Coming up: Celebrate science! Train as volunteer advocate!

Science Day 2015

The VKC continues its celebration of its 50th anniversary as a national Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at Science Day, Sept. 29. Training is another VKC mission—and the VKC Volunteer Advocacy Program resumes Sept. 2; advance registration required.

Science Day 50th Anniversary Celebration

A keynote address by renowned neuroscientist Pasko Rakic and a panel discussion about the evolution of intellectual and developmental disabilities research by VKC director Elisabeth Dykens and three VKC former directors are among the highlights of this 50th anniversary celebration of scientific discovery. Former VKC directors taking part are Pat Levitt, H. Carl Haywood, and Donald Stedman. At two poster sessions, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will present and discuss their research studies.

A Science Day presenter gives a short presentation of her research to a poster judge. Science Day participants have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes during poster sessions.

A Science Day presenter gives a short presentation of her research to a poster judge. Photo by Vanderbilt University / Susan Urmy.

Science Day will be held Tuesday, September 29, 12 noon to 5 p.m., in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center. All are welcome. For details and to register, click here.

Volunteer Advocacy Program

The Volunteer Advocacy program (VAP) is training for individuals interested in becoming special education advocates in order to provide support to families of children with disabilities in Tennessee. Participants attend a 40-hour training over 12 weeks. Training focuses on topics related to special education advocacy. For Fall 2015, VAP will be held Wednesday evenings, Sept. 2-Nov. 18, 5-8 p.m. (Central Standard Time).

Training will be conducted in-person at the VKC and will be webcast to other sites across Tennessee, including Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. Additional distance sites are possible but require at least 3 participants. Participants must commit to attending all sessions and advocating for four families after completing the training.

There is a $30 registration fee for materials. Registration is now open.

For additional information, click here.

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