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New faculty: Morgan Ricks gave up Wall Street to tackle economic crisis

Dec. 11, 2012—When the financial crisis hit in September 2008, Morgan Ricks knew what he had to do. “I was on a trading desk at a hedge fund when the crisis started,” Ricks said. “The day after Obama was elected, I quit my job and devoted myself to finding a position in the policy world, preferably in...

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New faculty: Rizia Bardhan finds solutions at the nanoscale

Dec. 11, 2012—Rizia Bardhan has a large picture of Mahatma Gandhi in her office. “Gandhi has always been very special to me,” she said. “We share the same birthday. He exemplifies the power of perseverance.” Perseverance has carried the new assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering to Nashville from Kolkatta, India, where she was born. Early in...

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New faculty: Gary T. Henry has a passion for education research

Dec. 7, 2012—Gary T. Henry (Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt) It has been said that the next great wave of education reform is teacher preparation. If that assertion holds true, Gary T. Henry is prepared to bring evidence to the table. Henry has spent his career looking at how students and teachers are evaluated and will continue this work in...

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MyVU print edition features new faculty

Dec. 6, 2012—On newsstands now is a special print edition of MyVU—Vanderbilt’s online hub for faculty and staff—that honors some of the newest faces on campus and showcases their exciting work in the fields of pediatrics, anthropology, history, education, law, music and more.

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New faculty: Ebony McGee tells the stories of STEM students

Dec. 4, 2012—As an assistant professor of education, diversity and urban schooling in the Department of Teaching and Learning, McGee will continue the research she began as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow: investigating the role of stereotypes and other influences in the postsecondary career and academic decision-making of high-achieving African American, Asian and Latino STEM students.

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New faculty: Jeremy Wilson comes home to Tennessee, by way of Vienna

Dec. 4, 2012—Few musicians win their first orchestral audition, and the likelihood that the first audition is with the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic is very slim. That puts Jeremy Wilson, Blair School of Music's new associate professor of trombone, in a class all by himself.

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New faculty: Derek Griffith explores the complexities of men’s health

Nov. 30, 2012—Griffith serves not only as an associate professor of medicine, health and society within the College of Arts and Science, but also as an associate professor of medicine at the School of Medicine.

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New faculty: Amy Non links health disparities to genetics and environment

Nov. 30, 2012—A molecular anthropologist specializing in epigenetics, the study of how environment and behavior affect the expression of genes, Amy Non's work integrates genetics, anthropology and public health.

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New faculty: David Blackbourn communes with the past

Nov. 28, 2012—Communicating with the departed is something David Blackbourn does on a daily basis. As a scholar of German history and the Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair in History, he sees his life’s work as a way to “get into the heads of dead people.” “History is, in a way, communicating with the dead,” Blackbourn said. “I’m drawn to...

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New faculty: Jie Deng’s care for patients inspires lymphedema research

Nov. 28, 2012—For Jie Deng, the desire to further nursing research and education began with the SARS outbreak in China in 2003. At the time, she was the associate chief nursing officer at Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing. “Our nurses were incredible—the sacrifices they made for their patients,” Deng remembered. “We had very limited knowledge...

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New faculty: Cecilia Hyunjung Mo shares her late father’s passion for politics

Nov. 20, 2012—Cecilia Hyunjung Mo followed in her father's footsteps to understand the thorniest issues in political science.

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New faculty: John Graves plays role in shaping national health policy

Nov. 20, 2012—John Graves was part of the team hired by the Obama administration to provide statistical and economic evidence that would inform the development of the Affordable Care Act.

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