Dieter Sevin, professor of Germanic languages and literatures and chair of the department, has been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is the only order awarded by the president of that nation.
“For almost 40 years [Sevin] has taught German language and literature at Vanderbilt,” said Lutz H. Görgens, the Atlanta-based consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany, in presenting the award. “His entire career so far has been dedicated to promoting the knowledge of German language and literature and culture in the United States.”
Sevin, who arrived in the U.S. as a teenager nearly 50 years ago, has published hundreds of articles and books, including one of the most widely used German college texts, Wie geht’s?: An Introductory German Course, co-authored with his wife, Ingrid Sevin.
Dr. David H. Johnson received the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ annual Clinical Research Award last October. Johnson, a professor of medicine, is director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and deputy director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. He was honored for his research, leadership, and commitment to individuals with lung and breast cancers. Johnson’s clinical research interests focus mainly on management of thoracic malignancies and experimental therapeutics.
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President Bush has nominated Carol M. Swain, Vanderbilt professor of political science and law, to the National Council on the Humanities, an appointment that was confirmed in January by the U.S. Senate for a six-year term. The council is the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Swain, whose area of academic interest centers on race relations and representation, immigration and black leadership, was appointed in 2007 to the Tennessee Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.