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New faculty: Melinda Buntin is helping shape health care policy

Oct. 7, 2013—As the nation’s health care system undergoes unprecedented challenges, Melinda Buntin’s appointment as chair of Vanderbilt’s new Department of Health Policy couldn’t come at a better time.

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New faculty: Jay Wellons brings national research network to Children’s Hospital

Oct. 7, 2013—When physician Jay Wellons was explaining to his son why the family was moving to Nashville, he put it in terms to which the 7-year-old could relate. “Daddy has a chance to join the Avengers,” he said.

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New faculty: LaTonya Trotter studies the sociology of health care

Oct. 7, 2013—LaTonya Trotter is bringing her sociology training and health care experience together to study how nurse practitioners fit into today’s medical environment.

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New faculty: Thomas Wang brings patient-oriented approach to cardiovascular research

Oct. 7, 2013—Thomas Wang was born in Boston, raised in Boston and educated in Boston. But Vanderbilt's emphasis on personalized medicine in both research and clinical implementation lured him to Nashville.

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New faculty: Kristin Michelitch investigates political barriers to international development

Oct. 7, 2013—Kristin Michelitch is on the vanguard of the movement that seeks to ensure that money spent on aid to developing countries achieves its intended goals.

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New faculty: Todd Monroe explores how neurobiology can better guide pain management

Oct. 7, 2013—When Todd Monroe’s grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer late in the course of her dementia, the nursing home staff caring for her struggled to assess her pain.

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New faculty: Award-winning author Lorrie Moore will balance writing and teaching at Vanderbilt

Oct. 7, 2013—Lorrie Moore, a distinguished American fiction writer who was a 2012 Chancellor’s Lecturer at Vanderbilt, has kept the corner of her eye on the university’s storied English department over the years.

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New faculty: John Wilson uses synthetic vaccines to further the fight against diseases

Oct. 7, 2013—Growing up close to nature in the small timber-and-fishing community of Gold Beach, Ore.—population 2,000—gave John Wilson an early interest in biology and biologically inspired design.

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New faculty: Lauren Parker Jackson, BS’03, examines the movement of protein molecules within cells

Oct. 7, 2013—Lauren Parker Jackson learned the difficult and demanding art of X-ray crystallography in the Cambridge University lab where it was invented. She brings her expertise to Vanderbilt, where she will continue her research in protein trafficking.

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New faculty: Kevin Murphy looks for reflections of history in architecture

Oct. 7, 2013—One of the first things Kevin Murphy did after accepting the offer to join Vanderbilt’s history of art department was explore Nashville’s historic neighborhoods.

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New faculty: Catherine Lee enjoys solving accounting puzzles

Oct. 7, 2013—Sifting through a logical process is appealing to Catherine Farmer Lee. “For me, research is thinking about why the puzzle pieces are shaped the way they are, then picking one piece to thoroughly study,” she said.

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New faculty: Carwil Bjork-James examines political protest and the protest experience

Oct. 7, 2013—Carwil Bjork-James’ research pertains to South America, but on an August afternoon a week before the fall semester started, his thoughts were on Egypt, where the death toll was still rising after a violent crackdown on anti-government protestors in Cairo.

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