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Living Stone Beings from Tiwanaku, Bolivia, in Europe

Written by John Janusek, Associate Professor of Anthropology The origins and ecologies of cities are central to my anthropological research, and I have conducted research in the South American Andes for more than three decades. Each year, I investigate a different aspect of the ongoing crystallization of cities in this challenging Precolumbian world. The focus…

Posted by on November 16, 2017 in News, Research Scholar Grants


Citizen’s Attitudes Toward Taxation in Malawi

Written by SangEun Cecilia Kim, Vanderbilt University PhD student This summer, I received the Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) Student Grant to conduct field research on the public attitude toward taxation in Malawi. I chose this topic and field site for a variety of reasons. I worked in Malawi for a year as a field research assistant…

Posted by on November 13, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016

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Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab Members Present Research, Highlight Lab Activities at National Conference

Written by Kitt Carpenter, Professor of Economics Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab Director Kitt Carpenter and Policy Lab Member Gilbert Gonzales presented research at the Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in Chicago on Nov. 3, 2017. APPAM is the premiere research association for public policy studies in the United States,…

Posted by on November 9, 2017 in News, TIPs 2017


A New Surgical Robot for Diagnosing and Treating Lung Cancer

Written by Patrick Anderson, doctoral student, mechanical engineering Is it possible to diagnose and treat lung tumors without making a single incision (using only needles)? This is the question we are attempting to answer in the Medical Engineering and Discovery (MED) Lab. Under the direction of mechanical engineering professor Robert Webster, we work with surgeons…

Posted by on November 8, 2017 in Discovery Grants, News, TIPs 2015

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Meet the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab Faculty: Professor Gilbert Gonzales

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 November 2, 2017 in News, TIPs 2017

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Epidemiology of HPV-Associated Cancers: Changing Trends and Future Burden

Written by Krystle A. Lang Kuhs, PhD, MPH A rapid increase in the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer, a type of head and neck cancer, has been reported in many parts of the developed world. This rise has been attributed to an increase in the subset of OPCs caused by oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV,…

Posted by on November 1, 2017 in News, TIPs 2017

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TIPs Student Grant: Summer Research in Mali

Written by Garsy Presumey-Leblanc (Vanderbilt University, Class of 2018) This summer, I was awarded a Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) Student Grant to travel internationally and study a topic entirely of my choosing. As an undergraduate student double majoring in Medicine, Health and Society and Religious Studies (and with aspirations to enter the medical field), I wanted…

Posted by on October 31, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016


What Does it Mean to Go to School? The Sterling Ranch TIPs Project

Written by Kristin Baese, EdD (Peabody College, 2017) and Eve Rifkin, EdD (Peabody College, 2017) As doctoral students at Peabody College, we were given an opportunity of a lifetime: Imagine and design the school of the future. Eve, a charter school founder from Tucson, has a decade of experience in school innovation and a keen…

Posted by on October 30, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


LGBT Rights and Health on the African Continent

Written by Tara McKay, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health and Society During the 1990s and 2000s, homosexuality and LGBT rights became highly politicized in some African countries. Much of my research has focused on why this has happened and the consequences of increased politicized homophobia and violence for LGBT activists on the continent. For the…

Posted by on October 26, 2017 in News, Research Scholar Grants


Sterling Ranch: Forging Education Partnerships in a Problem-Based Education Ecosystem

Written by Dr. Claire Smrekar (TIPs Co-Principal Investigator) and Stefano Scotti (Vanderbilt, Class of 2019) Sterling Ranch, located 20 miles southwest of Denver, is a 20-year planned residential community development with a focus on energy sustainability and quality of life. Thanks in part to a Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) grant, the School of Engineering, College of…

Posted by on October 25, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015