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They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

Before dawn on Aug. 8, 2017, Derrick Bayard began having severe pain in his abdomen, followed by body spasms. Soon after, it became hard to breathe. He was home alone, a detail made exponentially more important — and dangerous — by the fact that he’s a quadriplegic, unable to use his hands and feet. Bedridden.

Candid campus 2017

Candid campus 2017

All it takes is a camera and a simple backdrop to let the faces and personalities that make up VCU shine bright.

VCU inventors’ handheld device brings vast improvements to water testing process

VCU inventors’ handheld device brings vast improvements to water testing process

Elevated levels of uranium in the water supply are an environmental safety and health concern, but current methods of detecting it are cumbersome, costly and time consuming. Gary C. Tepper, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in the School of Engineering, and Ph.D. student Brandon Dodd are addressing this challenge with a novel portable device that streamlines and expedites the way uranium in water is measured.

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