Vanderbilt University researchers are teaming up with some of their peers at the University of Pittsburgh to launch one of three centers designed to develop new toxicology tests and methods. The Environmental Protection Agency is funding the local effort with $6 million over four years.
The primary goal of the new center is to develop a series of 3-D human cell cultures that are heavily wired up with different sensors to record how they respond when exposed to small concentrations of potentially toxic chemicals. The forefront of cell biology is moving away from traditional 2-D culture of a single cell type towards 3-D cell culture of multiple cell types that more closely mimic the microenvironment of particular organs.
Belmont University will unveil today its professional education and corporate meeting facility in Cool Springs.
The facility is housed in a building located at 310 Billingsly Court in Franklin.
BU officials said in a release that the new Williamson County location will provide easily accessible classrooms for courses in Belmont’s adult degree, professional and continuing education programs, as well as event and meeting rental space for area businesses and organizations.
Belmont originally opened a satellite location in Cool Springs in 2002 on Seaboard Lane, allowing Williamson County residents and employees close access and opportune times to take classes through the university’s adult degree program.
Columbia State Community College has hired Terri Kinloch to be the new executive director of its Center for Workforce Development. Formerly with the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service, she will coordinate the job training efforts in the Columbia State system.
“I want to strengthen Workforce Development so we can help corporations retool their employees,” Kinloch explained. “I hope to establish a larger presence throughout our service area, particularly in Williamson County where the greatest number of job openings often challenges employers to find workers to fill their needs.”
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