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September 21st, 2015

September 21st, 2015

Bridge Student Part of Team Selected for R&D Awards
Vanderbilt University News
Brendan Wiggins, a doctoral student in the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program and a member of a team of scientists that has developed a new kind of detector with potential applications in medical diagnostics and national security, has been been selected as a finalist in this year’s R&D 100 award competition. The R&D 100 Awards are conducted by R&D Magazine. The magazine editors (with advice from outside experts) select what they believe are the most important new technologies and products introduced each year. The instrument that Wiggins helped develop is the Lithium Indium Diselenide Thermal Neutron Imager (LTNI, pronounced litany). It is a joint project involving scientists from Fisk University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC.

Grant to Help Mozilla Foundation Continue Gig Innovation
A $3.2 million National Science Foundation grant, which officials announced this week at the White House, is going to help the Mozilla Foundation continue to support gigabit innovation in Chattanooga and other cities. Last year, leaders with Mozilla—the tech company behind open-source browser Firefox—created the Gigabit Community Fund that brought $150,000 to Chattanooga in support of projects that use the gig to improve education and workforce development. Officials also established a Gigabit Community Fund in Kansas City, Missouri.

John Berryman on Driving Discovery at Evenbrite and Nashville’s Tech Scene
John Berryman knows search. His work has focused on using Elasticsearch, Spark, and Python to analyze complex event categories and ever-changing inventory to help people discover events of all types that fuel their passions. We sat down with him to talk about his work on the Discovery Team, his hopes for growing Eventbrite’s recommendations engine, and his recent return to Nashville to join the new team there.

Observations at NERVE 2015: The Struggle to be “Legendary”
EO NERVE 2015, the regional gathering of EO members, kicked off on Wednesday afternoon, but the meat of the programming is planned for the latter two days. So, when I arrived at the Omni Nashville Hotel on Thursday morning, the kickoff keynote by EO founder Verne Harnish was already underway. Not single person in the large ballroom bothered to give me an odd look when I opened the large door to enter.  Everyone was completely focused on Harnish and his every move, every word, even as he told them to “grow a pair.”

Pitch Competition Applications Open for Knoxville Startup Day
Knoxville Startup Day
Applications are now being accepted for the Knoxville Startup Day 2015 pitch competition. The competition is a new addition to the lineup of activities planned for Startup Day 2015 and will feature six East Tennessee startups pitching their businesses for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize. “East Tennessee has a rich tradition of innovation, yet one of the biggest challenges startups face is access to capital,” said Stacey Patterson, Vice President of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation and member of the Startup Day 2015 Steering Committee. “To help address this challenge, Startup Day 2015 will offer a cash prize to the winner of our pitch competition that will be judged by a panel of investors.”

Nashville Girl Geek Dinners
Join Nashville Girl Geek Dinner Wednesday, September 30th for a panel discussion with mobile apps builder Metova, who will discuss their development strategies, unique project management tactics and what it really takes to get mobile apps built from A to Z. Being a small team of lady technologists on a team that is predominantly male, Metova ladies will share their experiences and how more women can get involved in the field and be successful.

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