Vanderbilt University has received an approximately $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a new faculty development partnership with Tennessee State University, Tougaloo College and Berea College.
The Mellon Partners for Humanities Education initiative will support specialized training for new Vanderbilt Ph.D.s in preparing students for teaching at liberal arts colleges and historically black colleges and universities, as well as provide education regarding public and digital humanities.
In addition, grant will fund a postdoctoral and faculty exchange among the four schools that will support faculty development and undergraduate education at the partner schools.
“This program not only expands our understanding of humanities scholarship, but it invests in the faculty and students of the future,” Carolyn Dever (pictured), dean of the VU College of Arts and Science, said in a story (read here) on the vanderbilt.edu site. “Our Ph.D. alumni will benefit from focused training and teaching in diverse environments. Our partner schools will gain teaching resources, and all four schools will profit from transinstitutional exchanges of ideas and faculty. We are most grateful to the Mellon Foundation for its vision and support.”
A Vanderbilt University study has found that educational programming is minimally effective for children unless parents watch too. The study, conducted by then-doctoral student Gabrielle Strouse under the direction Georgene Troseth (pictured), associate professor of psychology at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development, is published in the December 2014 issue of Developmental Psychology. Read more here.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked university leaders based on their annual executive compensation, with Vanderbilt's Nicholas S. Zeppos, who is paid about $1.23 million, ranking No. 25. Zeppos is among the three best-paid leaders of Southeastern-based universities. By contrast, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer, who ranks No. 1, is paid about $3.36 million per year. See the full list here.
Anesthesiologists at Vanderbilt University have received a $3 million grant from the GE Foundation that will help them continue a program of medical education and research in Kenya and other parts of the world. The grant will let young Vanderbilt anesthesiologists continue to travel to Kenya annually to both train and to educate others in anesthesia and pain management services.
Vanderbilt science writer David Salisbury has penned a fascinating piece on the university's work with robotics. VU has 25 investigators with $25 million in research grants, and robotics is key part of the effort, Salisbury writes. Check out the story here.
David F. Salisbury, a senior research writer in the Vanderbilt University Office of News and Communications and a pioneer in academic science journalism, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Salisbury is Vanderbilt’s first science communicator the AAAS has honored and joins 17 Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers (see here) who, likewise, have been honored this year.
To date this year, the AAS has named 388 members named fellows by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The AAAS bills itself as the world's large international non-profit organization involving science.
“We are proud that the AAAS has chosen to honor David’s work,” Elizabeth Latt, assistant vice chancellor for VU News and Communications, said in a release. “For decades, he has effectively communicated to a nonscientific audience the wonder and relevance of the work of scientists and engineers in an academic setting. He has done so while honoring the integrity of the scientific process and its outcomes. We are truly fortunate to have him on our team.”
Read more here.
Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will co-chair a U.S. Senate task force that will examine burdens on institutions of higher education.
Senate education committee ranking member Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and members Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) announced the formation of the task force earlier this week.
William Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, will co-chair the task force with Zeppos.
Read more here.
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