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Teaching in the context of hate speech

Aug. 21, 2018—By Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant Director Many institutions of higher education aspire to encourage the liberal arts ideals of free speech, critical thought, and diverse perspectives so as to empower students to lead meaningful and purposeful lives, and to engage in our society as responsible citizens. This – in addition to growing campus diversification, student...

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Celebration of Learning Spotlight: Genetic Screen for Genes Involved in Paternal Mitochondrial DNA Elimination in C. Elegans

Apr. 30, 2018—Vanderbilt students William Hiser, Alec Jotte, and Sabeen Rehman got hands-on experience with what it means to be scientists. All three students participated in a biological sciences lab course where, under the guidance of Dr. Steve Baskauf and graduate student Cait Kirby, they developed a genetic screen approach to track mitochondrial DNA degradation as the...

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Celebration of Learning Spotlight: Reading Between the Lines

Apr. 25, 2018—When the chance to conduct independent research arose, engineering student Allison Witte accepted the opportunity and developed her own project. Entitled Reading Between the Lines: What the News is Really Saying About Water Issues, the project focused on water conservation and how the news conveys information about water quality and issues to the public. The...

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Celebration of Learning Spotlight: Existing Quietly, Living Loudly

Apr. 19, 2018—Senior mechanical engineering student Elizabeth Lee is happy to have tapped back into her drawing and arts roots. Throughout college, she claims she stuck more to her science, math, and engineering interests, but now in her senior year, she’s returning to an old pastime: drawing. Elizabeth’s project, Existing Quietly, Living Loudly is a web comic...

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Celebration of Learning Spotlight: Mean Sea Level Trends in Regions of the U.S.

Apr. 10, 2018—First-year Human Organization and Development student Marguerite Manning never considered going into environmental policy until now. Marguerite recently presented her poster Mean Sea Level Trends in Regions of the U.S. at the Vanderbilt Celebration of Learning where she developed this project for an Earth and Environmental Science lab course she was taking. In her project,...

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Celebration of Learning Spotlight: Using Scalar to Display Vanderbilt University’s Drawings of the Woolworth Building

Apr. 5, 2018—Architectural drawings and history are of interest to many people, but unfolding and examining these documents can be problematic as they’re very delicate, especially if they’re older. However, thanks to Ellen Dement, there may be a way to appreciate and study these drawings without damaging the original document. For Ellen, the project stated as a...

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Celebration of Learning Spotlight: Vana Learning

Mar. 27, 2018—When Rob Trone reflected on his own academic journey, he notes some low points throughout. “There was a lack of consistent and actionable feedback provided by my teachers,” he says. However, this reflection didn’t stop there, Rob wanted to do something about it, so he pulled together a team of Vanderbilt students and established the...

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How engaging in educational research influenced my teaching

Mar. 5, 2018—by Ryan Bowen, CFT Graduate Assistant When it came to teaching, I used to have intuitive sense about what effective instruction looked like in the classroom. I could walk into a room, deliver a lesson, facilitate an activity, and assess learning in some capacity. If my students met a certain performance standard or quantitative score...

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Flipping the Traditional Mentoring Model

Apr. 24, 2017—by Rachel Biel, CFT Undergraduate Intern This past summer I had the opportunity to intern for Spectrum Health—a healthcare system in my hometown, Grand Rapids, MI. For the summer I was assigned to work with Senior Project Manager Rebecca Content, whose project was joint venture with another local hospital to provide primary care and specialty...

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How is the current political climate impacting your interactions with your students?

Apr. 3, 2017—A group of about 35 current and former Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows recently met at the Center for Teaching to discuss this question, looking for ways to promote dialog and learning that can help students navigate our highly polarized world. The participants teach classes across the university, within Peabody School of Education, the School of...

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