Aphasia Arts and Music Group
In the spring of 2019, the Curb Public Scholars program granted a fellowship to myself and my colleague, Anna Kasdan, to start a community group based around arts and music for individuals with aphasia. The group aims to foster alternative self-expression through accessible art projects, choir rehearsals/performances, and rotating activities including drum circles, accessible yoga, conversations with guest musicians, and vinyl listening and discussion sessions lead by a local audio engineer. We began meeting in September 2019, and have been going strong (even meeting remotely through COVID-19 pandemic) ever since! For the fall of 2021, we have partnered with The Curb Center at Vanderbilt to show our art in their Art of Healing exposition.
Photos coming soon!
Fellowship in Blended Online Learning Design
In the summer of 2019, I was granted a fellowship with the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching's Blended Online Learning Design (BOLD) Fellows program to develop an online module to increase scientific literacy among undergraduates. The module was implemented in an undergraduate psychology course at Vanderbilt in Fall 2020, and was associated with significant improvements in multiple measures of scientific literacy among students in the course. For a full description, check out the writeup here!
Graduate Women in Science
In the spring of 2019, I became a charter member of Nashville's inaugural chapter of Graduate Women in Science. I was elected as Secretary that spring and from 2019-2020 helped to organize social activities, disseminate information about GWIS, and establish a monthly Faculty Brown Bag series in which female faculty at Vanderbilt meet with students and young professionals to discuss their journeys as women in science and provide advice to other budding female scientists.