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New faculty: Yolanda J. McDonald, assistant professor of human and organizational development

Oct. 19, 2017—A self-described “medical geographer,” Yolanda J. McDonald, an assistant professor of human and organizational development, begins each new research project with the “where” of things, before getting to the who, what, when and how.

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Autism & Innovation center established to help people with ASD find meaningful work

Oct. 12, 2017—Creating a model pipeline that will assist adults on the autism spectrum find innovative jobs is the purpose of Vanderbilt University’s new Center for Autism & Innovation.

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New faculty: James Booth, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Educational Neuroscience

Oct. 12, 2017—One of James Booth’s biggest research challenges is keeping his young subjects from getting wiggly while measuring their brain activity during an MRI scan. As a neurocognitive researcher, he uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to tease out how children’s brains develop academic skills.

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WATCH: A 45-year study has changed the way we view giftedness

Sep. 14, 2017—Film and television actor Andre Braugher (“The Mist,” “City of Angels”) lends his voice talent to the 14-minute mini-documentary about the nation's foremost study of giftedness.

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RTI is getting a bad rap, say education researchers

Sep. 11, 2017—When schools are unable to properly and rigorously implement the complex RTI structure, it’s not fair to say the program itself is ineffective.

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Vanderbilt faculty funded to train researchers to study school leadership

Sep. 6, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers are among those from 10 institutions to benefit from $6.5 million in funding by the Institute of Education Sciences to train and develop education scientists.

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Research-practice partnerships strengthen ties with Vanderbilt faculty

Aug. 17, 2017—Education researchers shared knowledge with representatives of research-practice partnerships from across the nation.

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Polyn elected fellow of Association for Psychological Science

Aug. 15, 2017—Associate Professor of Psychology Sean Polyn has been elected as a 2017 fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

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Inaugural R.A.C.E. Mentoring Conference for scholars of color held at Vanderbilt

Jul. 24, 2017—More than 160 professors, graduate students and P-12 educators gathered for a weekend of workshops, panel discussions focused on the unique challenges faced by scholars of color.

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New research identifies best coping strategies for kids

Jul. 20, 2017—A comprehensive new Vanderbilt study published in "Psychological Bulletin" outlines which coping strategies work best.

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‘Drive to 55’ is focus of new Vanderbilt research with UT-Knoxville 

Jul. 17, 2017—Researchers at Vanderbilt are partnering with colleagues at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to research the effectiveness of initiatives developed under the state’s “Drive to 55” campaign.

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Haslam, McQueen talk leadership with aspiring principals

Jun. 26, 2017—The Governor's Academy of School Leadership is designed to create a pipeline of strong leaders in Tennessee.

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