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Congratulations 2020 Graduates

VINSE would like to congratulate all of the 2020 Vanderbilt graduates, especially those associated with VINSE.  These students carried out research within our facilities, were members of our VINSE Tech Crew/office staff or participated in NanoDay! and colloquia events.  Although we can’t celebrate in person, we wish you all the best as you begin then…

Posted by on May 12, 2020 in News,

Janet Macdonald, Chemistry
 by Susan Urmy

Janet Macdonald Promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations are in order for Janet Macdonald on her promotion to Associate Professor of Chemistry with tenure. The Macdonald group is a nanoparticle synthesis group in the Department of Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. Janet and her students contribute fundamental knowledge to problems in green energy and catalysis. Most recently Janet was featured along with the…

Posted by on April 22, 2020 in News,


Congratulations 2020 VINSE REU NSF GRFP Winners!

Three prior VINSE REU students were awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships this year. NSF Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 allowance for tuition and fees for a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Annually, the NSF awards approximately 1,500 fellowships…

Posted by on April 22, 2020 in News,


Craig Duvall Named to Endowed Chair

Two engineering faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored for their academic achievements during a celebration Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Student Life Center. They were among nine Vanderbilt faculty members who are recipients of chairs. The engineering professors are: Craig Duvall, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Engineering Nilanjan Sarkar, David K. Wilson Chair in…

Posted by on March 24, 2020 in News,


Molecular Physics honors Peter Cummings as a ‘scientific force’ over four decades

While others may have opened somewhat traditional gifts during the 2019 holiday season, Peter Cummings received an extraordinary one:  A singular issue of Molecular Physics, Volume 117, numbers 23-24, honoring him on his 65th birthday and recognizing him as “a constantly innovating scientific force” in molecular theory and molecular simulation for more than four decades. The special…

Posted by on February 4, 2020 in News,


Kidambi receives NSF Early Career Award to support atomically thin membrane research

Piran Kidambi has received a 2020 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant. The five-year, $500,000 grant—Deconstructing Proton Transport through Atomically Thin Membranes—begins July 1, 2020. Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, will use the award to support his research on membrane technology. His work focuses on  atomically-thin two-dimensional materials that allow…

Posted by on February 4, 2020 in News,


Wilson awarded Komen breast cancer research grant

An engineering professor has received financial support from Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research. His project is among 60 grants totaling $26 million awarded to researchers nationwide. Those initiatives are focused on improving outcomes for metastatic breast cancer, reducing disparities in survivorship and developing new, more effective treatments. John T. Wilson, assistant professor of…

Posted by on January 29, 2020 in News,


Three VINSE Faculty Elected AAAS Fellows for 2019

Eight Vanderbilt University faculty members have been named 2019 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. “I am enormously proud of the eight faculty members who earned this inspiring accomplishment, and I’m delighted…

Posted by on December 4, 2019 in News,

Professors Peter Cummings and Clare McCabe in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the MUMS Lab. (John Russell/Vanderbilt)

Clare McCabe Elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Clare McCabe, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She was recognized today at the 2019 AIChE annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Fellow is the highest grade of membership awarded by the AICHE and is achieved only through election by the organization’s Board of Directors. McCabe…

Posted by on November 21, 2019 in News,


Peter Cummings is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK

Peter T. Cummings, John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering and the School of Engineering’s associate dean for research, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The designation FRSC is given to an elected Fellow who has made outstanding contributions to chemistry. Cummings is a globally recognized expert in molecular modeling and…

Posted by on November 21, 2019 in News,

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