Susan Urmy

Susan Urmy

Vanderbilt University and University of Maryland join forces to offer MOOC sequence on mobile app de...

(Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt) Vanderbilt University and the University of Maryland have teamed up to introduce a new approach to massive open online courses, or MOOCs – a two-part,... Full Article at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Professor of Computer Science Doug Schmidt films a video ...

Abu Dhabi educators attend leadership institute at Vanderbilt

(Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt) The vice principals heard presentations by Vanderbilt education experts; visited public, private and charter schools in Nashville; met with community leaders; and participated in working sessions to identify leverage points that schools in Abu Dhabi can use to ...

New service helps patients keep glucose levels on track

(photo by Susan Urmy) Following her successful heart valve surgery at Vanderbilt, Gwendolyn English and her family faced a long journey home to Florida. Her family was concerned about the trip, because English has diabetes and her blood sugar levels had been fluctuating erratically. “We ...

Banks receives Karen Dolan Spirit Award

(Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt) Diane Banks, a longtime member and former president of the University Staff Advisory Council, has been honored with the 2013 Karen Dolan Spirit Award. The award recognizes a staff representative for stewardship, devotion and service to the council. It is given to ...

“Extractionator” could bring high-tech medical ...

(Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt University) The device is the bright idea of an interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt scientists and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given them $1 million to develop it. The grant is part of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative that seeks to ...

VU Robotic Surgery Keeps Growing

(Photo by Susan Urmy) This is not a sci-fi movie. This is robotic surgery that happens every day at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Since the first robotic prostatectomy was performed seven years ago, VUMC has established itself as a leader in robotic surgery with procedures ...

Organ donation flag-raising event set for April 17

(photo by Susan Urmy) The ceremony will be held Thursday, April 17, at 4 p.m. on the Medical Center Plaza next to Au Bon Pain. Vanderbilt Transplant Center highlights include: • Vanderbilt is third in the nation for annual organ donations. • Vanderbilt has a 91 percent consent rate for ...

DBS for Parkinson’s trial moves to next level

(photo by Susan Urmy) “Our hypothesis is that patients who have DBS applied in the very early stage of Parkinson’s disease will do much better in quality of life and motor function and have delayed onset of disability and medication-associated complications. Expanding the trial will help ...

Study links stem cell gene to prostate cancer susceptibility

(photo by Susan Urmy) A gene on chromosome 8 — in a region of the genome linked to risk for many types of cancer — is particularly associated with prostate cancer susceptibility, Vanderbilt University researchers have found. The gene is related to a master regulator of embryonic stem ...

Biodegradable scaffold may spur wound healing

(photo by Susan Urmy) Biomedical and chemical engineers at Vanderbilt University, working with a pathologist, have constructed a sponge-like, biodegradable tissue “scaffold” that releases an enzyme-blocking molecule to indirectly activate endogenous pathways and enhance tissue ...

Watch slideshow on making of Boom Box Bikes art project

Slide show by Lauren Holland and Susan Urmy of Vanderbilt Creative Services...

First-year student project creates better signs for navigating Stevenson Center

(Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt) Every freshman feels a little lost navigating a new campus, but for those assigned to a class in Vanderbilt’s Stevenson Center, “lost” can take on a whole new meaning. Last spring, a group of first-year students decided to do something about it. First built in the ...

VSVS puts science in the hands of Metro Schools students

(Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt) Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science participants support science education in Metro Nashville Public Schools by bringing hands-on lessons to middle school students, including a popular one on how to create a very small explosion. Over 20 years, these ...

Vanderbilt University joins Coursera Zone to expand online education access in China

(Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt) Vanderbilt University will promote its free online courses in China through a new partnership announced Oct. 8 between Coursera, a leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform, and NetEase, one of the largest Chinese Internet companies and a major ...

VU study brings genome’s ‘dark matter’ into light

(photo by Susan Urmy) Venters and Pugh are co-authors of a paper published this week in the journal Nature that describes their finding. Much of the DNA of the human genome has been called “dark matter” because only a tiny fraction, about 3 percent, makes up the approximately 20,000 ...

Transporter linked to autism risk

Seated at left are Hassane Mchaourab, Ph.D., and James Sutcliffe, Ph.D. (photo by Susan Urmy) Vanderbilt University investigators for the first time have linked a non-inherited, de novo mutation in the dopamine transporter to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The finding, published online ...

VUSN students pursue varied paths

(photo by Susan Urmy) Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is welcoming 452 new students who are pursuing either a Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nurse Practice or Ph.D. in Nursing Science degree. The incoming class of master’s students have a varied type of entry into the ...

Vaccine researchers ready as new flu strain evolves

(photo by Susan Urmy) “I think we’re worried about it. There is evidence just in the last couple of weeks that it can infect human cells, and there is one case of human-to-human transmission,” Edwards said. Edwards, who is known internationally for her work as a vaccinologist, serves as ...

Training program meets ‘critical need’ for earlier autism identification

Photo by Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt. “Ideally, definitive early diagnosis of ASD would be rapidly accomplished by a team of developmental specialists, and children at risk for diagnosis would obtain services immediately after screening positive. The reality is that such diagnostic teams, or ...

Coursera-in-TN program to be held at Vanderbilt June 24

(Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt) Best practices for the use of the massive online open courseware platform Coursera will be discussed at a seminar 1-5 p.m. June 24 at in Room 189 of the Sarratt Student Center at Vanderbilt University. The program, Coursera-in-TN, is a collaborative conversation ...

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