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Transdisciplinary Centers

divider Since the world's most pressing problems are not uniquely “historical,” “political,” or “biological” in nature, why should our search for solutions be confined within the traditional academic departments that bear these names? The College of Arts and Science addresses critical issues and leverages faculty and student strengths across many departments and schools, through the creation of interdisciplinary centers. These centers provide resources and a point of focus for faculty with common interests, give rise to new courses, bring new programming to campus, encourage new research, and strengthen Vanderbilt's intellectual community.


Curb Center

  The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy 

Established in 2003, the Curb Center is the first university-based policy program to fully engage the American cultural policy system. Drawing upon the unique resources of a great university, the Curb Center will supports research and programming that address the five primary sources of cultural policy in the United States. 


VICB The Vanderbilt Institute for Chemical Biology

The institute runs research and education programs in the application of chemical technologies to important biological problems. Specifically, the Center's researchers design and develop new chemical agents to assist in the detection and treatment of disease. The Center trains graduate students, recruits new faculty members with needed expertise, and runs a seminar program.




ViNSE The Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering  

VINSE is comprised of 54 faculty members from the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, and the School of Medicine. Our primary research areas include nanobio/ nanomedicine, nano-energy, nanoscale optics, nano electronics, computational nanoscience, and new nanoscale materials


Research on Mens Health The Vanderbilt Institute for Research on Men's Health

The Vanderbilt Institute for Research on Men's Health (IRMH) was established in 2012 to be a state, national and global leader in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and improving men's health and eliminating men's health disparities.