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Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Vanderbilt to host national College Inclusion Summit Oct. 23-25

Oct. 4, 2019—Vanderbilt will host the third annual College Inclusion Summit held by the College Autism Network in collaboration with Vanderbilt’s Frist Center for Autism and Innovation. The three-day conference at the Student Life Center will bring together scholars, practitioners, administrators and self-advocates to discuss evidence-driven strategies to support college students with autism and other learning differences.

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NSF funds Vanderbilt graduate trainee program to develop workplace innovations for those with autism

Sep. 11, 2019—A $3 million NSF grant will establish a new graduate program to train students focused on innovations connecting workforce needs to the talents of neurodiverse individuals.

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Frist Center for Autism and Innovation seeking affiliates and fellows

Aug. 23, 2019—The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation has announced its new membership program, which will allow Vanderbilt faculty and staff to apply to become affiliates or fellows of the center. Applications are due Sept. 15.

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Vanderbilt celebrates opening of Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Jul. 29, 2019—The ribbon-cutting of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation with (l to r) Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affair Susan R. Wente, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of Engineering Philippe Fauchet, Jennifer R. Frist, BS’93, William R. “Billy” Frist, Frist Center for Autism & Innovation Director Keivan Stassun, Daria Mulkey and John Mulkey....

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Vanderbilt celebrates opening of Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Jul. 29, 2019—The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, a new center that brings engineers, business scholars and disabilities researchers together with experts in neuroscience and education to understand, maximize and promote neurodiverse talent, celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, July 25.

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What’s On My Mind: The bright points of 2018

Dec. 21, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos reflects on Vanderbilt's work, progress and accomplishments over the past 12 months in his final column of 2018.

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What’s On My Mind: Embracing neurodiversity in research and practice

Dec. 3, 2018—Exploring neurodiversity is important for educational development, and it is also driving new research with the potential to fuel innovation in a variety of fields, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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Grandin rejects low expectations, insists workforce critically needs people with autism in VU lecture

Nov. 30, 2018—Temple Grandin—inventor, speaker, author and perhaps the autism community’s best-known advocate—encouraged her audience at Vanderbilt University on Thursday to embrace the diagnosis of autism for what it can do: add diverse thinkers to a workforce that not only can accommodate them, but desperately needs them.

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Grandin, advocate on autism, to give conference keynote, Chancellor’s Lecture Nov. 29

Nov. 12, 2018—Temple Grandin, a world-renowned author, inventor and spokesperson about the autism spectrum, will participate in a daylong conference in Nashville on Nov. 29, capped off with a keynote and conversation with Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series.

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Vanderbilt University launches the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Nov. 8, 2018—A $10 million gift from alumna Jennifer R. Frist, BS’93, and husband William R. “Billy” Frist will endow a new center focused on supporting and developing the neurodiverse talents of individuals with autism at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering.

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