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  • VIEE Partners | VIEE | Vanderbilt University
    of Human and Organizational Development Law School Owen School Vanderbilt affiliated Programs CCRN Climate Change Research Network CRESP Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation CSO Center for Science Outreach SEMO Sustainability Environmental Management Office VCEMS Vanderbit Center for Environmental Management Studies VECTOR Vanderbilt Center for Transportation Research VSVS Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science GO Latest News Former VIEE grad student fellow Deb Perrone now at Stanford develops computer model

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  • Research Projects | VIEE | Vanderbilt University
    The results from this project will hopefully provide guidance when coping with a future of climatic change and food scarcity Contact Joshua Bazuin Water Energy Food Nexus Project This project focuses on developing a comprehensive understanding of the complex tradeoffs and risks involved in water energy and food management The portfolio of contextualized information will advance utility and tradeoff analyses through the creation of a stakeholder based decision support framework Contact Debra Perrone Water Conservation Project This multidisciplinary project offers a systematic analysis of the political demographic economic hydrologic and climatological factors that affect the development of water conservation policies in American cities We are developing an innovative translational hydrology model that explores the complex transition between the hydrological sciences and water policy This model will provide metropolitan decision makers with new insights into the conditions that enable water conservation proposals to advance toward policy adoption and implementation Student Contact Christopher Wold Conditions Favoring Bipartisanship in State Level Energy Policy Project There are many reasons why countries across the world have developed policies to diversify energy sources and increase energy efficiency among them the vulnerability of supplies changes in price ratios among energy sources and environmental issues In Europe and parts of Asia there is a broad political consensus in favor of diversifying energy sources but political consensus has proven more elusive in the U S Although bipartisan initiatives for energy legislation are very limited in the federal government at the state government level there are ongoing examples of bipartisanship Student Contact Christopher Wold Recently Completed Projects Green Jobs Project This project focused on efforts to combine state and local sustainability policies such as renewable electricity standards with economic development policies to create green jobs The first phase of the project was a report on state and local government policies in the United States The second phase of the project Good Green Jobs in a Global Economy is a book forthcoming from MIT Press on the politics of green energy policies in the United States in the context of global industrial competition Ingram Project Vanderbilt conducted a hybrid life cycle assessment to provide a benchmark environmental footprint for Ingram Marine Group The first phase of this project included a hotspot analysis and the second phase took a deeper dive into selected hotspots in order to provide a more detailed baseline The group is currently using the outputs from the life cycle assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of sustainability strategies and build a framework that facilitates decision making in the context of sustainability Yard Project Although nitrogen fertilizer application in agriculture has been shown to produce soil emissions of nitrous oxide a powerful greenhouse gas with global warming potential 300 such emissions from urban and suburban lawns are not well understood This is particularly troubling since the Center for Watershed Protection showed that a majority of homeowners fertilize their lawns This research seeks to understand how the combined knowledge of emissions and behavioral characteristics can be used to effect reductions of

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  • Recent Publications  | VIEE | Vanderbilt University
    coastal stream nitrate concentrations linked to evapotranspiration in the riparian zone of a low relief agricultural catchment Hydrological Processes doi 10 1002 hyp 9763 Forthcoming Fraser J C J T Bazuin L E Band and J M Grove 2013 Covenants cohesion and community The effects of neighborhood governance on lawn fertilization Landscape and Urban Planning 115 30 38 Furbish D J and M W Schmeeckle 2013 A probabilistic derivation of the exponential like distribution of bed load particle velocities Water Resources Research 49 3 1537 1551 Furbish D J and J J Roering 2013 Sediment disentrainment and the concept of local versus nonlocal transport on hillslopes Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface doi 10 1002 jgrf 20071 Forthcoming Hess D J 2013 Sustainable Consumption Energy and Failed Transitions The Problem of Adaptation In M J Cohen H S Brown and P J Vergragt eds Innovations in Sustainable Consumption New Economics Socio Technical Transitions and Social Practices Edward Elgar Publishing Northampton Hess D J 2013 Industrial fields and countervailing power The transformation of distributed solar energy in the United States Global Environmental Change doi 10 1016 j gloenvcha 2013 01 00 Forthcoming Hess D J and J S Coley 2013 Wireless smart meters and public acceptance The environment limited choices and precautionary politics Public Understanding of Science doi 10 1177 0963662512464936 Forthcoming Hess D J 2013 Transitions in energy systems The mitigation adaptation relationship Science as Culture 22 2 197 203 Jacobi J D Perrone L Lyons Duncan and G Hornberger 2013 A tool for calculating the Palmer Drought Indices Water Resources Research 49 9 6086 6089 Peters T J J C Ayers S Gao and X M Liu 2013 The response of zircon in eclogite to metamorphism during the multi stage evolution of the Huwan Shear Zone China Insights from Lu Hf U Pb isotopic and trace element geochemistry Gondwana Research 23 2 726 747 Ruhl J B and J Salzman 2013 Climate change meets the law of the horse Duke Law Review 62 5 975 1027 Tsang Y P G Hornberger L A Kaplan J D Newbold and A K Aufdenkampe 2013 A variable source area for groundwater evapotranspiration Impacts on modeling stream flow Hydrological Processes doi 10 1002 hyp 9811 Forthcoming 2012 Publications Ayers J C L Zhang Y Luo and T J Peters 2012 Zircon solubility in alkaline aqueous fluids at upper crustal conditions Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 96 18 28 Barkenbus J 2012 Home energy labels An mpg rating for your home Solutions 3 4 Cohen M A and M P Vandenbergh 2012 The potential role of carbon labeling in a green economy Energy Economics 34 S1 S53 S63 Cohen M A and W K Viscusi 2012 The role of information disclosure in climate mitigation policy Climate Change Economics 3 4 doi 10 1142 S2010007812500200 Coley J S and D J Hess 2012 Green energy laws and Republican legislators in the United States Energy Policy 48 576 583 Crane II J W A and G Hornberger

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  • VIEE News | VIEE | Vanderbilt University
    correct their beliefs were compared with the beliefs held by others Individuals were asked their views on 10 separate environmental issues climate change offshore drilling fracking and numerous others and then about their belief superiority on each of them Then the study drilled down on the fracking issue in particular asking the participants 96 individual living in Raleigh North Carolina where the fracking debate has been heating up to read an article about fracking in their state containing language that either supported or opposed the practice VIEE Envr Eng Grad Student Debra Perrone awarded Founder s Medal May 2014 VIEE Environmental Engineering graduate student Debra Perrone was one of this year s top scholars from Vanderbilt University s undergraduate and professional schools honored with a Founder s Medal during Commencement on Friday May 9 2014 Since 1877 a gold medal has been awarded to the student graduating at the top of his or her class from each of Vanderbilt s schools These awards are called Founder s Medals in honor of university founder Cornelius Vanderbilt who made a specific contribution to endow the awards in their first year Chancellor Nicholas S Zeppos presented the Founder s Medals to the students Perrone from Fair Lawn New Jersey Founder s Medalist for the Graduate School graduated with a Ph D in environmental engineering Perrone s research on water resources was awarded an Environmental Protection Agency fellowship and she served as fellow at Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment She was awarded two international fellowships allowing her to live abroad from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna and from the National Science Foundation Summer Institute in Singapore Perrone has taken a postdoctoral scholar position with the Woods Institute at Stanford University VIEE s Michael Vandenbergh Named to Endowed Chair May 2014 VIEE School of Law faculty member Michael Vandenbergh was one of eleven VU faculty members recently named to an endowed chair Vandenbergh was named to the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law at a ceremony April 30 He is the co director of the Energy Environment and Land Use Program and director of the Climate Change Research Network Vandenbergh is a leading scholar in environmental and energy law whose research explores the relationship between formal legal regulation and informal social regulation of individual and corporate behavior His work with Vanderbilt s Climate Change Research Network involves interdisciplinary teams that focus on the reduction of carbon emissions from the individual and household sector Before joining Vanderbilt s law faculty Vandenbergh was a partner at a national law firm in Washington D C He served as Chief of Staff of the U S Environmental Protection Agency from 1993 95 A recipient of the Hall Hartman Teaching Award Vandenbergh teaches courses in environmental law energy and property Vandenbergh has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and at Harvard Law School For more details you may visit this site http news vanderbilt edu 2014 05 endowed chairs april 2014 utm source myvupreview utm medium myvu email utm campaign myvupreview 2014 05 07 VIEE Envr Engr Grad Students selected to attend Summer Institute on Global Food Security April 2014 VIEE Environmental Engineering graduate students Emily Burchfield and Thushara Gunda have been selected to attend the U S Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security June 8 20 2014 at Purdue University They were two of 30 selected nationwide to attend this learning program for graduate students who are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security This introduction to global food security is intended to provide students with a working knowledge of these issues with a focus on cross disciplinary problem solving of real world development challenges I am particularly excited about connecting with students from around the country who are studying food security Burchfield said Their perspectives will be invaluable We will also attend lectures given by policy makers researchers and activists who strive to promote global food security through their work It will be wonderful to learn from them and apply what we learn to our research at Vanderbilt The team of instructors from Purdue and other institutions includes faculty practitioners and policy makers who have expertise across key disciplines in the natural social and health sciences and engineering on the ground development experience and experience with integrated approaches to problem solving The program will include lectures case studies small group discussions and near by field trips In addition to developing a holistic understanding of global food security at the Borlaug Summer Institute I am looking forward to in depth conversations with fellow attendees Gunda said Given the diverse backgrounds e g genetics economics and planning of the institute attendees and experience of the instructors I am excited about exploring global food security from multiple perspectives More information on the U S Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security can be found here http www purdue edu discoverypark food borlaugfellows summer institute Burchfield left and Gunda are pictured below VIEE Envr Engr Grad Student receives NSF graduate fellowship April 2014 VIEE Environmental Engineering graduate student Chelsea Peters was one of twelve current engineering graduate students who received a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation which announced April 1 the 2014 class of fellows The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program GRFP provides fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering Support is provided by the program for graduate study that is in a field within NSF s mission and leads to a research based master s or doctoral degree at accredited U S institutions The fellowships valued at more than 130 000 each are awarded directly to students and provide three years of financial support within a five year fellowship period That support includes 32 000 per year for three years for graduate study and 12 000 allowance annually for three years of tuition The NSF Graduate Fellowship enables me to purse a PhD while allowing research flexibility and creativity I am grateful for the funding security and thrilled by the opportunities this fellowship will provide during my time at Vanderbilt Peters said NSF received more than 14 000 applications for the 2014 competition and made 2 000 fellowship award offers Among the 2 000 awardees 1 069 are women 382 are from underrepresented minority groups 55 are persons with disabilities and 37 are veterans The fellows in the 2014 class come from 442 baccalaureate institutions 58 more than in 2010 when the program first began awarding 2 000 fellowships each year GRFP is a critical program in NSF s overall strategy in developing the globally engaged workforce necessary to ensure America s leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation According to the NSF As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind the Graduate Research Fellowship Program has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers Previous fellows include former U S Secretary of Energy Steven Chu Google founder Sergey Brin and many Nobel Prize winners Chelsea Peters is pictured below VIEE Grad Student attends AAAS Workshop in DC April 2014 VIEE CEE graduate student Thushara Gunda was one of two Vanderbilt student representatives at the pilot Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering workshop hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS Mar 31 Apr 2 in Washington DC This workshop was specifically oriented towards undergraduate and graduate scientist and engineering students who have an interest in understanding Science Policy There were workshop attendees from 25 other institutions around the country The presenters at the workshop ranged from Congressional staff members federal agency staff lobbyists and advocates to associations involved in science policy Meeting the various players on Capitol Hill and seeing how they interact with each other notably their professionalism and their belief in the system is really inspiring and has motivated me to become more involved in the policymaking process Gunda said The workshop sessions emphasized the Policy for Science component of Science Policy Specifically they gave an overview of US Science Tech policy process described the federal budget process and congress s budget and appropriations process as well as provided advice on how to interact with staff members on Capitol Hill On the last day of the workshop Gunda and VU Dept of Pathology Microbiology Immunology grad student Nicole Sexton met with staff members from TN Congressmen offices They shared their individual research activities outlined the importance of federal funding for their research and got advice and feedback regarding the role of graduate students at the Federal policymaking level Below is a photo of Gunda r and Sexton at the US Capitol while they were attending the AAAS Workshop VIEE Hosts AGU Session on Water Energy Food in San Francisco Annual Meeting December 11 2013 Debra Perrone John Jacobi George Hornberger and Amanda Carrico convened a union session at the Fall 2013 American Geophysical Union AGU meeting The meeting was hel d in San Francisco from 9 13 December The AGU meeting is an international conference bringing together more than 20 000 scientists and environmental science policy advocates Session Title Water Energy and Food Security in a Changing World Finding Solutions Through Integration of Physical and Social Sciences Session Abstract Population growth and climate change highlight the critical feedbacks among water energy and food security Only collaboration among disciplines can answer the tough questions related to water energy and food interactions This session explores the integration of the physical social and economic sciences that is needed to gain a full picture of the water energy food nexus in a changing world How do the resources interact How do social cultural and behavioral norms influence the nexus What is the role of economics in maintaining resource security Participants will include scholars from multiple disciplines working on various aspects of this complex problem VIEE Post Doc Article Attracts National Media Attention Kaitlin Toner a VIEE postdoctoral fellow specializing in psychology research recently had an article she co authored published online in Psychological Science a journal of the Association for Psychological Science The research determined that ideologues on both ends of the political spectrum are equally likely to believe their opinions are superior to others but their feelings of superiority emerge for distinct political issues Furthermore these findings suggest that while people with moderate attitudes tend to be more evenhanded those on the extreme ends of the political spectrum seem especially convinced that their viewpoints are the only correct ones Because the timing of the article s publication just happened to coincide with the federal government shutdown impasse her research has attracted interest from some major media outlets such as CNN Time magazine and National Public Radio to name a few Given the stalemate in Washington understanding why people become so entrenched in their views even when there is not an objectively correct answer is more important than ever says Toner who conducted the research as a doctoral student at Duke University Toner and her colleagues at Duke were struck by the blatant biases they saw in media coverage of the 2012 presidential election Pundits politicians and even commentators on online news articles seemed so confident that their own views were better than everyone else s says Toner Logic would argue that they couldn t all be right 100 of the time so we wondered what was making them so sure of the superiority of their opinions The researchers had over 500 participants complete several questionnaires addressing their viewpoints on nine controversial political issues health care illegal immigration abortion government aid to the needy voter ID laws income tax rates torture tactics affirmative action and the role of religion in policymaking Participants then indicated how correct their opinions were relative to other people s beliefs on each issue ranging from no more correct than other viewpoints to totally correct mine is the only correct view Overall participants who were more conservative politically showed higher levels of dogmatism a personality trait that describes people who are inflexible in their ideological beliefs This finding replicates prior research and supports what scientists call the rigidity of the right hypothesis But the data on belief superiority revealed a more nuanced picture Conservatives and liberals reported that their view was the only correct view on the same number of issues though the issues they felt most superior about differed between the two groups Conservatives felt most superior about voter ID laws tax rates and affirmative action whereas liberals were most convinced of the superiority of their views on government welfare programs the use of torture on terrorists and the role of religion in policymaking We assumed that there would probably be some issues for which liberals felt more superior than conservatives and vice versa but we didn t anticipate that the numbers of these issues would be so evenly distributed says Toner VIEE Post Doc Receives PJSA Grad Student Thesis Award Joshua Bazuin a VIEE postdoctoral fellow was recently selected as a PJSA Peace Justice Studies Association Graduate Student Thesis Award winner for 2013 for his PhD thesis entitled Religion in the Remaking of Rwanda after Genocide Joshua s research explored how religion played an important role in Rwanda s 1994 genocide and how it is also playing a significant role in Rwanda s recovery Using a mixed methods approach his dissertation inquired about the role of religious beliefs religious social contacts and religious organizations in promoting reconciliation after the genocide The PJSA is a non profit organization that was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace research Education and Development COPRED and the Peace Studies Association Joshua received his PhD from Vanderbilt s Peabody College Department of Human and Organizational Development His advisor was Assoc Prof James Fraser Two VIEE Graduate Students Receive NSF Awards posted 9 April 2013 Thushara Gunda NSF GRF Debra Perrone NSF EAPSI Collaborative Report on Climate Change and Tennessee Presented at Vanderbilt posted 17 September 2012 Vanderbilt University Oak Ridge National Laboratory University of Tennessee at Knoxville University of Memphis and the Tennessee Department of Health all contributed to a new report focused on the challenges and opportunities that face Tennessee under a changing climate The results of the report Sustaining Tennessee in the Face of Climate Change Grand Challenges and Great Opportunities were presented 11 September at Vanderbilt University Read more Request a full copy of the report from Sustainable Tennessee New College of Arts and Science Program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies posted 14 September 2012 The College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University has just launched a new program Undergraduates can now minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies Read more about the program VIEE Awarded NSF Grant posted 10 September 2012 Interdisciplinary study of agricultural adaptation to water scarcity in Sri Lanka s Mahaweli River Watershed Read more about the project Read more about the grant Principal investigators include George Hornberger director of VIEE James Fraser Human and Organizational Development Jonathan Gilligan Earth and Environmental Sciences Amanda Carrico VIEE and the Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network Lanka Thabrew VIEE and Heather Truelove assistant professor at the University of North Florida Full list of team members VIEE to Lead AGU Session on Water Security posted 15 June 2012 Session focused on bridging the gap between science and policy Debra Perrone and Leslie Lyons Duncan VIEE PhD Candidates and Antonia Rosati NARCCAP Community Liaison will be convening a Public Affairs session at the Fall 2012 American Geophysical Union AGU meeting The meeting will be held in San Francisco from 3 7 December The AGU meeting is an international conference bringing together nearly 20 000 scientists and environmental science policy advocates The session focuses on water security Session Abstract Population 7 billion and growing Water Security in a Changing Climate With predictions of Earth s climate suggesting non stationarity water supply becomes less predictable Water demands are multifaceted and multidimensional competition is influenced by population culture technology and economics and changes over space and time These inherent complexities combined with broad and often conflicting stakeholder interests create challenges for decision makers To complicate matters water boundaries rarely align with political boundaries and consequentially local decisions can affect other regions or countries e g Ganges Brahmaputra and Colorado River Basins This session intends to bring together physical social and political scientists to discuss a sustainable path forward Submit Abstract to Session PA012 VIEE Director George Hornberger and wife Joan attend Summer Lawn Event at the White House posted 7 June 2012 President Obama and the First Lady invited all Presidential appointees to a summer event on the South Lawn of the White House on 5 June 2012 in appreciation for service to the Nation George and Joan Hornberger attended the event George has been a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board a Presidential appointment since 2004 The U S Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board was established in the 1987 amendments to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act NWPA The Board evaluates the technical validity of Department of Energy activities related to implementing the NWPA and provides objective expert advice on nuclear waste management to Congress and the Secretary of Energy The Board is composed of 11 members who serve on a part time basis Board members are appointed by the President from a list of candidates submitted by the National Academy of Sciences By law nominees to the Board are selected solely on the basis of distinguished professional service and are eminent in a field of science or engineering including environmental sciences VIEE Makes Top 25 Hottest Articles Twice posted 27 March 2012 Amanda Carrico a research assistant professor affiliated with VIEE and CCRN and Heather Truelove a postdoctoral fellow with VIEE CCRN and CRESP made the Top 25 Hottest Articles of 2011 for the Journal of Environmental Psychology Dr Carrico

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  • Open Faculty Positions | VIEE | Vanderbilt University
    www vanderbilt edu viee CCRN http law vanderbilt edu academics academic programs environmental law climate change network Applications are sought from candidates with primary experience in one or more relevant fields in the area of environmental social science including psychology sociology and decision sciences We are particularly interested in applicants whose research interests and expertise include perceptions of climate change resource consumption engagement in environmental behavior and environmental policy support For the successful candidate the thrust of the work during this fellowship will utilize quantitative social psychological or sociological research methods to examine influences on energy use environmentally significant behavior and policy support by individuals households and private institutions The postdoctoral fellow will function as an integral member of an active interdisciplinary research group The fellow will interact with faculty graduate and professional students undergraduates and other postdoctoral fellows representing a wide range of disciplines including energy and environmental law political science economics psychology human and organizational development management earth and environmental sciences and engineering Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to existing projects work closely with other members of the research group and in interdisciplinary teams help develop project proposals and publish research results in peer reviewed journals Applicants must have a Ph D in an appropriate field by the time the appointment begins In addition they should have a keen interest and demonstrated expertise in their particular area strong interpersonal skills writing ability and capability to perform in depth analysis Candidates must be self starters who are comfortable taking initiative and who can play a major role in working on multiple projects and bringing them to completion Review of applications will begin on February 1 2015 and will continue until the position is filled Applications should include 1 a curriculum vitae 2 three letters of reference from

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  • Student Spotlight | VIEE | Vanderbilt University
    she also spent time at Maastricht University Netherlands and the University of Oxford UK where she received a scholarship to study climate change mitigation and adaptation She completed a Master s in Economics at UCL focused on applied econometrics and critical theories of economic growth Her current research as a member of VIEE s ADAPT SL project applies remote sensing and GIS to the study of resource management In particular she is interested in understanding how water allocation decisions impact the adaptive strategies employed by farmers in rural Sri Lanka John Jacob Nay Ph D Candidate Interdisciplinary Program John is a doctoral student in Systems Analysis Behavioral Modeling at Vanderbilt an interdisciplinary Ph D program with a dissertation committee comprised of economists psychologists and environmental engineers and scientists His research focuses on i improved computational modeling of dynamic decision making and strategic choice under social and environmental uncertainty and ii developing decision support models for policy and management application in complex systems He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Distinction from the University of Virginia and has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and the Senator John Warner Public Leadership Research Award His current research as part of VIEE s

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  • About Us | Robert Penn Warren Center | Vanderbilt University
    teaching interests to learn and study with each other Shortly after the Center s inception the University chose to name the program in honor of one of its most prominent graduates in the arts and humanities Robert Penn Warren In 1989 The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities was awarded a 480 000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to assist in establishing a permanent endowment for the program This award signifies the nationally recognized achievements of the Center and helps to ensure its long term future Vaughn Home History In addition to embodying the history of the humanities at Vanderbilt the Robert Penn Warren Center represents their future The Center has proven prescient in its modeling of the value of collaboration in the humanities Over its quarter century of existence the Robert Penn Warren Center has evolved into a site of deep exploration for Vanderbilt s faculty as well as for national and international scholars by its situation at the heart of campus and through its promotion of the work faculty from different departments and disciplines can do together the RPW Center confirms all of Vanderbilt to be a place for the humanities Chancellor Nicholas

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  • Staff | Robert Penn Warren Center | Vanderbilt University
    Penn Warren Center for the Humanities she has been with the program since its founding in 1988 She is responsible for creating organizing and overseeing the scholarly programs of the Warren Center She has recently produced a documentary film related to the Warren Center entitled Speaking for the Humanities as well as a digital archive containing interviews from 1964 conducted by Robert Penn Warren with US Civil Rights activists http whospeaks library vanderbilt edu In 2015 she received a Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Joy Ramirez Ph D Seminar Coordinator Joy Ramirez came to the Warren Center via a circuitous route She received her Ph D in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and moved to Nashville in 2005 to teach Italian language and literature at Vanderbilt She then embarked on a career in the restaurant industry learning pastry from some of Nashville s best pastry chefs and owned her own baking company When she finally realized that she missed working with students and faculty and that desserts were a dead end she came back to Vanderbilt and now only has to order the food not make it She enjoys spending time with her daughter June age 5 her husband Daniel and her dog Olive Terry Tripp Activities Coordinator Terry Tripp joined the Warren Center in 2013 Before that she worked as an administrative assistant in the A S Dean s Office She also worked with the ACLU of Tennessee and did freelance writing and editing for CABLE a professional women s organization She has a B A in communications and minors in journalism and French however she has forgotten all of her French even the swear words She has one husband two sons two cats and one dog Her

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