Arts and Science Notebook

Update on Professor’s Tragic Death
Arts and Science NotebookFall 2010

Three Nashville men have been found guilty in the deaths of anthropology professor Pierre Colas and his sister, Marie. The Colases were shot at Pierre’s home in East Nashville in a home invasion/robbery in August 2008. The assailants have been sentenced to life terms; additional suspects are in jail awaiting trial. The Department of Anthropology [...]

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Lorraine López Named PEN/Faulkner Finalist
Arts and Science NotebookSpring 2010

Lorraine M. López, associate professor of English, was named a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction for her book, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories. López’s story collection was chosen as one of five honorees from nearly 350 books nominated by their publishers. “The PEN/Faulkner Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for [...]

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Troland Award Honors Tong for Groundbreaking Work
Arts and Science NotebookSpring 2010

The National Academy of Science has announced that Associate Professor of Psychology Frank Tong is one of the winners of this year’s Troland Research Award. Two $50,000 Troland awards are given annually to scientists under the age of 40 for groundbreaking contributions to psychology and/or neuroscience. The NAS singled Tong out for his pioneering use [...]

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Saying Goodbye to a Friend
Arts and Science NotebookSpring 2010

Richard A. “Pete” Peterson, professor of sociology, emeritus, died this spring in Nashville. Peterson, 77, was one of the first professors to research country music from a sociological perspective and was also the founding chair of the American Sociological Association’s culture section. His impact on undergraduate and graduate students alike is still felt in the [...]

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New Faculty Emeriti Named
Arts and Science NotebookSpring 2010

The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust honored three longstanding members of the Arts and Science faculty with emeritus status at Commencement in May. David A. Lowe, associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures, was named professor of Slavic languages and literatures, emeritus. Lowe is an expert on 19th-century Russian literature with a strong interest in [...]

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Poet Beth Bachmann Receives National Award
Arts and Science NotebookSpring 2010

Beth Bachmann, assistant professor of English, is the 2010 winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award given to honor a poet’s first book. Bachmann’s Temper, published last year by the University of Pittsburgh Press, was called “an unforgettable first book” by poet Lynn Emanuel. “This is a great honor for Beth, and yet another sign [...]

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NSF Recognizes Two Arts and Science Faculty With CAREER Awards
Arts and Science NotebookFall 2009

The National Science Foundation has awarded its most prestigious honor for young teacher-scholars, the Faculty Early Career Development Program award, to Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, assistant professor of astronomy, and Antonis Rokas, assistant professor of biological sciences. Known as CAREER awards, the grants fund outstanding young faculty in research and education outreach.

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C. Neal Tate, Chair of Political Science, Dies
Arts and Science NotebookFall 2009

C. Neal Tate, professor and chair of the Depart-ment of Political Science, died unexpectedly September 13, 2009, as he recovered from surgery. Tate was 65. “Neal Tate was a valued friend, an accomplished scholar and a leader of his department, the university and the discipline of political science,” says Carolyn Dever, dean of the . . .

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Vanderbilt Mourns Passing of Former Chancellor Heard
Arts and Science NotebookFall 2009

Alexander Heard, who served as Vanderbilt’s fifth chancellor, and guided the university from 1963 to 1982, died July 24 after a long illness. The chancellor emeritus was 92. Under Heard’s leadership, Vanderbilt grew and prospered, as did the College of Arts and Science.

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Alumni Saks and Yunus Receive Rare, Prestigious Honors
Arts and Science NotebookFall 2009

Two College of Arts and Science alumni recently made international headlines when each received prestigious and notable awards. In August, Muhammad Yunus, PhD’71, was awarded the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. Elyn Saks, BA’77, is the recipient of a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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