Fisk University and Vanderbilt University are planning a bridge program focused on courses in natural science, mathematics or computer science.
The program would include a Fisk undergraduate degree — weighted toward courses in natural science, mathematics or computer science — obtained within three years. The degree would be followed by a master's degree in computer science from Fisk, bridging to a biomedical informatics Ph.D. from Vanderbilt.
The proposed program, which would begin enrolling students in fall 2015 at the earliest, would expand the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program established in 2004 and currently bridging Fisk masters programs to Vanderbilt doctoral programs in astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics and materials science.
“Perhaps because of the relative newness and interdisciplinary character of biomedical informatics, most entering undergraduates aren’t aware of the role that this field has in advancing health care and biomedical science, nor of this growing field’s tremendous need for experts and leaders,” said Dr. Lee Limbird, dean of the Fisk School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Business and interim dean for graduate studies.
“With this proposed training program, we want to begin addressing that deficit of awareness and help fill the pipeline with talented students of color,” Limbird added.
Paul Govern and vanderbilt.edu have more here.
Regions Bank has expanded its affiliation with a number of the region's historically black colleges and universities to include branded check cards. Among the schools whose graduates and fans can now personalize their plastic is Tennessee State University.
Lumination, Lipscomb University's news service, has an interesting piece about the school's abbreviation, LU.
It seems they're not allowed to use it anymore thanks to Liberty University.
“Several months ago, the university was contacted by legal counsel for Liberty University who informed us that they had copyrighted the use of the letters “LU” some time ago, and we did not have the right to use it as a logo or in any other description of Lipscomb University,” Vice President of Communications and Marketing Deby K. Samuels wrote in the email.
“In subsequent weeks, outside legal counsel was retained, and several attempts were made at reasonable negotiation. In the end, there were two options: one, initiate federal court litigation to adjudicate the rights to “LU” or, two, discontinue its use. The cost and distraction to take the issue to court would be substantial and the outcome could still be negative. Therefore, the decision was made to immediately transition away from the use of “LU” campus wide.”
Can somebody get UT on the horn?
Vanderbilt University's endowment posted a gain of more than 9 percent in the year ended June 30, thanks in good part to growth in its international stock portfolio. Rob Kozlowski of Pensions & Investments writes that the university's investment managers want to further grow their exposure to global markets.
Analysts at Fitch Ratings have affirmed their top-shelf rating on the commercial paper portfolio of Vanderbilt University, saying the university — where the flagship medical complex has had a rough year — remains on a sound financial footing overall.
To supplement internal liquidity sources, the university maintains the ability to draw on dedicated hybrid lines of credit in the aggregate amount of $400 million. Of Vanderbilt's substantial cash and investments, approximately $832.6 million, [...] was available on a same- or next-day basis as of Sept. 30, 2013.
Cumberland University has promoted Meredith McDowell to assistant athletic director, putting her in charge of fundraising. McDowell, who earned her MBA from Cumberland in 2011, had been managing the Lebanon school's annual fund since last year. The Wilson Post has more.