Kendra H. Oliver, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor | Department of Pharmacology | Basic Sciences | SoM Senior Lecturer | Communication of Science and Technology | College of A&S
I am an experienced scientist passionate about visual science communication, multi-disciplinary projects, and online learning. Focused on visual communication methods, I am developing creative programs that have implication for online learning and science communication practices. Although classically trained as a research scientist in pharmacology, I consider myself a science communication designer with skills ranging from project management, pedagogical theory, video production, instructional design, and web design. With a foundation as a trans-disciplinary team member, I am interested in developing and utilizing these skills to develop a process in science marketing, communication, and engagement strategies, particularly those at the intersection of art and science.
Caroline Cencer, Graduate Student
Caroline Cencer is a graduate student in the Tyska Laboratory in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. She has extensive experience with microscopes of all shapes and sizes and enjoys capturing cells, both living and fixed, in an artistic way. The level of detail that can be resolved from a microscopic specimen on modern microscopes is truly fascinating and beautiful. With an eye for the microscope, Caroline hopes to pursue imaging in her future career. In the meantime, she enjoys volunteering with STEM-related organizations such as ArtLab.
Justin Chediak, Senior Undergradaute
Justin Chediak, Senior will be graduating in May with a degree in Political Science and minors in Biological Sciences and Chemistry and is hoping to attend medical school next fall. Alongside Dr. Kendra Oliver, Justin is working to implement an interactive display outside the main Stevenson Center lecture halls to facilitate a bridge between undergraduate students and researchers of all disciplines across Vanderbilt. The display will house a library of video interviews conducted with private investigators in fields ranging from Health & Medicine to Law, Business, & Politics. These PIs briefly discuss the work their research group is doing and what opportunities undergraduate students have had in working with them. The project is ultimately designed to encourage undergraduate interest in research and provide students with a direct line of communication to various research groups so they can become involved themselves.
Elliot Jaffe, Junior Undergraduate
Elliot Jaffe is a junior undergraduate student at Vanderbilt majoring in Communication of Science and Technology. Because ultimately choosing between sciences, humanities and arts had proven too difficult, he’s thus sought a way to pursue all three simultaneously. Elliot’s work here at ArtLab is focused around managing the organization’s online presence as well as writing content, but in his free time he enjoys entertaining his curiosity with digital art, music, and language.
Eve Moll, Senior Undergradaute
Eve Moll is an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University in the college of Arts and Sciences. Originally from South Florida, Eve has found a second home in Nashville, where she enjoys exploring the food, music, and art scenes. She is an Honors Scholar and recipient of the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship with a variety of interests—academic and extracurricular. As a visual artist, she explores various facets of art, which has led her to her work in ArtLab, a Vanderbilt pilot program exploring the intersection of art and science. As a pre-medical student, Eve plans to continue her studies of science and eventually pursue a medical career. A keen communicator, Eve celebrates the opportunity to share an important message through this platform.