Kudos: Read about faculty, staff and alumni awards, appointments and achievements

Friedman (Vanderbilt)

Edward Friedman, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish and professor of comparative literature, has authored The Labyrinth of Love (Juan de la Cuesta, 2013). The two-act play was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s El laberinto de amor.

The exoskeleton developed by Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Chair in Mechanical Engineering, is one of 15 finalists for the 2013 da Vinci Awards, which recognize innovative developments in adaptive and assistive technology. Watch a video about the exoskeleton, named The Parker Indego by commercial partner Parker Hannifin.

Lyle Jackson, media content producer in the Peabody Research Office, has received two bronze Telly Awards in the education category for videos produced for Peabody College of education and human development. Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, video and film productions, and Web commercials, videos and films.

Pavlović (Vanderbilt)

Work by Vesna Pavlović, assistant professor of art, was featured in a solo exhibition titled “Reflections on Images” from March 8 to April 14 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Serbia. Pavlović also received a 2012 Art Matters grant, awarded to artists who are working on socially engaged projects with a local, national and/or global focus.

Larry Schumaker, Stevenson Professor of Mathematics, has been named to the 2013 class of fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Fellows are nominated for their exemplary research, outstanding service to the community and contributions to the fields of applied mathematics and computational science.

Vanderbilt University has been named with distinction to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities for playing a role in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

Joan Walker, a Vanderbilt alumna, has received the 2013 Journal of Teacher Education Outstanding Article Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The article, “Because Wisdom Can’t Be Told: Using Comparison of Simulated Parent-Teacher Conferences to Assess Teacher Candidates’ Readiness for Family-School Partnership,” was co-authored with Benjamin Dotger of Syracuse University and appeared in the January/February 2012 issue of JTE. Walker earned a doctorate in developmental psychology at Vanderbilt and completed post-doctoral research in the Vanderbilt-Northwestern-University of Texas-Harvard/MIT Engineering Research Center.