Vanderbilt promotes veteran educator to vice provost role

Ex-associate VP, Blair prof to oversee learning, residential affairs
Sep 8, 2014 11:54 AM

Vanderbilt startup wins Spark Nashville pitch competition

JumpStart alum commercializing precise GPS technology
Sep 5, 2014 7:00 AM

Vanderbilt names vice provost of academic, strategic affairs

Political science professor to lead university initiatives
Sep 3, 2014 7:00 AM

VU welcomes back SEC's Lewis

Craig M. Lewis, who recently completed three years of work as chief economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has returned to his post as the Madison S. Wigginton professor of management in finance at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, VU announced Tuesday.

During his time at the SEC, where he also served as director of the agency’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, Lewis (pictured) led efforts to incorporate more rigorous analytical techniques into the SEC’s rule-making process.

“In many ways, I feel that our work has been vindicated by the fact that there have been relatively few court challenges to the rules we implemented,” Lewis, who originally joined Vanderbilt’s finance faculty in 1986, said in a release.

A frequent speaker and guest lecturer at industry and academic events around the world, Lewis is considered an expert on corporate financial policy and asset pricing.

M. Eric Johnson, Owen dean, commended Lewis for his work at the SEC.

“Not only has Craig helped enrich and strengthen the rule-making process as part of the implementation of the landmark Dodd-Frank financial reform law, he also brings back a wealth of valuable experience, both to the research arena and to the classroom,” Johnson said.

Read more here.

Aug 27, 2014 8:40 AM

Zeppos: 'I've stopped hoping for any solutions from Washington'

Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nick Zeppos told his assembled faculty senate last week that the school's medical center is still being hit "very hard" by the effects of health care reforms and the Haslam administration's refusal to expand Medicaid coverage in Tennessee. As a whole, he said, the U.S. health care sector won't be able to lean as much on institutions like Vanderbilt to absorb changes and costs.

“But a health system — and here I include local, state and national governments as well as the insurance industry — that continues to ask its nation’s universities and academic medical centers to make medical discoveries and produce the best physicians and scientists, at the same time that we increasingly shoulder the taxing responsibilities of a public hospital, is headed for trouble,” Zeppos said.

Aug 25, 2014 7:12 AM

Permit Patrol: 18 August 2014

Bridgestone club work, VU's Light Hall land upgrade, Abe's Garden now underway, and more...
Aug 18, 2014 7:00 AM

VUMC's Light Hall to get $2.48M update

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has landing a permit to rework existing laboratory space in the Light Hall Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Department.

The work includes new mouse-housing rooms to be built along with a lab support space for research on mouse metabolic phenotyping.

Turner Universal Construction will oversee the work, with the permit valued at $2.48 million.

Aug 12, 2014 6:45 AM

Webcam to record work on VU engineering building

Vanderbilt University officials have installed a web camera to record the constuction of the $109 million Engineering and Science Building.

On-site work on the 230,000-square-foot seven-story building began in May following the university’s commencement exercises. VU is targeting a summer 2016 completion.

The Engineering and Science Building will be located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Garland and 25th avenues and will connect to the distinctive Olin Hall (seen on the left in the below image). No building was demolished to accommodate construction.

Check the webcam views here and read more about the project here.

Aug 6, 2014 12:55 PM

Permit Patrol: 4 August 2014

Lenox Village lands additions, VU library to get upgrades, and more...
Aug 4, 2014 7:00 AM

VU tech transfer center sets record for licensing agreements

Vanderbilt University announced today its Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization signed a record 101 licensing agreements with industry partners in fiscal year 2013-14.

Many of the transactions were in medical diagnostics, health care information technology, pharmaceutics, oncology and biotechnology.

“In my nearly 20-year history in academic technology commercialization, I have not worked anywhere where we even came close to this level of deal flow,” Alan Bentley (pictured), assistant vice chancellor of technology transfer and intellectual property protection in the CTTC, said in a release.

Six start-up companies based on Vanderbilt inventions were launched in FY 2014.

Read more here.

Jul 24, 2014 10:52 AM