

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ChE senior enters final round of national undergraduate research competition

February 6, 2014 — [Originally posted by VUSE] Marc Panu is looking forward to a final round in March to determine a first-place award for undergraduate research that will be announced at the 40th annual convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in Nashville. Panu, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering, captured the first-place award in...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt alum, co-founder of Ubiquitous Energy, named to “Forbes” 30 under 30

January 16, 2014 — Vanderbilt University School of Engineering alum, Miles Barr, is one of five VU alums to be named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30.” The list highlights the brightest stars under the age of 30 who are making waves in categories such as finance, technology, education and energy. Barr, who received a bachelor of engineering degree from...... KEEP READING »

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New device stores electricity on silicon chips

November 20, 2013 — [Originally posted by Research News at Vanderbilt] Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt...... KEEP READING »

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Green Lights Program Will Monitor Commons’ Energy Use

September 4, 2013 — [Originally posted by MyVU] [Click here for story on InsideVandy] When first-year students arrived at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons for Move In Aug. 17, they were met by brand-new Green Lights screens in the lobby of each house. The screens display real-time energy use for each residence hall and tell the viewer whether or not the...... KEEP READING »

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