Vanderbilt University has recruited Vaughan F.R. Jones to the position of distinguished professor of mathematics starting this fall. Jones, who joins Vanderbilt from the University of California at Berkeley, received a Fields Medal in 1990 — a prestigious award given to a mathemetician who is 40 years old or younger for outstanding discoveries in the field.
Jones was honored for his discovery of a link between the mathematical study of knots and statistical mechanics.
“We are thrilled that Vaughan will be joining the mathematics department,” said Chair Dietmar Bisch, who has collaborated with Jones for more than 15 years. “His presence will enhance our research profile enormously and give our students and postdocs a chance to learn from one of our preeminent mathematicians.”
Jones will join the math department's Center for Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras.
Jeff Cornwall, the Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship at Belmont University, reports proudly that his team's first loan to a business incubated at the school has been paid off in full. Cornwall, who has a policy of not investing in student-originated ventures, a few years ago rolled out his no-interest Runway Loan Program, which puts $25,000 to work in return for 1 percent of the company's revenues and, should it attract outside attention, its sale price.
Vanderbilt University has received a $10.3 million grant from the National Center for Research Resources to create a National Research Resource for Imaging Mass Spectrometry.
Richard Caprioli, director of Vanderbilt's Mass Spectrometry Research Center, is leading the program.
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Imaging mass spectrometry is a tool for visualizing the location of proteins in cells and tissues. It can be used to “follow” the molecular changes that cause disease, which is “vital to our understanding of how to treat a patient to stabilize, reverse and even eliminate disease processes,” said Caprioli, the Stanley Cohen Professor of Biochemistry and professor of Chemistry, Medicine and Pharmacology.
Caprioli has pioneered imaging mass spectrometry techniques and expects the new Research Resource to move this technology from the instrumental development laboratory to the biological and clinical research laboratory as a routine imaging tool.
“Imaging mass spectrometry gives the research scientist and the physician a new and unprecedented view of the molecular changes underlying disease processes,” Caprioli said.
Vanderbilt University is launching a new master's degree program geared toward educators in the health care field.
Through a collaboration among Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Peabody College of Education and Human Development, the university this fall will begin enrolling students in a Master of Health Professions Education degree. The mission of the program is to help health education professionals develop the skills needed to lead in a rapidly changing health services environment.
“This program gives students a science behind the education so they can practice their area of expertise in a scholarly way,” said Associate Professor of Medical Education and Administration and MPHE program director John Shatzer. “Teaching is a learnable skill and is why Peabody is a strong partner in our program. They are current in educational theory and principles that will help create the bridge between the learning sciences and teaching practice.”
The degree, which models an Executive MBA weekend format, will be awarded by the school of medicine.
The Scarlett Leadership Institute is splitting from Belmont University to become a for-profit company.
Former Tractor Supply CEO Joe Scarlett started the Institute five years ago. It's been housed in Belmont's School of Business Administration during what Scarlett has called its "incubative state."
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“In order for us to grow and expand, we need to be out from under the umbrella of a local university," said Scarlett, who also praised the group’s experience with Belmont, where he will continue to serve as a member of the Belmont University Board of Trustees. Scarlett said he hopes for the institute to achieve a regional and national footprint."
Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and Human Development was named the No. 1 graduate education school in the country by U.S. News & World Report. It's the third consecutive year the school has landed in the top spot.
Vanderbilt's schools of medicine, nursing and law also ranked in the top 20 of their fields in the rankings, which were released today.
“Peabody College is currently celebrating its 225th anniversary, so being ranked No. 1 for a third time feels very gratifying. We’ve come a long way from a small frontier academy to become one of the nation’s leading graduate schools of education,” said Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development. “In the end, the work done by our faculty and by our graduates in their professions is the most important thing. It is rewarding to see their efforts repeatedly recognized.”
Click here to read the full announcement of Vanderbilt's rankings.
Lipscomb University's College of Business has named Randall L. Bostic Jr. director of development.
Bostic, a Nashville business and finance expert, will manage the College of Business' fundraising and development programs. He joins Lipscomb after serving as director of operations for Mays & Associates, where he helped develop a plan for expanding the organization’s reach into South and Central America. Prior to that, Bostic was a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual. He also was an attorney focusing on small business litigation in Nashville.
"Randy Bostic is a wonderful addition to our team here in the College of Business," said College of Business Dean Turney Stevens. "We are delighted to welcome him and to add and his skills to the tlanets of our faculty and staff as he helps us connect with the community."
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