Chancellor’s Public Voices Fellowship
The Chancellor’s Public Voices Fellowship is a semester-long program designed to expand Vanderbilt’s global reach by amplifying the impact of faculty academic research.
The fellows will work with the Division of Communications to develop a highly tailored communications and promotion plan that builds recognition for their scholarship and public profile, and connects their work to new audiences.
SPRING 2020 FELLOWS
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Capra, associate professor of biological sciences, will focus on his research on what human genomes can tell us about our past and our health. In particular, he will work to communicate the challenges and the potential of using genomic information to diagnose patients. Capra, who has secondary appointments in biomedical informatics and computer science, uses the tools of computer science and statistics to address problems in genetics, evolution and biomedicine.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Fazio, assistant professor of psychology and human development, will work to increase public attention for her research on how people learn false information from the world around them. A leading expert on the on the effects of misinformation on belief, she studies how people learn new information—both true and false—and how to correct errors in people’s knowledge. Fazio’s research informs basic theories about learning and memory, while also having clear applications for practitioners, such as journalists and teachers.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Robinson, associate professor of chemistry, will work to build public awareness for her body of work related to racial and ethnic disparities in Alzheimer’s disease. An analytical chemist, she studies the science behind Alzheimer’s through the large-scale study of proteins. The disease disproportionately affects African Americans and Hispanics, likely contributed by socioeconomics, genetics and overlapping health conditions—such as hypertension.
FALL 2019 FELLOWS
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hiba Baroud, the Littlejohn Dean’s Faculty Fellow, will focus on “Measuring Impact and Building Resilience in Infrastructures and Communities.” Her areas of study include critical infrastructure systems modeling, risk analysis, statistical modeling, risk-informed decision analysis and resilience monitoring.
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Jeffrey Bennett will work to increase public attention for “Managing Diabetes: The Cultural Politics of Disease.” He specializes in critical studies of health and medicine, citizenship, LGBT/queer studies, cultural studies, and rhetorical theory and criticism. Bennett, who began teaching in the College of Arts and Science in 2016, has been honored for his outstanding contributions to LGBT scholarship in communication studies.
Associate Professor of Psychology and Biological Sciences
Suzana Herculano-Houzel will explore best promotional practices for “The Secret to a Long Life Is in the Brain: A New Framework for Understanding How Long We Take to Develop and Age.” She pioneered the method for rapidly and accurately measuring the number of neurons in brains and was a 2018 TEDxNashville speaker.