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Nine students from Clay County High School Join Forensics Lab On April 23

Apr. 23, 2024—On Tuesday, April 23, VINSE welcomed nine students from Clay County High School to our Forensics Lab. Their job was to find proof of “murderer” using the various tools in the lab before the end of the day! Our NanoGuides provided an introduction to the optical properties of natural and exotic synthetic materials, and led...

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Spotlight Publication: “Non-Viral In Vivo Delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 using Protein-Agnostic, High-Loading Porous Silicon and Polymer Nanoparticles” published in ACS Nano

Apr. 19, 2024—“Non-Viral In Vivo Delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 using Protein-Agnostic, High-Loading Porous Silicon and Polymer Nanoparticles” published in ACS Nano, selected as VINSE Spotlight Publication. This research, led by Biomedical Engineering Prof. Craig Duvall and his 2023 PhD graduate Brock Fletcher, was recently published in ACS Nano. This interdisciplinary project involved several other VINSE labs (Weiss, Brunger,...

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Sixteen students from White House Heritage High School Join Forensics Lab On April 11

Apr. 12, 2024—It seems like nothing eye-catching at the “crime scene”, but what are the hidden clues that you should not miss out? On Thursday, April 11, VINSE welcomed 16 students from White House Heritage High School to our Forensics Lab. During the forensics lab program, the students solved a whodunnit-themed activity using several types of spectroscopies including Raman, FTIR,...

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Thirteen Students from White County High School Join Cleanroom Solar Cell Lab Today

Apr. 3, 2024—How does a solar cell work and how can you make one? On Wednesday, April 3, VINSE welcomed 13 students from White County High School to our Cleanroom Solar Cell Lab. They went inside the VINSE cleanroom, home of the cleanest air in middle Tennessee, and found out with hands-on activities!  The students created a...

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16 Students From Springfield High School Join Forensics Lab Today

Mar. 28, 2024—Imagine you are a detective investigating on a murder scene, where do you start? On Thursday, March 28, VINSE welcomed 16 students from Springfield High School to our Forensics Lab. During the forensics lab program, the students solved a whodunnit-themed activity using several types of spectroscopies including Raman, FTIR, absorption and photoluminescence. They also extracted...

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8 Students From Waverly High School Join Cleanroom Microfluidics Lab Today

Mar. 27, 2024—How differences in designs can alter the behavior of the fluid? On Wednesday March 27, VINSE welcomed 8 students from Waverly High School to our Cleanroom Microfluidics Lab. They went inside the VINSE cleanroom, home of the cleanest air in middle Tennessee, and found out with hands-on activities! The students stenciled with light to pattern...

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Lauren Buchanan wins NSF CAREER Award

Mar. 22, 2024—Lauren Buchanan, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award. Her CAREER project, “Understanding Nanoparticle-induced Changes to Protein Structure,” will address a critical gap in our understanding of protein-nanoparticle interactions: the detailed surface-induced changes to protein structure and dynamics that that potentially impact protein function. The five-year, $675,000 grant will support the...

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Episode 10 | Meet Our Faculty | Xiaoguang Dong

Mar. 18, 2024—Learn more about Dr. Xiaoguang Dong and his group. The Dong group develops novel stimuli-responsive mechanisms, microdevices, and microrobots for minimally invasive medical operations. Watch on YouTube | Hear more from Xiaoguang Dong Dong Lab

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Congratulations to Chris Whittington and Courtney Ragle for Completing 5 incentives for NanoGuides

Mar. 15, 2024—VINSE NanoGuides program is a new initiative launched in Fall 2023. This program formalizes the group of student volunteers who lead many of VINSE’s STEM outreach activities and now receive formal recognition for their passion for science outreach. Congratulations to Chris Whittington and Courtney Ragle for earning their VINSE backpack as a part of the...

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VINSE Colloquium: Student Selected Speaker Dr. Arjun Yodh 04/04/2025

Mar. 14, 2024—11th Annual VINSE Student Selected Seminar Arjun Yodh James M. Skinner Professor of Science and Department Chair University of Pennsylvania  Imaging and Spectroscopy of (mostly) Brain Using Diffusing Light 04.04.25  |  noon Diffusing light can be used to probe physiology in tissues located far below the body surface. The emerging light fields contain a wealth...

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