August 22, 2013

Gore, Bernard receive research awards at Faculty Assembly

“Vanderbilt’s Nobel Prize,” the Earl Sutherland Prize for achievement in research, was awarded to John Gore at the Fall Faculty Assembly, while Gordon Bernard received the Thomas Jefferson Award for distinguished service to Vanderbilt.

John Gore (center), winner of the Earl Sutherland Prize for achievement in research, is congratulated by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos (left) and Faculty Senate Chair Donald W. Brady (right) Aug. 22 at the Fall Faculty Assembly. (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt)

John Gore accepted the Earl Sutherland Prize for achievement in research and Gordon Bernard won the Thomas Jefferson Award for distinguished service to Vanderbilt University at the Fall Faculty Assembly.

“John’s pioneering scholarship in the field of magnetic resonance imaging and research has transformed Vanderbilt in numerous and important ways,” said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, who also delivered his biannual state of the university address Aug. 22 at the Student Life Center.

“(Gore’s) work has laid a strong, enduring foundation for the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science, which is nationally recognized as a highly successful research enterprise,” Zeppos said.

Gore is University Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, the Hertha Ramsey Cress Chair in Medicine, professor of biomedical engineering, professor of physics and astronomy, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, and director of the Institute for Imaging Science. He received an engraved pewter cup and $5,000 with the honor, which recognizes a faculty member whose achievements in research, scholarship or creative expression have received significant critical acclaim and are recognized nationally or internationally.

Bernard, associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational research, won the Thomas Jefferson Award for extraordinary contributions in the councils and in the governance of the university. The honor comes with $2,500 and an engraved pewter goblet.

“Gordon works extremely hard to obtain grant funding to support the vital research that defines Vanderbilt’s position as one of our nation’s top institutions of research,” Zeppos said. “Among his most significant accomplishments is cinching a $50 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.”

Five Chancellor’s Awards for Research were bestowed to recognize faculty members for excellence in research, scholarship or creative expression. Each winner received $1,000 and an engraved pewter julep cup. Those winners were:

  • Randy Blakely and Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele for their article “Autism gene variant causes hyperserotonemia, serotonin receptor hypersensitivity, social impairment and repetitive behavior.”
  • Vivien Casagrande for a paper in Nature Neuroscience identifying a novel linkage between previously dismissed areas of the visual cortex and the thalamus, which controls the ability of the visual system to focus.
  • Betsey Robinson for her monograph “Histories of Peirene: A Corinthian Fountain in Three Millennia.”
  • Deyu Li for his research published in Nature Nanotechnology on heat flow in the article “Enhanced and switchable nanoscale thermal conduction due to van der Waals interfaces.”
  • Daniel J. Sharfstein for his book The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White.

Also honored at the Fall Faculty Assembly were faculty members marking 25 years of service to Vanderbilt. By school, those were:

Blair School of Music

  • Michael H. Kurek

College of Arts and Science

Chancellor NIcholas S. Zeppos shares the Student Life Center stage with faculty members celebrating 25 years of service. (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt)
  • Randolph Blake
  • Charles A. Brau
  • Jay Clayton
  • John H. English
  • Anthony B. Hmelo
  • Laura Novick
  • Larry L. Schumaker
  • Virginia M. Scott

Vanderbilt Divinity School

  • Forrest E. Harris Sr.

Vanderbilt School of Engineering

  • Amrutur V. Anilkumar
  • Guatam Biswas
  • Benoit Dawant
  • Weng Poo Kang
  • Gabor Karsai
  • Sankaran Mahadevan
  • Richard Alan Peters II
  • Julie E. Sharp

Peabody College of education and human development

  • Alene H. Harris
  • Craig A. Smith

Vanderbilt School of Medicine

  • Rasul Abdolrasulnia
  • Bassel W. Abou-Khalil
  • Carlos L. Arteaga
  • Ellen Wright Clayton
  • Marta Hernanz-Schulman
  • Jeremy J. Kaye
  • Christopher D. Lind
  • Richard M. O’Brien
  • Alvin C. Powers
  • William R. Riddle
  • Charles B. Rush
  • Gerald Schulman
  • Donna L. Seger
  • Gregory C. Sephel
  • Virginia L. Shepherd
  • George P. Stricklin
  • Cindy L. Vnencak-Jones