November 2, 2007

VU baseball coach set to share thoughts on leadership, teamwork

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VU baseball coach Tim Corbin will talk about teamwork. (photo by Neil Brake)

VU baseball coach set to share thoughts on leadership, teamwork

What do baseball and research have in common? More than one might think.

Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt University baseball coach and SEC coach of the year, will speak at the Cardiovascular Research Seminar Series on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in conference room one of Medical Center East, North Tower.

Corbin will elaborate on visualizing greatness, the role of a leader and the power of his or her words. He will use stories to support his thoughts on parenting and coaching, character, and defining the true athlete versus the athlete. Corbin's 2007 baseball team won the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament championship.

“Tim knows how to build a good team. He knows about turnover and promotion of personnel, and he's successful,” said David Bader, Ph.D., Gladys P. Stahlman Professor of Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology. “It was clear to me that he was somebody who could tell us about building a functional lab group and clinical group, moving people along in their careers and bringing people together.”

While each member of the cardiovascular research “team” has his or her own science — specific interests, they collaborate as a group to study heart development and cardiac disease to find new treatments and to understand the mechanisms for the disease so they can identify targets for therapy.

“There are many parallels between building a great athletic team and building a great research team,” said Amy Major, Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine and Pathology. “As someone who has just started a laboratory and research program, I have found that being a group leader is not easy. Understanding how Tim Corbin develops and leads his group of athletes will help me, I think, in guiding my laboratory.”

Please check the Reporter calendar for a complete schedule of the Cardiovascular Research Seminar Series, which continues through December.