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TIPs funding awarded to 15 innovative interdisciplinary projects

Posted in NEWS on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The 2017 recipients of Vanderbilt University’s Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative,15 exciting interdisciplinary concepts, include an initiative related to understanding climate change effects.

These research projects bring together more than 140 faculty members with graduate and undergraduate students from all 10 schools and colleges, creating multifaceted teams to approach complex challenges.

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Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos (Vanderbilt University)

“This innovative, cross-campus approach that creates unique teaching and learning opportunities has become a hallmark of Vanderbilt University,” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said. “We tackle broad challenges facing society, using our zeal for discovery to help effect real change that will improve people’s lives. Our TIPs projects are an important component of our efforts.”

The 2017 awards mark the midpoint of the $50 million TIPs initiative, launched by Zeppos in 2015. The five-year enterprise supports trans-institutional research and teaching, a foundation of the university’s Academic Strategic Plan.

“When we came together as a campus community to shape our Academic Strategic Plan, foremost in our minds was strengthening our culture of collaboration,” Zeppos said. “The first two years of the highly collaborative TIPs projects are already bearing fruit—external funding, new programs and curricula, and immersive experiences for students. Bringing together scholars and researchers from different disciplines with diverse viewpoints allows us to foster creativity in both innovation and learning.”

The awards also support projects and groups that collectively aim to answer big questions and address grand challenges.

The VUSAT Initiative brings together the advanced resources of Engineering, Anthropology, Earth &
Environmental Sciences and Astronomy to design and develop a Space-based platform to study the
evolving ecology on earth. The overarching goal is to develop valuable knowledge in climate change-based and man-made ecological effects by interweaving relevant perspectives, features, methods and
information from a variety of campus experts. At its core, VUSAT is a student immersion program with
undergraduate and graduate students being challenged to plan, design and execute novel science and
society based satellite missions. VUSAT also aims to develop a robust infrastructure and technological
capability at Vanderbilt, in the area of small satellite design and instrumentation.

The 2017 TIPs programs and the schools represented by their participants are below; lead faculty members’ schools and/or colleges . Download the full listing, which includes project descriptions and collaborating faculty.

New TIPs awards

  • Adaptive eBooks for Building Children’s Language Skills – ViA
    Peabody College, School of Engineering and School of Medicine
  • Addressing the Epidemic of HPV-Associated Cancers – ViA
    School of Medicine, Peabody College, School of Engineering and School of Nursing
  • Biomedical Microscopy – Immersion, Innovation, Discovery (BioMIID) at VBC – VRA
    School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science and School of Medicine
  • Center for Autism and Innovation – ViA
    College of Arts and Science, Graduate School, Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College, School of Engineering and School of Medicine
  • Data Science Visions – ViA
    School of Medicine, College of Arts and Science, Peabody College and School of Engineering
  • Enhancing the Research and Educational Missions of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute – VRA
    School of Medicine, College of Arts and Science, Peabody College and School of Engineering
  • Materials Durability and Environmental Research Facilities Hub – VRA
    School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science and School of Medicine
  • A Reinvestment in Cryo-Electron Microscopy at Vanderbilt – VRA
    School of Medicine and College of Arts and Science
  • Understanding the Complexity of Life One Cell at a Time – VRA
    School of Medicine, College of Arts and Science and School of Engineering
  • Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab – ViA
    College of Arts and Science, Divinity School, Law School and School of Medicine
  • The Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative – ViA
    College of Arts and Science, School of Engineering and School of Medicine
  • Vandy Reach: Putting Obesity Science to Work – ViA
    School of Medicine, College of Arts and Science, Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management and Peabody College
  • VUSAT Initiative – ViA
    School of Engineering and College of Arts and Science

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