VU BreakThru


A Musical Awakening

Written by Alexander Chern, M.D. candidate at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine About a year ago, in a crosswalk at the corner of Natchez and Blakemore, I was hit by a car. I was hospitalized for a month after sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other serious injuries. When I woke from my…

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


Ugly Foods: The Creation of a Mobile App

Written Edward Yun, Vanderbilt ’17 (Computer Science) Last fall, I read an article about the amount of food wasted in the U.S. every year. What surprised me most was how much we throw away because of arbitrary “beauty” rules. If a fruit or vegetable is less than 90 percent perfect, it can’t be sold to…

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Mobile Cloud Computing, News


Abdi Nor Iftan Shares Experiences During Africa Week

Written by Vanderbilt rising sophomore Dylan Choi Africa Week sponsored several incredible events including the African drumming clinic, an African dancing class and teach-ins on diverse topics. However, the event I found the most impressive was the talk given by Abdi Nor Iftan, a refugee/reporter from Somalia. While the other events provided valuable knowledge about…

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016


VISE Supports Medical Projects that Directly Impact Patients

Written by John Mendoza, B.E. Biomedical Engineering 2016, M.S. Biomedical Engineering 2017 Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) is a prime example of one of the university’s invaluable resources available to engineering students looking to hit the ground running. Because it lies at the university’s forefront of surgical excellence and engineering solutions, VISE understands…

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


Reflecting on the First Semester of The Nation’s Health

Co-Written by Gilbert Gonzales and Tara McKay During the first offering of our University Course “The Nation’s Health: From Policy to Practice,” undergraduate and graduate students from across Vanderbilt joined us to address some of the major challenges facing the U.S. health care system, including barriers to health care, health care costs and widening health…

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News, The Nation's Health


Africa Week Initiatives: Raising Awareness

Written by Vanderbilt freshman Vocal Performance major Michelle Langone I am always amazed by the ways Vanderbilt implements various methods to capitalize on educational opportunities. During Africa Week, students were exposed to impactful subjects that are not always discussed, bringing important issues to the forefront through a series of events. On the first day, I…

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016


Reflecting on Vanderbilt’s First-Ever Africa Week

Written by Keith Weghorst, Assistant Professor of Political Science “Elimu ni kama bahari, haina kuta wala dari” – Knowledge is like an ocean, it has no walls and no roof. Vanderbilt hosted its first-ever Africa Week on campus from April 2–7.  During the six-day program, students, faculty, staff and the Nashville community experienced events ranging…

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016

Janet Macdonald

X-Ray Diffractometer and Enchiladas

Janet Macdonald is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Her research group studies the synthesis and surface chemistry of nanocrystals, with the aim of applying this knowledge to new solar energy capture technologies. After 21 years of experiments, on Friday, April 15, 2017, the Scintag X-ray Diffractometer (XRD) in the chemistry department was shut down for…

Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Discovery Grants, News


VISE affiliated lab: Computer-Assisted Otologic Surgery (CAOS) – Part II

Written By Neal P. Dillon, PhD (Post-doctoral researcher) Loris Fichera, PhD (Post-doctoral researcher) Trevor L. Bruns (PhD Student) The Computer-Assisted Otologic Surgery (CAOS) lab is a unique collaboration between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Vanderbilt School of Engineering. Unlike most engineering labs, the lab is located in the Medical Center just a few floors…

Posted by on April 17, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


Music Cognition as a Window into Development

Written by Miriam Lense, PhD, Research Instructor, Department of Otolaryngology Twin A wailed as the nurse administered the heel stick. His heart rate jumped up nearly 70 beats per minute and he tightly squeezed his eyes shut. Nine weeks premature, he endured painful heel sticks and neurologic examinations as part of his daily routine. He…

Posted by on April 10, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015