Venture Nashville reported this week that Vanderbilt University has named Cleveland Clinic Innovations' Alan Bentley to the new position of assistant vice chancellor in its technology transfer and enterprise development program. Read the report at this link.
Medication therapy management company PharmMD is starting a post-graduate pharmacy residency program. This year, the program will include new pharmacy graduates Lindsay Ozga of Samford University and Tori Erxleben of Drake University, who will graduate with PharmD degrees in May 2011.
The program will provide residents with training and experiences similar to what they would receive from 3-5 years of pharmacy practice. It will also position residents to emerge as pharmacy and MTM leaders in the health care industry.
The PharmMD Residency Program focuses on many areas such as MTM program design and implementation, training, account management, quality improvement, new product development, and others.
In a "statement of solidarity" about the safety of college campuses, the Vanderbilt Faculty Senenate has passed a resolution supporting the continued ban on firearms on college campuses — mirroring a move made by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's faculty senate.
The Tennessee General Assembly is considering a bill legalizing the possession of handguns on public university campuses. The City Paper has more.
A representative of a newly formed Vanderbilt student group will meet today with university officials about their plans to partner with the Abu Dhabi government on an education college. The students are opposed to the project — talks on which began 10 months ago — because of the emirate's human rights policies and stance on academic freedoms and say any formal association with Vanderbilt could harm the university's brand. In a statement, SAVE co-founder Theodore Samets said the university's constituents need more transparency from Chancellor Nick Zeppos and other officials.
“At first it seemed like Chancellor Zeppos hoped to open a campus similar to what NYU opened in Abu Dhabi,” added Samets. “But we realized the truth was far worse. Zeppos is selling out our brand and our reputation in exchange for oil money, plain and simple. It’s time for him to stop obfuscating and start being honest with the very people he was supposedly hired to serve.”
Middle Tennessee State University has forged an agreement with Chattanooga State Community College to allow students who meet certain criteria at the Chattanooga school to qualify for dual admission at MTSU, guaranteeing them acceptance to pursue a bachelor's degree.
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos discussed the university's financial performance at a faculty assembly last week, providing an update on the Sharpe the Future fundraising campaign and looking ahead to potential federal cuts to education.
The Shape the Future fundraising campaign will end June 30, Zeppos said, having resulted in more than 180 new endowed faculty chairs and $300 million in scholarship endowments.
“(Shape the Future) now stands at $1.9 billion, surpassing its original goal of $1.75 billion,” Zeppos said. “This success is the foundation for the significant strengthening of our faculty and the increased ability to attract outstanding students that Vanderbilt has seen in the short span of eight years.”
The University has also been able to add 73 new endowed faculty chairs in the past year, 13 more than the target set in 2010, Zeppos said. Thirty-three of those chairs have been awarded to faculty and more announcements will be forthcoming, he said.
Additionally, the University has been able to set aside $100 million for graduate education.
Calling him "one of the greatest visionaries I know," Belmont President Bob Fisher on Thursday dedicated a conference room at the school's Inman Center to Jack Bovender, former chairman and CEO of HCA. Bovender helped Belmont officials draft their plans for a health sciences program and helped secure some of its early funding.
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.
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