Vanderbilt recognizes five faculty members

April 24, 2002

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt University has announced its 2002 Spring Faculty Award Recipients. In all, five current faculty members were recognized for their contributions to the University.

Thomas R. Harris, professor of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and medicine, received the Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award. This award is given to a faculty member for furthering the aims of the University through scholarship, teaching and service to students, colleagues, the university and society. It was established in 1963 to honor outgoing Chancellor Harvie Branscomb.

The Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor Award went to physics professor David J. Ernst. The prize, named for Chancellor Emeritus Alexander Heard, is given annually to a faculty member for contributions to the analysis and solution of contemporary social problems.

The Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching was given to William Caferro, associate professor of history. Beth Ann Conklin, associate professor of anthropology, was awarded the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. Candidates for each are nominated by the University’s undergraduates. Undergraduate student evaluations of candidates are also considered.

The Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor Award for development of research knowledge or exemplary innovation in teaching was given to Judy G. Ozbolt. Ozbolt is a professor of nursing and biomedical informatics. The Wyatt award honors Chancellor Emeritus Joe B. Wyatt.

Final selection of all the awards is made by the Chancellor. The awards were announced during the April 5 spring Faculty Assembly.

Contact: Elizabeth Latt, (615) 322-NEWS

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