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Vanderbilt IRIS Initiative: Shaping the Infrastructure of Tomorrow

Written by Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Caglar Oskay & Post-Doctoral Research Scholar Alessandro Fascetti A 2016 Trans-Institutional Program (TIPs) award, the Vanderbilt Initiative for Intelligent Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS) continues to make progress. The development of the program coincides with the university becoming a recognized leader in the innovation of civil infrastructure….

Posted by on January 18, 2018 in News, TIPs 2016


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Meet the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab Faculty: Professor Jesse Ehrenfeld

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 January 17, 2018 in News, TIPs 2017


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Another Semester of Health Policy & Advocacy

Written by Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health and Society Tara McKay & Assistant Professor of Health Policy Gilbert Gonzales We are thrilled to be offering The Nation’s Health: From Policy to Practice again this semester. In this University Course, students learn about the health policy process, connect with state policymakers about current health related legislation…

Posted by on January 15, 2018 in News, The Nation's Health


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Social Change and Social Entrepreneurship

Written by Associate Professor of Sociology Richard Pitt and Professor and Chair of Human & Organizational Development Paul Speer Nashville’s new “it city” moniker isn’t likely to replace “Music City” in the long-term, but the “it city” label is uniquely reinforced by the net gain of approximately 75 new residents daily choosing to make Nashville…

Posted by on January 10, 2018 in News, Social Entrepreneurship


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Introducing ‘Race, Place and Power’

Written by Assistant Professor of English Marzia Milazzo I am excited to begin teaching Race, Place and Power, a new multicultural University Course being offered by Vanderbilt for the first time this spring. The course will examine the crucial entanglement between race and place from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. We will pay specific attention…

Posted by on January 8, 2018 in News, Race, Place and Power


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Introducing Data Science Visions

Written by Associate Professor Andreas Berlind Zeros and ones have become the new precious commodity in the current information age. It’s difficult to exaggerate the impact of data on government, business, society and academia. Organizations collect massive amounts of data and use it to inform all aspects of operations and decision making. For example, every…

Posted by on January 3, 2018 in News, TIPs 2017


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University Courses Team Develops Platform to Disrupt the Oil & Gas Industry

Written by Jess Banasiak, Chemical Engineering Major, Vanderbilt University Class of 2018 Tackling Big Questions with Mobile Cloud Computing is a project-based University Course that allows teams comprised of engineering and non-engineering students to design technology solutions that can be implemented across campus and throughout Nashville. The course complemented my Innovation Garage Fellowship with Accenture…

Posted by on December 21, 2017 in Mobile Cloud Computing, News


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Meet the Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab Faculty: Assistant Professor Tara McKay

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 December 5, 2017 in TIPs 2017


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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


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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