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Alex Jahangir, MMHC’12, coordinates Nashville COVID-19 response

May. 15, 2020—As chairman of Metro Nashville’s Board of Health, Alex Jahangir is coordinating the city’s COVID-19 response and providing leadership that has likely saved lives.

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Alumni help Fuel the Fight

May. 15, 2020—As the coronavirus pandemic forced stay-at-home orders around the country, Woody Klemmer, BA’13, and his coworkers spent the morning of March 20 seeking a way to help.

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Andy Beshear, BA’00: Leading Kentucky through COVID-19 response

May. 15, 2020—Gov. Andy Beshear is receiving praise for how he is leading Kentuckians through the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response.

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Dr. Liza Weavind, MMHC’14, is on the frontlines at VUMC

May. 15, 2020—Dr. Liza Weavind, professor of anesthesiology and surgery and associate division chief of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, is on the frontlines of caring for patients affected by COVID-19 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Katie McGinnis, MPH’17: Caring for orphans during COVID-19

May. 15, 2020—Katie McGinnis is the director of psychosocial service for Family Legacy, a large nonprofit that serves 15,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia. Her team is providing developmentally appropriate COVID-19 disease education resources and have even left their own families to move into the residential care facility for the duration of their lockdown (at least three months) to provide counseling and psychosocial services to the 650 children who live full-time at the facility.

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Kim Le, BA’98, thanks health care workers through art

May. 15, 2020—Kim Le, a storyboard artist at DreamWorks Animation, writes and draws notes of appreciation to those at the frontlines.

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Richard Hatchett, BA’89, MD’95, helps lead global effort to develop COVID-19 vaccine

May. 15, 2020—As CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI), Richard Hatchett is playing a lead role in the global effort to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

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Flip Biddelman, BS’09: Feeds hospitality workers in New York City

May. 15, 2020—Flip Biddelman is using his restaurant Gertie as a part-time soup kitchen for laid-off hospitality workers in New York City. 

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Missy, BS’99, and Scott Tannen, BS’99, donate mattresses in fight against COVID-19

May. 15, 2020—Missy and Scott Tannen, founders of Boll & Branch, have donated mattresses and pillows to emergency medical operations in the fight against COVID-19 in New York.

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Fact or Fake? The role of knowledge neglect in misinformation

May. 15, 2020—Psychological research demonstrates that noticing errors in what we read is often difficult, and that those errors can affect our later beliefs, even when we know they’re wrong.

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Peabody Faculty Honors

May. 14, 2020—Sarah Brown-Schmidt, associate professor in psychology and human development, gave an invited talk on “Memory for Conversation as Evidence” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Sun-Joo Cho, associate professor of psychology, has been elected a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Brian D. Christens, MS’04, PhD’08, associate...

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Recent books by Peabody Faculty

May. 14, 2020—Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms (Race and Education), second edition (2020, Harvard Education Press) by H. Richard Milner IV, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Education and professor of leadership, policy and organizations In this thoroughly revised second edition, Milner addresses the knowledge and insights...

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