Vanderbilt 15th in NIH funding

In the context of an impending federal budget gouge for the National Institutes of Health, Med City News looks at "who has the most to lose," by ranking the top 100 institutions and top states for NIH grants in 2010.

Vanderbilt University ranked 15th at $374 million. The top NIH recipient was Johns Hopkins at $686 million. Tennessee was 13th among states at $558 million. (Thanks, Vandy.)

Mar 7, 2011 7:32 AM

Vandy biomedical informatics chair steps down

The chair of Vanderbilt's Department of Biomedical Informatics plans to step down from his post at the end of the academic year. Dr. Daniel Masys has served in the 2004-2005 academic year. The department was started in 2001.
“It has been a great joy and privilege to preside over the growth of what has become the largest academic department of its kind in the country, with 34 primary and 35 secondary faculty,” Masys said. “We have truly world-class teams working in areas that span from computational biology, molecular bioinformatics, natural language processing, machine learning, data mining and data privacy, to clinical systems research and development and implementation science."
Masys' successor will be identified through a national search, which will start immediately. Jennifer Pietenpol, director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, will chair the search committee.
Mar 1, 2011 9:51 AM

Belmont adds three trustees

Two attorneys among new representatives
Feb 21, 2011 2:33 PM

MTSU gets $1M gift

Middle Tennessee State University has received a $1 million donation from a former student. The money will be used to endow an existing scholarship for Rutherford County students who attend MTSU, with the remainder going toward renovating the coaches' office for the Lady Raiders basketball team.
Feb 7, 2011 8:38 AM

Belmont adds health care MBA options

Belmont University's Massey Graduate School of Business has added a pair of MBA health care management focus options for the Spring of 2011, allowing students to customize their degree programs in either health care quality and compliance or human relations.
"As we listen to area employers and their hiring needs, adding new health care management offerings was something we could do to help our graduate students better tailor their degrees to the marketplace," said Massey associate dean Joe Alexander. "This new programming will add to our capacity to prepare MBA students for the emerging health care economy of tomorrow."
The quality improvement and compliance track will offer students study in lean health care management and a course designed to help prepare students for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality exam. The human relations track is designed for those pursuing a career in human relations management, medical staff relations or professional services management; courses in the track require study in managing with health care professionals and a specialty course in health care human resource management.
Feb 4, 2011 7:09 AM

The food court shuffle

As it works to provide healthier food options, Vanderbilt University Medical Center will boot McDonald's at the end of the month. While construction is underway on its replacement — Au Bon Pain — the Nashville medical center has had to make several adjustments to deal with the customer volume that typically hit Mickey D's. Read about it here.
Jan 28, 2011 10:40 AM

Vanderbilt, professor face discrimination suit

Former assistant prof alleges tenure denial, termination based on race, national origin
Jan 27, 2011 4:55 PM

Haslam in no hurry to merge higher ed

Gov. Bill Haslam says he's not inclined to follow predecessor Phil Bredesen's floated plan to merge the University of Tennessee and the Board of Regents systems, but instead wants to focus on streamlining curricula at the state's universities.
“While there are some dollars involved there – big dollars – it doesn’t come near the scope of what I think we can address by saying, ‘what should each individual school be?’”
Jan 27, 2011 7:56 AM

Meharry gets $10K scholarship award

Meharry Medical College is getting a $10,000 scholarship from the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Meharry and Howard University College of Medicine were selected by the trustees of the Patrick E. Gorman Scholarship Fund for the scholarships, which will be awarded to students in financial need.
Jan 25, 2011 2:33 PM

A Century of Striving

Nashville School of Law marks 100 years of legal education for working people
Jan 24, 2011 2:50 PM