VU BreakThru


ARMA Lab: Giving Surgeons a Sense of Touch

Written by Department of Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. students Long Wang and Rashid Yasin This blog is a follow-up to the previous article by Amy Wolf, “giving surgical robots a human touch“, which featured Dr. Nabil Simaan and his lab, Advanced Robotics and Mechanism Applications (ARMA). ARMA Lab, one of the labs under Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering…

Posted by on March 14, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015

Members of the “The Nation’s Health” University Course pose before the Tennessee State Capitol during their recent day on the hill.

Calling A Congressional Representative

Calling your congressional representative and expressing a policy position is one of the easiest ways to directly engage with the policy process, but making the initial call can be daunting and frightening for many people. Not knowing who will answer your call or how receptive the person on the other end of the phone will…

Posted by on March 14, 2017 in News, The Nation's Health

Vanderbilt Law School Professor Edward Rubin

Notes on a Visit to TPFW, the Tennessee Prison for Women

Written by Vanderbilt Law School Professor Edward Rubin One’s first impression of TPFW, the Tennessee Prison for Women, is that it excessively ferocious-looking – high chicken wire fences festooned with rolls of concertina wire at the top and bottom. The sun was shining when we visited the prison, but the  daylight appeared garish as it…

Posted by on March 14, 2017 in Justice, Mercy and Mass Incarceration, News


Zika Virus Infection and Ocular Disease in Children

Written by Donald J. Alcendor, Associate Professor at Meharry Medical College, Associate Adjunct Professor, in the Department of Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt (research in the Alcendor lab at Meharry, which is affiliated with the Pre3 Initiative) The Zika virus belongs to the Flavirvirus family of viruses that is spreading on a global scale. Outbreaks in…

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

Professor Nabil Simaan for the Mechanical Engineering departmental brochure. (John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Advanced Robotics and Mechanism Applications (ARMA)

Written by Nabil Simaan, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Otolaryngology Advanced Robotics and Mechanism Applications (ARMA) is focused on advanced robotics research, including robotics, mechanism design, control and telemanipulation for medical applications. We focus on enabling technologies that necessitate novel design solutions that require contributions in design modeling and control. ARMA has led the…

Posted by on March 1, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015

Three members of the MASI lab: Allison Hainline, Prasanna Parvathaneni, and Vishwesh Nath.

MASI Lab: Connecting clinical neuroscience with advanced technological imaging analysis

Written by: Vishwesh Nath, Vanderbilt University graduate research assistant (Masters) Prasanna Parvathaneni,Vanderbilt University graduate research assistant (Ph.D) Allison Hainline,Vanderbilt University graduate research assistant (Ph.D) At the Medical Imaging and Statistical Interpretation (MASI) lab the first thing you notice is the active environment encouraging, friendly interaction. The principal investigator of this project, Bennett Landman, Ph.D., is right…

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


Can music training improve language outcomes in children? Program for Music, Mind and Society provides violin lessons for children with language impairments

Written by Natalie Wiens, M.S. candidate in Speech-Language Pathology and Graduate Research Assistant in the Music Cognition Lab It’s late afternoon and the sun is slanting through the window. Four violins, three children, three parents and one teacher are gathered in a room. As the teacher plays a series of rhythmic notes on her violin,…

Posted by on February 16, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


Student Project Team Develops Mobile App for Legal Aid

Written by Vanderbilt University junior Economics major Sasha Pines  The introduction of project-based University Courses at The Wond’ry will completely revolutionize the way we learn at Vanderbilt, as experiential learning is simply the best model for job training. Technology projects are inherently interdisciplinary, requiring clear communication and organized initiative. Students are granted the opportunity to…

Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Mobile Cloud Computing, News


Freedom at a Price

Earlier this month, the class went to the courthouse, to witness the process of criminal justice in action. We arrived at the Public Defender’s Office at 8:30 a.m., and received a brief orientation. Then we were divided into groups and walked over to the courthouse, where we sat in the various courtrooms, and witnessed cases being…

Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Justice, Mercy and Mass Incarceration, News

Students and faculty from the the University Course 'Justice, Mercy and Mass Incarceration' will be taking a field trip to the downtown Nashville courthouse, and we would like to chronicle the trip in order to support a potential MyVU story about the course and to support promotional materials (blog site, website, etc.) for University Courses.(John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

A Visit to the Public Defender’s Office and Courthouse

The students and faculty from the University Course Justice, Mercy and Mass Incarceration went to the courthouse on February 7 to learn about the process of adjudication. As part of that experience, students and faculty met with members of the Public Defender’s Office. After a brief orientation, they broke into groups of 4-5 and headed to the…

Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Justice, Mercy and Mass Incarceration, News