June 3, 2016


In the News:

Study confirms link between early test scores and adult achievement

Students who score extremely high on standardized tests as adolescents often become high achievers in adulthood, a new study has confirmed. Researchers from Vanderbilt’s Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) and the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) collaborated on the study . . . The researchers looked at 259 TIP students who had scored in the top 0.01 percent (or top 1 in 10,000) for their age on above grade-level tests as adolescents in the 1980s and 1990s.  The researchers found that a remarkable 37 percent of the students who met that criteria went on to earn doctorates, 7.5 percent earned tenure as college professors and 9 percent held at least one patent by the time they turned 40. MORE

‘Young Scientist’ showcases high schoolers’ research at Vanderbilt

As it has for the past six years, Vanderbilt University has provided the opportunity for high school students, including 11 from Metropolitan Nashville public schools, to have the research they conducted at Vanderbilt published in a journal. Young Scientist is the brainchild of Jens Meiler, associate professor of chemistry, and Chris Vanags, associate director of the Center for Science Outreach (CSO). These are not your typical science-fair egg drops and volcanoes. The latest edition of Young Scientist features papers on “Regulation of Pro-Inflammatory Phenotypes by Carcinogenic and Non-Carcinogenic Heliobacter pylori Strains,” “Measuring the Degradation of Robot Components Caused by Gamma Radiation” and “Molecular Origins of the Ultra-Low Friction Exhibited by Biocompatible Zwitterionic Polymer Brushes.” Not only do they look and sound like real scientific papers – they are. Each one represents a genuine discovery. MORE

‘Crowdsourcing’ project aims to refine data extraction from electronic health records

A research team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) will develop a crowdsourcing solution for generating a wide range of labeled data sets from electronic health records (EHRs). This pilot project will solicit contributions from VUMC medical students and clinical personnel (nurses, residents and fellows), paying them to label EHR data. The work will be assisted by a $316,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), under the research agency’s Big Data to Knowledge initiative. MORE

New software tracks cancer mutations, survival

Malignant tumors are increasingly subject to routine clinical genotyping, primarily to predict drug response or assist with prognosis. A team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has developed and tested software that scans electronic health records in real time to monitor cancer patient survival (from time of diagnosis) according to which genes, if any, are found to carry mutations. The software also tracks tumor type (anatomic site), cancer stage at diagnosis and smoking status. The research was supported [in part] by grants from the National Institutes of Health…MORE


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