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Vanderbilt School of Engineering, partners awarded $3.5 million from ARPA-E for transformational energy technology

November 30, 2015 — Read the Research News @Vanderbilt story here. A new $3.5 million award from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy will support Vanderbilt University School of Engineering researchers’ efforts to create software that can control the Smart Grid – a decentralized power system that is more efficient, sustainable and reliable than America’s current electrical power...... KEEP READING »

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Students from award-winning Whites Creek academy visit school’s wind-solar demo site

November 30, 2015 — Read the full story here. When Whites Creek High School students and teachers looked for a ground-mount solar cell installation to visit, they didn’t have to go far. It’s a mere 15 miles to the Vanderbilt School of Engineering’s wind-solar energy demonstration site at the top of Love Circle, one of the highest points in...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt offers new environmental sociology major

November 24, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt’s Department of Sociology this year launched its new environmental sociology major, the first environmental and sustainability studies major outside the sciences at Vanderbilt and one of the first such majors in the country. “Sociology developed the major in environmental sociology to provide students with more options,” said David Hess,...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt researchers helping to build a futuristic, sustainable city

November 11, 2015 — Read the Vanderbilt Magazine story here. Bouncing along a red-dirt road peppered with a few terrifying embankments, a Vanderbilt delegation arrives at an empty hilltop meadow carpeted with prairie grass and cordoned off by a barbed-wire fence. Other than a few bored cows, the only cue indicating the destination is a lone sign reading “Sterling...... KEEP READING »

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Eight Vanderbilt researchers named ‘Inspiring Women in STEM’

August 17, 2015 — Originally published by MyVU. Eight Vanderbilt professors are recipients of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. The award honors highly accomplished women working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics who have made a positive impact on the trajectories of other women thinking about or newly embarking on STEM careers. “For many...... KEEP READING »

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Deciphering clues to prehistoric climate changes locked in cave deposits

May 27, 2015 — Watch the VU Inside on Jessica Oster here. Read the Vanderbilt News story here. When the conversation turns to the weather and the climate, most people’s thoughts naturally drift upward toward the clouds, but Jessica Oster’s sink down into the subterranean world of stalactites and stalagmites. That is because the assistant professor of earth and...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh to lead new center to identify toxic chemicals

March 30, 2015 — Each day we are bathed in thousands of man-made chemicals that never existed in nature. They are in cosmetics and shampoo, food packaging and plastic containers, clothing and building materials, furniture and electronic devices. Although the U.S. now produces more than 500 million tons of synthetic chemicals annually, a major “toxicological information gap” has developed...... KEEP READING »

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Turning cellulose into biofuel: VU prof, grad student search for key on molecular level

March 24, 2015 — Originally published by the Vanderbilt School of Engineering found here. Brady, left, and Matt Lang, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Vanderbilt University. (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt University) Nature exquisitely engineered a way to produce fuel from organic matter. The answer to how lies in decaying leaves on the forest floor or a backyard compost pile...... KEEP READING »

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Cheaper wind power possible through “talking” turbines

March 16, 2015 — Originally published by Reuters. The measurements taken inside a Vanderbilt University wind tunnel could hold the key to making wind power a viable, cost effective energy source in the future, according to Professor Doug Adams and his team of engineers. Inside a massive 20,000 square foot laboratory, Adams and his team fitted inertial sensors on two...... KEEP READING »

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Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review

March 4, 2015 — The Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) welcomes Professor William Boyd of the University of Colorado Law School as a part of its annual Nashville conference to discuss the importance of a revitalized and expanded notion of public utility for efforts to decarbonize the U.S. power sector. A panel of experts will join him...... KEEP READING »

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