Frist Center for Autism and Innovation
Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering Graduate Trainee Fellowship Program accepting applications
Apr. 16, 2020—The Neurodiversity Inspired Science and Engineering (NISE) Graduate Trainee Fellowship Program is now accepting applications through July 15. NISE engages students across STEM disciplines in the development, deployment and commercialization of Future of Work at the Human Technology Frontier (FW-HTF) approaches and devices that support neurodiversity individuals and/or that are inspired by their abilities.
Mar. 9, 2020—From March 9 to 13, Vanderbilt will recognize Disability Awareness Week with a series of interactive programs and events on intersecting topics related to disability. All programs and events are free and open to Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
Feb. 19, 2019—At Vanderbilt, there is no shortage of exploration. Every day our talented faculty, students and staff are driven to make discoveries—not just for the recognition, but for the chance to move the dial, to permeate the boundaries, to affect our society at large and for the better.
The Innovation of Autism: The newly endowed Frist Center for Autism and Innovation seeks to unlock unique talents
Feb. 19, 2019—The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation seeks to transform workplaces by developing new technologies based on the specific skills and talents of people with autism, effectively inspiring advances that can lead to meaningful employment and a fuller life.
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.
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.