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


Mickey Anglea, associate director of business services, received the 2018 Excellence in Management Award from the National Association of College and University Mail Services. NACUMS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the interests of college and university mailers.

Erin Barton, associate professor of special education, has received a grant from the Caplan Foundation to support the development of a curriculum for children with disabilities who struggle to interact and engage socially through play.

Marino Bruce, research associate professor of medicine, health and society and associate director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health, will direct the mentor training and engagement research methods cores of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Graduate Training and Education Center. The GTEC is part of the NIH-funded Jackson Heart Study, the largest longitudinal cohort study of cardiovascular health in African Americans, and will offer Mississippi graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds specialized training in cardiovascular health from a population health perspective. As part of their training, the students will come to Vanderbilt for a mini-internship to meet and collaborate with faculty and graduate students conducting cardiovascular epidemiology research. The program will serve 40 students over the course of five years.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Art, was among five artists shortlisted for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art by Society 1858 of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charelston, South Carolina. The 1858 Prize, awarded annually, acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.

Daniel Cornfield, professor of sociology, has released Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville (Princeton University Press) in paperback. Based on in-depth interviews of 75 Nashville musicians, Beyond the Beat reveals how musicians in Nashville are forging an exemplary, inclusive and diverse artist peer community. The book offers research resources for arts policy fieldwork on diverse and inclusive, place-based artist communities.

Miguel Cuj, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition’s Thomas Marchione Award for his master’s thesis in Latin American studies titled “Maya Memories of the Internal Armed Conflict: Health and Nutrition in a K’iche Maya Community.” The thesis examines the impact of Guatemala’s civil war on the nutrition of the Maya people. The award recognizes exceptional student work that promotes “food justice, food security and access, and most directly, food as a human right.”

Laurie Cutting, Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education, received a 2018 Leadership Award from the Women in Cognitive Science organization. The award recognizes initiatives that individuals have taken, beyond their own students and labs, to benefit women in cognitive science more broadly.

David K. Dickinson, Margaret Cowan Professor of Teacher Education, has co-authored with Ann B. Morse Connecting Through Talk: Nurturing Children’s Development with Language (Brookes Publishing Company).

Tom Dillehay, Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Religion and Culture, was honored by Chile’s indigenous Mapuche community in August at Quilacahuín in southern Chile. The honor, a recognition of brotherhood, was conferred upon Dillehay by 32 Mapuche leaders for his work describing the centuries-long history of the community’s resistance to the Inka, Spanish and Chilean governments, as well as his contributions to their cultural patrimony and rights as citizens of Chile. In addition, two books authored by Dillehay have won numerous awards. Fourteen Thousand Years of Human History at Huaca Prieta, Peru (University Press of Texas, Austin) was recognized by the Society for American Archaeology, Critics Choice, Quaternary Research Association and Latin American Book Reviews in History. La Organización Política Temprana de los Mapuches, Chile (Pehuen Press, Santiago, Chile) won Chile’s Premio Literario 2018 del Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes in the category Mejor Obra Literaria–Ensayo.

Elisabeth Dykens, professor of psychology and human development and co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, received the 2018 Rare Impact Award for Research from the National Organization for Rare Disorders. The award was presented in May in Washington, D.C.

George C. Hill, professor of medical education and administration and of pathology, microbiology and immunology, emeritus, delivered the Fifth Levi Watkins M.D. Endowed Memorial Lecture at the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in October.

Mary Ann Jessee, assistant professor of nursing, has received the Christine A. Tanner Scholarly Teaching Award from the Journal of Nursing Education for her article “Pursuing Improvement in Clinical Reasoning: The Integrated Clinical Education Theory.” The award recognizes excellence in writing and the impact of outstanding research or scholarly works on advancing knowledge in nursing education.

Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry and director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society, is partnering with the Social Science Research Council to curate a collection of scholarship focused on gun violence. The multidisciplinary series examines a number of topics related to gun issues through the lens of social science with the aim of informing more productive conversations about gun-involved problems and more effective policies to address them. In addition, Metzl has been named to the advisory board of the Bringing Theory to Practice project. Since 2003, in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, BTtoP has fostered innovative practices, research and publications to renew the core purposes of undergraduate education.

Denis Osin, professor of mathematics, was an invited speaker at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians held in Rio de Janeiro. Convened once every four years, the ICM brings together mathematicians from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in every area of mathematics.

Jonathan Rattner, assistant professor of cinema and media arts, has received an Individual Artist Fellowship for 2019 from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The fellowship provides $5,000 awards to outstanding professional artists who live and work in Tennessee.

J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, and Kyle Robisch, JD’14, co-authored the article “Agencies Running from Agency Discretion” (originally published in William & Mary Law Review), which has been selected for the 2019 edition of the Land Use & Environmental Law Review, a peer-reviewed compendium of the 10 best articles published the previous year addressing topics in environmental and land use law.

Kamal Saggi, Frances and John Downing Family Professor of Economics, will have two volumes of the World Scientific Studies in International Economics series devoted to his scholarship. The first issue highlights Saggi’s work on the rules and regulations of the World Trade Organization. The second, to be published in 2019, collects his research into the WTO’s intellectual property rules.

Douglas Shadle, assistant professor of musicology, has received the inaugural H. Robert Cohen/RIPM Award from the American Musicological Society for his book Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise (Oxford University Press, 2015). Each year the award honors a work of scholarship of exceptional merit based upon 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century periodical literature related to music.

Adela Soliz, assistant professor of public policy and higher education, has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2019 William T. Grant Scholars Program, designed to support promising early-career researchers. The 10 finalists will be interviewed in February 2019, and four to six scholars will be announced in March. Selected scholars each will receive $350,000 over five years and participate in annual meetings.

C. Michael Stein, Dan May Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, has published Not Discussed: The Unspoken Rules for a Career in Academic Medical Research (CreateSpace Independent Publishing).

John Warren, lecturer in art, organized a two-day interdisciplinary symposium last February examining the creative and educational legacy of Black Mountain College (1933-1956) in conjunction with the Fine Arts Gallery’s “Looking Back (Looking Forward)” exhibition. The culmination of the symposium was a BMC-inspired multimedia art happening inside the Track One warehouse during the Wedgewood-Houston Art Crawl that featured original video art and musical compositions from Vanderbilt students alongside new choreography from New Dialect. This event, organized by Warren, was recently named Best Southern Art Revival by the Nashville Scene.