Oct. 4, 2019—The National Institute on Aging has awarded a five-year, $1.9 million grant to Vanderbilt faculty members Tara McKay, Kitt Carpenter, Lauren Gaydosh and Gilbert Gonzales to study the health effects of social and support networks on sexual and gender minorities 50 to 70 years old in the South.
Jul. 11, 2018—One of the first studies to examine the health impacts of legal marriage for LGBT individuals has found gay men were more likely to receive routine medical care following marriage legalization.
Mar. 26, 2018—The Commons Reading for the 2018-19 academic year will be "The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom" by Jonathan Haidt. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and Vanessa Beasley, dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, announced the selection March 26.
Feb. 13, 2018—Assistant Professor of Health Policy Gilbert Gonzales took several students from his University Course "The Nation’s Health: From Policy to Practice" to the state capitol late last month to watch Gov. Bill Haslam’s final State of the State Address. This VU BreakThru blog post, written by Gonzales, highlights some of the governor's remarks that are pertinent to the course. Read more about University Courses and other internal faculty funding programs—including TIPs, Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants—at the VU BreakThru blog.
Dec. 14, 2017—A new large-scale study examining barriers to healthcare through the lens of gender identity finds that transgender men and women tend to fare poorly. The study, by researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Minnesota, appears in The Milbank Quarterly.
May. 1, 2017—Students participating in the first University Courses gave the initiative high marks, noting that the cross-campus curriculum created unique opportunities for students to tackle important subjects.
Mar. 20, 2017—“Perspectives on Health Care Reform: From Obamacare to the American Health Care Act” is open to Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students.
Mar. 6, 2017—Students from a University Course on the nation's health care policies spent an immersive day at the Tennessee State Capitol recently, meeting with legislators and discussing issues.
Dec. 19, 2016—A trans-institutional team of Vanderbilt social scientists and medical professionals will look at how laws affecting LGBT individuals and families affect their health and the economy.
Spring 2017 University Courses to examine health policy, mass incarceration and mobile cloud computing
Oct. 21, 2016—Enrollment opens Oct. 31 for three University Courses being offered this spring to tackle significant societal and technological issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Large-Scale Study Finds Higher Rates of Severe Psychological Distress and Impaired Physical Health among LGBT Populations
Jun. 27, 2016—In one of the largest, most representative health surveys conducted to date, lesbian, gay and bisexual adults reported substantially higher rates of severe psychological distress, heavy drinking and smoking, and impaired physical health than did heterosexuals.
Feb. 22, 2016—Five classes ranging from the history of black Nashville to the impact of mobile cloud computing will be the inaugural set of University Courses at Vanderbilt University—a new initiative arising from the recent Academic Strategic Plan.