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the Wond'ry E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

May 2020

COVID-19 Innovation at the Wond’ry

With the current global situation requiring changes big and small to our daily lives, the Wond’ry has been working to help develop innovative solutions to a number of pressing issues.  You can check on recent developments at a new page on our website:

COVID-19 Innovation at the Wond’ry


COVID-19 Research and Innovation Fund

Vanderbilt University has established a new COVID-19 Research and Innovation Fund. The fund enables donations to support research and innovation projects to fight COVID-19.

Click Here for Information on Donating to the COVID-19 Research and Innovation Fund


Online Events at the Wond’ry

Keep innovating at home by joining the Wond’ry for online events!  Hosted via Zoom, the Wond’ry will be bringing you interesting lectures, engaging workshops, and innovative virtual gatherings.

Check out our Online Events page:



People and Purpose First: Building Innovative Teams for Uncertain Times

This workshop is intended for leaders who want to build innovative teams and resilient people in virtual environments and beyond. Navigating your way through uncertainty can be improved with a person-centered approach and a solid footing in shared purpose. We will explore the power of team purpose and what it means to be human in an increasingly digital world, with tools that participants can immediately put into practice.

Hosted by Susan Douglas and Jeremiah Palmer of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 4:00 PM Central

RSVP to receive Zoom meeting link


Day of Wond’ry

Over the last few months, the Wond’ry has rapidly transitioned to remote work but has continued innovating and creating. The Day of Wond’ry event is a chance to celebrate this transition and inform the Vanderbilt community about new opportunities.  We will have a full day of online content so you can stream from the comfort of home while social distancing.  Stay the whole time, or just drop by for a while!  There will be presentations by Wond’ry staff, fun interactive activities, student poster sessions, networking breakout rooms, and a dedicated Slack channel for interaction throughout.  For the full schedule, check here:  Day of Wond’ry Page.

The Day of Wondr’y is open to everyone, whether you are a Vanderbilt student, faculty, or staff member, a prospective student, a Vanderbilt alum, or someone interested in innovation!  Please RSVP at the link below.

All Vanderbilt students (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to present their innovations and projects to everyone at the 12:00 PM virtual poster session.  Please register your presentation at the link below.

Friday, May 22, 2020, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Central


RSVP or Sign up to present your innovation


At the event time: Link to Zoom Meeting & Slack Channel will be provided on the Day of Wond’ry webpage!


Current Schedule (subject to change):

All times are Central Time Zone.

9:00 AM  :  David Owens – Overview of the Wond’ry

9:30 AM  :  Kevin Galloway – Making the Commodore Open-Source Ventilator

BREAK – Fun Activity!

10:00 AM  :  Deanna Meador – Entrepreneurship in a Time of COVID-19

10:30 AM  :  Hanes Motsinger – Virtual Social Innovation

11:00 AM  :  Helen Lubbock – Innovation and Design Research

BREAK – Virtual Bingo!

12:00 PM  :  Undergraduate 5-minute Virtual Poster Session Presentations

BREAK – Meditation & Mindfulness Session by Vanderbilt HealthPlus

1:30 PM  :  Networking and Interest-based Discussion Groups



Virtual Office Hours

The Wond’ry staff are now hosting virtual office hours via Zoom!  Check out the Wond’ry homepage to see available hours.  Please note that some staff members require you to book a timeslot via Calendly.  Alternatively, other staff members will have open Zoom meeting rooms during their scheduled times.


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