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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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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


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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


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Symposium on Modeling Immunity Recap

Written by Heather Darling, Laboratory Manager – Meiler Lab The second annual Symposium on Modeling Immunity was held April 27, 2017. The symposium focused on modeling and designing antibodies, and was hosted by Dr. Jens Meiler and Dr. James Crowe, Jr. within the Vanderbilt Center for Structural Biology and Vanderbilt Vaccine Center. Over 100 people…

Posted by on July 17, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016


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Intelligent Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS) Project Continues To Make Strides

Written by Alessandro Fascetti, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Scholar The Vanderbilt IRIS Initiative continues to grow at a rapid pace. The research group has made significant progress towards the definition of a new concept of intelligent and resilient infrastructure systems, that organically interact (i.e. inform as well as adapt to demands) with local communities and decision…

Posted by on June 9, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016


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An Exciting Time for Immunotherapy and Immunoengineering at Vanderbilt

Written by John T. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Immunotherapy is everywhere nowadays. From advertisements during the NHL Playoffs (Go Preds!) to the front page of the New York Times and throughout the Twitterverse – the impact of cancer immunotherapy is pervasive and here to stay. Whether you are a clinician, an…

Posted by on June 5, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016


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Abdi Nor Iftan Shares Experiences During Africa Week

Written by Vanderbilt rising sophomore Dylan Choi Africa Week sponsored several incredible events including the African drumming clinic, an African dancing class and teach-ins on diverse topics. However, the event I found the most impressive was the talk given by Abdi Nor Iftan, a refugee/reporter from Somalia. While the other events provided valuable knowledge about…

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016


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Africa Week Initiatives: Raising Awareness

Written by Vanderbilt freshman Vocal Performance major Michelle Langone I am always amazed by the ways Vanderbilt implements various methods to capitalize on educational opportunities. During Africa Week, students were exposed to impactful subjects that are not always discussed, bringing important issues to the forefront through a series of events. On the first day, I…

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016


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Reflecting on Vanderbilt’s First-Ever Africa Week

Written by Keith Weghorst, Assistant Professor of Political Science “Elimu ni kama bahari, haina kuta wala dari” – Knowledge is like an ocean, it has no walls and no roof. Vanderbilt hosted its first-ever Africa Week on campus from April 2–7.  During the six-day program, students, faculty, staff and the Nashville community experienced events ranging…

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016


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Designing the Future of Immunotherapy

Written by Dr. Todd Giorgio, Professor of Biomedical Engineering From cancer to diabetes and chronic infections, our immune system plays an important role in nearly every disease. Accordingly, harnessing the power and exquisite specificity of the immune system has enormous – and still largely untapped – potential to improve human health and wellbeing. Therapeutics that…

Posted by on March 29, 2017 in News, TIPs 2016