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Announcements & Editorials

Chuck Sanders promoted to Vice Dean of Basic Sciences

Chuck Sanders, Aileen M. Lange and Annie Mary Lyle Chair of Cardiovascular Research and professor of biochemistry and medicine, has recently been promoted from associate dean for research to vice dean of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences. Read more.

Grant Administration Web page

A Grant Administration web page, designed to be a resource for faculty to help facilitate the grant-writing process, includes links to grant-ready text, a boilerplate for acknowledging core facilities, and template documents to help complete the institutional resource information more easily. Access it here and under the “For Faculty” drop-down menu of the School of Medicine Basic Sciences website.

Hosting a Visiting Scholar from Abroad

Faculty sometimes receive inquiries from a faculty colleague at a foreign university regarding the possibility of visiting their lab at Vanderbilt for a period of a few days to up to a year as a sabbatical, to conduct experiments, or for other purposes beyond a standard seminar visit. For such faculty it is necessary to arrange for their appointment as a “visiting scholar.” Read more.

Jenkins named Assistant Dean for DEI

We are pleased to announce that Felysha Jenkins, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Basic Sciences. Jenkins was hired as the Basic Sciences diversity, equity, and inclusion program manager starting in the late summer of 2021. Read more.

Congressional rules regarding gifts to covered federal elected officials

As in years past, the Office of Federal Relations is providing a reminder on the Congressional Rules regarding gifts to covered federal elected officials (including athletic tickets, travel to campus, and meals) and our obligations with respect to reporting lobbying activities made on behalf of the university or using university resources. Read more.

January 16, 2023: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On this day, we have the opportunity to reflect on the goals he had for the U.S.: securing voting rights for African Americans, eliminating racial injustice, and upending class oppression wherever we live. Read more.

January 11, 2023: Wellness rooms

This is a reminder that Wellness Rooms are available to Vanderbilt faculty, graduate students, postdocs, staff, and visitors. The rooms can be used for lactation, temporary hoteling, and stress-reducing meditation. The School of Medicine Basic Sciences provides two spaces, 715 PRB and 6132 MRB III, to meet these needs. Read more.

December 22, 2022: JOHN EXTON’s passing

Announcing the very sad news that John H. Exton, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, emeritus, passed away a few days ago. Throughout his Vanderbilt career, John’s research provided fundamental insights into how many biologically active compounds control cellular physiology. Read more.

October 28, 2022: Donor Establishes the Dr. Roger Chalkley Critical Need Fund

In recognition of Roger Chalkley, retired senior associate dean for biomedical research education and training, Dr. Tom Daniel, a former Vanderbilt professor, biotechnology R&D leader, and venture investor, has established the Dr. Roger Chalkley Critical Need Fund to support biomedical graduate students who encounter unanticipated financial challenges. Read more.

September 1, 2022: Basic Science researchers gain access to BioRender Premium

Thanks to a partnership between the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, and the Office of the Provost, all graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and primary faculty in Basic Sciences will gain access to BioRender Premium for the duration of a one-year pilot license beginning on September 1, 2022. Read more.

June 21, 2022: Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences names renowned scholar John Kuriyan as next dean

Vanderbilt University has named John Kuriyan, one of the world’s leading structural biologists, as its next dean of the School of Medicine Basic Sciences. Read more.