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Author: Joan Brasher

Ask an Expert: What do people with disabilities face during the pandemic?

May. 20, 2020—Anjali Forber-Pratt, assistant professor at Vanderbilt Peabody College, partnered with the American Psychological Association to compile resources to help people with disabilities navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A classical singer pivots during pandemic to bring cheer through parody

May. 19, 2020—When Chris Mann, a Vanderbilt alumnus with a degree in opera, started making music parody videos and posting them online, he struck a positive chord with millions of people also struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Parent depression linked to reduced empathy, putting kids at risk for adverse outcomes

May. 18, 2020—Depression in parents can lead to reduced empathy toward their children, which puts the children at risk for long-term negative impacts.

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New braille phonetic system opens doors for classical singers with visual impairments

May. 11, 2020—A Vanderbilt professor has devised a new phonetic system for braille readers that promotes inclusive learning for aspiring classical singers with visual impairments.

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Domestic abuse expected to rise during COVID-19 outbreak

May. 1, 2020—The stresses placed on families, combined with the closure of classrooms and child care during the COVID-19 outbreak, heightens the risks of domestic abuse and neglect, according to a new Vanderbilt University report published online in "Pediatrics," the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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A Passion for Increasing College Access for the Underserved: Andrew Brodsky, BS’18, MED’20

Apr. 30, 2020—In high school Andrew Brodsky wanted to become a middle school or high school science teacher. He chose Vanderbilt because of Peabody College’s top rankings, and enrolled as a secondary education and chemistry double major. But sometimes plans change.

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Vanderbilt jazz program honored by ‘DownBeat’ magazine 

Apr. 28, 2020—Blair School of Music’s budding jazz program earned top ranking in the category of Best Blues/Pop/Rock Group for "Commercial Break," a self-titled debut album written and recorded by an ensemble of Vanderbilt undergraduates.

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Philanthropy class donates funds to support local nonprofits and relief efforts

Apr. 27, 2020—A unique Vanderbilt University class has ended the year on a high note by distributing $77,000 in donations to Nashville nonprofits and relief efforts related to the March 3 tornadoes and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Homelessness will worsen due to COVID-19 outbreak, but there are solutions, Vanderbilt researcher says

Apr. 23, 2020—Human and Organizational Development Professor Marybeth Shinn outlines the solution to the homelessness epidemic in her new book, "In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What to Do About It."

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Ask an Expert: How can you alleviate stress around coronavirus?

Apr. 16, 2020—With families facing unprecedented stress during the COVID-19 crisis, parents need to prioritize mental wellness in order to be present for their children, Vanderbilt psychology professor Bruce Compas says.

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Virtual Gatherings: Vanderbilt Divinity School offers sacred gathering spaces

Apr. 13, 2020—Online guided meditations, worship services and tea time are being offered in virtual gathering spaces for the Vanderbilt Divinity School community.

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IRIS Center provides vital online resources for educators during outbreak

Apr. 10, 2020—As teaching has moved online in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, more and more educators are turning to the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt Peabody College for reliable information on evidence-based practices and interventions.

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