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South African Prison Life: The Importance of Religion to Inmates and Ex-Offenders

Written by Zoe Psiakis, Vanderbilt Class of 2019 This summer, I was given the opportunity to travel to Cape Town, South Africa, to conduct independent research. As a recipient of a Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) Student Grant through the African Studies department, I spent six weeks in Cape Town exploring a topic of my choosing. Having…

Posted by on October 19, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016

Members of the MED Lab pose for a photo.

Medical Engineering and Discovery (MED) Laboratory

Written by Robert Webster, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and VISE Steering Committee Member  The Vanderbilt School of Engineering’s Medical Engineering and Discovery (MED) Laboratory pursues research at the interface of surgery and engineering. Our mission is to enhance the lives of patients by engineering better devices and tools to assist physicians. Much of our current research involves…

Posted by on October 18, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab kicks off Internal Seminar Series November 15

The Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab will host a seminar series featuring Vanderbilt faculty presenting research related to LGBT policies. The series kicks off this fall with two talks in Buttrick Hall. These events are free and open the university community. Wednesday November 15 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Buttrick 123 Kitt Carpenter (Professor of…

Posted by on October 17, 2017 in News, TIPs 2017


Save the Date – 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 PRB898)…

Posted by on October 16, 2017 in News, TIPs 2017

Economics professor Christopher "Kitt" Carpenter

Introducing the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab

Written by Dr. Christopher Carpenter, Professor of Economics and Director of the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab Does binary thinking affect support for transgender rights policies? How does legal access to same-sex marriage affect health insurance coverage and health? How will legal arguments about sex stereotyping be used in cases about discrimination on the basis of…

Posted by on October 11, 2017 in News, TIPs 2017


Utilizing the Big Data Infrastructure at Vanderbilt

Written by Josh Arnold, Application Developer at ACCRE The Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education (ACCRE) is in the process of building a production-scale big data computing environment thanks in large part to a 2015 Vanderbilt Trans-Institutional Program (TIPs) award, but the past several months have seen Vanderbilt researchers utilize ACCRE’s proof of concept…

Posted by on October 2, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


Intraopertive Spectrally Encoded Coherence Tomography and Reflectometry (iSECTR) for imaging ophthalmic microstructures

Written by graduate research assistants Mohamed El-Haddad, Joseph Malone and Tom Manuel The Diagnostic Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions (DIIGI) lab is located in the Vanderbilt School of Engineering and is part of the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) and the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center (VBC). Led by Dr. Yuankai (Kenny) Tao, our lab focuses…

Posted by on September 27, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015

Beyond Politics Cover

The Private Sector Response to Climate Change

Written by Alexander Maki, Michael Vandenbergh, Jonathan Gilligan & Mark Cohen Policy experts have proposed numerous approaches to mitigating climate change, from federal carbon taxes and power plant regulations to international agreements. Although many experts assume that climate change policy must come from government entities, our interdisciplinary research team has focused on an important development…

Posted by on September 22, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015

Kenny Tao

Diagnostic Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions (DIIGI) Laboratory

Written by Yuankai (Kenny) Tao, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering The Diagnostic Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions (DIIGI) Laboratory develops novel optical imaging systems for clinical diagnostics and therapeutic monitoring in ophthalmology and oncology. Biomedical optics enable non-invasive, subcellular visualization of tissue morphology, biological dynamics and disease pathogenesis. Our ongoing research primarily focuses on clinical translation of therapeutic…

Posted by on September 11, 2017 in News, TIPs 2015


Introducing Virtual Reality for Interdisciplinary Applications

Written by Ole Molvig, Assistant Professor of History The opportunity to co-teach a University Course on virtual reality (VR) with computer science professor Bobby Bodenheimer (someone with years of experience in the field) is tremendously exciting to me. You see, I am a historian – not exactly a field synonymous with cutting-edge computer technologies. Then…

Posted by on September 11, 2017 in News, Virtual Reality for Interdisciplinary Applications