The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. — a giant in the civil rights movement and one of Vanderbilt University’s most esteemed graduates — has donated a significant portion of his papers to Vanderbilt Libraries’ Special Collections.
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Vanderbilt University officials recently renewed their pharmacy benefit management contract with Navitus Health Solutions of Wisconsin. The three-year extension, which officially kicked in Jan. 1, covers more than 45,000 members. Navitus says its work at VU has saved the university $12.7 million over the first two years of their deal, in part because it allows Vanderbilt to promote member use of its in-house pharmacies.
“Since the initial contract began in 2010, we have enjoyed cultivating a collaborative partnership with Vanderbilt University,” said Terry Seligman, President & CEO of Navitus. “Navitus’ commitment to full pass-through pricing paired with Vanderbilt’s in-house medical expertise have proven to be a recipe for success, and we look forward to continuing to provide significant savings and quality care for Vanderbilt and its members.”
Vanderbilt University's Alexander Maier, an assistant professor of psychology, has won a two-year $50,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research fellowship aimed at encouraging promising young scholars.
Kara Furlong and vanderbilt.edu have the story here.
Robert Bayuzick, who conducted experiments for the space shuttle Columbia while he simultaneously served as a Vanderbilt University professor of chemical engineering and director of materials science, died Feb. 8. He was 75.
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Burgess Mitchell, assistant dean for student services at Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, has been named president-elect of the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Advocates. He was elected to the two-year term Feb. 1. In 2015, Mitchell will begin a two-year term as president of NAMEPA, a national network of educators and representatives from industry, government and nonprofit organizations who are committed to improving the recruitment and retention of African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians earning degrees in engineering.
The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics has signed a partnership agreement with global pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to develop new treatments for severe obesity. The entities' combined work will be funded by both GSK and a National Institutes of Health grant and focus on the potential to deploy the melanocortin-4 receptor discovered more than a decade ago by VU professor Roger Cone.
The agreement with Vanderbilt is the second GSK has signed with a U.S. institution under its Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc) program. Launched in 2011, the program joins the insight and creativity of academic scientists with GSK’s drug discovery expertise to develop innovative medicines.
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nick Zeppos last week said his administration plans to make their elite MD/PhD training program the largest in the country. Such education tracks are funded with the help of the National Institutes of Health.
The Vanderbilt University School of Divinity has landed a $300,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.
VU will use the grant to expand religious training about issues concerning gender and sexuality. Read more here at MyVu.