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Explorations in Research 2024

Explorations in Research 2024 (1)

The Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt(EL&IV) welcomes you to the Explorations in Research, convening researchers from all disciplines for an evening of networking and discovery.

Join us on Thursday, February 22 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. CT.

The faculty and staff registration form for Explorations in Research 2024 has closed. If you would still like to present your research and research opportunities, please contact the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt at

Agenda - Thursday, February 22

4:00 p.m. - Introduction & Keynote Speaker

4:15 p.m. - Lightning Round Speakers

4:30 p.m. - Faculty & Student Networking Session

6:00 p.m. - Event concludes

Keynote Speaker


Timothy P. McNamara, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Social and Natural Sciences

Professor, Department of Psychology

Timothy P. McNamara's research investigates human memory, cognition, and decision making, with a particular focus on spatial processing. His research has investigated the metric structure of spatial memory, the spatial reference systems used in memory to represent the locations of objects in the environment, and how people update representations of their own location and orientation during locomotion. Current experiments are examining how people use spatial cues to location and orientation (e.g., landmarks in the environment and body-based cues, such as vestibular, proprioceptive, and efference-copy information) during navigation to estimate their position and the locations of goals. These studies use Bayesian decision theory as a theoretical framework for examining the complex sensory-perceptual and decision processes involved in navigation.

Lightning Round Speakers

Madeleine “Mickey” Casad

Senior Lecturer, Cinema & Media Arts
Executive Director, Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities

1-6-2016  -Photos of Melissa Mallon, Director of the Peabody Library & Director of Liaison & Instruction Services for University Libraries.  (Vanderbilt University / Steve Green)
Melissa Mallon

Associate University Librarian for Teaching & Learning, Vanderbilt University

Jesse Spencer-Smith

Interim Director, Data Science Institute
Chief Data Scientist, Data Science Institute
Professor In Practice, Computer Science

Deonni Stolldorf

Associate Professor, Vanderbilt School of Nursing

Attending Campus Partners

Buchanan Library Fellowship Program

The Data Science Institute

Department of Cinema & Media Arts

Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

Department of Physics and Astronomy

 The Digital Lab

The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries

The Research on Conflict and Collective Action (ROCCA) Lab

SyBBURE Searle Undergraduate Research Program

Ultimate Consequences: Database on Lethal Political Conflict in Bolivia 1982 - Present

Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE)

Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science (VSVS)

Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal

The Voice Physiology Lab

The Wond'ry

The Writing Studio