Curb News


Dr. David Sweatt (Professor and Chairman of VUMC’s department of Pharmacology) is highlighted on the NIH Director’s Blog for his work as an expressionist painter in “When Neuroscience Meets Abstract Art”.

Engaging student-athletes in creative forms of expression and building connections between excellence in sports and the arts are among goals for three summer workshops co-sponsored by Vanderbilt Athletics, the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and the Wond’ryread more

Congratulations to Professor Dan Cornfield (2017-2018 Curb Faculty Fellow in Arts Policy), Rachel E. Skaggs, Elizabeth K. Barna, Megan L. Jordan, and Megan E. Robinson (Vanderbilt Department of Sociology graduate students) on the publication of their latest white paper “Equity and Engagement in the Arts: Regional Differences in the Missions of Local Arts Agencies in the United States”.  In their paper the authors document regional differences in the approaches taken by 55 major U.S. LAAs to the dual mission of pursuing cultural equity and civic engagement and assess the policy implications of the globalization thesis.  In making this assessment, they present a university-community partnership (UCP) model for augmenting LAA pursuits of the dual equity-engagement mission.  Read the full paper here.

We have a new Doctor in the house!  Congratulations go out to Rachel Skaggs, who was awarded her Ph.D. in Sociology after her successful defense of Changing Patterns of Cooperation in Occupational Communities: A Multi-Level Analysis of Songwriter Career Strategies”. Rachel now joins Curb as a Postdoctoral Fellow, splitting her time between our Curb Scholars and Public Policy research.


‘NMDA Receptor’  by David Sweatt, Ph.D. interprets the post-
synaptic structure of the NMDA receptor (green), which resides
in a multi-protein complex. Other proteins, ligands, modulatory
ions, and postsynaptic components are represented in various
Student-athletes are encouraged to use their creative skills
while decorating “tiles” provided by the Wond’ry for a
collaborative art workshop. (John Russell/Vanderbilt)