VU BreakThru


Innovating Change

Written by Alexa Levitt, Vanderbilt Class of 2020 The Initiative for Autism, Innovation and the Workforce (AIW) recently expanded its team by adding two undergraduate students. My name is Alexa Levitt and I am student ambassador at the Wond’ry. I discovered AIW on my very first day, and was intrigued by the center’s mission, which looks beyond…

Posted by on March 7, 2018 in News, TIPs 2017


Undergraduate Immersion in Nanotechnology: Working in the VINSE Cleanroom

Written by Alice Leach, Research Assistant Professor and Cleanroom Immersion Leader (Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science & Engineering) If you have taken a stroll over to Vanderbilt’s new Engineering and Science Building on the west side of campus, you may have seen a rather strange sight. On the ground floor, behind impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, are…

Posted by on February 27, 2018 in News, TIPs 2016

Dr. Reyna Gordon (Assistant Professor, Departments of Otolaryngology and Psychology), Dr. Miriam Lense (Research Instructor, Department of Otolaryngology), and Brett Myers (Speech-Language Pathologist, Department of Otolaryngology) at the Rhythm Production and Perception Workshop in Birmingham, UK.

Music and Language: Finding the Link through Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Written by Brett Myers, MA, CCC-SLP and PhD Candidate Music is everywhere – we’ve all heard that before. But music really inundated my world when I joined the Music Cognition Lab in the Department of Otolaryngology as a graduate student. Lab Director Dr. Reyna Gordon encourages her team to be active thinkers and musicians, and praises…

Posted by on February 21, 2018 in News, TIPs 2015

11-29-2017  - Photos of world-famous opera singer, Renee Fleming, speaking with Dr Reyna Gordon and researchers about Music & the Mind in the Wyatt Rotunda on Peabody College campus. (Vanderbilt University / Steve Green)

Fine Tuning the Mind

Written by Delphanie Wu, First-Year Doctor of Audiology student The mind in music has always fascinated me. My earliest musical memory dates back to my first day of Kindermusik. I recall walking in circles as I hit blocks with sticks and shook mini tambourines with the rest of the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed little ones in…

Posted by on February 15, 2018 in News, TIPs 2015


High-choice, high-status school districts

Written by Kristin Baese, EdD (Peabody College, 2017) and Eve Rifkin, EdD (Peabody College, 2017) One of the major approaches to school reform being promoted across the nation is school choice. This approach states that parents should be able to choose the school that represents the best fit for their child, and that an increase…

Posted by on February 14, 2018 in News, TIPs 2015

•	Professor Gilbert Gonzales (Department of Health Policy) with students enrolled in UNIV 3325/5325.

Insider Politics: University Course Goes to the State Capitol

Written by Gilbert Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Health Policy Students in the University Course The Nation’s Health: From Policy to Practice (UNIV 3325/5325) travelled with Prof. Gilbert Gonzales to the Tennessee State Capitol on Monday, January 29, to listen to Governor Bill Haslam’s State of the State Address. In his final statewide address to the…

Posted by on February 12, 2018 in News, The Nation's Health


Registration Now Open – Symposium on HPV Infection and Associated Cancers

The HPV ACTIVE Trans-Institutional Program will sponsor a symposium on HPV infection and associated cancers. Details on the event, which will be held Friday, March 2, 2018, can be found below. What: Symposium on HPV Infection and Associated Cancers When: Friday, March 2, 2018 (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Where: VICC Conference Center (Room PRB…

Posted by on February 7, 2018 in News, TIPs 2017

Cindy Kam, William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair in Political Science.

Meet the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab Faculty: Professor Cindy Kam

Written by Stephanie Wang, Vanderbilt Class of 2021 As a way to introduce you to faculty from the LGBT Policy Lab, first-year student Stephanie Wang will interview a different faculty member approximately each month and write a brief faculty profile. Stephanie reached out to the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab prior to her arrival on campus…

Posted by on February 5, 2018 in News, TIPs 2017


Human Milk as a Source of Narrow Spectrum Antimicrobial Agents

Written by Steven Townsend, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Antimicrobial resistance is among the most complex and alarming public health challenges facing society. Warnings that antibiotics are losing their effectiveness due to misuse and overuse have been largely ignored by clinicians and the public, and the world’s most widespread infectious diseases (HIV, malaria and tuberculosis) are…

Posted by on January 29, 2018 in News, TIPs 2015

Re-Introducing ‘Historic Black Nashville’

Co-Written by Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History Jane Landers and Professor of Law Daniel Sharfstein Following a successful launch of our University Course ‘Historic Black Nashville’ last year, we are eagerly looking forward to co-teaching the second iteration of the course this spring.  We look forward to building upon the research our students accomplished…

Posted by on January 24, 2018 in Historic Black Nashville, News